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RE: Are there any class B's that do not look like RVs?

I've boondocked in it many times, often at a hospital on my way to real boondocking (dispersed camping on BLM or NF). If it weren't red it would be even more unnoticeable (although red turns black in the dark). But since you get permission from the hospital, why do you care that it's noticeable? (Sorry. It's a dead horse. I'll stop beating it.)
NCWriter 02/28/15 11:59am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Are there any class B's that do not look like RVs?

I love the self-appointed RV police. If I'm not in dispersed camping areas, I always get permission..... So, by the way...if you always get permission, why don't you put up the pop top? Why is it so important to look stealthy?
NCWriter 02/28/15 05:10am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Are there any class B's that do not look like RVs?

I love the self-appointed RV police. If I'm not in dispersed camping areas, I always get permission. I've never once overnighted at a hospital that didn't have loads of parking. One doesn't park anywhere near close to entrances; you park at the outer edges, away from employee and visitor parking. If the lot is too small, the hospital has the option of saying no. Of course, I'm out west and no longer have any interest in the east. Maybe things are different in NC but please, don't preach to the rest of us unless you're a federal agent with authority to regulate where RVers park if they have permission. Apologies for striking a nerve. Of course, where you choose to sleep is none of my business. However this forum allows for the sharing of opinions.......including mine on the appropriateness of using hospital lots, spaces created and maintained at hospital expense to serve medical personnel, patients and families. I have always understood why WalMart, Cracker Barrel, Flying J, etc allow or even encourage parking in their lighted lots. They want your business. I understand it is considered the courteous thing to do to purchase something there. Or make a small donation to thank pastors for allowing you to use the church lot. Maybe you could run in for a quick appendectomy.
NCWriter 02/28/15 05:04am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Forts visited or worth visiting

Fort DeSoto, Tierra Verde, Florida below Tampa. Interesting, wonderful campground.
NCWriter 02/28/15 04:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Are there any class B's that do not look like RVs?

And now we know why it can be hard for patients' relatives to find parking spaces at the hospital. Good point, those hospital parking lots really start filling up at 1:00 in the morning. Bud Come to think of it, visiting hours were 24/7 last month while my spouse had surgery, and the lot by the entrance to his wing was small and always crowded. This variation on WallyWorld is news to me...and IMHO, it's pretty tacky for overnighting vacationers to occupy hospital real estate. The only reason they allow RVs (some even provide hookups) is to be of service to families who need to be as close as possible during difficult times, or those who see the motel bills adding up too fast. Sorry, you're there under false pretenses.
NCWriter 02/27/15 06:30pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: RV parks that don't post rates

If your location, reputation and repeat business line up you don't need much of a web presence. When your occupancy is through the roof it's not a hobby. Places like Libby's Oceanside Campground in York Harbor Maine get $100/nite and they are booked years out. They post rates so they don't get so many calls. ??? They have a very nice website. Thought the subject is campgrounds that don't, or do, but don't post rates? (see thread heading.) They also have a nice reservation request form, which I like. Good reviews on RV Park Reviews...including one from a guy who needed one night in July and booked while on the road. So I guess the occupancy is good (maybe not through the roof), but they do have vacancies and their web presence helps them fill them. It doesn't sound like they wait for "intelligent people" to walk in past their No Vacancy sign for an "interview." I agree, this is a business, not a hobby.
NCWriter 02/27/15 06:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Are there any class B's that do not look like RVs?

And now we know why it can be hard for patients' relatives to find parking spaces at the hospital.
NCWriter 02/27/15 06:02am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New Mexico

Not sure about weather in Northern NM then but here are a few favorites. Santa Fe: we've stayed at Trailer Ranch in town twice and enjoyed it (adults only.) On a bus line with frequent service, so you can leave the RV parked and have no parking hassles. Bus takes you to the Plaza, also the Farmers Market en route. Taos: We had a good stay at Taos Monte Bello RV park. Drive the High Road to Taos from Santa Fe. Abiquiu (Georgia O'Keeffe country): The Riana Campground on the lake is a nice COE park with low rates (half for senior pass), and can be reserved ahead. Chaco Culture NHS: a World Heritage Site, has dry camping that now can be reserved online.
NCWriter 02/27/15 05:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV parks that don't post rates

Quote Big Katuna - I think many miss the point that more than a few well run CGs in great locations with high occupancy rates run by fiercely independent owners who don't owe much or anything Don't give a hoot what anybody thinks of their website or whether they post rates or not. I know of a place that leaves his no vacancy sign out all season and knows that intelligent people that want to stay there will come in the office to ask about vacancies. They want to meet and talk to their potentiol guests. Keeps the riff raff out. - End quote What you are describing sounds like a hobby, not a business venture.
NCWriter 02/25/15 12:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

