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GordonThree

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Posted: 06/09/19 10:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Why not park overnight at a local campground?

One thing that surprises us is how often we find ourselves in an area with no camping facilities nearby or availability. None of the campground apps are complete which leaves many camping facilities empty, no one knows about them for some reason.

Try to find the downtown Lynchburg, TN camp in Allstays, Good Sam or RV Parkey. Five 50 Amp with water and one of those has sewer in downtown Lynchburg at Wiseman Park. That is just one example of many.


I guess, for overnight, are hookups really needed? Walmart does not provide hookups.

I agree, a complete directory of campgrounds would be nice, this is the information age after all. I guess it's also the age of greed, those who compile these lists want compensation from both ends.


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Posted: 06/09/19 11:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Human nature being what it is, I wonder how many choose to keep their secret places instead of reporting them to the makers of campground lists?

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Posted: 06/09/19 12:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GordonThree wrote:

hypoxia wrote:

GordonThree wrote:

Why not park overnight at a local campground?

One thing that surprises us is how often we find ourselves in an area with no camping facilities nearby or availability. None of the campground apps are complete which leaves many camping facilities empty, no one knows about them for some reason.

Try to find the downtown Lynchburg, TN camp in Allstays, Good Sam or RV Parkey. Five 50 Amp with water and one of those has sewer in downtown Lynchburg at Wiseman Park. That is just one example of many.


I guess, for overnight, are hookups really needed? Walmart does not provide hookups.

I agree, a complete directory of campgrounds would be nice, this is the information age after all. I guess it's also the age of greed, those who compile these lists want compensation from both ends.
The Good Sam guidebook sets the criteria at 10 sites available to the public (I am not 100% certain on that amount, but it is close). They also require it to be an actual campground not just parking lots, truck stops, internet rest stops etc. Finally, they don't list campgrounds that only seasonal (no short stay allowed) or are not available to the public (member only, fraternal only etc.). That seems like a reasonable set of criteria to me. Contrary to your implication, the most complete directories I know of such as Good Sam and the online resources such as Trip Advisor, RVParkreviews, RVParky, Allstays, Google etc. do not charge any fees whatsoever to be listed. Greed just isn't a factor.

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Most of those listed surely do charge.

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GordonThree wrote:

Most of those listed surely do charge.


I believe he meant the producers of the books don't charge the campground to be listed in the book.


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It really comes down to "ask first". It is not your right to park overnight in any parking lot. Whatever their reason: town ordinance, store policy, manager preference, etc.; they have the right to tell you no.

And those things can change pretty much overnight. So just because you stayed once doesn't mean you can stay again. A problem with an RVer one night can cause a store to change its policy. An ordinance can come into effect between your trip out and your trip back.

As for the idea of identifying RV friendly places like hobos used to do, that won't work well. Those identifications are considered graffiti and vandalism nowadays and would make RVs less welcome than they are now.

While convenient overnight stays are desireable for us RVers, we need to consider all the other people affected by it. And despite the belief that RVers are all wonderful people and never cause trouble, there are a lot of RVers out there who are not considerate, thoughtful or polite. Those RVers are often the ones at fault for stores banning RV overnighting.

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I simplify it. Their place, their rules. Therefore, I call them ahead of time, and I ask permission to overnight on their parking lot.


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toedtoes wrote:

.....snip.......

As for the idea of identifying RV friendly places like hobos used to do, that won't work well. Those identifications are considered graffiti and vandalism nowadays and would make RVs less welcome than they are now.....snip..


It was a joke. Who would really think that in this digital age any kind of physical mark would be required? Humor doesn't work well on here. Too many critics.

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I stopped messing with Wal-Marts and I just crash in truck stops. I fill with diesel before I leave as a courtesy/thank you.

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TomG2 wrote:

toedtoes wrote:

.....snip.......

As for the idea of identifying RV friendly places like hobos used to do, that won't work well. Those identifications are considered graffiti and vandalism nowadays and would make RVs less welcome than they are now.....snip..


It was a joke. Who would really think that in this digital age any kind of physical mark would be required? Humor doesn't work well on here. Too many critics.


Humor works better if you add a smiley. Otherwise it is too difficult to tell if you are a funny guy or one of the many many people with really crazy ideas.

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