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Old 01-08-2017, 12:31 PM   #1
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Worst campsites experiences

Everyone likes to hear about great RV sites but the bad ones, Yikes! From my last Big trip I have to recall 3 of my top worst Camp sites.
#1 Westwick Motel & RV park in Sioux Falls, SD. My site was in the grass about 6 inches away from the wall of the back of one of the motel shacks that they rented. The worst part, besides it being almost impossible to get level, was the water & electric hook up. It was behind the Trailer & on the wrong side but still even worse was that I had to look for it inside a pit that was covered by overgrown grass (3 feet tall) & had to straddle myself over this deep hole which I almost broke my leg falling into as I reached over to plug in. Also got some shirtless looking seedy people drifting out of the adjacent motel doors staring at my unit. I had to keep the shotgun close by just in case. Truly a dump!
#2 Would have to go to Cheroke C.G. in Helena, Al. Very nice people that owned it but it was in dire need of repairs. I was escorted & guided into my back in site up this hill that backed up to the edge of the cliff above the lower tier of Rv's. The electric panel had loose wires dangling & the receptacle for the 30 amp fell out when I plugged in. The power worked but it was a hazard that I pointed it out after I hooked up & was told "yeah it looks like it needs to be fixed , some of these campers just yank on the plugs when they leave". Whatever! also the sewer hose went into the ground which had a piece of rotted plywood covering so the flies were everywhere & it was odorous. Lastly was the screaming kids & neighbors that had their dogs running loose which had gotten into a nasty fight & I believe one of the dogs got injured badly, Pit bulls by the way.
I only stayed overnight at these two places as I was trying to cover miles to my destination.
#3 I would give to Grand Forks C.G. in Grand Forks ND. This place wasn't as bad as the first two but they are on dirt ground surfaces & leveling was a minor issue at first, that is until the rain storm that night. I found the Trailer was tilted in the morning somewhat towards the slide area & the wheels had sunk about 5-6 inches into the mud. I was also greeted by about a thousand mosquitoes as I opened the Trailer door in the morning. The rain had stopped & the sun was out for the rest of my 2 days but the water puddles & mud remained as if it just rained until the day I left. I was told the soil is cherished by the farmers for that water retention quality which is great for them but not for an RV. I was covered uo to my ankles with mud when I left as the level jacks were caked & so were the tires & safety chains, it was horrible. The mosquitoes are jokingly called the "state bird of North Dakota" by the locals, This was in mid August . If they had cement pads or at least gravel it would have been so much better.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:43 PM   #3
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Vicksburg Battlefield Kampground - Vicksburg Ms.

We travel frequently between Atlanta and Dallas where one daughter lives. Vicksburg is about 1/2 way. We stayed at this campground last year on the way to visit our daughter in Texas. The only redeeming value of this campground is that it's right off the interstate and easy to get in/out of.

But if I hadn't prepaid a phone reservation I would not have stayed.
The campsites are bare of grass and washed out with large ruts and bare dirt. What used to be cement parking pads have washed out, cracked or just collapsed. The bath house was horrible - pretty much unusable. There were broken down and abandoned trailers taking up several of the campsites. The rest of the residents looked like they were drunk or high. The "power pedestal" was unusable. The office had wire mesh over the windows and door and looked armored like an inner city pawn shop. The lady that ran the place was a total joy (NOT). We were going to go into Vicksburg for dinner but I decided we shouldn't leave the rig because security wise it just felt scary. We stayed in our trailer and left early the next morning.

I normally add reviews - and I did trash this place out on several sites including Google Maps. But I didn't discover RV Park Reviews until a year or so after we stayed there. RV Park Reviews doesn't encourage writing reviews except for shortly after a visit - and I can see why. And they ask a lot of questions (like $ paid) that I can't remember now.
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My worst camp experiences have always had more to do with the people than the environment.

