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Comments for One couple’s top five RVing frustrations

  • The first few years we traveled in our RV we never made a reservation anywhere. We even drove into NPs and got a sight no problem. Now the weekend warriors have every hole in the wall booked up on Friday and Saturday night while the campgrounds are empty all week. Now we are thinking of giving up RVing altogether. The spontantious travel is almost a thing of the past. We never had a plan. We would get up in the morning and start driving, sometimes 50 miles or maybe 200 depending on where our noses led us. the RV might be for sale after this summer’s travel. We will see just how much worse it is this year. The dream is slowly becoming a nightmare.

    • Ditto what Pete said. We have been full-timing the last 3 years and doing extended RVing (8-9 months a year) the 10 years before that. It’s just not as spontaneous and fun any more so we bought another house and will just go out once or twice a year for a month or two. Hate having to make reservations so far in advance now and don’t like the crowded conditions. We’re fortunate to be able to stay at military RV parks across the country but even they are getting harder and harder to make reservations. We, too, are considering just selling our 5th-wheel and either give up RVing or get something smaller that will fit into more remote campsites. We used to do a lot of free boondocking on public lands; might get back into doing that.

  • Some things we’ve seen during our years of traveling – the woman who decided to trim her toe nails with her foot on the eating surface of a campground picnic table. The woman next to us in our motorhome who decided to brush her teeth outdoors just outside our living room slideout and then lifted her pajama top to wipe her mouth and exposed herself! (Wasn’t worth the view either.) Her husband who decided to clear his sinuses by expelling the contents of his nose while facing our living room.
    These are some examples of “living the dream” as many people tell us we are doing!

  • I have seen a lot of the dirt parking lots with full hookups. One in Colorado Springs was so tight that if your neighbors had their slide out as well as your own you had to move sideways between the rigs. Entertain at your site, forget it. And overpriced, well it is a tourist location after all was one owners comments. And KOAs are really getting expensive and some are definitely not worth the money.

  • I’m just glad we live in the west where there is lots of room to boondock and avoid RV parks as much as possible. I pity the poor folks that live east of the Mississippi (or even east of the Rockies!) who are trying to break into the RV’ing lifestyle. We read every week about the huge uptick in RV sales and wonder where everyone is going to ‘camp’.

  • So many RVers don’t consider the cost of that fire ring, table and hook ups that RV parks offer. Why would anyone pay to put up with the RV park aggravations?

    We’re boondockers who full time out west, we never make reservations and very rarely do we have any problem finding the perfect spot away from others.

  • I own a 2015 Winnebago ERA B-class motorhome. After 2 years of use, I wish there were more Good Sam 10/10/10 campgrounds. They keep the 2/4/8 legged critters away. The new Indian casino RV parks are excellent. It makes no sense to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to camp with poor white trash. Most private campgrounds are the same as Motel 6, even in CA. These are people you would never associate with in your business or private life. The only legal discrimination is to go more expensive.

  • One of the things that I utilize are the reviews of a campground before we book. A single bad review doesn’t take a site out of the running, but several poor reviews will take a park out of the running. For the most part, the people we meet are nice and thoughtful. After all, most of us have spent a considerable amt of money on our rigs, and so have our neighbors. There are exceptions.

  • RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH! With all of the resources available today, there is no reason to stay in a dumpy, tight campground. When I plan a trip, whether a multi-stop or a single stop, I spend time to make sure the campground is a place I want to stay in. First I determine my stops. I then look at reviews on line, RV Park Reviews, Good Sam, Trip Advisor, etc. After identifying several with good reviews, I then look at the campgrounds on Google Earth to check out site locations, spacing, and facilities. If they pass that test, then I will look at the parks web site. A good web site can often indicate the quality of the park. I have used this method for the past 10 years and very seldom have problems with bad parks. If one does slip in, pack up and leave. RVing is supposed to be fun, with a little planning, it can be.

    • Yup, that’s the way to do it, Chief Bill. What I would add is that a lot of people are not fans of RESEARCH, RESEARCH, etc., and just want to travel and be spontaneous. They didn’t sign on to the RVing lifestyle to spend their time doing analysis over where to stay. I agree with you, though, that by doing the type of research you suggest , chances are far greater for a pleasant camping experience than a bad or marginal one.

  • Wow,

    Reviews don’t add up from my past experiences. Some folks could stay at a 6-star hotel and complain about everything. I like the idea of using google earth to check out a park, as far as reviews go we have tried to rely on them in the past but some folks like one situation and other folks don’t. I do however not agree with the comments about the cost of your rig having any bearing on how you act or conduct yourself. Rude and inconsiderate people come in all wealth brackets. Considering we are planning to travel 6-7 months a year in a couple of years all this talk about how hard it is to find a campsite is a concern. Well maybe boondocking will have to be our place of choice.

  • Just started my rVing last year. Not into rv parks, boondocking has fit my lifestyle, or state parks work when I can’t find suitable blm land.