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Old 12-18-2015, 02:00 PM   #71
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I have heard similar about lots of other campgrounds. Even at Nk'Mip, I have heard to stay away in summer months. Not that I don't like kids, but do much prefer the quieter times of the fringe months.
I was at Nk'Mip for the May long weekend one year, and while up in the "C" loop (when there was only one) it was still reasonably quiet, the area along the shore was pretty well packed. It wasn't really peaceful and relaxing, but it had it's own kind of appeal, with lots of life... and a I stumbled across a classic car club with their restored and modified cars plus their interesting trailers (Airstreams and moulded fiberglass, but no Escapes).

Different times for different experiences
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Old 12-18-2015, 02:34 PM   #72
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Classic cars are a big pastime in the Okanagan Valley. Two years ago at the same time as the rally there was a huge outdoor show in Osoyoos. It was great to walk around and Earl the great cars.
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We also had a bad experience @ Boulder Beach. I think what can happen (especially on long weekends) is that there are "campers" and "people out to party with tents." Campers tend to be considerate of their neighbors. With cheap tents available, there are many who will sleep in a tent at a campground with the intention of partying and having a good time with no consideration of their neighbor. So, if you want to decrease the odds of this happening, stay in more expensive & controlled commercial campgrounds as they "own" the property and can more easily eliminate the wrong crowd.
Another thing many tent campers do not realize, is that the sounds from their amorous activities carry through the thin walls with no resistance.
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Old 12-18-2015, 02:51 PM   #74
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I don't think anyone's mentioned the difference due to travelling purpose.

We'll stop at an RV park every so often, every week or two (usually on weekends). With a sewer connection I can use a wand to do a good job cleaning the black tank and flush it a couple of times. This isn't possible as a dump station. .

I have mentioned the way one travels many times elsewhere and, yes, that makes a big difference. In the peak season, reservations are pretty much needed as we had to have for Banff and Japser area in August. In the off season, reservations are not usually needed unless it is one of the bigger tourist attractions. We travel quite a bit in the off season so that there are spots available unless maybe someone is having a rally, although a weekend can be a problem near a city.

As for wands, we only use one at dump stations and where there is a hose for sewer rinse. We tend to not leave on weekends when there is no line or it is off season with no line.

There is definitely a big difference between on season (Memorial Day to Labor Day most places) and off season. We were in Door County, Wisconsin in June and that is still their off season. July and August is their peak.

Better campgrounds may be "better" depending on the season as some are saying.
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Old 12-18-2015, 02:56 PM   #75
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I thought this thread had gone to........well, a treatise on sewer hoses.
Let me know if I can drag the thread further off track. It's one of the services I provide.

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I didn't mind that the thread went down the sewer, but when people start looking at the contents with clear sections of pipe ugh.

I think the statement that some folks are there to party and some are travellers who generally are more considerate of their neighbors pretty much sums it up.

A couple of times I've picked what I thought was the quietest area, got settled in, only to have multiple vehicles pull up, with their thumping noise proceeding them, unload the giant BBQ and the pit bull. Rather than spend a long torturous night I've just gone to the park host and asked for a site as far away from party central as possible.

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Different strokes and all.

I've been the guy in the tent that almost got crushed by an Airstream at 2am, then listened to their generator all night.

I'm not particularly anti-social; but my idea of camping doesn't include crowds or loud anything.

For me. the most compelling feature of my Escape is that it is so self-contained. I prefer quiet and privacy to services. National Forests and BLM land work best for me.
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Old 12-18-2015, 05:39 PM   #77
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Hmmm, diverse thread!

On the original topic, we prefer public campgrounds, and a great resource is ALL US AND CANADA CAMPGROUNDS LOCATOR: STATE PARKS NATIONAL PARKS FORESTS MORE california oregon washington new york pennsylvania more. It actually contains Canadian public campgrounds as well as US, but no private ones.

On the second topic, I like to add a couple of cap-fulls of bleach to the holding tank, just in case. You never know what happened before you got to the faucet....

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Old 12-18-2015, 06:23 PM   #78
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Ruthe is spot on. If I had one piece of advice is would be to remind people that nothing is constant. Whether a campground is good or bad can also depend on the time of year and/or the day of the week.

I learned my lesson. One of my favorite campgrounds, one I go to 3-4 times a year... I'll NEVER, EVER go to again from Memorial Day to Labor Day. I was there last month and I'll be there again next month. But in July
Kind of a zoo out there in the summer which is why we stay parked from about mid-June until Labor day. This year we had to get out the week before as we had to be back and it was hectic. Had to stage to be able to grab a first come early enough at places like Capitol Reef & Horse Thief near Canyonlands.

When we first started out a little over two years ago Susan was big on the idea of Dispersed camping. Had the maps, etc. I wasn't too sure, but due to the Gov't shutdown October '13 we had little choice in Sedona other than private, so we did it and now prefer it & have some favorite spots we've been back to.
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Another reason to prepare your Escape for out of season camping, be it insulation for winter or air conditioning for summer, depending on what your season is. Going camping out of season is always more enjoyable for peace and quiet.
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Y'all can come on or to our land to camp during the summer months. We are the only yahoo's out there. Lots of room(60+ acres ) , over 1/2 mile of river front, lots of trees, a large wood heated cookhouse if the weather is bad, campfire ring with endless wood (and a monster tarping system should precipitation happen), lots of other features. Fishing, hiking, biking, bocce, snake toss, horseshoes, music, musical instruments, sometimes ATVs, swimming, boating, and lots more.

Though not required, partaking in cocktails commonly starts around noon somewhere.
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