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Old 04-07-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Camp Site Selection

Went on a little road trip today to look at camp sites at Rend Lake area in Illinois. The DW and I must have looked at over 200 camp sites around the lake. Kept our eye out for how level they were and electric only or full service. Any other things I should be looking at? Also I saw some mention of screens for range hood and a couple other places. Are those available commercially? Thanks for any input, I'm a rookie.

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Old 04-07-2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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from my experience only: we used to look for wooded, secluded and close to water camp sites. We quickly learned that meant : difficult parking due to trees and very buggy. We now aim for drive tru sites with cement pads! Exactly what we didn't we liked hahha.

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Old 04-07-2013, 07:57 PM   #3
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We look for level sites that appear easy to get into (especially with a long, tall trailer) and get out of, and enough room for the truck and a place to play some outdoor games, like cornhole and ladder ball. We have slides, so that is another factor in size of site. Like Boubou, we try to get some distance away from water, to avoid at least some bugs.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:10 PM   #4
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What I like in a campsite may not be what you like. I prefer private wooded sites. Level is good. Look for campsites that water may pool in. This is not fun. I like sites that do not back into other sites. I do not like sites that are on the outside of the loop and on a curve in the road. Headlights hitting the camper can be irritating.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:26 PM   #5
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Direction of he campsite is also important. A campsite where your camper door faces west means no shade in the afternoon.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:32 PM   #6
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I look for a site with the door facing east and shade on the west side.

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Old 04-07-2013, 09:45 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by drfife View Post
I look for a site with the door facing east and shade on the west side.

It's a Texas thing....

Morning sun, afternoon shade.
Also, wind usually comes out of the West.

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Old 04-07-2013, 11:10 PM   #8
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X3 on the direction of the space. I also look for ease of hookup to the pedestal, and how close I am to my neighbors sewer hookup. As far away from that one as possible is always a plus.
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Afternoon shade is probably THE most important tho as others have mentioned. I also like to have a nice view from the left side (not reading the stickers on the right side of my neighbor's TT).

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Living and camping in AZ we look for the door facing east for shade in the afternoon. We also have a screen tent for shade, so we look for a couple of trees to pitch that under also.


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