We use rvparksreviews.com, and do the same regarding how many reviews the member has posted.....only one review, maybe a park owner? Many members have posted many reviews, and those reviews have helped a lot. We use an app RVparky and Google Earth. If we all take the time to review the parks we stay in, we can help each other plan our trips.
This doesn't involve RV parks, but I am posting it when I can. It was given to us by a Trucker at a TA. It is an app: Trucker Path. ( it does include whether overnight parking is permitted)tells you where to find fuel stations along your route.
Scottiemom, we do exactly that. Never thought suggesting clearly marked roads and signs would be considered unreasonable.
I think we plan exactly like the above recommendations. Never expected such a lashing and lectures for only suggesting properly marked spaces and road signs. We also drive about 200 miles a day. We use Google Earth. We do use rvparksreview.com , although one member posted he hated it. We use rvparky and trucker path.
The RV Park owner seemed to get it.
Rvcamperowneroperator, thank you so much for your post. What I described yesterday was not meant to bring so many comments about "if you can't drive in a park, you shouldn't be driving an RV". It would be very difficult to plan trips, or drive on interstates without clearly marked signs. Also, there are differences in RV's and what you are towing. As Big Kahuna posted, some parks don't have space at the office to unhook your toad. ( We didn't plan to anyway). I'll admit that after driving in the rain, arriving in an RV park with gravel roads with poor drainage, park was in the mountains so there was fog, 175 spaces on 3 teirs, being handed a map and pointing down the hillside and saying "thataway" may have caused some extra stress.
We never want to harm campground's hook ups, grass or campground landscaping. I'll also admit that we don't want to damage our motorhome or toad ( as Big Kahuna described "over hanging limbs, and bushes scratching the sides of our rig").
It sounds like you are a park owner that care about your customers, and takes pride in your park. We are in a park right now that has good signs, and the space numbers are easy to read. That's all we were saying. We certainly didn't think it would turn into nasty comments about map reading in rv parks.
Again, thank you for your input as a park owner.
Laman, you read our post and totally understood that we are not complaining about price. We just think that clearly marked "street/gravel" roads is not too much to ask of rv park owners. I did comment that an RV park charging $43.00 a night might be able to afford readable signs. They don't need to be fancy, just clear. Site numbers need to be clearly visible. As I stated in the above post, a fellow rv'ers pulled in the wrong direction, and ran over the sewer connection. If pull thrus are mixed in with back in's, that can be confusing. We certainly were not expecting Concierge service or special attention. We were not complaining about prices at RV Parks.
No need for rude comments about our map reading skills. That was not the purpose of the thread. Frankly, I haven't started threads in years, and now I remember why.
We've owned 9 RV's. We are driving our second Tiffin Phaeton. By far, Tiffin has been the best. The reason so many Tiffin owners go to Red Bay, Ala is it is a motorhome town. We can get upgrades done and a lot of us use Red Bay Deisel for maintenance. They have great customer support. "Wherever you go, we go" really is true.
I don't think you can make a bad choice here. Tiffin and Newmar are both good.
There was a long discussion on Facebook about "dry" camping and Boondocking. Mostly for overnight stays where you don't want to unhook. ( although there are some that say they can do it in 3 minutes). We put locks on ours, and a a protect-a-Tow. We may try dry camping. It would be for over night only. We are in a space right now ($43.00) . Finding the site was like the above member described. "Winding thru the forest" looking for broken faded signs and space e numbers. 40' moho pulling a toad. No way to back up. Long story short, it would have been less stressful to just pull over and dry camp.
Very helpful thread!
We unhook when we are staying a couple of days. We simply want an easy in and out. Today, we were tired and hot, it had rained most of the way. They have a golf cart they cruise around on, why not help you find the pull thru's that are mixed in with the back ends. This park has 175 spaces. Most back in, a few pull thru's. Its on 3 tiers! "Thataway"? Which way? Faded signs. Gravel roads. at least paint some #@%# arrows and signs. Better, would you like someone to show you your space? ?
We have been on the road several weeks, stopping at different RV parks each night. We have paid $36.00 to $50.00 a night to have a save place to sleep. We use rvparksreviews.com to plan our trips.
The park that charged $36.00 led us to our space. A very nice lady on a golf cart. 15 other parks, handed us a circled space and pointed and said "thataway". There you sit in an unknown town, in an unfamiliar state, in a 40 foot motorhome, towing a 20 foot pick up truck. There is NO room for error. The streets/gravel roads wind around 3 or 4 levels. The signs are faded and impossible to read. You can barely read the space numbers. We are in a park like that right now. We just saw an rv'er run over a sewer going the wrong way. We could see how he was confused. This park is $43.00 a night.
