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profdant139

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Are there really motorhome-only resorts that exclude trailers? To twist Groucho Marx's old saying, I wouldn't want to belong to an outfit that excludes folks like me!! [emoticon]


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Mountain Falls Motorcoach Resort in Lake Toxaway, NC, is fantastic (class A only resort). Lots of activities and very friendly people. And the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are beautiful! Especially, if you reserve a spot on the ridge (upper area). Their current rate is $125 a day.

It's a good home-base for seeing the Biltmore Estate about 60 miles northeast of Lake Toxaway. The city of Highlands, NC, is about 22 miles southwest with good 'speciality' store shopping and wonderful restaurants. I love the mountains!

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I have favorite places that are favorites partly because everyone and his mother isn't there.


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To the thread OP.

How much per day are you willing to pay for your site? How much will you pay? A couple days, a week, a month stay??? Fancy resorts charge a lot more than for these ammenities that so very few campers even use. Have to remember that all ammenities expensives have to be covered every day whether they or you ever use them or maybe just one out of the many offered.

Then there's location, location, location that factors into the daily price charged. The restrictions enter in it as to what they allow to camp there too. Less than 10 years lod RV's? Less than 10 year old motor homes only and must pass inspection for acceptible condition? Less that 10 year old 5th wheels and Travel trailers? so many of those criteria restrictions will not allow tent camping.

Most state parks do allow any reasonable type of RV/tent campers to have a site and at far lower daily costs and most have multitudes of recreational ammenities and activities. You be the judge as it's your money and desires you are parting with your money for. Remember that you are not buying the CG or site and when you leave you can't take it with you but you can take the receipt. Whoopie!

So many RV'ers start out wanting or thinking they will only seek or stay at the so called "very nice CG's and resorts" and most all soon realize they are paying for so much they don't ever use and soon wise up. That is unless the RV'er has so much money they don't give 2 hoots. Maybe you are in that boat?

Note! We have been in depth RV'ing for 54 years and seen so much happenings go over the dam and conversing with many thousands of RV'ers in CG's traveling with our various TT's, 5th wells, class C's and large class A's. Been to every lower 48 US state, most of Canada, and to and around Alaska all multiple times. So many RV'ers had changed their tune as to CG's when they got smarter.

Just giving you some food for thought. Maybe it will save you many many thousands of $$$...


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profdant139 wrote:

Are there really motorhome-only resorts that exclude trailers? To twist Groucho Marx's old saying, I wouldn't want to belong to an outfit that excludes folks like me!! [emoticon]


Unfortunately, yes. Just like there are gated communities with multi-million dollar over-inflated houses, there are a number of Class-A or "Motorcoach" only resorts. I believe their thinking is that if you only allow luxury class A coaches, you will have a "better" class of clientele. I also believe their logic is flawed in many ways. I've seen some million dollar coaches driven by some rather sketchy "rednecks" and I've seen a lot of really nice people driving much less expensive trailers, camper vans, class C's and less expensive class As. Not to mention that some fifth wheel / tow vehicle combinations easily out cost even most of the luxury class As.

I agree though, even if I owned a luxury coach, I don't think these are the places for me...

travelnutz wrote:

How much per day are you willing to pay for your site? How much will you pay? A couple days, a week, a month stay??? Fancy resorts charge a lot more than for these ammenities that so very few campers even use. Have to remember that all ammenities expensives have to be covered every day whether they or you ever use them or maybe just one out of the many offered.


Agreed, resorts will cost more. Fort Wilderness is a case in point. I wouldn't stay there every week, but if you're going to RV and visit Disney World, I believe it's worth it for a week.

So I'd be willing to pay more, within reason (maybe even far above what some would consider reasonable), for a "destination" campground if I'm able to partake in and enjoy the benefits being funded. How much more? I think that depends on lots of factors. In the next few years between now and retirement where I'm using vacation days from work, I'd be willing to pay a lot more than if it was a "routine" week in retirement.

I also realize everyone has their own idea of what's important. To some, kid friendly activities are import. To others, they would prefer adults only. Tennis? Golf? Beach? Mountains? I'm interested to see what's out there, even if much of it may not appeal to me. Most of the campgrounds we've stayed at were more than adequate and we will continue to stay at "regular" campgrounds and state parks and hopefully even expand our experiences as referenced above regarding harvest host and the like. I've been around RVs my entire life and have owned some type of RV most of my adult life. The idea of this thread was to gather other's experience on what they consider "special" campgrounds or resorts and why they consider them special.


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westernrvparkowner wrote:

As much as I am prejudiced towards my parks, if someone wants the very best, my vote goes to either Outdoor Resorts - Indio California, Motorcoach Country Club - also in Indio or Bluewater Key in Florida. All are beyond spectacular.


We haven't been to Indio, yet, but are thinking about spring 2021. We do go to Bluewater Key and have to agree it is one of the best.


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Bluewater Key is great for a few reasons. Cleanliness, privacy, amenities(you get your own tiki hut with furniture, tv, etc.), attention to detail.
Fort Wilderness is a place every RV owner should experience at least once. The place is gargantuan, you need a bus to get to the actual bus stop.
Honorable mentions are Sunset CG in Kings Canyon, Rafter J, Valencia travel village in Castaic,CA and Anaheim RV Park for its convenient location.(although I hear it's closing)

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azdryheat wrote:

I have favorite places that are favorites partly because everyone and his mother isn't there.


I can appreciate that.

jplante4 wrote:

The biggest reason I haven't been to more is that they are frightfully expensive and I don't play tennis. HHI had the nicest sites we've ever seen.


I can also appreciate this. I'm not a tennis player or golfer either, so those activities aren't a draw for me either.


Several have suggested Bluewater Key and it looks really nice. It's definitely on the list of places to see. I've only been to Key West for a few hours as a day stop on a cruise. The daily rates seem comparatively reasonable. I saw some references to the sale prices of some of the lots and [emoticon] wow. I won't be purchasing one any time soon.

I'm sure I could have picked a better title for the thread. Best is relative and there are many things that make for a best or worst experience. I've spent far more nights RVing outside of commercial campgrounds than I have in them. Also some of the best trips we've taken where we stayed at campgrounds were spent at some of the worst campgrounds. Worst is also subjective, but for these purposes I will say rude camp staff or "campgrounds" that were really parking lots or worse just muddy fields. Best/worst also depends on the purpose of the stay. I don't think price or description (luxury resort, etc.) make s place better or worse necessarily. Obviously if looking to full time and put down roots for an extended stay, most of the "luxury" resorts wouldn't be the least expensive or "best" option. The reverse of that is also generally true. If looking for a vacation getaway the least expensive campground that caters to full timers is probably not the "best" option. I do believe there are great reasonably priced "destination" resorts and there are really over priced "snobby" resorts.

We have lists of places we want to see or revisit. We've been to Alaska but never by RV. Traveling the ALCAN highway and exploring more of Alaska is definitely on my radar. The coastal north east is also something we want to explore more of.

We also like quirky and unique places. Thanks to DuchmenSport for pointing out Santa Clause, Indiana. That's a new one for us and looks interesting. We have a tradition of spending Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge. I realize some would consider such touristy destinations torture, and I wouldn't necessarily want to full time at either of these but they are, for us, worthwhile visiting.

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Anchor Down RV Resort near Sevierville,Pigeon Forge,Gatinberg East TN on rt 139. Just to much to see and do. Great place to stay for months if needed.


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