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Old 10-13-2018, 12:05 PM   #1
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Packed Campgrounds & Parks Impede RV Freedom

Interesting article by Chuck Woodberry, Publisher of RV Travel Newsletter which was republished in RV Business.

https://www.rvbusiness.com/2018/10/wo...rvers-freedom/
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Old 10-13-2018, 12:25 PM   #2
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Too funny, as I sit in this packed RV park this weekend, I told my wife if we go full time we need to find parks that are not packed all the time. With the exception of Fort Wilderness as it does not feel packed although it is.
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Old 10-13-2018, 12:57 PM   #3
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Good article. Too bad he didn't address older campgrounds that have sites so narrow (pre-slideouts) that barely have room between them.

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Old 10-13-2018, 01:41 PM   #4
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Good article, and I am sure the author could have filled a book with the many facets he was probably unable to address. I started using RVs in the 70s and I too have noticed many of the same things. Although, we hardly ever experience the crowding in RV parks that the author mentions. Mostly because we don't do RV parks. We primarily dry camp or boondock. It's a rare occasion that we stay anywhere that has hookups.
Often after trips we meet others who have RVs and we share our pictures and stories. We find the reactions we receive to be mixed. Let me explain what I mean by that. We have noticed a growing trend. Often times people love our stories and our photos and memories. Almost all of them remark how they want to do the same. We have often times invited many of these people to join us. At first, they are motivated and give the typical "yea, lets do this...". Then we set the date and tell the location and that's when they back out. Because more often than not we plan a location that is a 'boondock' location or a no hook up state (or other) campground. We have one neighbor two houses up whom we have never camped with but whom is always expressing the desire. They have a nice Coachman bunkhouse. However, my neighbors wife absolutely will NOT camp without full hook ups. At the same time she complains about the campgrounds always being booked up and full. We point out that where we go is usually lots of open space. The husband questions about the use of the bathroom and asks me about emptying and cleaning my black tanks. He refuses to let anyone (including his wife and children) go 'number 2' in his trailer. So yet another reason why they can't (won't) boondock or dry camp. So they are talking about selling their RV because they hardly get to use it. Yet in the same sentence, the will invariably say, "We wish we could use ours as much as you use yours."
We meet more and more people with the mindset that camping is full hook ups, RV park or nothing. When they do try to dry camp, they get frustrated because the microwave or TV doesn't work without power. The batteries go dead in two to three days because they have no clue how to conserve and expect the trailer to work just like a house. Or the best one, "no cellular or WiFi service." People need to learn to unplug.
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"We meet more and more people with the mindset that camping is full hook ups, RV park or nothing. When they do try to dry camp, they get frustrated because the microwave or TV doesn't work without power. The batteries go dead in two to three days because they have no clue how to conserve and expect the trailer to work just like a house. Or the best one, "no cellular or WiFi service." People need to learn to unplug."

More power to them. Stay far away from our favorite spots.

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Old 10-13-2018, 06:30 PM   #6
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We do approx 100 nights/year and are out almost every weekend when the temps are above freezing. This year we did a little over 3 weeks in developed campgrounds with full hookups. The rest are boondocking.

I don't dislike developed campgrounds per say. And I have to admit that the ones that we do stay at are great, nice people, great amenities and activities for the kids, etc. However, I couldn't live that way 100+ nights a year. I enjoy the quiet and relaxation that boondocking provides. It's not for everyone and I can't blame anyone for wanting full hookups all the time if that's what they enjoy. But, there are so many great places to see and things to do when you break away from the campground.
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Pretty much what Midnighmoon said.
When we camp, we camp for a couple of weeks to a few months at a time (retirement = flexibility ). For most trips, we boondock for the relaxation as much as possible and stay in developed campgrounds for the amenities when those appeal to us.
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It can still be done, we just got back from Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Craters of the Moon, Staying at campgrounds with services. We think of our RV as a hotel room that has our own stuff in it. We only booked two nights ahead once mostly one and got a site each time.
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If we had to we could camp on the side of the rode ( two 6 volt batterys & a 2000 honda ) but being in a unknown place we feel safer in a camp ground.
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We used to do boondock with two kids and motor bikes in a tent trailer years ago but thats not what we like now. We camp with friends or we are going to places we didn't have time to see in our younger years.
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