During the 1980's I and my family (school teacher wife and two children) used every available vacation and weekend to tour the USA....missed a few states but managed to hit most of the high spots on the National Parks BEST List. We wanted to give our children a sense of history and scope of this great republic.
We owned two Sunline Travel trailers and loved them both. Back then a trip starting in Connecticut and covering most of the western states over a 6 week period in the summer of 1985 was the high point of our camping experiences.
It took over a year to plan the trip, select routes and contact campgrounds in places like Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave, Grand Canyon just to name a few. This was before the internet and I'm sure it would be a lot easier today. The one thing I can't seem to remember was how much we spent on fuel.
The cost of gasoline was not even a factor back in those days.....I'm sure that would not be the case today.....I do wonder how big an impact the current fuel costs are on the RV industry today.
I now own a used but not abused Trail Lite 26ft R-Vision Travel Trailer that offers plenty of space for my wife and I. I do wonder how our family of 4 managed to survive for 6 weeks traveling the west in a 24ft Sunline rear bunk house model.
Barely enough room to change your mind in a 24 footer with two children and two adults!
I now am retired and selected the very quiet and often remote Upstate New York/Vermont boarder area near Lake Chamlplain. The historic 230 year old remodeled federal period home we live in sits on over 15acres of once productive farm land. Historic land/title records indicate the original farm was over 350 acres and was established in the 1700s. It is great waking up to views of the surrounding dairy farms and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east and the Adirondack Mountains to the west.....a bit cold and snowy in the winter but fantastic in the summer.....Hope I haven't bored you all with the stories.
We will be camping in Vermont and New Hampshire this summer and fall.
I do tend to favor rustic state campgrounds with lakefront sites and plenty of room. I do not like commercial campgrounds that pack you in like pickles in a jar with little to no privacy. I do wish state campgrounds did offer electric and water hook-ups....but that luxury is one both New York and Vermont do not offer.
We will try a commercial campground in New Hampshire during the fall foliage season for a few nights and Hope for the best.