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Old 11-03-2016, 03:54 PM   #1
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Informal Survey on Rallies

I have recently set up the Srping Fling Rally for May at a private campground with all the amenities

Wondering what ratio of campers want all the hook up....and Pay
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the campers who would go to a State or National park and Pay less but have no water / elect / sewer / store / laundry / propane / showers

Just wondering?
Maybe the next one I host will be of the National Park type. Maybe
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Old 11-03-2016, 04:49 PM   #2
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We prefer state, National, and COE parks. We like to have access to water even if it's not a direct hookup, and electric is nice but we only feel a need for electric if it's going to be really hot (for the A/C). We rarely go places that have full hookups, although some of the state and COE parks have those too.
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Old 11-03-2016, 05:12 PM   #3
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We've been to 6 or 8 rallies and all were at campgrounds with electricity. Some had water and some had water and sewer
If your rally is only for a couple of days then no hookups are not a major obstacle but when the rally is for 3 ,4 ,5 days or longer than I believe most participants would want full hookups.
I realize that some people would object to full hookups even if the camping was free but they are definitely in the minority.
In our case the cost of fuel to get to the rally far exceeded any camping fees
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Old 11-03-2016, 05:54 PM   #4
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We like at least to have electric hookup, but it is not a deciding factor. One rally we do every year is a NY State Park with no water or electric. We base what rallies we do on distance from home and other plans we may have around that time. Also time of year is a consideration.
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Old 11-03-2016, 06:32 PM   #5
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The Spring Fling will be our first rally, but when camping we much prefer to have at least Electric hookup. Water is a bonus, but don't mind walking to fill up a jug.

We have camped at both National & Provincial Parks, as well as many nice privately owned campgrounds so no real preference there. The extra few bucks is never the deciding factor for us.

When looking at some rallies the biggest issue for me is when they say you must share sites, or when they stack them all in an open field very close together. We like meeting new people, but we also like our own space.

The KOA for this rally looks great!
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:55 PM   #6
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I think the important thing is that people can make reservations! Nothing worse than showing up after driving a couple of days and find out there's no room for you. Whether full hookups or no hookups depends on how long one wants to camp at that location, OR if there's a medical reason for needing electricity (CPAP). There will never be a one-size-fits-all. The best you can do is the greatest good for the greatest amount of people.


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Old 11-04-2016, 03:25 AM   #7
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Thanks for the quick get-back, Actually the wife and I like State and National Parks and get by fine when they allow a generater to run 4 hours a day to recharge battery. It's the inability to shower that get to us after a few days.
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Old 11-04-2016, 04:55 AM   #8
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I will admit this past season all my camping was at State Parks. Although one of the State Reservations had both electricity and water, I did not hook up since my site was full sun and the PV array did well.


I am fine with all variations of services. The Rally in May will be my first time with access to full services. Should be a treat, if I hook up.



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Old 11-04-2016, 06:14 AM   #9
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At the bolerama rally in Ont Fred has always made sure we have a choice were ever the rally has been held, there is always a group area with no hookups and a regular hookup area. Many campgrounds will offer this if negotiated in advance.
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Old 11-04-2016, 06:22 AM   #10
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Donna: I have 2 CPAPs that run directly on 12 volt. I keep one in my Escape all the time.


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Old 11-04-2016, 12:17 PM   #11
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For our rally next fall near Seattle at a State Park, we have access to "several" full service sites, several no-service sites, water is available, and there is a restroom with flush toilets, sinks, and token-op shower.


At the Lynden, WA rally earlier in September, there's electricity (if you have a cord) -- a vast amount of space that wasn't used up by any means last year, the option of parking far away if you want, but very little ground cover. A few trees. WE need electricity for the microwave, and for the little ceramic heater if the nights are colder. We actually cannot use more utilities than that, as our trailer is designed now for utter simplicity by our standards. We have 12V and LED lighting, and some 110 fans if it's quite hot.


There are flush toilets, sinks, and we're not sure about showers at the restrooms there in Lynden Fairgrounds.


Gor showers for us, we're working on a bucket and privacy pop-up system, but haven't tried it out yet. After two or three days, a shower becomes an issue.


Sounds like you've found a nice place to start your rally!


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Old 11-04-2016, 12:27 PM   #12
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Electricity is nice in the winter months. We use porta potty so sewer hookup doesn't help us. Were use to desert camping where we have nothing unless we brought it. 10-to 15 miles from town is nice for emergency needs but not a big deal. Reservations are important unless it's wide open like Quartzsite.
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Forgot--and agree, reservations are very important--except at something like Lynden, where it is also wide open. Not as big as Quartzsite, I expect, but still plenty big for double the number of rigs. It's the whole fairground, after all. It's not the getting "a" space that's difficult, it's getting one close-in. So show up early! First come, most close.
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2 cents worth.

I know that some insist on reservations no matter where they want go and will seek out RV parks that have reservations.
The other side, I avoid any campground that reserves camp sites. I driven through and out of campgrounds that have reserved signs on campsites. I don't participate in rallies because of the extra cost associated with reservations both in reservation fee and extra cost of the camp site.
Another story, I don't have a toilet or portapotty, so I need to stay where there's a potty close by. I went to the Quartzsite rally a few years ago and was laughed at because I was staying in parking lot of RV Park where toilets were near. I won't go back to that one either.
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