Tuesday, October 3, 2023


Which of these camping places do you prefer?

When you go “camping” (or when you sit inside your multi-bathroom RV next to your fireplace and HD TV…) where do you most like to camp? Do you prefer a full-hookup RV park most? A state park? A Forest Service campground? Boondocking? Or do you prefer just pavement camping at a place like Walmart as you go from location to location?

Tell us in the poll below, and if you feel like being specific and sharing, please leave a comment!

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1 year ago

Sometimes I’d rather do a Walmart stop, sometimes dispersed, sometimes I’d rather have at least an electric hookup. It varies depending on what I can find and the weather.

1 year ago

I would do a little of each of the first four but now with persistent medical conditions it’s give me the hook ups in state parks and public lands an will do occasional RV park 55+.

1 year ago

FHU. I must have my amenities. Still having issues with the hot water when taking showers but at least I can do the dishes. Some state parks have FHU but they are hard to find unless you are a camp host which I plan to do after next year.

Tim Slack
1 year ago

I entered ‘water/elec’ but mostly because we volunteer @ state parks – and the park host sites are almost always FHU. When we’re traveling to/from, or between gigs, we prefer FHU sites.

1 year ago

There aren’t many (decent?) dispersed or BLM sites east of the Mississippi… so, mostly state parks (various states). I don’t want clubhouses or “events” or any of that crud, and don’t want to pay more than $25. I don’t care about on-site septic or water — that’s why I have tanks. I don’t really care about power, with the exception of skirting “Generator Nannies”… if I can’t use my ultra-quiet genny, then sure I’ll take a plug. I may have a comfy mattress instead of a tent, but this is still “camping” to me — escape from TV and internet!

Diane Mc
1 year ago

If we weren’t 38ft and towing we would do state parks as well as private parks We’ve done a few in the past, always somewhat stressful because of size of sites (even when making reservation told we would fit). We like smaller private parks near small towns run by families. When just traveling, like our trip from CA to FL, we take 10 days. All but one travel day we just hook up electric. Would be nice to find more parks that have electric only & charge accordingly. Some do. Many times, though, they are difficult to get into without unhooking.

Brian Burry
1 year ago

Full hook-ups are priority. We enjoy Travis day glamping with our dog, not camping.

Roy Davis
1 year ago

I think the answer for us is dependent upon what our plans are and the location. If we’re in the sweltering heat of Texas, Arizona, Florida, or places like that, I want the full hook-up RV park with 50 amp electric. However, if we’re in the mountains or forest areas, we prefer state parks, as long as they have a dump station. We will do a Harvest Host but can’t tell you the last time we did a WalMart.

Ralph Woznick
1 year ago

A state park that has only electric hook-up. No water.

Jeff Craig
1 year ago

We love staying in our WA State Parks, and if they have FHU’s then that’s even better.

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
1 year ago

When we were younger we would do much more primitive camp sites and camp grounds. Now in our late 70’s we desire the full hookups and more amenities. Age eventually takes its toll. Stay safe, Stay well.

1 year ago

Amen you guys, amen!! This getting old business sucks but, I guess it’s better on this side of the dirt LOL!

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Lindalee

Hi, Lindalee (and Dick and Sandy). I like to say that getting old sucks, but it’s better than the alternative. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

1 year ago

I prefer state campgrounds with no hookups; i.e., “tent sites.” I do like to have a bathroom available, either flush toilets (really nice) or pit toilets (acceptable). Anything else, I can provide.

John E Bloxham
1 year ago

A combination of RV Park and BLM

Vernon James
1 year ago

We prefer an ocean front County park with no hookups.

Glenda Alexander
1 year ago

The ideal situation for me is to stay at Corps of Engineers and state parks with water and electricity hookups for most of the time. Then, when it’s time to empty my tanks, I like to spend a night at a full-hookup site. I don’t mind boondocking in mild weather.

John R Rose
1 year ago

Bought an acre of property in western North Carolina, put in septic sewer water well and electric. Two extra hook ups for guests and I stay there all summer.

Tracy Schulz
1 year ago

For us, it depends on what we are looking to do. My spouse would prefer hook-ups all the time but we have made wonderful discoveries by boondocking so it really comes down to what is the goal of each trip (adventure).

1 year ago

I said other because it depends on what we have planned, if it is fishing, hiking or biking we would prefer to boondock or forest service park. If we plan to visit “city” sites we will want a convenient RV park.

1 year ago

We enjoy staying at Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome sites. These sites provide opportunities to meet people and support businesses, while still camping without having to be at a campground.

1 year ago

We are in our mid 70’s and don’t boon dock in the dirt. We want to have full hook-ups or at least power and water so we can enjoy our motorhome inside and outside.

Bob Palin
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

Your motorhome comes with built in power and water, no need for external sources, at least for a few days at a time.

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