See the website for their terminology so you know what you are booking. Five choices - either stay offsite, or at one of four offered rates inside the park. (Appeared to be much more convenient/less hassle with transportation if you stay in the park.) Presidents compound in the park priciest and sells out almost a year in advance. But the Fiesta's Standard dry sites furthest away are cheap and available even if you just show up. Caravan operators and brand name member groups/clubs like Airstream block space a year out, by the way. In 2013 we stayed in the dry camping "VIP" Section Thursday through Saturday nights, which you can book online, I think requiring a 3-day minimum stay. Generators used, as noted. It was below freezing in the morning so we were glad to have the propane furnace. Bring warm clothes, hats, gloves because it is cold standing on the field until the sun is up for a while. I liked that VIP section because it was very, very close to the launch field and right next to the museum. No shuttle bus needed, and you could walk back and forth in five minutes. Tickets were included, which brought down the true price, no need to line up and buy them. Balloons landed in that section one morning - fun to watch and take great photos of balloons right above your RV. All the action is either at dawn or twilight, nothing much mid-day. Midweek is quiet, with the mass ascensions on the weekends. You get a toad pass and can come & go if you want to. Some of the caravans and groups had lunches and tours mid-day.
NCWriter 02/25/15 04:55am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: RV parks that don't post rates

I'm still chuckling at the OP reference to the "suits & ties" who design web sites for CGs. I picture some teenaged geek in a faded Kurt Cobain tee shirt covered with Doritos crumbs. Or a home-made product, which often works fine. Do-it-yourself web site services are so easy even for technologically-challenged folks. They walk you through it. No excuses - if somebody running any sort of business who is over age 50 thinks they get a pass on technology, they may want to notice how we will all be paying for our purchases in a few years. So I agree - sites should show current rates and have a way to reserve online or at least an email address that is monitored daily. When they show rates for "2011 Winter Season" or no rates at all, it's a red flag. What else can't they manage? Campgrounds with no website at all get a total pass unless they are in Newfoundland.
NCWriter 02/24/15 05:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Worst Campgrounds in CA

I hope you did not join this forum just in order to make one post designed to get negative information out there on the Internet about an RV park that has not worked out to your liking. Unfortunately, that happens here and on other forums now and then, the person never returns to share information on other topics, and people tend to ignore those types of revenge posts. If you stick around, you might do a search and find good information about other RV parks in the region you can investigate which will suit your camping needs. Then move.
NCWriter 02/24/15 04:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Natl Parks & Sr Pass

Yes it covers all in your vehicle. We will get a second one when I turne 62 also just for a backup! We did the same just in case one gets misplaced. And you never know when the program rules will change or how your own life situation might be altered. For $10, can't hurt to have it. The geezer pass saved us more than $200 very quickly in admissions to parks like Yellowstone and for camping fees discounted. But (whisper) don't tell Congress it exists.
NCWriter 02/23/15 05:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Favorite Camping Location

Hunting island State Park in South Carolina. We stay there at least a couple of nights every winter, in sites right by the ocean. Very peaceful, serene that time of year.
NCWriter 02/23/15 05:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping World / Good Sam Rally, Phoenix, What to Expect?

We went a couple of years ago to the Daytona rally and agree, the RV Show was huge, lots of companies and models. There's also a big area for buying RV-related stuff, lots of interesting products and reps.
NCWriter 02/17/15 08:08am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Snow Puppies!

Cuter than a pair of Pandas!
NCWriter 02/15/15 09:01am RV Pet Stop
RE: south Florida campground recommendations

Not as far south, but friends loved Don Pedro State Park - beachside near Tampa. Here's the link: Don Pedro State ParkDon Pedro State Park Does this park have a campground? Did not see one on the website. Maybe OP was thinking of Fort DeSoto? A very nice Pinellas County campground at the foot of Tampa Bay.
NCWriter 02/14/15 09:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Darkest sky Utah, Az, Nm???

Chaco Culture National Historical Park in NM, remote, massive Ancestral Puebloan ruins on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Campground inside the park. Sunrises are pretty special, too, sometimes rising over Fajada Butte (visible from campsites) where the "sun dagger" symbols were found. Chaco was designated an International Dark Sky park and has a big telescope and night viewing ranger programs.
NCWriter 02/14/15 05:12am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: New member , ERA owner

Welcome, Tom. Any big trips planned?
NCWriter 02/12/15 07:54am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Florida Keys

X2 forJolly Roger, in fact we are there this week. They honor Passport America for up to five nights,which pays for the membership in one night. Their price is fair even at full rate. There are seasonals but plenty of short stay folks. Full hookups, cable TV, dog friendly, large laundromat, new pool and restrooms in recent years. Most sites have mature trees and other tropical plantings. Nice Gulf side dock for watching sunset. If they had a little bar and grill on site, I'd love it even more, but Grassy Key is at the north end of Marathon, so plenty of restaurants and grocery stores close by. The summer rate quoted in their literature is $60 a night. Love all the state parks in the Keys but so does the rest of North America. Tough to get a reservation from the minute bookings open 11 months out, except during October maybe. Sometimes you can pick up a cancellation or just show up and luck out.
NCWriter 02/10/15 12:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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