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.
We didn't start camping until our two oldest were out of the house, and our youngest was ten, so I only have experience with one daughter, but what I found.... anytime we went on a "real" vacation (the fun trips to Yellowstone, Disney, you get my drift), our daughter was ready to go (she still is). But, it was those week-end get-aways we did (camped fairly close to home, maybe went a place or two, but mostly just relaxed), that she never liked. When she was twelve/thirteen, if she could bring a friend, she was fine. As she got older, she came, slept late, used electronics, and acted polite and civil. So, life was good.
To me-the "real" family vacations were about all of us, what we all wanted to do, but the week-end get-aways were mostly for my husband and myself. So, what was I going to do? Force her to play twenty games of Uno, read and nap the afternoon away in a lounge chair under a tree while acorns dropped on her head? Why should I? And, don't get me wrong. It's not like she absolutely did nothing with us on those week-ends. She ate with us, roasted marshmallows, took a walk with us.
Why would I want to get into a power struggle with my daughter, insisting that she "enjoy the outdoors" when she didn't want to.
My opinion, there are enough issues in life that can rip your gut up without fussing about a camping trip.
Okay, I am thinking I am glad we are at the end of the camping season. This gives me some time to look into this. A "regular" microwave would certainly be easier and less expensive to get, but, I don't want this project to turn into a headache for my husband either, and I want to make sure the microwave is able to stay secure.
Thanks for the input.
We are camping this week-end, and yesterday when I went to use the microwave, it made a scary noise and died. It is almost the end of the camping season for us, so my husband is thinking that later this month, he will pull the microwave, see how it is set up, and go about installing another one.
My question-do we need a special rv microwave or will any microwave do?
Any other advice to us about this job?
There are people who stay at Fort Wilderness that long. People on the disboards talk about several people who spend quite a bit of time camping at Disney. I think this amount of time would give you a chance to really explore Disney World. I would make a reservation as soon as possible.
We have an rv dealership near us that has one of the two rv's I was considering-the 31 foot one. Well, I decide to take a drive and see it this morning.
First off, the salesman says, "hello honey," and I try not to cringe. Next, he guides me out (with his hand on my shoulder-thinking maybe I will get lost from his desk to the parking lot???). This dealership has a great service department, which, when the need arises, we use, and has some good brand rv's, so I decide to play nice.
We get outside, and I see the fifth wheel. Okay, even 31 feet seems huge to me. I have no idea how any of you pull these monsters.
We go inside the rv-look around just a few minutes (I had told the salesman I wasn't going to buy today, could I just have a quick look, and I didn't want to waste his time).
And then, he looks at the numbers and says that I should be able to pull this giant with a Ford 250 and why didn't I trade now, since my 2002 was depreciating more every day.
I stopped playing nice-told him that there is no way that the rv should be pulled with a 250 (thank you, everyone) and if I bought his fiver, it, too, would start depreciating the moment I drove it off the lot.
So, a big thank you for all of the advice. No matter what we decide, I have already learned a lot.
Stro-I was looking at an Excel. However, I had no idea the 29 foot was considered heavy.
But, listening to all of you....it is.
I am glad we are not looking to buy for awhile, because if we go this route, there will be a lot we have to learn/understand about trucks and weight.
Thank you for all of the information. When we were younger and our youngest daughter camped with us, the Class C was a great way to travel and camp. However, she is now in college, and my husband and I recently took a trip alone, and we started talking about a fifth wheel (just tossing ideas around at this point)for our future needs. We don't tow and hoping into a car and exploring would have its benefits.