We use them all the time. On our August trip we use 4 state parks and two county or private parks. The private ones have laundry and full hook ups so we get to clean everything up before going back and enjoying our group.
Our family prefers state parks over private campgrounds by leaps and bounds. it's much more peaceful, usually wooded, and most of the same ammenities. The PA parks don't have a water hook up, but I just fill the tanks when we get there, and use the water pump.
We fill up our fresh water tanks and use the water pump alot of the times even when we are at hookup sites. At least I know how much water pressure I have when using the water pump...
We normally only go to State Parks as well... I alway thought of the KOAs for the one nighters along the busy interstates etc... I have seen a few real nice KOAs over the years too but for the most part they are usually busy all night long with folks coming and going all the time.
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We prefer the state parks over private campgrounds too. It's more like a real camping experience. Too many private ones are nothing more than parking lots with hookups! Yuck!
We always fill our water tank at home, too. I just don't like the idea of well water. We rarely ever hook up our water at any campground.
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State Parks and most National Park CGs rule! Real camping and great surroundings in true nature. As said, most private CGs are high priced parking lots with so many having constant noise from yelling etc kids or barking dogs. We call them "costly structured concentration camps" or "led by the nose cattle ranches" and avoid them like the plague. We're real adults and don't require any pampering and can so much better entertain ourselves and so can our kids and grandchildren who are never bored as they want to stay as long as they can in the multitude of various State Parks and National Parks we choose!
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LOL the KOA and most other private parks are the type of thing I go camping to get away from When I'm not in an area with good disbursed camping I try to find a COE or NFS or BLM campground. Still prefer disbursed but these are a good second choice. I use my Passport America to find an RV PARK only in emergencies (like when I can't find a campground) for an overnight stop.
One BASIC difference is that the majority of RV parks are found in towns and cities or at least on the outskirts. Campgrounds are usually found in rural areas.
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