There was a long thread on Facebook last night where RV'ers are fed up paying $45.00 a night for just a place to pull over to sleep. In fact, more are boondocking. They think RV parks should adjust their rates for those not there to "enjoy the amenities".
Any RV Park owner should be required to tow a 5th wheel, Travel Trailer, Motorhome with tow vehicle into a large campground with faded "street" signs, and numbers you can't read, give them a map circled, that is down 3 levels, and point "thataway".
We've watched rv's make circles all afternoon trying to find their space. The signs were falling down and faded, so it was impossible to follow the map. RV parks, especially large ones, should have clearly marked street/road signs, and clearly marked spaces. Really, we don't think that is a lot to ask. We think its for their safety, as well as ours.
We do want to support RV parks. Probably should wait a day or two before making comments on anything.
We live approximately 70 miles from North Little Rock, Ar. We are planning a trip, and needed a current Good Sam Atlas. Amanda went out of her way to make sure we would receive the Atlas before our departure date. We really appreciate her great customer service!
Could one of you give us some idea of what Distant Network Channels cost to install, and monthly charge? Does one have to be a Full Timer to qualify for DNC's? We do watch a lot of ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS etc When we are on the road it would be great not to have to call Direct TV to switch the spot beam. Would it effect our service at home? Could one of you that are getting Distant Networks give us some information on this?
We always liked Direct TV. In fact, we replaced our In-Motion, less than one year old Dome with a Winegard Slimline Direct TV Travler so that we could get HD. I guess we are idiots, because Dish already has HD. That being said, we've had good service from DTV so we paid $2,400 for roofDish and installation, and bought a Genie for the Living Room in the MOHO , and a regular HD receiver for the moho bedroom.
I just got off the phone with the most officious, rude, Direct TV rep that I've even spoken with. "Elizabeth. Case Manager from Alabama said that if we were to camp, say in San Antonio for a week or so, we would have to have the Distant Network Plan to get "locals' ABC,CBS,NBC etc. On previous trips, if we are going to be settled for a week or so, we called DTV, they changed the address to the RV Park, and we then could get local weather and events. They always said that our receivers would have to be turned off at home. We were never told that this was illegal.
We love RVing and have done it for 30 years. For 30 years the biggest PITA has been TV's. We HAVE to have it because of football, and of course, Dancing with the Stars. I don't think we can ever SPEND enough to make getting TV simple. I know Dish is the same.
This is a rant. What do the rest of you do? Do you call and get your spot beam switched to where you are going to be for awhile?
By the way, Direct TV reps are working out of their homes now. I guess the rep that was so hateful tonight had something cooking on the stove. Terrible idea for DTV to have reps working out of their homes. Very hateful and rude "Elizabeth, from Alabama"
We've owned 9 RV's, and two of them have been Tiffin. By far, Tiffin has been the best. No one ever has to go to Red Bay. We like to, because we sometimes get upgrades, and in Red Bay Alabama, you can buy what you need, and there are qualified techs to do it. Also, if your furniture gets worn, it's easy to replace. If we get any scratches etc, Bruce Deaton takes care of that. There is virtually nothing regarding motorhomes you can't get done.
Tiffin has GREAT customer service. There's not many large companies where customers feel like they have a business AND personal relationship with the company. Tiffin is a company that kind of reminds you of the old days. We've met the whole Tiffin family. The nicest people you will meet anywhere.
Tiffin has taken good care of us. We haven't really had anything, but we know there is a tech that will answer the phone if something does happen.
Doc, we've owned a Winnabago and 2 Tiffin Phaetons. I really don't think you will make a mistake choosing either brand. We really like going to Red Bay, where if we mess something up, or want to upgrade or change things, there are so many pros in Red Bay qualified to make the changes. If we get a scratch, we go to Bruce Denton ' s body shop. ( thankfully, no scratches on the 2012 YET). Having owned both Tiffin and Winnebago, we would most likely stick with Tiffin
( the techs will work on other brands too)
We have 3 TV'S in our Phaeton. We have a receiver in the a LR and bedroom. The last time we were in Red Bay, Alabama, we had Nick (can get you last name if you need it) install a Winegard Travler. We bought the Genie Receiver from Direct TV. We have HD, and we can watch any channel we want, on any TV. We can record up to 9 channels. It is exactly like it is at home. There is NO hassel anymore.