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Galesburg,Il., USA

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Posted: 10/05/19 09:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One good thing about snowbirding is that most of us are too old to want a loud, alcoholic party; except for spring break. Actually, mostly being in state and federal campgrounds we rarely encounter excessive noise. When it does happen shouldn't be tolerated.


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Posted: 10/05/19 10:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's not the booze, noise nor music per se but it's when they keep going past quiet time.

We can even be considerate as when a fellow camper asked us to shut off our generator because his baby is sleeping. It's good the inside of the RV is still tolerable, otherwise, I would have read him my rights, lol, and had he protested, an addendum that if his baby is too sensitive to the noise, they should just have stayed home.

That's why I like national, state, country and city parks, they impose the rules. In Yosemite, my kids almost got booted out for laughing too loud while catching up in their reunion for not seeing each other for a quite a long while.


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kfp673 wrote:

Still enjoying this thread and making me realize that I actually like variation. My first response was based around a standard camping trip in which I prefer the state park "Tent camping" type experience but with hookups. While this is true when we are doing a typical family camping trip, a lot of the posts following mine complaining about noise and music got me thinking that it really all depends. We used to be seasonal and loved partying at the campground. Myself and a few others had guitars going, big fires, it was a blast. Some folks reading this I'm sure are rolling their eyes, but while we are not seasonal now I still love a campground party when it's the right atmosphere at a campground. Also love music festivals, specifically Bluegrass where we jam and play music until 3am where the rules are flipped on their head. You want to sleep, go somewhere else. Ha! Then we head to a state park and want to enjoy some quiet. So in general I have enjoyed this thread, and while I attempted an answer a few pages ago, I quickly realized that I / we like many different types of campground all based around the expectation and why we are there. Sometimes we like it quiet, sometimes loud, sometimes lots of music, sometimes none, sometimes its just a place to sleep, and sometimes it a place we dont leave... It's the beauty of camping / RV'ing to me...

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Many people seem to be able to put up with a lot of inconvenience as long as they have power, water and a bath house.

I just want it to be beautiful .


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I would say my needs varies, some times a quick overnight other times a destination campground and some times close proximity to where I need to be.

I use Passport America for quick overnights, there usually in quite remote areas. If visiting family proximity is important in a campground.

As for the campground good drainage, decent roads, no low tree's, adequate space, friendly staff, good water, good voltage, doesn't look like a grapes of wrath campground.

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We don't really camp. Our 26 travel trailer is sort of our mobile house, so scenery and amenities aren't very important to us. We just like to be near historical sites, museums, or other things we like to do. A big parking lot with hookups and in the middle of the city would be just fine with us.

- Easy in and out
- quiet
- concrete or at least dry pad
- reasonably level
- full hookups
- some separation from others, but mostly value quiet
- good, reasonably priced laundry
- Some shade in summer, but we mostly camp down south in winter
- a place to walk is nice
- Did I mention quiet?

We often stay at Walmart for a single night on our way somewhere. Frequently find a spot that's quiet, and we couldn't be happier. Watching TV late at night and get a hankering for a key lime yogurt....just stroll in and get it.

Stuff we don't care about or want:

- pool
- clubhouse
- activities
- scenery / view



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Posted: 10/06/19 06:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

peace and quiet

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I look for A level or somewhat level site. Sites that aren't right on top of each other. Also amenities for my kids, cause let's face it when they are entertained then my camping trip is more relaxing.


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Posted: 10/07/19 07:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Quiet with a scenic view, simple....

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JRscooby wrote:

I was a host at Meramec for a month. Will never return. I have spent time in most of Mo state parks, and that was the worse managed I have been in.

Poorly managed state parks seems to be a running theme, I have the same opinion of Kansas state parks.

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