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A recent post refers to giving up their rv and going the hotel/motel route. I don’t blame them. That’s why we boondock.

That said, why don’t we see ads on the internet like those for hotels offering discounts and off-season pricing? You would think that if I do a search for Scooby Doo Campground and check their website that afterwards, their ads along with competitor ads would start appearing on my screen?

It would take a lot for me to go back to being a regular rv park user.

Mike
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Mike

I think most of the issues with fulltime and weekend RVing is the size of rigs available today verses the age and size of a lot of the parks. Most mom and pop parks were built in the 70s and 80s when slides were a luxury. We sell our 3 bdrm homes and purchase a rig to try to compensate for the loss of space. Now we have rigs with 5 slides and 3 a/c units. If you try to camp (opps) I mean glamp at one of these campgrounds even if it has been upgraded it can put a… Read more »

Chuck Woodbury
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Mike, good points!

–Chuck/editor

Ed Baldwin
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Ed Baldwin

I don’t see Chuck’s comments as negative, rather as an observation to be taken into consideration when choosing an RV park. I have experienced the exact same thing as Chuck in many private parks. i understand that the owners want to have a steady income, and I understand that some people buy the RV as a cheaper means to have a weekend place to go to. BUt I also think that the parks should be maintained to some level of decourm. Some of the parks we have stayed at with the “homesteaders” look like tin pan alley places. Quite frankly,… Read more »

James F
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James F

Keep the faith. I look forward to you news letter each week. I have been camping and RVing all my life. I retired in 2012 and for several years was full time. I now have a home base and only go several times a year. Today, to avoid those RV parks you are finding I do a lot of on line research. I start making reservations four to five months in advance. The days of finding the perfect spot by just driving in are long gone.

Karen
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Karen

Chuck and the RV Travel staff–keep up the great work! I like reading about positive experiences as much as anyone, but I would also be interested in reading about not-so-great camping experiences. Not because I’m “negative” or get off on schadenfreude, but because–like in life–it’s the challenges that strengthen our resilience and grow our character. Some of our less than stellar experiences: lovebugs splattered all over our windshield; mosquitoes attacking us; being shoehorned into a site at a sad mobile home park with a website that had deceptive photos taken OUTSIDE of the campground. But the positives have outweighed the… Read more »

S L
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S L

Chuck,

Really appreciate all you do and write about for all of our RVing benefit. Much of the negative, nasty worded emails to you are from little boys, regardless of their age, whose Mamas are gone from home so just ignore them as they only project their own anger on to you and don’t know anything about RVing. Keep up the good, good work we can trust!

Pete Almasi
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Pete Almasi

Sad to say we are giving up on RVing after this season. We purchased an old RV put some money and sweat into it to be road worthy only to find out that. To be able to book a site that you would enjoy requires one to take a day off work on the day the bookings open. And then be ready all the way up to your last computer stroke at the booking site,and hope and pray that you can perform all your key strokes within sixty seconds or all the sites at your pick will be booked for… Read more »

Richard Hubert
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Richard Hubert

Love this newsletter!

Greatly appreciate all the tips & advice provided as we prepare to go full time in our RV.

Ignore the trolls – they seem to be infecting all sites, no matter the topic. I know they have almost killed off some great RV & Travel bloggers (like Technomadia) but it is obvious they are simply ignorant, loner losers with nothing better to do.

Love this newsletter – keep it up!

Gregory Illes
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Gregory Illes

Hi Chuck (and Gail), I am simply LOVING your editorials. Please don’t let the naysayers influence you. There’s an old reference (don’t know where it came from): “Illegitimati non carborundum” — which is Latin for “Don’t let the bastards grind you down”. I hope you are getting some positive responses too, and I think it’s telling that KOA replied in a positive way. With all this surge in demand, it would seem that an upsurge in RV parks would be forthcoming. Problem is of course that the growth is unlikely to keep pace with the burgeoning RV population. As always,… Read more »

Diana GODFREY
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Diana GODFREY

If you are looking for the BEST security company…call SECURIGUARD…KELOWNA
I KNOW A SECURITY COMPANY THAT FAKE THEIR CHECKS AT A RV SITE.
SECURIGUARD IS HAND ON TO CHECK EACH RV IN PERSON.
IF YOU HAVE A COMPANY N U R NOT HAPPY ….PUT IN SCANNER BARS.

Leonard Szymkowiak
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Leonard Szymkowiak

How dare your people compare Saint Christopher with our Lady of the Dashboard, do you people condone that crap? Religious beliefs with sick humor.

Ed Fogle
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Ed Fogle

I’m staying at an RV park in similar conditions for two weeks. Each neighbor’s sewer drop is right where the next site’s sitting area is. At least you have grass. We are basically in an asphalt parking lot on a gravel site. One problem is most RV parks websites have few or no pictures of the sites. This makes it a gamble when choosing your next park in an area you’ve never been to.

