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itsmike

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Well, this past weekend we camped at a place that has No hookups.. Cedar Point in East Hampton NY.

This was a good time. My Generator I picked up a few years ago (2400 Watt Pepboys Special $120 after rebates and sale) worked like a charm and was not as loud as some of the other ones I herd there.. It ran the Lights, Fridge, and AC (When Needed) like a champ.. Well worth the $$ on that..

My only issue this weekend was.. I filled my water tank with fresh water and it was fine until my DW decided to give my little son a bath and used up the water a day early.. The look on her face when I told her she has to use the parks bathroom at that point was worth the hassle of have a dry tank..

It was fun and we will be doing that a little more often this summer at other parks near by.. The Suffolk county parks only charge $15 a night at these parks..


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Ok.. After reading the Definitions of Boondocking, I will rephrase my statement to Drycamping!

The boondocking will come when we camp on the beach later this year..

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Yes, I guess Boondocking in New York is a bit different than it is out here in Wyoming. Where I camp we pay nothing except the extra food that the bears get if we forget to put it well out of their reach.


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Sounds like your son will learn about a Navy shower at a young age[emoticon]

Your gonna love boon-docking[emoticon]

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reset wrote:

Sounds like your son will learn about a Navy shower at a young age[emoticon]

Your gonna love boon-docking[emoticon]


Oh yea he will!

I have to admit, it was more like camping then at some of these "RV resorts" with the full hookups and what not..

One big lesson learned this trip was to make sure your battery is in good condition and ALWAYS bring the generator needed or not.. 2 days prior to the trip, I put it on the trickle charge to top it off.. Well, to my dismay the Free Battery that we got from my DW's uncle was no good.. So after we set up camp and unhooked the TT, I trekked myself the 65 miles back home to get my generator..

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There is a HUGE difference between a "campground" and an "RV Resort". Which is best depends on personal preferences but I always prefer the self sufficiency of the campground.
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Years ago most campers when dry camping would make sure they had a good battery because of no hookups. Nowadays, it seems campers don't care too much about the quality, or state of charge of the battery because they have the generator to take care of the electrical needs for the weekend. For me, that mind set has changed the enjoyment that our simple Forest Service campgrounds have provided. And now I must boondock for the peace & quiet. JMHO.


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itsmike wrote:

Pepboys Special $120 after rebates and sale) worked like a charm and was not as loud as some of the other ones I herd there..
Was it a rather noisy place?

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korbe wrote:

Years ago most campers when dry camping would make sure they had a good battery because of no hookups. Nowadays, it seems campers don't care too much about the quality, or state of charge of the battery because they have the generator to take care of the electrical needs for the weekend. For me, that mind set has changed the enjoyment that our simple Forest Service campgrounds have provided. And now I must boondock for the peace & quiet. JMHO.


I did have the battery on the charge for 2 days, it tested fine at home.. That is the reason I felt confident in relying on it and not bringing the generator..

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2oldman wrote:

itsmike wrote:

Pepboys Special $120 after rebates and sale) worked like a charm and was not as loud as some of the other ones I herd there..
Was it a rather noisy place?


Only noise was obviously the few generators running (They are strict on the Hours to run it so it was not that bad at all), but for the most part it was a little busy due to the holiday weekend..

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