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Old 06-08-2021, 07:24 AM   #21
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When we first started RVing, it was to avoid the "high prices at Motel 6"... We bought a VW campmobile and stayed at rest areas or a "camper park" for $5, rather than pay the $15 at Motel 6.

Through the 70's and 80's and into the 90's that remained somewhat true. Then, as campgrounds began to "commercialize" and prices started going up, the "better campgrounds" cost as much as Motel 6, but they were still a bargain compared to the Holiday Inn/Hampton prices, so we kept RVing...

Then, sometime around 2000 or so, the "JellyStone Jungle" type of RV park began to appear. Extremely nice landscaping, concrete pads with concrete fire rings, speed bumps, two pools (one for kids one for adults and kids) and signs everywhere warning people to clean up after their dogs, not to walk on the grass, no glass bottles, no alcohol in public, and a long list of other "don'ts"... Along with those amenities came "double pricing" and reservations. That has escalated to where, in some areas, government camping in "rustic locations" is following the "make reservations and pay extra"... Far more commercialization than in the past, both in private parks and in government owned property.

What used to be "solitude, easy to find and quiet" is now crowded and hard to find and the same environment as many "city neighborhoods"... Seems to me with the 3 TV's, 2 kitchens, full hookups, internet and a "boatload of electric toy vehicles, bikes and trikes, many "current RV'ers are just relocating their house to the campground for the weekend...

I too wonder how long people will continue to do this when the price of the RV doubles, price for gas doubles and cost to rent a campsite costs as much a a night at the Hampton or the Holiday Inn express (and mom still has to do the dishes in the RV)...
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Old 06-08-2021, 08:00 AM   #22
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We bought a modular home in a 55+ Rv Resort so we get all the amenities, activities & social interaction of rving & don't have to tow anything.
We full-timed for just over 10 years & apparently got out at the right time. Was able to sell the 5er, traded off the dually for something much less thirsty & still travel with the ability to get a room just about anywhere without a reservation. We found traveling this way is probably a bit cheaper than towing the rv & a lot less work which was getting more difficult for both of us.
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Old 06-08-2021, 07:05 PM   #23
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just did this as our daughjter is selling her house (where we did store it) and the sites for storage are few and far between. Luckily we found a very isolates place not far awqy for $85 a month. Yes, that is a bargin around here as we were quoted an average of $120 - $140 IF they have a space become available. Indoor storage? Are you ready for this? Over $500, no electric.
I thought mine was bad. Outside, but covered with blacktop ground for $140 p month. Gated storage w 24 hr access. No water, but we have electric. Maybe my deal is better than I thought.
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I thought mine was bad. Outside, but covered with blacktop ground for $140 p month. Gated storage w 24 hr access. No water, but we have electric. Maybe my deal is better than I thought.
It's all about property values, taxes, etc. Around here owning a piece of property doesn't mean it can't be taken away (condemned and seized) or rezoned and restricted. I've seen instances where property was rezoned and the owners forced to remove a mobile home or RV that was their residence. Sometimes it's "grandfathered" but not always.

I recall when I was young how the state decided they wanted to make a park out of some shoreline (Gunpowder Falls State Park Hammerman Area) and they bought up the properties and those that didn't sell out were given the "assessed tax value", the house condemned and the residents forcibly removed. If you don't have the money to build a house then it can be difficult financially to hire a law firm to fight it. With the "eminent domain" that most governing bodies have it can be very difficult to fight it.
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... If you want sticker shock go looking for a storage lot. We just did this as our daughjter is selling her house (where we did store it) and the sites for storage are few and far between. Luckily we found a very isolates place not far awqy for $85 a month. Yes, that is a bargin around here as we were quoted an average of $120 - $140 IF they have a space become available. Indoor storage? Are you ready for this? Over $500, no electric...
I am lucky enough to be able to store ours at home, covered with water and 30 amp service.



It gets used as an extra bedroom, regularly and I have a macerator pump for emptying the holding tanks.

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It's all about property values, taxes, etc. Around here owning a piece of property doesn't mean it can't be taken away (condemned and seized) or rezoned and restricted. I've seen instances where property was rezoned and the owners forced to remove a mobile home or RV that was their residence. Sometimes it's "grandfathered" but not always.

I recall when I was young how the state decided they wanted to make a park out of some shoreline (Gunpowder Falls State Park Hammerman Area) and they bought up the properties and those that didn't sell out were given the "assessed tax value", the house condemned and the residents forcibly removed. If you don't have the money to build a house then it can be difficult financially to hire a law firm to fight it. With the "eminent domain" that most governing bodies have it can be very difficult to fight it.
Our house is in a cul de sac. Our driveway is steep; very steep. My truck almost scrapes when I pull in or back out of it, so zero chance of the TT even considering it. There is a huge scrape where an Amazon driver tried it and then got stuck and took out a concrete divit when he could finally back out.

We are looking for a new house, and one of the must haves is a big carport or space to build something like B-O-B'03 has for his TT. When we had a 14' carport, we didn't have a TT (just a PUP). Once we moved, we bought a TT. As my wife points out, I can be bass ackwards sometimes.
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We utilize state parks as much as possible, which helps. In Michigan, we have a ton of state parks with campgrounds, but it has gotten to the point at the more popular parks that you better be ready on the keyboard at 8 am 6 months in advance to get it booked. I don’t mind, it’s a game to me. As far as private parks, only one or two times per year, though I expect that to increase some as we start traveling cross country more. It’s still, currently, cheaper than a good hotel and eating all your meals out. As far as fuel costs, meh. Airline prices are even crazier so it’s just a different expense. In the end, we enjoy it and will adapt and continue camping. I’m currently working on the DW to put a nice solar system on the rig so we can cut campground costs to zero and boondock a little more, but she’s not there. Yet.
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I saw that Idaho doubled the fee for out of state campers at the popular campgrounds..I think they were tired of out of state people booking up all the spaces.
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