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Old 10-11-2016, 10:08 AM   #31
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I've only been at one KOA with our new camper. It was 'OK'. It was in the mountains here, even though it was pretty much a parking lot you still had good views and the pancake breakfast they served was pretty awesome. The woman that made my daughters breakfast made a huge elephant shaped pancake... it was cute I guess.. Where KOA's really shine, and frankly, the only reason I ever stay at one is if we are doing a multi-state trip and you want a decent spot to park that isn't a Walmart. The one we were at had cabin rentals, tent spots, pull through sites and of course full hookups. I'm taking our camper out to California in the spring to visit family and I plan on staying at a few KOA's on the trip out. Actual 'camping' wont start until we get there.
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:58 AM   #32
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:28 AM   #33
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I can only speak to most, KOA's in the west. They do not allow full timers and the vast majority do not have seasonal either. As more and more folks are RVing it is less profitable to have long term campers, It is much more profitable to have daily campers. I have stayed at probably 40 KOA's in the west and none of them had long term campers. JMHO
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:40 PM   #34
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I can only speak to most, KOA's in the west. They do not allow full timers and the vast majority do not have seasonal either. As more and more folks are RVing it is less profitable to have long term campers, It is much more profitable to have daily campers. I have stayed at probably 40 KOA's in the west and none of them had long term campers. JMHO
Agreed. I've never seen a 'trailer park' KOA out here. Guess that happens out east? I used to live in Georgia but was still 100% in back-packing / tent mode so I have zero experience with the KOA's east of us. About the only luxury item I had then was a stainless poop shovel.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:58 PM   #35
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You can also try the ReserveAmerica site. A lot of state parks are listed and you can reserve your spot. We usually stay in state parks on a site with electricity. The fridge and water heater work without using gas, and if it rains too hard for a fire we can always watch a movie. Water fill ups and dump stations in the park are almost always there. They even have pictures of the sites to help decide which one.
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:11 PM   #36
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RV "parking lots".

New England seems to have a lot of campgrounds that cater to "seasonals" in my experience, too. My guess is because the city folk want to own a second home "in the mountains" but due to the extreme costs of land and development, a $4500 seasonal site is a bargain. Being only an hour or so from Boston and a couple hours from CT, New Hampshire campgrounds certainly look good.

We've been dragging our 32ft TT now for 3 seasons to campgrounds and the occasional "resort." We are far from retired with young kids, and the full hookup sites are our preference. Coming from a traditional Scouting background, I suspect we'll return to the rustic state parks eventually. But the style of camping you do is very much based on your overall life style and current life situation.

New England has some true gems: "Bayleys" in Scarborough ME, "Glen Ellis" in Glen, NH are my favorite: because they have actual campsites that will accomadate larger units, are full hookup, and have the "resort" amenities that the kids love. BUT they are still offer "wooded" sites.

Our NH state parks all allow RVs but the sites and access roads were not built for RVs, so the rangers will say good luck as you roll past the registration window. Only two have hookups.


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Old 10-12-2016, 08:34 PM   #37
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We also started out tent camping with our two sons. If you wanted to find us during the weekend, we were in the woods by our favorite creek. No phones, power, bathrooms. Us, the kids, dog, tent, and the 4x4 pickup. We moved up to a small TT after access to our spot was restricted. We are now on our 2nd 5er, and due to the years catching up and DW's knees, we will enjoy our style of camping. We could do without sewer, but water and electric is a definite plus for us. It's also nice to have all your stuff to stay dry during a rain storm.
To everyone that enjoys tent camping, backpacking, and going primitive, I wish you Happy Trails. We truly enjoyed our time in the woods with our kids, and would do almost anything to return to that special time. But time and gravity is not our friend, the kids are grown and have their own families, so the two old folks and their two pups will enjoy roughing it gently.
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:51 PM   #38
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Allstays RV app

I recommend the Allstays RV app. It's not cheap-10 bucks or so but I use it everyday dreaming of the next trip. You will see the RV parking lots a mile off, but also one down the road in nature.

Some lots can't be avoided - i.e. We wanna hit a beach in LA --we go Bolsa Chica-it's such a freekin sardine parking lot- but on the beach n close to everything---you kinda know that going in. We want to go to sandiego for some museum thing- we go to expensive lot on mission bay.
But when it's time for nature, hit that app will keep you right- trust me
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Don't be afraid of leaving full hookups. It's not very hard to get used to. When we go to state parks with no hookups there is usually a water tap in the campground for filling your RV when you get there, we just fill up water at the tap in the campground and rely on the on board battery to power the water pump and lights and sometimes the radio in the coach. There is obviously no TV, microwave, etc., but I don't miss those. As far as waste, we never find ourselves max filling up either the black or grey tanks, and we just dump them at dump station in the campground before leaving. Go out and try the non-full hookup sites and enjoy!
Yeah, but not good for those with the smaller travel trailers with very small storage tanks. I'd have to dump mine too often, that would be a nightmare.
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Hello all. We are about 2 months into our new trailer (1st trailer ever). Loving it obviously.

In 1.5 months, we have taken the trailer out about 6 times. One thing I am learning, is that I am not a big fan of the "parking lot" type places. Since we are new at this and do not feel "ready" to venture away from full hookups just yet, is it true that 95% of the places with hookups are like parking lots? We are in Nevada and I have found only one place (an hour away) that was incredible, and not at all like a parking lot. The others? Parking lots. Ugh.

My question is this. Is there a website that I have yet to find that only shows non "parking lot" type places? I have been on the Good Sam website and it takes forever to filter through RV "resorts" to see photos and such of each place. I have scoured the internet for places within 3 hours of us. I want to avoid parking lots, and it appears that is not an easy task.

Anyone have any experience getting away from the parking lots and having full hookups?

Thanks for your time.

I know exactly how you feel... I bought my TT in Indiana and then camped in it three times at Illinois parks around Rend Lake. They have a variety of spaces, some with full hookups. First I tried Electric & Water only to save a few dollars... after that, I won't stay without full-hookups -- because I have a small trailer and I'd have to dump it every day or two -- even if I didn't use the toilet. Now, I'm in Nevada and wasn't aware but should have known about the 'parking lot' style "RV Parks"...

The only thing is that in the State Parks, a lot of times you have to reserve and you usually can't just extend your stay on a whim... I don't like to plan every moment of a trip.

Anyway, I have tried several of the parking lot styles in Las Vegas... I'm getting more used to them but it sure was nice having space, trees, and some privacy.
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