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Old 10-07-2016, 11:07 AM   #1
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RV "parking lots".

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.

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Old 10-07-2016, 11:12 AM   #2
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Check out some of the State Parks in your area. Many of them in my state have full hook ups, some of them only provide power and water spigots, but all of them have dump stations. When you say 'parking lot' the first thing I think of are KOA campgrounds. I'm not into those either (but sometimes they are great depending on why you're staying at one) Really, the only difference is you have to use the dump station before you head home, no biggie.

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Old 10-07-2016, 11:17 AM   #3
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Check out this site.

RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks

Also, Google satellite view is something I like to use to find out about parks and even look at the street view approaches to the park.

Doesn't the whole state of Nevada resemble a parking lot?
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:19 AM   #4
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My advice: If you don't want to be wall-to-wall with other RV's, then you have to start on the Boondocking Learning Curve.

I have rented at an campground exactly once. Not pleasant at all.

If you have ever tent camped or been out with the Boy/Girl Scouts, you are already 2 steps on the path to operating your RV without any hookups.

It is not hard at all. Just takes a bit of extra planning, using your resources wisely and some extra work at the end.

I wish you Good Luck on finding spread out campgrounds. But I recommend a few weekends at Camp Driveway or Camp Backyard with the trailer unplugged and running just on the internal tanks & battery to get a feel for how little it takes.

Then you'll be able to find your own (well beaten or otherwise) path...
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:23 AM   #5
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Look into RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks

It's my go-to reference for picking parks. Allstays app for smart phones is good for locating parks in an area, it also provides links to the above. Abt $10 IIRC.

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Old 10-07-2016, 11:25 AM   #6
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Thank's all. Good stuff.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:25 AM   #7
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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!

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Old 10-07-2016, 12:09 PM   #8
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Room is nice but harder and harder to find. Real Estate is so expensive and no one wants a rv park in their back yard so the costs dictate more spaces per given area. Also older parks were designed for small rigs without slides and now accommodate much larger rigs.

There are all kinds out there, you just have to look for what you want. Many people don't even appreciate what you are desiring.

Usually the less amenities, the more space you find between sites. Many state parks will have what you want then some would say that is to much.
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First drop the "resort" part of your search. State Parks, especially in the off seasons, and Federal properties [Nat' Forest and COE]. Pure boondocking may be too much for you this early, but primitive sites that provide vault toilets, water access, and very few other amenities give you a lot with larger spread out sites.
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:51 PM   #10
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I am new to RVing, but have a lot of experience with tent camping. We have been to four campgrounds - only the first one was with full hook ups, the rest were state parks, dry camping. I have a big battery, so in general energy is not an issue. In terms of the water consumption, we can survive easily 5-6 days on one fresh water tank (I think it is 42 gallons), we 2 small kids. It is just about being aware of the limitations you have.

Unfortunately, in California I need to reserve state park campgrounds 5-7 months ahead, when they open the reservation window.

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