The Future Of "camping"
The Future Of "camping"
Jul 29 2013, 03:07 PM
Joined: 11-June 13
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I have been camping for a while now (my whole life, I'm 36). This year I graduated from tent camping to a 23' HTT. My wife bailed on tent camping 10 years ago, its been friends & family until we got the camper.
Since we have been camping (locally in New England) so much more this year (compared to the last 10 years) I am really noticing some things.
1, When did we get invaded by Quebec??? The folks seem nice enough, I just see such a strong population of them everywhere I go! I really need to dust off my French...lol
2, For the life of me I cannot find the attraction/appeal of the "parking lot" style of campground. Aren't we all camping to be in the woods with nature?? Ya know, trees, vegetation, dirt roads etc??? Some of these parks (one right down the road from me) get great reviews?!?!?! I just don't get the appeal.
3, Wow....it is not cheap to camp anymore! It is easy to see $40-$60/night for 2 adults?!?! $10/head after that, with a limit of 6 per site. My very last trip cost me $230.00 for 3 nights w 6 people...Why the heck do they make campers that sleep more than 6 then?!?! Mine sleeps 10!!!
4, Beware of the websites for campgrounds. While I have not had a terrible experience (yet), I have had to change plans due to the conditions at one of our latest campgrounds.
5, Doesn't anyone enjoy getting back to basics/nature? I know this statement could be cliche seeing as I am enjoying my brand new RV. However, I am not sitting on my phone/tablet/FB surfing the internet. Isn't camping supposed to be an experience with the environment/nature?!?!? I just cant come to terms with the reviews that complain heavily about WiFi signal/access. (Workamping folks aside obviously).
Things were so different 20 years ago....
Thats all for now
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Aug 15 2013, 03:48 PM
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In general we agree with your observations about cost vs location in the country. However, to the general fact that CG's are cheaper out west than in the east has to be added the caveat that everything costs more in "destination areas", hence the cost you quote for the Grand Tetons which is no doubt the Colter Bay campground.
But as the realtors always say, "location, location, location!" You can walk from your site at Colter Bay to the shore of Jackson Lake and watch eagles soar above the lake! BTW, if you didn't know, the concessionaire at Colter Bay (Xanterra, I believe) does give ~$10 off the nightly rate if you have the federal senior pass.
As for the current price of state parks, I agree that most are no longer bargains compared to commercial CG's, but in our experience, the sites are usually larger and more private. I am writing this note while at a Washington State park where I am paying ~$34/night for full (30A) hookups including reservation and non-resident fees. The site I have is far larger and the setting much nicer than the commercial park I just left in Montana which was $38/night plus tax. Obviously, this one comparison isn't meaningful, but, in general, we'd prefer to stay at state (or federal) parks if they are near where we are going and we can get in.
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