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Old 07-01-2016, 09:28 PM   #1
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Pros and Cons of staying at "posh" RV resorts

My beloved and I are planning to spend a few weeks on Vancouver Island.

I just came across this website: Surfside RV Resort - Parksville Bc Canada - Five Star Oceanfront RV Resort (via the Forum ads) which claims to be a Five Star RV resort in Parksvile on Vancouver Island. The resort has a pool, hot tub, clubhouse with fireplace. You have to have a newish trailer.

Check out their website Surfside RV Resort - Parksville Bc Canada - Five Star Oceanfront RV Resort
And amenities page: Surfside RV Resort Amenities - Parksville Vancouver Island

I'm imaging our little 17b in between all the huge trailers and me out there grilling a burger on my wee portable grill perched on its collapsible table while I sip a few beers. We also have a little laundry wheel we hang off the front window rock gaurd upon which we hang towels and dish cloths (so far no underwear).

My beloved (aka upper management) has announced that on long trips every 10 days she wants a real bed and hot bath. I'm wondering if this option will suffice. Our camping style leans towards Provincial Parks and most recently towards more austere BC Recreational sites.

I have noted that Escapers tend towards minimalism and away from 5 Star Resorts. Even so, I'm wondering if other Escapers have enjoyed staying at places like Surfside.

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Old 07-01-2016, 10:03 PM   #2
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I think it won't hurt to try it. Do what feels good to you and don't worry what other Escapers do. Best advice I have received since I started my trailer camping was to drive my own drive and don't worry how others do it.
Same with camping. Some days you might want a little extra, other days maybe you won't.
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In addition to what Sandy said, sometimes I book, say two nights then decide if I want to pony up for x more nights or choose to hit the road.
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Larry, guessing your better half may not go for that idea but she may decide that she would like that for the other nine days.

Please report if you go!
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Some of the posh resorts in FL have a 20' or 21' minimum rule, might want to check on that aspect.
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I far prefer state (provincial), county, and city parks, along with Forest Service, BLM & other minimal campgrounds, but sometimes end up in "Resorts". To me, a resort campground means the utilities will be on the wrong end of the site, probably no picnic table, finding ones self parked between two 40' motorhomes, often too close for comfort, and an extra $10.00 or more for the term.

One also has to be careful of campgrounds with "Resort" in the name - I've been in more than a few that were a long way from my idea of what the term implies...
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I far prefer state (provincial), county, and city parks, along with Forest Service, BLM & other minimal campgrounds, but sometimes end up in "Resorts". To me, a resort campground means the utilities will be on the wrong end of the site, probably no picnic table, finding ones self parked between two 40' motorhomes, often too close for comfort, and an extra $10.00 or more for the term.

One also has to be careful of campgrounds with "Resort" in the name - I've been in more than a few that were a long way from my idea of what the term implies...
Hi: Vermilye... We've usually found "Resort" in the name adds $$$'s to the game. Alf
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My idea of a posh "resort" is a place that's well lighted, has sit-down fast food, and simple trailer amenities, restrooms, even shower rooms, and reasonable rates. Oh wait, I just described a Flying J.
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To me, a resort campground means the utilities will be on the wrong end of the site, probably no picnic table...
Maybe this is some weird eastern U.S. thing - the vast majority of campgrounds, including the "RV parks" that I've seen, have the services at the driver's side rear of an RV backed into the site... and a table.

The RV parks usually have the sites very close, essentially laid out as a parking lot, due the cost of running services (underground wiring and plumbing), maintaining nice roads, and buying property in the convenient locations where they are usually found.
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My idea of a posh "resort" is a place that's well lighted, has sit-down fast food, and simple trailer amenities, restrooms, even shower rooms, and reasonable rates. Oh wait, I just described a Flying J.
Hi: MyronL... We stayed at Inverhuron Provincial Pk. last year. It had only been reopened a few years and had all new power posts. They were twin posts and 90% located along the roads of very deep sites. If you didn't have 200' of extension cords you were powerless!!! Alf
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