Watching a group of completely drunk individuals burning palm frawns in their fire pit at 3 am while playing with their firearms at the picnic table 20 feet from us, watching them pass out in a small field of poison oak and waking up the next morning screaming in pain while dealing with horrific hang-overs... was entertaining at least.
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I've had a few bad experiences, mainly due to neighbors staying up late and getting drunk. Almost every campground I have visited was nice, especially provincial parks. My first trip was actually my worst; a full timer in the site next to me would warm-up his diesel truck at 6am every morning for 20 minutes, Apparently he was too special to park in his own spot and must have gutted the emissions equipment on his brodozer...It was LOUD.
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Vicksburg Battlefield Kampground - Vicksburg Ms.

We travel frequently between Atlanta and Dallas where one daughter lives. Vicksburg is about 1/2 way. We stayed at this campground last year on the way to visit our daughter in Texas. The only redeeming value of this campground is that it's right off the interstate and easy to get in/out of.

But if I hadn't prepaid a phone reservation I would not have stayed.
The campsites are bare of grass and washed out with large ruts and bare dirt. What used to be cement parking pads have washed out, cracked or just collapsed. The bath house was horrible - pretty much unusable. There were broken down and abandoned trailers taking up several of the campsites. The rest of the residents looked like they were drunk or high. The "power pedestal" was unusable. The office had .
Same experience a few years ago. Actually got the name of the CG from a Vicksburg tourist brochure. Drove in and past a 5er sitting on blocks without wheels, the office door was almost off the hinges and barely made it around the tight and knarled loop road with old rvs that looked abandoned or stolen and stripped. Drove over to the Battleground park visitors center and complained. They sent me to another CG about 10 miles east but very nice. Am surprised that the crappy CG has not been closed by public health dept.
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My absolute WORST experience wasn't with the RV - it was with my Boy Scout Troop.

We were canoeing the Flint River in Georgia on a two day trip. Our overnight was at a county park on the side of the river. When we pulled in about 4pm there wasn't a soul in the site. About 5pm a bunch of leather clad bikers pulled in with a large rental truck. They started unloading big tents, a full size boxing ring, and lots of beer kegs.
By 7pm there were hundreds of bikers and their girls. There were generators running and lights and loud music. There was a boxing tournament going on. There were people shooting guns at beer cans and everybody was getting more and more drunk.

This was in the days before cell phones. We came in by canoe (no cars or trucks) and it was way too dark to go out by canoe till morning. We were camping on the edge of the field they were using and basically ignored us (for now) but I was getting really concerned for my entire party. Not to mention that the boxing was bare nuckles and there was considerable blood. And many of the girls (this was the '70s) were dancing topless. I told the boys to get in their tents and go to sleep (yea right).

About 10pm I notice a County Police care pull down the one road into the park and quickly back out.

About 11, what must have been EVERY law enforcement officer in a 4 county area showed up, sirens and lights blazing and encircled the encampment (we wound up outside the circle thank goodness!). There were park rangers, Department of Natural Resources Ranger, State Patrol, County Sheriff and every local sheriff and police they could find - I'm sure I even saw Andy and Barney there, they must have driven in from Mayberry. The officers all got out and stood on the back side of their cars, some holding long weapons but nobody pointing anything. By now all the kids are out of their tents to see the show (you know boys) and I made them all lay on the ground behind a slight rise. The County Sheriff met with someone from the bikers group for a few minutes . . . . . And everybody started packing up. Whew!

About 1am everyone was gone. One of the officers came over and apologized. He said the group had applied for a permit to use a local state park and been denied - they had showed up at the state park anyway and been run out that afternoon. So they just moved to the county park figuring the County Sheriff wouldn't have the resources to run them off.

I have nothing against bikers - I have several good friends who ride in clubs. And perhaps nothing would have gotten out of hand. But it was the proliferation of guns and alcohol that had me scared - and this group apparently had a reputation locally.

I had more than a few phone calls from parents after kids got home from that trip.
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My absolute WORST experience wasn't with the RV - it was with my Boy Scout Troop.

