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#1 OFFLINE   doug1980

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 03:32 PM

I've heard that some campgrounds wont allow truck campers, expecially older ones, to stay in their campgrounds. Having only camped in Alaska with a truck camper so far, we have not seen this. However, if this is true than it may be an issue for us on our cross-country trip this July. Anyone heard of this? Are there any specific campgrounds in Canada, Montana, Utah or Arizona that may do this?
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 04:12 PM

I would say just go camping and have a good time. If you find yourself in an expensive RV Park with big fancy motorhomes all around you, and each pad is paved, a clubhouse, swimming pool, and a price for the night up over 60 dollars you likely won't like being there any more than they seem to want you there either.

Those are not campgrounds, they are plug in RV Parks.

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 04:16 PM

Who wants to camp with a bunch of snobs. Let them sit in their big fancy rigs watching their big screen TV's.

Unless of course its raining, then that don't sound half bad.

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 05:49 PM

I guess there are parks where that is the case. It's still sort of a free country and businesses can make their own rules. I have camped from NY to FL and VA to MO and never run into a campground yet that hasn't wanted my business.

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 06:28 PM

Doug,

I see you are probably worried about your move to florida from your other posts.

You won't run into any issues crossing Canada and traveling in the Western US. All the RV parks in Canada were quite TC friendly when we drove to Alaska and back. National Forest and Park CGs in the US don't discriminate. I'm not that familiar east of the Rockies where fewer national forests exist except for Texas which has many state parks very friendly to TCs.

As others have mentioned, it's usually the high dollar RV (gated) compounds that prefer to cater to the snobs out there. And they do exist.

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 07:46 PM

there was recently i forum chat about that, about tc's in general at such places. sure there may be a few here and there that frown on it and say no (very few).....but mostly...not any problem at all. i know if i ever came across that kind of place id say...."watch my tail lights as i go". i wouldnt worry about it, its not really a problem at all. have fun on your adventures!

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 06:32 AM

Some of my most memorable stays in a park are the most country redneck types of all. , so open and friendly, nice, like family, they all wanted to lend a hand and did. I always remember each and every individual and I thank God for them.

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 07:09 AM

Some of my most memorable stays in a park are the most country redneck types of all. , so open and friendly, nice, like family, they all wanted to lend a hand and did. I always remember each and every individual and I thank God for them.

we go out of our way to find the small (family) parks for that very reason. Ditto that
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Posted 26 May 2011 - 01:46 PM

Thanks for all the replies. Well I'm glad to hear it's not very common. I like the smaller campgrounds anyway, so they can keep their fancy ones.
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Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:26 PM

We have a favorite one we like to go to in the winter for the hot springs spa's and pool's. It's kinda bigt 500+ sites, but all are welcome and over the past few years there are alot more TC's showing up, and they dont care if you drop the TC off truck either!

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:31 PM

While looking for a place to host the South East Truck Camper Rally in Florida, we did find a place that said no TC'ers allowed. Too bad, we would have shown them how nice our units can be.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 06:54 PM

We pretty much just stay in State Park or Federal campgrounds. Finding them is easy too. Get out your Road Atlas and look for a symbol of a green tree and a tent next to it. That's our destination.

They lock the gate at 9 p.m. and you have code in case you need the gate opened. Most have a full-time camp-host living in slot 1.

Another benefit is that good ole Bubba doesn't come riding through at 2 a.m. throwing beer bottles and cutting up. A 'gated community' of sorts.

If one has the Geezer Pass (aka the America The Beautiful senior pass) the price is reduced to about half in many cases. I stay regularly at national forest campgrounds that have electricity, water, paves roads and sites, hot showers, and with the pass, it's $9.50 a night.


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Posted 16 August 2011 - 06:33 AM

Can a Canadian senior get a senior's pass for the USA state parks ? I have camped part way into these state parks, boon docking with no problem. But going into the actual camp ground area is some thing I have not as yet done.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 06:41 AM

Can a Canadian senior get a senior's pass for the USA state parks ? I have camped part way into these state parks, boon docking with no problem. But going into the actual camp ground area is some thing I have not as yet done.


Don't know that answer.
You cannot get them online. Says for US Cit or perm res. There are variations of the pass at different prices.

http://www.nps.gov/f...park/passes.htm


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Posted 16 August 2011 - 06:44 AM

The answer is no you can't. If you have a US address you might get away with it, but I am betting they want to see a drivers license or something..

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 10:28 AM

OP, don't know?

I pretty much boondock, so don't care. And $60 a day to park? Crazy!

If your in Key West, boondocking is tough. But otherwise, you can park
at Walmart's, Cracker Barrel restaurants, motel parking lots, rest
stops, churches, casinos, shopping centers, ski resorts, RV dealers,
trucks stops, etc.

I like the motels best for quiet. Just make sure they are far from the
fwy noise.

Even the rest stops that say 'no overnight parking' and have guards
are not a big deal. Just ask the guard if it is OK to get some sleep
for a few hours. Only problem I had was a guard told me in Fla 'no
deploying', as in no push out rooms or in my case no popping up my
little Aliner.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 10:51 AM

I like backing the TC up against hedges at a hotel. It appears you are staying at the hotel. Call room service and ask for fresh towels amd coffee. :)

As Slack says, don't 'deploy'.


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Posted 13 June 2012 - 07:42 PM

In our last three trips. From san Antonio to Dayton, Also out to Redding Ca. We stayed mostly at Wall marts, flying J and Petro's If I got tired would pull into the rest areas to sleep. Always heard dont drop the landing gear. We planed this trip back in Jan for the last week of June. I was in for a eye opener are stay in southern calif we wanted to be right on the ocean haha have to book it a year in advance Trouble was at that time the ref wouldnt work on probane till now I had it repaired.We be looking into the gerser passes soon anoff Fees at state parks and federal parks are cheaper than the private parks. We dont really care for all the fancy things a place that quite and friendly. Even the place out side Dayton where I had a gun put in my face for telling this guy he left his dome light on in his tow veicle. here is our trip planer.185.jpg Today 09/19/2012 we lost our trip planer and navigator on the operation table at 06:45 may Scottie go to heaven he is sure misted by all the family and his friends.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 03:54 AM

Have 12,000 miles on my home made “Cajun Cabin” . Have been welcomed at many private campgrounds from California to Florida to Virginia to South Dokota. The only discrimination I have encountered is from Truck Camper Magazine. They will not let me post a picture in their calendar contest because my rig appears to be unbalanced according to their opinion. Discrimination comes in many forms.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:36 AM

We witnessed a form of bureaucratic discrimination last weekend at a full-hookup, Parish/County-owned campground near the Gulf's shoreline.

The 'rules' online said "no Tents or pop-up campers", The place was wall-to-wall limestone/gravel, so one could understand the tent ban, but the popup camper ban puzzled me.

Sort of expecting some scrutiny, upon arrival, the uniformed attendant walked out and said, "I have one question. Does that thing have a bathroom?"

I then sort of got the "Ohhhhhh, that's it!" realization. There were bathrooms on site near a fishing area, but the showers were external to the building and designed for sand removal or just rinsing off.

Upon learning that we had 'facilities', we were checked in without further delay. Perhaps that 'perception' that TCs have no facilities is the source for random discrimination.





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