I live in the Philadelphia area, and when my family wants to do a quick get-away to just relax, we camp in Lancaster. BUT, where we camp in the area depends on several factors. Are there just two of you? Do you want a nice campground, very clean but without a pool, and yet central to the attractions in Lancaster? Then I would say, stay at Beacon Hill or Old Mill Stream. You really can't miss with either of these campgrounds.
I will also agree with previous posters, several campgrounds are shutting down in October, and because it is the end of the season, many campgrounds that are open do get rather full, so make reservations early.
And, do you have a tow? If so, driving to the train and going into Philadelphia is the way to go. Just make sure you know what connections to make. And, know when the last train leaves for the day, so you don't get stuck in the city. I wouldn't want to put you off taking the train and then the subway, but if you aren't public transportation people ( I say this because I'm not) then you have to know what you're doing. To my knowledge, there are no campgrounds very close to Philadelphia.
And, I would say, be aware that it can get cold in Pennsylvania in October. When we camp in October, I bring a heater along.
I would also mention that Lancaster has tons of stuff to do. You could easily spend a week just exploring the Lancaster area.
Best wishes on your vacation.
I would start with the Lazy Daze forum. There is a for sale section. But, let me say that in this economy, you might have to look to sell at other places, too. Lazy Daze are great rvs (we are on our second one), and often sell rather quickly, especially one like your's that is relatively new, but due to the price, they are sometimes harder to sell. Best wishes.
Gonzo-to me there are many questions to be answered before I could give advice to you on camping with family members that don't contribute to a group vacation. Do you LIKE camping with your family? Do you feel crowded when they are along or not? Can you afford to take them camping? Is your family close and, when needed, do you all help each other out?
Except for our children/grandchildren, no one in my family wants to come camping with us-the thought of camping is not a pleasing thought to them. When any of our children or their families come with us, we are lucky enough to be able to afford to foot the bill. We have a fun time.
The exact same thing happened to us several years ago with a car. We were on a lot and found a car we liked. Went into the office (we had our own financing) to fill out the papers and when the salesman went to get the keys, they were gone. Another salesman sold it and grabbed the keys. Didn't seem to be a big deal to anyone in the office. They found us another car (same as on their lot) on another lot and had it to us in two days.
OMG-we were on our way home from Florida a few years ago and stopped here for an overnight. We paid, pulled in, and were TOTALLTY appalled. Worst campground ever. Like entering a third world country. I am NOT kidding. We drove back to the office and asked for our money back. The woman at the desk said, "No problem," and returned our money.
Now, I'm not saying that someone couldn't have fixed it up since then, but there is no way I would ever venture back here again.
We live near the Lancaster area and go week-end camping there a lot.
Beacon Hills is nice, but about twenty minutes away from Sight and Sound.
Old Mills Streams is our favorite campground in the area and is close to Sight and Sound.