Kayaklake
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Kayaklake

If you enjoy showering each day, starting off clean and reborn, boondocking doesn’t do it. And if you do not want the worry of finding sewer dump facilities, and locating fresh water, an RV park beats all the BLMs, LTVAs and Walmart lots. Boondocking is oversold and fine if you’re desperate for minimal cost and prefer avoiding others. But there is safety in numbers, another factor in favor of nice parks. Last, the call for smaller rigs is great while traveling or looking for national or state park sites, but staying in tiny rigs for six months or more is… Read more »

Arthur Jacobson
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Arthur Jacobson

We were RVers from 2009 to November, 2016. In our seven years owning two different RVs we volunteered or workcamped six of those years. Our experience taught us that many, many full timer RVers are older folks without either the desire or means to own a stick and brick home. In our travels we did find a few true nomads, RVers traveling from place to place for sheer enjoyment. Most of those we encountered were searching for a cheap place to stay. Volunteering gave them such places. For a certain amount of hours these folks, many of whom lived in… Read more »

TP
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TP

I have [seen] some of this in different parks too. There are old motorhomes that people live in full time that have not and will not move unless a tow truck comes and drags them away.
What I don’t get is these people could rent an apartment for the same or even less than what they are paying for long term site rent and 5 times the space to live in.

Pete Almasi Jr.
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Pete Almasi Jr.

In the words of my God son ,(WORD !).

Calvin Rittenhouse
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Calvin Rittenhouse

I second what Jeannie said. I never saw any part of a mobile home site that close to the next person’s site. I don’t have any better answers for those who do not boondock.

Jerry
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Jerry

Don’t loose faith. There are still many good, honest, thoughtful RVers out there. TouTube is what it is. I persoanaly stay away from it as much as possible..

Ken
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Ken

We’ve been to several RV parks in our travels that have the conditions that you encountered. It’s seems to be a result of greater income generation rather than updating the facilities on a regular basis. With RVing becoming more popular and nice well planned parks / campsites becoming a scarce, it prods our desire to possibly open our own campground after retirement rather than work camping.

Jerry Collis
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Jerry Collis

RV Fire Safety: RV manufactures provide yo with a 2 1/2 lb BC extinguisher which is so inadequate as to be almost useless. Not to mention that the chemical in the extinguisher is extremely corrosive. The provided extinguisher might (and I repeat the “MIGHT”) put out a pan fire if you can get to the extinguisher quick enough. Mac suggests a “non-corrosive foam extinguisher” as the best. However, he fails to mention that these are extremely expensive and can only be purchased from a company that services commercial businesses. You will not find this extinguisher in the local Walmart. I… Read more »

Terry Brown
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Terry Brown

I have the small extinguisher as mounted by the door in my F/W. (Little piece of junk). But I have 1 large extinguisher in the bedroom, 1 neat the kitchen, 2 medium in the storage compartment and 1 in my truck. That’s 5 potentially lifesaving extinguishers. I don’t care about the unit or the corrosive nature of the chemicals as long as we all get out safely. (I hope I never had to use the emergency exit windows!) also all are ABC extinguishers except the junky aerosol can extinguisher. Let’s just be safe.

Robert
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Robert

I have been reading your newsletter for years as my wife and I get ready to retire, sell off the house and go rving full time. First off, thanks for all the good info. Lately tho, I’m lncreasingly worried if we are making the right choice to go full time in an rv. For years we’ve been waiting for the time to come and now that it’s here we are having doubts. Damm !

Sue and Jim
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Sue and Jim

Robert, my husband and I have been RVing extensively for the last 13+ years and would have sold our house sooner than 2014 if the housing market had been more conducive to doing so. As Chuck has written in recent articles, it’s getting harder and harder to find suitable sites at parks and public RV parks and campgrounds (even our beloved military RV parks), particularly if you have a large rig. It’s one of several reasons we’ve decided to put our 5th-wheel in storage for a while and buy another house. We encourage you to at least try extended RV… Read more »

Bruce
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Bruce

Chuck is bringing up a lot of the negative side of some of the parks. I wouldn’t let some of the negative stuff on this sight influence your decision.
Full timing is a great life, it all come down to the individual.
Remember your house will be were you park it. Don’t like were you are, move on, I sure have a number of times..
There is always another adventure and sight just around the corner..
Enjoy life, it doesn’t last long enough!

Jeannie
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Jeannie

I have lived in several Mobile Home parks and they are not as crowded as many, if not most, RV parks, definitely not as bad as the KOA you showed in your article and video, despite Mobile Homes being much longer and wider than the largest RVs. In most areas, Mobile Home parks are heavily regulated and conditions like many RV parks have would never be allowed!