We were canoeing the Flint River in Georgia on a two day trip. Our overnight was at a county park on the side of the river. When we pulled in about 4pm there wasn't a soul in the site. About 5pm a bunch of leather clad bikers pulled in with a large rental truck. They started unloading big tents, a full size boxing ring, and lots of beer kegs.
By 7pm there were hundreds of bikers and their girls. There were generators running and lights and loud music. There was a boxing tournament going on. There were people shooting guns at beer cans and everybody was getting more and more drunk.

This was in the days before cell phones. We came in by canoe (no cars or trucks) and it was way too dark to go out by canoe till morning. We were camping on the edge of the field they were using and basically ignored us (for now) but I was getting really concerned for my entire party. Not to mention that the boxing was bare nuckles and there was considerable blood. And many of the girls (this was the '70s) were dancing topless. I told the boys to get in their tents and go to sleep (yea right).

About 10pm I notice a County Police care pull down the one road into the park and quickly back out.

About 11, what must have been EVERY law enforcement officer in a 4 county area showed up, sirens and lights blazing and encircled the encampment (we wound up outside the circle thank goodness!). There were park rangers, Department of Natural Resources Ranger, State Patrol, County Sheriff and every local sheriff and police they could find - I'm sure I even saw Andy and Barney there, they must have driven in from Mayberry. The officers all got out and stood on the back side of their cars, some holding long weapons but nobody pointing anything. By now all the kids are out of their tents to see the show (you know boys) and I made them all lay on the ground behind a slight rise. The County Sheriff met with someone from the bikers group for a few minutes . . . . . And everybody started packing up. Whew!

About 1am everyone was gone. One of the officers came over and apologized. He said the group had applied for a permit to use a local state park and been denied - they had showed up at the state park anyway and been run out that afternoon. So they just moved to the county park figuring the County Sheriff wouldn't have the resources to run them off.

I have nothing against bikers - I have several good friends who ride in clubs. And perhaps nothing would have gotten out of hand. But it was the proliferation of guns and alcohol that had me scared - and this group apparently had a reputation locally.

I had more than a few phone calls from parents after kids got home from that trip.
But you know those boys will remember that story for the rest of their lives! After all isn't that part of growing up in the boy scouts. Having said that, thank God everything turned out ok and no one was hurt! Great story!
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My worst camp experiences have always had more to do with the people than the environment.
Yup, same here.

Had a guy last year that left his huge spotlights on, blinding all of us at our site on 4th of July. He was a peach. I wanted to go smash his lights out, decided against it. Looked around for tape so we could tape paper over it, couldn't find any though.

Usually its the crowd of drunken loudmouths having an argument about who is more annoying. I especially love it when they are cursing and screaming in front of my toddlers, that's always special.

Holiday weekends are usually the worst in my opinion. We have friends who don't have as generous of a paid leave allowance as we do, so in order to maximize time spent camping with friends, we usually camp on Memorial and Labor Days, as well as 4th of July. Gets quite trashy during those time frames, I have noticed.
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Yup, same here.

Had a guy last year that left his huge spotlights on, blinding all of us at our site on 4th of July. He was a peach. I wanted to go smash his lights out, decided against it. Looked around for tape so we could tape paper over it, couldn't find any though.

Usually its the crowd of drunken loudmouths having an argument about who is more annoying. I especially love it when they are cursing and screaming in front of my toddlers, that's always special.

Holiday weekends are usually the worst in my opinion. We have friends who don't have as generous of a paid leave allowance as we do, so in order to maximize time spent camping with friends, we usually camp on Memorial and Labor Days, as well as 4th of July. Gets quite trashy during those time frames, I have noticed.
We bought 5 acres of land in the middle of nowhere so we'd always have a spot. 5 years later and everything we have ever done to that land has been ripped off, stolen, etc..

My new years reservation this year was to buy more dogs, another rifle, and to find a place where camping is almost always awesome. Makes me miss my backpacking days... I was usually only cussing out myself on those trips.
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