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Old 02-14-2016, 03:48 PM   #11
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Private CG's are profit motivated and will charge what ever they can get away with. Location, location, location means everything. You'll also likely pay an event premium when something big [like the Indy 500 or Ncaa final 4] and the sewer and property taxes don't skyrocket that week. We do not do private and franchise CG's that advertise all the adminities. We don't go camping to sit in a CG and expect it to be an amusement park. Only alternative to get into state parks is to plan in advance. Retirement helps so you can come and go when others are back to work and to school.

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Old 02-14-2016, 04:17 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Paintinfool3 View Post
I have no problem with tents or pop-ups taking whatever sight they want. the big problem nowadays is that with the size change of campers to huge lol a lot of campgrounds just aren't equipped to handle many of them at one time so it puts a big question mark into where we can go and actually fit. Some of the parks just weren't designed for big rigs on every site and some weren't designed for big rigs at all
And not trimming trees on the main path up to 14 feet

I went to a camp ground near New Berlin NY and just by luck I stopped to look around, because it was dark out, and again by luck I looked up an saw the power wire resting on the first 3 feet of my roof.
Would have lost every thing on my roof.

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Old 02-16-2016, 07:53 AM   #13
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:31 AM   #14
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I guess there are a couple of different issues. We don't mind paying higher prices for our camping but comparing it to hotel rooms is apple to oranges. Most hotels frown on having a fire pit... But if I am paying above average for a campground I expect two things. Firstly that I can get my rig to the site and secondly that I can get into the site and access the services that were advertised. One of the things we have noticed is that many campgrounds are modifying their sites to be more "big rig" friendly but are not adjusting the location of the water/sewer/electrical connections. This can be problematic. I also agree that many campgrounds forget that not only is length an issue but height as well. We damaged our fifth wheel last year on an small overhanging tree branch in a park that was advertised as friendly to large units. Yes my fault....

I am happy to pay premium dollars but want to be able to get to my site and get into my site without "white-knuckling" it all the way in.
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:48 AM   #15
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In California even the State Parks are charging premium rates at many CG. A beach front full hook-up but no frills or space is $65 night.
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Old 02-16-2016, 12:47 PM   #16
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Just booked 2 nites in a private CG about 3 miles [they say] from the Alamo. Were going to go to a State Park but closest is 40+ miles and wou d be a problem leaving the dogs all day to drive into the city. SP CG $26/nite plus entry fee and private CG $40 w/ Good Sams discount. Dogs stay in AC all day and we can stop back and walk them a couple times during the day. Private is not something I do as a general rule but sometimes its the right solution. Moving north of Austin on Friday [booked reservation this am on line] but have found out that Tx state parks routinely are full months in advance in Tx. Gave up on picking a specific park as we don't plan on sitting at the camp site much so just confirmed at on closest to my target area.
I don't need or want special amenities like pools and cable. Only expectation in a CG is a level site, E/W hookups, and clean showers.

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