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Old 07-10-2019, 06:42 AM   #11
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I have 4 kids and so it is worth it to me to pay for a campground for overnight stays. Like others mentioned, it is good to let the kids run around and swim etc.

I also use the Allstays RV and Camping app. It is a good resource to find any type of camping. It is worth the money to get the version that you pay for and not just the free app.

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Old 07-10-2019, 12:31 PM   #12
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The wife and I talked about staying at a Walmart but she was not real fond of the idea and I kind of agree that I would rather have the kids running around a campground then a Walmart parking lot. I donít really want to pay 40 or 50 bucks for a one night stay either but it is a vacation for the family so if it cost a extra 50 bucks then I am not to worried about it. I did tell the wife that when it comes to the trip home that plan on doing it in one day. Probably by the time we head back I will just want to get home and will not be spending the night in between.

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Old 07-10-2019, 12:42 PM   #13
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I certainly agree that a WalMart parking lot is not the environment I'd want my kids or grandkids "running around to blow off steam" after being cooped up in the back seat for most of the day. For me, almost any campground would be better than turning them loose to "play in traffic"....

That said, you might do some research for community sponsored, county run campgrounds along your route. Usually they have minimal camping hookups (if any at all) but almost always are in a city park or a county park complete with play grounds and facilities for children. I'm thinking along the lines of all the "tourist park" facilities in the UP and in many LP communities. While some cost as much as private campgrounds, many are only $10 or $15 a night, close to town (shopping, dining) and have things for kids to do without playing in traffic.

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Old 07-10-2019, 03:13 PM   #14
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I don't know about other parts of the country but throughout our part of the country literally every city has "free" RV accommodations, usually within a city park. One I used to stay at was just off a highway coming into the town - just pull in and hook up (all I'm aware of had water and electric - no charge). I'm not sure how you find out about those as I've never seen them advertised. If you had a specific spot you wanted to land you might call the chamber of commerce.
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:08 PM   #15
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I have issues paying that much for a one night stay too but Iíd rather my kids run around a campground play area rather than a parking lot. Years ago this is all the wife and I did but now Iíll gladly pay so the kids have something to do and safely.
If I had kids with me and wanted to stop driving at 3pm, campsite is totally worth it. If I left home after work and drove for 6 or 7 hours, no kids are playing anywhere.
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:59 PM   #16
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We've never camped at Walmart, but my wife's cheap a## brother in law does it from East Texas to Cheyenne Wyoming every night going to the rodeo every year, funny thing is it probably cost more than a RV park time her sister goes into the store, guaranteed she'll spend $50+ every time.
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:46 PM   #17
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Personally, I have issues paying $40 to $60 to sleep and go
Ouch, yes. You can often find much better bargains at non-commercial (state, county, etc.) parks, provided you can get there on time, score a vacancy, and skip sewer connections for one night.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:37 AM   #18
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Kevin, we've stayed here twice. Easy off-easy on from I-75. They have what you need.
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We've stayed at many Walmarts during two coast to coast trips. Never had a problem, but it's just the two of us, retired. Biggest issue is watching out for traffic when exiting the rig to walk the dog. One of us always go inside to check with manager before settling in. We have a generator, solar, and inverter so we can "glamp" with satellite tv wherever we are.
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Old 07-14-2019, 03:22 PM   #20
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Your first 2 questions seem to have been answered. So, this is directed to your last question. I would highly recommend the Kentucky Horse Park Campground. It is a beautiful campground with nice, large sites & lots of shade. You may like it so well you'll want to stay more than one night. It has easy access from I75.

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