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Old 04-05-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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What makes a site undesirable

Just curious as to what things people watch for when arriving at a campground/RV Park that would make a specific site undesirable.

When I moved down to Victoria I had no idea that 5 months later I would still be living in the RV. Where I am at has a train that runs fairly close but it is seldom heard at night and a large oil field equipment yard nearby that has trucks honking horns and backup alarms beeping starting at 5am. These to me are nuisances but acceptable.

What will turn me away in the future would be the closest site to the DUCK POND. These critters are fun to look at but they enjoy the water that runs down from the air conditioner way too much and leave a thick layer of (how to say this nicely?) duck fertilizer under the trailer and on the concrete where we need to walk.

Even with these problems however, where I am is still the best looking RV Park in the area that I've found! Not real crowded in. Most others around here have just a couple feet between sites. We have a good area and good view from both sides of the trailer!
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:10 PM   #2
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Last year we decided to get a permanent spot at the lake. Really nice place with brand new cement slabs with docks and everything. When we picked out a spot we noticed that the neighbors were building a really nice shed. This park was worse than HOA and everything had to be done a certain way. We figured that maybe for the first season, they'll let us keep our push mower in their big shed and if we really liked the park we'll build one next season. Well, the shed was convertible. The side of it flipped up and became a bar. Not bad, for the exception that after beer, two beers, three beers, and before you knew it there were drunk folk being loud as al get out. Last year we had a coachmen TT and the bedroom was right next to the bar and our baby was barely a year old.

We found ourselves not camping and decided to never get a permanent site again.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:18 PM   #3
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Campers with kids under the age of 50.

Just kidding. Shoddy appearance, unlevel, cramped sites.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:20 PM   #4
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MUD. Any site where I have to walk through mud and take extraordinary precautions to avoid trashing the inside of my coach takes all the fun out for me.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:50 PM   #5
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Sites that are not level side to side or ones that look like I might have to use blocks front to back.
Low branches that might rub the coach when the wind blows.
As mentioned by Tricotec, mud.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:08 PM   #6
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Any site that is in straight line between the rest of the campground and the restrooms.

Any site that is too short to park my truck there also.

Any site that is full of other people's trash.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:37 PM   #7
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Two places in Pigeon Forge with concrete plants very close. Not good sites. Sites near playgrounds or bath houses - not good. KOA in Cherokee with low ground that water stands in when it rains - not good. Sites with 'questionable' looking post connections *water and electric* likely bad sites. Sites with evidence of toilet tissue on the outside of sewer hooks ups. (found that in Destin) not good.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:38 PM   #8
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Badly unlevel and next to the dump station or rest room
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:37 PM   #9
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For us it would be muddy area around the site, not being level, trees too close to where we need to open the slide outs and not having a good place to take our Labs for either a good walk or place for them to run a little. We normally are not in any one place for much more then 3-5 days, so noisy neighbors are not that much of an issue.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:45 PM   #10
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Some of those State Parks that charge you for two nights even though you only need one night.

Definitely sites that are way unleveled which seems to be a lot of them.

Mud is another bad one, why not use straw to keep them tidy.
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No troubles for us! pretty much tells me what I want to know, with reviews and the CG website.

Google Earth seals the deal. :-)

We dont require too level, dont need the restrooms, and we get to preview the dumpster and other such locations.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:10 PM   #12
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MUD. Any site where I have to walk through mud and take extraordinary precautions to avoid trashing the inside of my coach takes all the fun out for me.
That would do it.. Also sites that are simply too small for the RV.

And a big one for me is my feeling of security..

Trains do not bother me.. I rather enjoy them in fact, Trucks on a nearby freeway do not bother me.. Feeling concerned for my safety.. THAT bothers me, more than anything.

Oh, and a site that is fully underwater (long story, Thankfully it is not MY story, it belongs to someone else).
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:12 PM   #13
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Any site downwind of bad smells. Instant turnoff. Problem is you won't know it till you're all set up!
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Like the more remote state parks of Southern OH. and Western PA. that still offer good electric service. A shady site on or near a lake or river. Sites like: This make for a relaxing week.

Things a steer away from are: a dumpster near the site, "The Dump Station" next door, MUD...especially around the fire ring area,
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