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Old 07-31-2012, 08:17 AM   #21
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We like the Florida State Parks that we have stayed at. Facilities vary by location, but in general most of the sites are water/electric only and limited to RV's under 30 feet. Some do have full hookups, but all are limited to 2 week stays. We have been at a private, family owned campground on Cape Cod for about 6 weeks, which has been great. The MA state parks in the area have the 2 week limit and no full hookups, so they were really not an option. When we are traveling longer distances, we usually stay overnight en-route at KOA's. You know what you are getting and its easy to book on-line from the laptop or I-phone. Also some of the other parks have minimum 2 night stays, especially on weekends.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:46 PM   #22
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We have stayed several times, at Myrtle Beach State Park and other state park CG's in South Carolina. For $20.00 per night for
over 65 state resident, you can't beat it! For about $3.00 more you can have full hook ups. Never had any trouble with noise. Rangers patrol all over the parks fairly frequently. Great unline reservation system.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:04 PM   #23
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Being in NW Missouri, would someone please recommend a COE park to me? We've got no children, love solitude, somewhere by a lake this time of year, and quiet at night! We've only stayed in one state park (3 times) so, but we've only owned our new TT about 2 months now.

Also, wonderful input from all members here. Some things I would've never thought of and other I took for granted therefore a nice gestor to read it and shake my head, YES!

Thank You so much to all and keep it coming, I'm really enjoying this!
Check this site out... it may help you find what you're looking for:

http://www.rv-camping.org/COECampgrounds.html
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:39 PM   #24
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Being in NW Missouri, would someone please recommend a COE park to me? We've got no children, love solitude, somewhere by a lake this time of year, and quiet at night! We've only stayed in one state park (3 times) so, but we've only owned our new TT about 2 months now.

Also, wonderful input from all members here. Some things I would've never thought of and other I took for granted therefore a nice gestor to read it and shake my head, YES!

Thank You so much to all and keep it coming, I'm really enjoying this!
http://www.recreation.gov/recgovHome...pTabIndex=Home

This site will show you what is available from the COE throughout the nation, you can also reserve your COE site on this website. When we got our TT we took a weekend and explored all the campgrounds in central and southwest missouri, checked out sites and made notes about which ones we liked and which ones we didn't. The wife made a notebook complete with campground maps and notes about which sites we liked at each campground. We like the COE parks around Pomme de Terre Lake, Wheatland and Damsite are two we like alot. We were going to go to Stockton State Park this month but had to cancel, it's pretty nice as well. I am sure there are some up in your area, just check it out on the website and take a day trip to see if you would like it.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:33 PM   #25
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It really depends on the state and how they manage the state parks. Michigan does a great job with their state parks and forest campgrounds, and most are on or near swim-able water. In Illinois - forget it - they are horrible (in comparison). Wisconsin's parks are not too bad, but it really depends on the parks.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:37 PM   #26
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We have found state parks are older and have shorter sites [ due to having been built back when a 20 foot trailer was the norm and slideouts weren't yet popular]- The COE parks are newer and sites are longer and wider- Commercial campgrounds are more convenient when traveling because of their locations near major roads and cities [ EZ on and off]- We prefer pull-through sites when traveling and COE facilities when available- Bottom line = different strokes for different folks- JMHO- DD
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:15 PM   #27
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I live in Montana and do most of my camping in the national forest at dispersed camping sites. Dispersed camping spots are pull off areas with no set place to park. Most have a fire ring but nothing else, they are first come, first serve and free. I have 2 6 volt golf cart batteries and carry a generator. I enjoy camping this way.

I also camp at Glacier National Park, set campground sites and bathroom facilities but no hook ups. They also are very strict on generator usage and quite hours.

Camped at a few commercial campgrounds also but would much rather be out in the forest.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:21 PM   #28
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1st choice is Corps of Engineers (COE) parks. They seem to be the best maintained.
2nd choice is state parks. Not as well maintained but that really depends on the state you are in.
3rd choice is private/commercial. Sites are usually too close together and overpriced.
We prefer COEngr/Fed camps since we have the "old geezer pass" which lowers the rate to half & no entry fee.We also buy the Tx Park pass that waives the day use fees at Tx parks,we have stayed in only a few pvt camps and that was 1979.
the Fed Senior pass (cant remember proper name,golden pass?) is for 62+ and costs $10 for life.you get into most all FEd camps,national parks etc free and camping is usually half of normal rate
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:30 PM   #29
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Early in our marriage we did the state parks and local beaches. Eventually, we bought into a 'membership' c/g years ago (from someone trying to get out of one, so we got it for next to nothing - we didn't buy a 'new' contract). We are grandfathered into our yearly fee which doesn't go up and equivalent to camping 2 nights at a public privately owned c/g locally. The membership payed itself off the first year traveling across country for three summers with our kids (we had a reciprocal agreement that allowed us to stay at c/g's across the country for $2 a night in the 1990's and $10 a night now in 2012)...

We like the 'membership campgrounds' because if your fellow campers are stupid/drunk/obnoxious at 11pm they kick you out! It's nice to have soap to wash your hands in the bathrooms. At my age, I prefer to relax by a pool with the kids. Even better when we go on a Saturday they have activities scheduled. No matter.... everytime we camp with the kids we take hikes/bike with them also. Membership makes sense for us mainly because we camp a lot

Otherwise, one thing we do enjoy is camping at one of the local state beaches for a night or two ($40 no electric or water though). Last year we sprung $70 for a night at a private c/g to visit other family who booked there... way overpriced.
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We prefer state parks over private. I don't care for the whole seasonal thing and all the state parks I have stayed only allow 15 consecutive days and you have to get out.
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