From reader Terry Little
Chuck, you are so correct regarding the current state about RV parks and the questionable quality of the units produced. Last year, I sold our 43-foot 5th wheel and the dually diesel truck we used to tow it.
In 1971 we started with a pop-up Apache Eagle when our son was 3 years old. At one point when our son was a teenager, we quit RVing since we had little time. We would fly to where we wanted to visit and then rent vehicles to visit the selected area and then fly back home.
Before retiring 8 years ago we got back into RVing. This was the sweet spot. The campgrounds were not crowded and the RVs worked. Your description of RVs and campgrounds today is totally correct. I was forced to book an ocean front site at Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, SC, 18 months in advance to get the site I wanted. I had to book 12 months in advance to get a site at Sun N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, FL.
On a trip across country 5 years ago I quickly learned I had to book campsites in advance just as you would book motels on such a trip. I was using a Forest River 35-foot travel trailer at the time. Many campgrounds today are filled with temporary workers who live full time and also by others who use their RVs as permanent vacation destinations.
Now we travel in our Toyota Highlander SUV and stay in motels. This works best for us now. Besides, we also now have a park model trailer at Sun N Fun, Sarasota, FL, and live in our regular house on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake in central VA.
Your comments are invited.