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3 years ago

The amazing thing with the full time clunkers is that they could live cheaper in an apartment than they can paying monthly for a campsite.

Bob Thompson
3 years ago

There is a travel revolution coming and it wIll increase the profitability of “Ten Buck Chuck’s”. Electric vehicles are the future of travel. By having a charging station, (which is included at each of the sites) the campground operator can increase the revenue since charging would take place primarily in daylight while RIVERS would be using the facilities overnight. Program the electric meter to run by the hour from 0900 to 1900 and all night otherwise. Locate them along the Interstates and get Elon Musk involved. Go Chuck

3 years ago

Ya know, it’s not the smoke from the campfire that bothers me, but the cigarette, cigar, and mary jane smoke that gets to me.

Ken Anderson
3 years ago

I like your idea about the instant campgrounds, but I disagree about the vault toilets/no dump station part. Many of those 450K RVs sold are small trailers or Class B motorhomes with puny water tanks and cassette toilets or porta-potties that need to be emptied every two to four days. Without showers or dump stations, such parks would be only a small improvement over dry camping.

3 years ago

I believe there are many cities that could use one of these quick stop/cheap places. Capital costs for approval and set up would severely impact most of our retirement nest eggs. But I still think it would work, ever where we are. I will ponder and looks for a good location. While I’m doing that, would you send investors my way.

3 years ago

You only have to convince your banker that you can make enough money in June, july & August to pay for a large piece of land, put in roads, water lines, whatever, keep your customers safe, (The local police are nit going to patrol your private property) provide sourcing for customers to find you and all ad-nauseaum. Paper plans do not make things happen…. In reality, a nation like the US with so many people able to travel, it seems that we would invest in the infrastructure to make camping available. Tax the Rv’s and put the tax back in the system. It happens a lot in Europe..

Chuck Woodbury
3 years ago
Reply to  John

June, July and August only? Have you been out at other times? Have you been to a Walmart in October or March? Look at the parking lot in most areas of the US. RVs. I’d prefer to look at ways something like my idea CAN be done rather than just find ways that it can’t.

And as far as police to keep customers safe? Come on — Federal campgrounds, Forest Service, BLM, etc. have no police patrols and often no other patrols. Some have camp hosts, but most do not. They have pay boxes that somehow manage to avoid break ins by crooks.

If every hotel at every significant Interstate off-ramp said “we can’t put up a hotel there for (name your reason),” there would be none there. Putting up a bare bones campground is cheap by comparison, REAL CHEAP! It can be done.

Don McKelvay
3 years ago

50 States, 5,000 Ideas: I was very disappointed in this book especially given it was a National Geographic publication. The pictures and information was good but there was no way to easily see what recommended sites unless one spent hours comparing the book to a map and to where one was going. If they had a small map for each state/province with red dots where the sites were it would be really useful.

Mike Sherman
3 years ago

Roadside ‘rest-area’ RV parking for a night has merit but some fine tuning might be in order. Two things are essential for the site to be successful. #1 – Adequate dumpster space for trash. #2 – An on-site host for security. Security cameras will get destroyed by vandals and the kiosk collecting money won’t withstand a sledge hammer for those determined to get at the money.

June Willoughby
3 years ago

I have often wondered what happens to an RV after it has lived its useful life and been junked. I’m not talking about the old ones people live in full time, but a true junker. Is there such thing as an RV graveyard or do they just get broken up and dragged off to landfill someplace?

Arthur Henry
3 years ago

We have a R.V. salvage yard in southwest, Mo. Colaws, It’s along Interstate 44 between Springfield and Joplin Mo. A good place to shop for parts and supplies.

H. King
3 years ago

Hey, Chuck, here in Manning, SC, our Wal Mart only allows one over nite. Seems W/M would have a blank policy covering all sites.

Bob Gash
3 years ago

Sadly, I second your thoughts regarding the future of Walmart stays.

Last week, I shopped at our local store, and there were 3 extremely(!) ratty-looking rigs, and their occupants had their lawn chairs, coolers, etc…, spread out and blocking a number of parking and green areas.

We drove by the next afternoon, and they were still “camped” in the same spots. My wife commented it won’t be long before they discontinue overnight stays…

Ralph Brown
3 years ago

With Memorial Day just behind us I’m a little confused why in the the section this week in history June 6 1944 was not mentioned. Many brave men died on that day gaining a foothold into occupied France . We remember it as D Day

Glenn L.
3 years ago

Not always so easy to set up an RV park. Zoning issues, EPA regs, area resident protests, etc. Yet the concept has merit. Convience is the mantra of our time. Therefore the automated system just might work. Add to that a phone app so folks could reserve and pay en-route.

Eric Eltinge
3 years ago

Just tried booking any campsite for CA state beaches in the month of June. Nothing available. With the tiny tanks in a B-class motorhome, I have to stay at full hookup campgrounds often. Could stay at Motel 6 for the same $65.00 per night. RVing is a travel preference, like owning a sailboat. It will never “pencil out.”

3 years ago

We, like others have noticed the terrible trend of taking prime campsites and turning them into mini-hotels with cabins. That is not our definition of a campground. A lot of our favorite spots have been taken this way.
Added to that are the increasing hordes of folks living full time in parks and campground now. Some due to not being able to afford any other way. Here in California even the state parks are filling up with these units, Very easy to spot….tons of firewood, little fences setup around their rigs, skirts on the fifth wheels.
We like the idea of building more parks along un-used land on the highways..

Jim Vernes
3 years ago

RV Golf has the solution. For $99 a year you can park free at over 400 beautiful Golf Courses, Resort Hotels and RV Resorts, all over North America.

3 years ago

I won’t stay at a KOA. Too pricey, too corporate minded. I’m a Life Member of Good Sam and always found their parks to be welcoming. I love the Mom and Pop’s, for the most part, and have had very good luck with them. Please try them again. I’m hoping you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.

Marcel Ethier
3 years ago
Reply to  George

I agree with you George. I would rather stay in a hotel than a KOA – much cheaper and they provide the bed and give me breakfast for the same price. We are members of Good Sam, PA and We often stay in Mom & Pop parks and have found some lovely ones at reasonable prices. A few, not so great, but it sufficed for an overnight. We may be lucky as we have always found parks to stay at but then we travel usually in the fall and spring.

Linda Whitted
3 years ago

Why do you recommend the Convection Cookbook that is written for a conventional convection oven rather than a microwave/convection oven that is found in RVs and is over 10 years old? Read the reviews!

Bonnie Bowers
3 years ago

I think Walmart should open up their own RV campground. Their parking lots are so huge and I have never seen them totally used…..why waste land…build a simple RV park where an overnighter can stay and use an automated service (which I think is an absolutely great idea! ) if they want to charge a little for the space. I know many Walmarts we have stopped at to shop while traveling have signs up “NO OVERNIGHT PARKING”. I have never spent the night at a Walmart because I think loiters will break into my truck which I drive separate from my motorhome and I seriously would not sleep anyway but if I they had an RV park, I would!