Originally Posted by CampDaven
I whole-heartedly agree!
You are focused on the destination. And that is fine.
We focus on the Journey. Many fun places and fine, safe campgrounds to see between anywhere and FL. Most of them are out of the way.
A little clarification.
On our way to a Sunline rally in PA and then on to visit family in midstate NY in 2008, we did stop at CGs for sometimes 2 night/days in a row. I loved it.
There was no hurry, no rush. One was a KOA in a most beautiful area of Maryland. They had flowers everywhere and even a picking garden with tomatoes and peppers and other vegetables for the people. The wifi signal was strong. It was tree shaded and a lazy river ran past the CG. There were tame ducks and geese to feed. I'll never forget that place. We took long walks along the sweet smelling country roads that went through farmland. It was quiet. Serene. There were crickets and owls at night.
Most CGs never came close to this KOA though. They were more like RV parking lots and didn't even allow you to have a fire or provide picnic tables. You sat in your lawn chair after cooking inside. It was those places that made us seek options to CGs. We couldn't see paying $25 to $35 a day/night to sit inside and cook inside
etc. When sitting outside, all we could see was the side of the RV next to us. All we could hear were other people's TVs and radios and voices. Buttonwood CG in PA was little more than a parking lot in a grassy field. No shade. No trees. No landscaping. Another $5 day for poor quality wifi. No picnic tables or firerings. How do you avoid these parking-lot type places when on the road and looking for a CG for the night? I ask this in all seriousness - do you just leave and look for another place knowing you may need to drive another hour or more to find something better? Or do you make reservations in places you know and make sure you get there no matter what? I think I'm missing something in your posts.
I mean, if all CGs were like the MD KOA I can understand you wanting to stay in them - but there were more like parking lots than that KOA in our experience.
After a few of these "RV parking lot" CGs, we decided this was not what we wanted if we were paying up to $35 a night. Then other campers told us about places like WM and Truck Stops and how conveniently located to the Interstates they were. I also saw mention of them on Rv Forums. One night on the way to FL, a little south of Atlanta we pulled into a WalMart right off I-75 and he went in for our usual Rotisserie chicken and spud salad for dinner. Other RVs were around us. We decided to stay there for the night rather than start searching a strange area for a campground that may be no better than an RV parking lot like we were already in.
Since we never know what town we'll stop in for the night we can't make reservations anywhere.
OK... I just saw another post from you further down. You camp in the WEST where it's whole different ballgame than in the more populous east and south east. So you assume we all have the option to pull into a place like in your picture - right off an Interstate. Now I see why you find it hard to understand why those of us not out in the western 2/3s of the nation seek out WMs and Truck Stops etc.