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 3/19/2008 11:22 AM
 
Has anyone else noticed the lack of picnic tables in RV parks lately or is that just a Southwest thing? Used to be just about every place had a picnic table of sorts - some good, some awful - but at least something! I know they probably say there's a problem with people stealing them, but I remember cement ones that weighed a ton and others chained to something, so I don't think that's the REAL reason. Bugs me to pay $34 a night and not even have a picnic table!
Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 3/19/2008 1:18 PM
 
In 3 years, I don't think I've stayed anywhere I've paid that didn't have a picnic table. And I rarely will pay the price you posted, I'm cheap.
It's been 2 years since I've been in the southwest, so if it's happening there, yep, it stinks. Although I probably could live without it easier than many other things. --------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying)
Bethers

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 3/19/2008 1:38 PM
 
At the KOA I workamped at in New Mexico they removed the tables because as more and more rigs have slides everywhere, they were hitting the tables or leaving no room to walk. They do keep some folding ones in the office if you're gonna be there a while. Of course, if the sites weren't so narrow to begin with this wouldn't be a problem. They also told me people were ruining the wooden ones by sitting their BBQ's on the tables and heat destroyed them.
Karen Sassy and Buddy,(the labs) 30'Gulfstream Class C

Karen Sassy and Buddy,(the labs) 30'Gulfstream Class C
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 3/19/2008 2:17 PM
 
I noticed the tables being burned by the BBQ's also. I put mine on a special stand so I don't burn the end of one. I have found alot of campgrounds who don't have tables but I always carry my own table in the basement so not to worry.( big enough for 2 barely 4 people) I have to leave it in Yuma this Summer because I need all the space I can get to haul stuff back from WA in the basement. Then there will be nothing left in WA. When we were in the Provincial parks in B.C. the tables were cement and those campgrounds were wonderful and roomy.
In the Pickle Jar of Life Friends make a Dilly of a Difference Seeya down the road Seeya_Gal

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
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 3/20/2008 9:35 AM
 
At one campground I visited, I was asked upon registration if I would like a picnic table....if so, they'd deliver it within an hour or so (allowing time for set up). A lady who was in the office said that many of the RV'ers either had their own tables or would eat inside their units, and not having them on-site made it easier for the groundskeeping crew. (Kinda makes sense)
Some places I've been, you have to sign up to have a fire ring delivered before dark-thirty.
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 3/20/2008 10:33 AM
 
Sounds like I'm going to the wrong places (yeah, California!).
Beth - that $34/night price was for a STATE PARK! Plus there's a $7.50 reservation fee! Too many campers, too few campgrounds! I paid $49.50 for one night in Palm Springs on my way home from Quartzsite this year, but it was a resort park and I wanted my New England son to see what resort camping was like!
Of course, this lifestyle is only part time for me. You full-timers are good at finding better bargains. Guess a work camper job is the way to go out here!
Even with the group rate discount, our GS Chapter rarely pays less than $30/night. Expensive hobby! Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 3/20/2008 1:45 PM
 
I think having membership parks have been my life saver. I bought a used Thousand Trails membership and through them got a Resorts of Distinction membership. So when we go to the parks it is $5 a night or R.O.D. is free. We also use the Passport America parks at 1/2 off. Works great for us but might be too pricey for others. $639.00 a year dues pays for all those Summer stays close to family so it is cheaper than the state parks...which are NOT close to the family. I have noticed that State parks are getting as high as a fancy resort! Good grief!! Can't wait to get the Golden Age pass but heard some places do not honor that anymore too. With fuel costs going sky high I need to use those areas or boondock to save money for the fuel! I'm only getting 7 miles to the gallon! YIKES!
Oh I stayed at the Palm Springs Thousand Trails park with nice campground, big pool, hot tub, club house etc...$5 a night and can stay 2 weeks. Dan is thinking of going to the LasVegas one heading back to WA going through Utah instead of I-5. A friend of ours and former Boss is Manager of the LasVegas TT park.
In the Pickle Jar of Life Friends make a Dilly of a Difference Seeya down the road Seeya_Gal

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
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 3/20/2008 5:57 PM
 
Jenny, I've looked at those - but don't you pay like $500 a year to keep them up? That's almost as much as I've paid some full years for sites - so not a bargain for me. Maybe someday - as I won't rule them out.
I've discovered that New England, Florida and California seem to be the most expensive places to stay - so that's where I really check out my Passport America or look for boondocking sites. And as for a KOA taking away tables - I'm not at all surprised - as they charge more for smaller sites and less kept up parks than any other group - on the average. Yes, I know there are good ones - and 2 of the good ones I know of quit with KOA. And another park I stayed at in Maine had just left the KOA family and they were spending mega bucks to get it back up to standards. Just my experience with KOA's - so I do avoid them. --------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying)
Bethers

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 3/20/2008 7:00 PM
 
I'm one of the lucky ones! I have a lifetime membership for Passport America (they don't offer that any longer). Every year, though, I notice more and more restrictions for using it.
I gave up the home park (Colorado River Adventures) and Coast to Coast after DH died because we never did get our money's worth even when we traveled a lot. For overnight stays they were usually too far off the beaten path and we seldom found one of their affiliates near our destinations. So far I haven't done any long distance travel, so I don't know how it will go.
We weren't too thrilled with KOAs because they tended to nickel and dime you to death. Years ago they were pretty consistent, but now you never know what you'll find.
Just can't beat a friend with a nice, flat driveway!
Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 3/20/2008 7:18 PM
 
Yes my TT dues are $500.00 a year, I get 50 FREE nights per year and then anything after the 50 nights is $5 a night. I can go park to park so 2 wks at one and switch to another for 2 weeks. R.O.D. did go from $99 a year to $139.00 but I don't pay anything at the gate when I come in and past Sept 15th I can stay 3 wks free. I usually like being at the Tall Chief Resort in Fall City so we are close to family. WA lacks alot of parks, the state campgrounds are nice but pricey. We enjoy them because the grandkids come camping in the Summer and ya gotta have a pool to wear them out lol. I still can't believe the charges at the KOA's, with young families that's REALLY pricey.
West coast has alot of state parks and I love the Oregon ones. One of these days when I decide to workamp again I'd love to do Oregon.
Alot of our friends are going to Florida and work for the Mouse ( Disney World).
In the Pickle Jar of Life Friends make a Dilly of a Difference Seeya down the road Seeya_Gal

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
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