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Old 07-20-2015, 10:08 AM   #1
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We stayed in Sunrise Campground -- it is a typical private campground, but the owners are accommodating, pleasant, and the place is very well cared for. Laundry and showers are good -- plentiful hot water, places to put soap, shampoo, towels, etc. It was convenient to downtown -- you could practically (but not quite) walk. If train or highway noises bother you, this would not be your place, but we were fine with it. We stayed here because of the wedding we were attending --

And if you go to Bozeman, try out Norris Hot Springs -- abouat 40 minutes away. Outdoors, clean, unchlorinated natural hot springs -- lots of atmosphere but I think weekend evenings get a little crowded.
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We stayed in Sunrise Campground -- it is a typical private campground, but the owners are accommodating, pleasant, and the place is very well cared for.
Being new to camping and all that, what exactly is meant by "typical private campground"? As opposed to what? Thanks
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Being new to camping and all that, what exactly is meant by "typical private campground"? As opposed to what? Thanks
To me that means is more of a parking lot type setup, as opposed to nice sites carved out of a forest. Usually does not have a place of natural beauty right by them, as most provincial/state/national parks do.

That said, they usually have good facilities.

Lots of differences in them though.
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A private campground is a place where you have to duck to walk between trailers or you'll smack your head on the slide-outs.
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It certainly does.
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:59 PM   #8
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Kinda like a Filet Mignon nestled between two ten pound tubes of 73% Hamburger. That's how I felt on the beachfront campground at Grand Haven MI last fall and that was even a state park facility. We like corps of engineers facilities, bureau of land reclamation and U.S. Forest service sites most of the time.
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Ditto that Dave- we get into tent sites!
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Ignoring what is along side of you, I would say the view out your back window looks pretty good. Loren
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I have to admit though, two of our best friends have a pace arrow motor home and they are very good campers . And he drinks good whiskey and brings the firewood.
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A picture of our trailer

Finally got around to posting this. If you notice, the way the RV next to us is parked, we shared that tiny piece of lawn --- each day there were new people, so mostly it didn't matter, but a couple of times it was weird to have the picnic tables on the same piece of grass, without even the pretense of privacy. But it was fine -- better than staying in a hotel.
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I think it was $30/night. There was no choice really. There was a KOA about 10 miles out of town and it got poor reviews from other campers. This place was totally convenient and clean -- it served its pupose.
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Finally got around to posting this. If you notice, the way the RV next to us is parked, we shared that tiny piece of lawn ---
I hate to state the obvious but based on your picture it looks like you are the one facing the wrong way!
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Finally got around to posting this. If you notice, the way the RV next to us is parked, we shared that tiny piece of lawn --- each day there were new people, so mostly it didn't matter, but a couple of times it was weird to have the picnic tables on the same piece of grass, without even the pretense of privacy.
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I hate to state the obvious but based on your picture it looks like you are the one facing the wrong way!
Those appear to be pull-through sites (not surprising that some had Class A motorhomes with toads in them), so the direction is determined by the services. I don't see a service pedestal on the Escape's passenger/curb side (although it could be behind the tree), and there are two tables there, so it looks like perhaps they only put services every second site and expect users to alternate directions to line up with them - sharing a service pedestal on one side and sharing a table area on the other side. This can work, and saves cost in setting up the campground, but it is at least quite unusual. I wouldn't want to share the table side.
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Finally got around to posting this. If you notice, the way the RV next to us is parked, we shared that tiny piece of lawn --- each day there were new people, so mostly it didn't matter, but a couple of times it was weird to have the picnic tables on the same piece of grass, without even the pretense of privacy. But it was fine -- better than staying in a hotel.
Clean sheets and no bed bugs!

Years ago, I was camped in an RV resort (lots of green grass, etc.) but pretty much shared a table space with the neighbors. They had a HUGE moho, more slides and tires then I'd ever want to deal with. I made a memory. It was HOT that weekend and my Scamp didn't have A/C, but those folk's parked next to me were craving someone to talk to... we spent hours in our shared space. For what they spent on their PREVOST motorhome, I could have purchased a dozen brand-new all-molded towables.

That weekend let me know, not to judge people based on the size of their RV. It goes both ways.
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We pulled in the way they told us to. The services were on the driver side -- same with the RV. We'd had no hookups for two weeks -- and honestly hot showers and clean laundry were high on my list of priorities, especially since we were going to places where people were not in camping clothes.
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We pulled in the way they told us to. The services were on the driver side -- same with the RV..
Thanks So the sites are set up for alternating directions, to save the campground installation cost on services and space between the sites.
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The camp ground I was just at was super tight too we also were practically sharing a picnic table I was lucky that they were very nice and their kids fell in love with one of my dogs. But next time I stay in that camp I will ask for a site in the back along the tree line.
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