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We do both. Our kids love the seasonal campground. They love that they have there "summer" friends and there home friends. They enjoy being able to cruise the golf cart around the campground and hang out with there buddys. I personally enjoy the traveling part of camping. I made the family a deal that I would do seasonal camping again this year but only if we did a road trip at least every 6 weeks.......


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We have seasonal camped summers in N.Y states catskill mts. For 30 yrs. Now we stay 6 mo. Northeast & 6 in Florida and make the trip between our adventure. You never know what your going to get . Everything can be perfect and a new camper moves in and everything can change. Rules seem to change depending who you are. Some ignore the rules to get $$$$. The last place was like a concentration camp. Finding the right one takes time and then it can change before your eyes. The reason I mention this is you usually have to pay up front and if you leave you forfit the balanceof your$$. Seasonal is much cheaper by far. Good luck, you will meet some great people either way.

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Seasonal camping part time is just like part-timers. You have a permanent location for a short period (or long) and travel the rest of the time. It does have its plus side also.


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I am able to camp 80+ nights a year thanks to my seasonal set up. I get 25+ mpg on my camping trips and can leave work late on a Friday night and cook breakfast over a campfire on Saturday morning. Our campground neighbors are great and I know them better than I do my neighbors around my stick house. We even get together in the off season.


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We purchased some property along the Oregon coast and park our 5er there a couple of times a year, but would not want to keep it there all the time. Too much to see and do.


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I've done both, and yes, both are different experiences. Most who go for seasonal camping are more into a 'summer home' type scenario, where they have the convenience of not a lot of set up hassle. It's all there waiting when they arrive. There are certainly pros to doing this as it is very convenient. I prefer the CG experience, and now sort of have the best of both worlds as I store my TT at a CG year round, and when we are ready to camp we reserve a site. So it is the convenience of already having our rig there, but still in a CG and on a different site each time.

Just think about what you are looking for out of your camping experience and go with what fits your needs the most. Neither experience should be knocked or downplayed as they both have pros and cons rather equally.

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SuperDutyMan wrote:

We camp all over on long weekends in season,and do camp a lot at a COE a the lake,I like the variety of going to all my favorite campgrounds....beside,I can bet you...If I got a permanant site my neighbor would be for sure,a "rap" music fan,with 2 barking dogs,3 yelling kids, that party until 2am....! JMO


Nah, the odds of me being your neighbor are slim. LOL

Just kidding. I like rap music and have been known to party til 2am, but no barking dog or yelling kids. LOLOL And i wouldn't blare my music all night if I had a neighbor within earshot. lol I'm considerate.

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We had a seasonal site for about 15 years. We liked it for the most part for about 10-11 years. As the kids got older and moved out it got kind of boring to go there. Same faces, same cliques, same routine. It took us a couple years to sell our trailer there. Trailer was only available in the Summer and when it would have been nice to use in the Spring and early Fall, they were closed. Now we have a fiver and have hit the road. This is way more fun.

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We do both.

We have a year round site in a small town that the family has been going to since my wife's dad was a child.

It's like having a cottage except we don't have the expense of a cottage or have to buy property. It has a pool, playground, and other activities. We have a shed there with some stuff we don't travel with. Have fire wood delivered to the site and have a couple of 100 pound propane tanks there.

It's 15 minutes to Lake Michigan and some of the best Brown Trout, Steelhead and King Salmon fishing on the lake let alone the fantastic beaches and local lakes.

We also leave our boat there, for free. Something we can't haul when we are traveling with the 5th wheel.

Renting cottage would not work for us. When we get the word that the fish are running, we jump in the truck and drive down for a few days or a week. You can't do that renting a cottage. You have to plan things out. We don't have to plan. We can decide one night that we are going down for a few days and be out of here the next morning. We always have a place to stay.

In the winter, we can go down when the snow is good and take the snowmobiles or the skis or bring the ice fishing gear and have a place to stay. No reservations, no plans.

If whatever we are doing is good, we can stay as long as we want. If say the wind is hard core and the fishing is terrible, we can leave early. Can't do that renting a cottage.

But even though we have a year round site, it doesn't stop us from picking the camper up and going places. We'll be heading from Michigan to San Diego this summer too.





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