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Old 08-11-2015, 01:18 PM   #1
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Tips on Planning a Trip or Where Are All The Good Campgrounds?

Hello All,

I will be planning a three week trip next summer with my Scamp 13, wife and two kids. I'm looking for tips on how to locate desirable campgrounds and plan a trip aside from the tedious act of Googling campgrounds and trying to figure out what they are really like. I'm inclined towards more "nature" and less "parking lot" if you know what I mean.

What's your method for exploring new areas and planning a trip?
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Old 08-11-2015, 01:41 PM   #2
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Apps:
Allstays ($10 but worth it) also RV Parky, UC Public.

Clubs:
Good Sam (and Apple OS only App)
Passport America (and App)

Internet:
reserveamerica.com
Tripadvisor.com

Camping POIs on GPS


that will get you started.
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Old 08-11-2015, 01:44 PM   #3
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All stays; good suggestion.

Allstays Camp and RV | RV Parks Campgrounds App

I like the filters, since I prefer to stay in federal and state campgrounds.
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I suggest you state how far you want to travel, what you'd like to do. If it's in the Nebraska area I bet their are people who can make some campground suggestions. Do you want to move between places, stay some where for 3 weeks, ....?
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We're a bit old-fashioned in that we, generally, do not depend on electronics. We have found Woodall's book to be very helpful and the AAA camping books are great.
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Old 08-11-2015, 04:24 PM   #6
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See the sites

I like to use Campsite Photos, Camping Pictures, and Campground Reviews - campsitephotos.com
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:16 AM   #7
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Campsite photos are a help....another idea is "google earth" ...type in the complete address and presto! you get an Ariel view!

If you like nature always try state campgrounds, National park campgrounds and COE campgrounds. I always try for state campgrounds and/or COE campgrounds on lakes.

If you head east from your location try the state and DEC campgrounds in the
Adirondack Parks of upstate New York....fantastic large campsites, many on lakes in wilderness settings! For a complete look and pictures of every campsite try this web site:
campadk.com.

Happy Camping!
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:27 AM   #8
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Great Ideas

These are all great suggestions. We will be heading to New England from Omaha, out one way back another, spreading it over 3 weeks. Likely stay a little longer on Cape Ann, MA.

Yes, older National and State Parks are more my style. Any must see recommendations are welcomed. Lakes are good.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:54 AM   #9
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Places to avoid while towing a travel trailer, Metro New York City, Long Island, NY, Connecticut and I95, Rhode Island and most if not all of Massachusetts....
all crazy traffic and even crazier drivers!

Suggestions:
Vermont: Button Bay State Park on historic Lake Champlain
Half Moon Pond State Park (beautiful)
Visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum when
There!
New York: Adirondacks
Fish Creek Ponds State Park (130 large lake front
sites on two lakes)

Happy Camping!
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One interesting thing I have noted is some of the most peaceful campsites are those that lack bodies of water. With kids (or grandkids) a beach or river is a lot of fun but for those same reasons a campground without those amenities tends to be more sedate.

Wilderness or rustic camping without a beach tends to be less noisy, with more trail bikers and hikers. Dry camping (no water source) tends to be even less rowdy. Absent someone running a generator it can be very peaceful.
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Trailers Prohibited?

Again, more great suggestions. It seems I am inclined towards the rustic naturalist experience.

A question comes to mind since I'm new to "trailering": At what point are you prohibited from sites because you have a 13' trailer in tow. Can I assume that you can have a trailer at any site you can have a car?
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With a 13 ft. Travel Trailer you should be OK, however check to insure that the campsite you want is authorized for a Travel Trailer. Many sites in state parks are for "tents only". The Adirondack state parks list the maximum size trailer on all sites and also indicate if the site is tents only. Travel Trailer sites are listed as: max 20 ft., max 30ft etc, etc.

If in doubt call the campground and ask to avoid problems.
I to prefer the natural scene when camping...I do not like the KOA Disney type "plastic" atmosphere of many commercial campgrounds.
IMHO you can't beat the natural state and national park campgrounds.
Get a quiet generator for your Travel Trailer and you have all the comforts in the 100% natural setting.

Happy Camping!
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Some sites are designated tent only. Those "may" sometimes allow the small 13 ft. camper but trailer being allowed in those tent only sites is not to be expected or counted on.

Some say it is ridiculous to not allow them, others that tent only means tent only and the tent campers should not be forced to have an RV in the next site when in a tent only section.

Some sites charge more for features not always of use to a smaller camper. 50 amp electric, water and sewer hookup on site are some that come to mind. The stock 3 prong plug of my scamp is 20 amp electric. With AC one may want a 30 amp electric hook up. 50 amp is pretty heavy duty and supports heavy electric use. Thus sites with that cost more.

Pull through or paved sites are another aspect that campgrounds may charge for that are less important to a small camper.

You can of course camp there but expect to pay more in varying amounts for these "extra" features, which may be of no use, just extra expense.
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We will be heading to New England from Omaha, out one way back another, spreading it over 3 weeks, and likely staying a little longer on Cape Ann, MA.
Omaha to Cape Ann - with significant time at Cape Ann - in three weeks ? I'd be doing ALL my route planning, and projected overnight stops, well in advance, using all the various web sites, and booking services available. May not be much opportunity to co-incidentally explore those 'off the pavement' natural locations - IMHO
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