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Old 05-31-2012, 08:05 PM   #57
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This is a funny discussion because we tent camp and always ask for the RV (more expensive) hookup. If you're using a Golden Pass in National Forest it can be a bargain of course. But anyway, we like the water and electric.

At some RV parks, they give you the RV site for a tent, and charge you $20 a night. Instead of $30 or more. Because they know you don't have a big rig that's going to use a lot of a/c or heat etc.

Even at the KOA, we've asked for the RV hookups, because the tent sites are small and have too many leaves, often.

There are also sort of unwritten rules you can sense. Where we are now with the burrito, we didn't go into the section of the main loop which has the big motorhomes. They all gravitated together. And to be "respectful" we went where there were more travel trailers. But one night four guys on motorcyles came by and pitched four tents.

Every place is different. RV parks have generally been nicer than state parks. State parks can patrol you constantly.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:46 PM   #58
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Of all places, we had a reservation at Yosemite (Crane Flat campground). We called in advance saying we would be checking in late and they assured us it was cool. We got to the closed ranger booth and there was a marker board posted with all late arrivals camp site numbers ... but not ours! It was getting late and we were worried so we finally found an open spot we liked and I was able to get the U Haul into a nice site and all set up. Next morning the ranger came by to check us in and was very excited at how cute and small it was ... AND that we got it into a tent site! We had no idea and I offered to move not wishing for any trouble but she said we did a great job of getting it in there and no need to move. Ya never know!

By the way ... we're going back to Crane Flat in 3 weeks to say the least!
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:08 PM   #59
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5 pages in 2 days!

Several people have said as tenters, they wdn't want an egg camping next to them (even w/o generators, etc. so basically a tent on wheels) I'm not sure I understand?

As a tenter for years, I LOVED having a self contained camper in the next site over. It was the only tent that we wouldn't hear everything that happened inside of it! Is that all bad?!
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I've stayed in the same campsite in Springfield/Route 66 KOA (campsite #4 on the map) twice, the first time in a tent and the second time in the Compact Jr. The first time I told them we were using a tent, and the second time I asked for water & electric only for my trailer and didn't need a pull-thru site. I have learned that in a KOA if you ask for a sewer hook-up at your site you'll be amongst the big buses, but if you don't mind using the dump station and you can back-in OK then the sites are cheaper and nicer too.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:21 AM   #61
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Of all places, we had a reservation at Yosemite (Crane Flat campground). We called in advance saying we would be checking in late and they assured us it was cool. We got to the closed ranger booth and there was a marker board posted with all late arrivals camp site numbers ... but not ours! It was getting late and we were worried so we finally found an open spot we liked and I was able to get the U Haul into a nice site and all set up. Next morning the ranger came by to check us in and was very excited at how cute and small it was ... AND that we got it into a tent site! We had no idea and I offered to move not wishing for any trouble but she said we did a great job of getting it in there and no need to move. Ya never know!

By the way ... we're going back to Crane Flat in 3 weeks to say the least!
But the question is? Will you be in the same tent site or a different one?
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:50 AM   #62
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Good question! To be honest, no I had to engage the 4x4 to get us nestled in there in between these big redwoods in the first place! It was dark and our very first trip with our (then, new to us) UHaul. We used huge rocks because our leveling blocks were useless on the uneven terrain and I hadn't yet bought my BAL leveler. It was a rough start - but we had a BLAST!

One thing I always do at places I intend to return to, is get the site map and walk the campground with a highlighter pen and circle my favorite spots for next time. I hole punch each map and keep them in my onboard "Egg Binder" (which has everything from parts manuals to copies of trip logs and receipts).

This time I intend to get a much nicer tent site!
Kind of kidding there ... it appears that we will have plenty of choices of where to set up. Once there, i'll politely ask the ranger if we can use an ideal open tent site (someone here correctly mentioned the tent sites always seem to be the best ones!) but make the reservation for the approved tailer site. I feel it was more than likely a one-off last time and our ranger might not be as laid back this time, so its not worth the gamble of getting all the way to Yosemite and into the park to find out there are no approved trailer spots left and we are SOL. I've learned that striking up a friendly chat with the ranger at check-in can go a long way ... but also to plan for the worst and be pleasantly surprised when it doesn't happen!
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When we tent camped, as Jen, we were often in an RV site with electric. We did stay in the tent area at Lake Harlan in Nebraska for the week and we had the whole big nice tent area to ourselves and the best view next to the water. No one would drive into that tent area because it was not suitable for that.

If someone paid for an RV site with electric but wanted to be in a tent area, a park might be more amenable to allowing a trailer. But the tent area we were in was all grass and obviously was not a place to drive anything. People do not necessarily expect vehicles in the tent area, depending on how it is set up.
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At Mid-Ohio we were told that we MUST camp in the tent area, until we proved that we had both gray and black water tanks, then we got the spot we paid for.
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At Mid-Ohio we were told that we MUST camp in the tent area, until we proved that we had both gray and black water tanks, then we got the spot we paid for.
Any idea what their reasoning is?
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One thing I always do at places I intend to return to, is get the site map and walk the campground with a highlighter pen and circle my favorite spots for next time. I hole punch each map and keep them in my onboard "Egg Binder" (which has everything from parts manuals to copies of trip logs and receipts).
What a great idea! I'll have to think about how to do that but keeping the file electronically as I hate paperwork. Maybe do it as you do and then scan the map in and put it in a file.
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What a great idea! I'll have to think about how to do that but keeping the file electronically as I hate paperwork. Maybe do it as you do and then scan the map in and put it in a file.

Scanner works pretty good.
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Question Just my speculation...

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Any idea what their reasoning is?
I suspect that they wanted to not have to turn away a bulgemobile to accommodate something as tiny as a Scamp 13' since full hook-up sites tend to be large.
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Any idea what their reasoning is?
No idea really since there are porta pottis in both places and no hook-ups.
What further frustrated me was that they only allowed racers and crew to use the dump station on our way out.We had raced there in the past and worked corners so we were surprised that we had to leave with full tanks. Certainly the spectator/camping charge for the three days was plenty high to justify access to the dump station.
Still... Having the Scamp backed up to the railing on turn one was a pleasant and lasting memory.
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Actually, Bobbie and Byron thank you both ... great ideas. Since I have a scanner /email machine at work, I can scan my documents as PDFs and email them immediately. I can save all the PDFs on my iPad in a separate photo library since the egg binder kinda lives in the egg and often while we are down the road we say "which campground had this or that, etc.?" and we have to wait to stop to get the binder. Having the iPad in the truck with scanned docs will really be handy for quick decision making!
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