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Old 08-11-2015, 07:12 PM   #29
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Wow- yes we go camping when we can avoid the families; this area of NE GA, W NC and East Tenn are as full as Orlando can be from Easter to end of Leaf peeping season. We were lucky to grow up here part time and Florida most of the time. Is there any other life!- but we had family and friends all over the South. Now that we are over the hill- we will plan a lot but take what God gives us. Computers and cell phones are a wonderful thing; often we go to a specific place to see the place- not to spent nights sleeping in it. We love to go to Museums- I can spend a day sitting in a creek looking for crystals. I know our local National Parks are a bear to get into- Elkmont and Smokemont- but the Blue Ridge Parkway drive is beautiful. I am babbling, but what I mean is there is always someplace we have never been within a days drive- and we usually find a reasonable place to sleep.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:37 PM   #30
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County fairgrounds often have spaces--some even have hookups. I usually look up where those are, as a backup. I do the same with casinos.




On the dog breed bans, what do you say if you have a mutt and no idea what breeds it is?
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Old 08-12-2015, 06:36 AM   #31
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With the mixes, generally you'll be OK unless maybe it is mix of banned breeds and obvious.

Here is list of the 14 Dog Breeds Blacklisted by Insurance companies: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...ance-companies Many of these are my favorites.

When we were out west, dogs over 20 lbs in some parks was an issue.

You do want a dog with manners when you travel as that way, sometimes, you'll get pass on some rule. Our chow shepherd mix has the sweetest face and is a real tail wagger.

So, again, I think the message remains the same and you need to be able to boondock.

I did notice that the range of closing of parks here is from 30 Sep to 30 Nov, with the more southern part of the state being open later. We are in the central part so in reality, this is doable. Nov can be a good month to camp and a great one if I can get the molded fiberglass, the pop-up can be chilly.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:37 AM   #32
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For us spontaneous people, Oregon has a system where they have two colors of tags posted on the space numbers. You can drive around the loops and look for those. One color designates the space as being open for one night and reserved after that, the other color means the space is reserved for that night.




I like to stay in state parks instead of boondocking for a safer feeling. On one November trip coming home I stayed at South Beach SP at Newport, OR, and seemed to be outnumbered by campground hosts. They were very nice and hosty.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:45 AM   #33
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Cathy, good luck in your hunt for a molded FG trailer. Yes, it can really extend your travel window. Being able to be inside, nice and dry and warm on a cold autumn morning is definitely one of its advantages. And being able to dry camp is also a plus. Someone above mentioned county fairgrounds and that's a great option to remember. Casinos too!
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:01 PM   #34
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In Saskatchewan camping spontaneously at Provincial Parks is disappointing on weekends in July and August. The Park system decided to rent many sites out for the season - leaving those who don't have that much money available out of luck. Increasing numbers of sites are being electrified or made full service - and the fee goes up again!. Many primitive sites are claimed by those with big units and they often run generators a lot of the time.


As retirees we are able to go to our choice of Park mid week and generally find an available site. Often though we have to pay for services we have no interest in using (we like basic camping!)
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:44 PM   #35
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In Saskatchewan camping spontaneously at Provincial Parks is disappointing on weekends in July and August. The Park system decided to rent many sites out for the season - leaving those who don't have that much money available out of luck...
Or who don't have that much time… That's a disturbing trend in parks that are (theoretically) owned by the people. What is driving the practice, I wonder? Who is renting sites for the whole season?

I have never heard of public parks doing that on this side of the border, but it's been many years since I camped extensively at state/national parks outside of the SW region. Fourteen days seems to be the limit most places I've been recently.
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More and more I see limits like 7 to 14 days in a month, anywhere in the park. This is to discourage those that move from site to site and never leave the park. Publicly owned parks really shouldn't allow seasonal rentals unless they are under used.
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I was looking at Kansas State Parks and they have a 14 day limit but you can get an extension of 14 days. There was a time when we had started camping that they could stay for 30 days, that's when we had to dry camp.

It going to get cold now so there should be less demand. We go out tomorrow night and it will get down to 50 degrees. Gosh, time to unpack the winter jammies.
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Very Very Rarely do I have reservations. Camping 110 to 130 days per year.

Here's a resource that might help find those places that don't require reservations. Also many campgrounds in the Reserve America and Recreation.gov systems have first come first served sites. You have to search for them and learn some weird coding systems the reservation companies use. Anyway this web site has been useful to me.
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Cathy P......Winter Jammies at 50 degrees???....better not venture into the Adirondacks...here 50 degrees is considered a warm night!

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Cathy P......Winter Jammies at 50 degrees???....better not venture into the Adirondacks...here 50 degrees is considered a warm night!
Given that Cathy lives in Kansas, I'd say the remark was meant tongue-in-cheek. Those plains states can get both blazing hot in summer and downright arctic in winter! Then there are the spring tornados… Hardy folk, those plains dwellers.

I got caught in a June thunderstorm while tent camping in a Kansas state park years ago. Not an experience I ever want to repeat!
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NY can be tough. Especially state sites in the Adirondacks, but also famous at geological wonders like Letchworth and Watkins Glen. There are a lot of beautiful state campgrounds around the Finger Lakes that fill up fast. We have reservations the week after Labor Day at Delaware Seashore State Park, and made those reservations back when the snow was flying, otherwise we would not have got a great site. I reserved the site on the web a few minutes after midnight the day reservations opened. Ya gotta be on your toes for the good ones!

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I suspect the Parks system in Saskatchewan is heavily influenced by 'richer' people. We see them with their huge units, and huge ideas of their own importance and over inflated beliefs in their levels of entitlement.


Personally - I find the way our tax dollars are spent creating ever bigger and fancier campgrounds very upsetting.


We don't want, or need a direct waterline. We are perfectly comfortable with our solar panel and battery. A propane stove on a picnic table handles our meals very well. If we wanted all the luxury level comforts and conveniences of home we would stay at home!
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