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RE: Escapees

What I was asking is how difficult is it to get into their campgrounds, are they always full? It would be nice to go to a campground once in a while for a few weeks or so. Rainbow Parks (I think there are 7) each operate a campground for Escapee members. I believe you have to contact each park individually - they are not centrally operated. The Co-Ops are all independent and not all offer short term stay options. There are 11 of them and each sets their own rules. If they offer short term, it is basically renting another person's long-term-lease lot. They do not have campgrounds, per se.
mkc 04/23/20 05:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV FOR DOCTORS

I would strongly suggest anyone considering this consult their insurance company first to see if your policy includes coverage when loaned to a non-family member. Most won't (not even comprehensive coverage such as for fire, theft, or weather-related damage).
mkc 04/11/20 12:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Vermont Campgrounds Closed

Sending all those campers out on the roads... There aren't likely to be any campgrounds open for overnighting this early in the year... Most New England campgrounds don't open until May.
mkc 03/31/20 04:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Niagara NY to Acadia NP in 5 days

July 4th weekend is, by far, the absolute busiest for northeast campgrounds. One that we typically stay at often has just a handful of folks during the week, is 3/4 full on normal weekends, and books solid for July 4th the day then open for the year. Most campgrounds (at least private ones) will have a 3-night minimum for holiday weekends. Fridays headed up 495/95 are already a headache, it being a holiday weekend this year will mean a nightmare for travel. Your best bet would be to have reservations and get there earlier in the week, preferably by Wednesday afternoon since a lot of folks are going to be traveling on Thursday as well. And be prepared to pay for Thursday through Saturday nights...
mkc 02/14/20 01:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing through New York City

Do be careful if you take the Tappan Zee eastbound and are following a GPS. Do NOT get on the Saw Mill River Parkway to 684 - you're not allowed and you won't fit under the overpasses. Personally, even in a passenger car we prefer 287-87-84. Yes, 87 has a toll, but it's a much lower stress route and really not much further, distance-wise. It can often be faster.
mkc 02/13/20 07:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV lot OWNERSHIP - deeded lot ownership, live year round

Doesn't Escapees have something like this where they sell you a lot you can use as your "base station"? Some of the parks have lot ownership and some have multi-year lease (ERPU) arrangements, but each park is run individually and most have a waiting list. Escapees' Rainbow parks and co-ops
mkc 02/01/20 10:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Elkhart tours

We are planning on going to Elkhart for a tour of the Sprinter plant in January or February. Sprinter plant? MB builds Sprinters in SC... which plant in Indiana?
mkc 12/15/19 08:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: St. Louis Recommendations?

The KOA is the closest to Six Flags and is not bad, although when we were there in 2017 their electrical infrastructure was quite challenged - low voltage issues in some rows actually forced them to close quite a few sites during the hot days (our Progressive EMS kept tripping out so they had to move us). They may have fixed it since. Friends with a Prevost like Sundermeier as well. We stayed there once for an overnight. Friendly place but definitely more urban than the KOA (and not as convenient to Six Flags)
mkc 11/13/19 06:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lake George to Kennebunkport ME

We have also been to the Lobster Fest and were underwhelmed, even though we went back when they had "locals" day with free admission. Most of it is a small town "carnival", if you will, with generic vendors selling generic things. There is a big tent for lobster and it's impressive to watch the cooking of the lobsters for the tent, but price-wise you can do much better at any of the lobster pounds. It's really just a tourist-trap event. I will say the Yarmouth Clam Festival was much more entertaining, with MUCH better food and much less touristy.
mkc 11/13/19 06:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Seneca Lake Area

If you're looking for a full-service RV resort, there are a couple that I know of in the area, but not right on Seneca Lake. There's Junius Ponds RV Park, which is a bit north of the lake. Unfortunately it is right next to I90 - the NYS Thruway. So - lots of highway noise. I've never stayed there. A bit to the west is the Canandaigua KOA. Again, I've never stayed there. We have stayed at Junius Ponds twice. It's been a few years, but the comment about road noise is valid. If you are only there for a couple of days I believe they have sites closer to the camp store which will be a little bit quieter. The park is primarily (we'll say 80-90% or so) seasonals and seems to stay quite full during warm months, so do call ahead if you opt for that. We found it to be a good location for exploring the Finger Lakes (and much more wallet-friendly than the Watkins Glen KOA).
mkc 11/12/19 08:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Building RV park near McKinney TX, what would you want most?

My wife and I are developing a new RV park between McKinney and Anna (15 minutes north of McKinney), TX along highway 75. We'll have some monthly spots and some daily/weekly spots available. That last statement has me thinking your primary clientele will (most likely) be construction workers for the commercial and road projects in NTX. Take a look at Sunrise RV Park in Texarkana as an example of how they handled that. A small area up front (2 rows) for transient, the rest for the long-term stays.
mkc 10/26/19 07:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: lobsters in Maine

In Freeport, Day's south of town or Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster. Both will be a tad less touristy. Both are counter service and picnic tables. If you are headed that way at this time of year, do be sure you have reservations and keep in mind most if not all parks and campgrounds will be closed by Columbus Day (many even earlier).
mkc 09/25/19 08:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Syracuse NY to Portsmouth NH then up the coast of Maine

From Portsmouth heading up the coast i.e. York-Wells-Kennebunkport eventually to Bar Harbor. Would like to travel right along the coast stopping along the way at different "chicken Lobsters" restaurant's for lunch. "chicken lobsters"? They're much more commonly called "chix", and it means they are small lobsters, usually 1 to 1 1/8 lb. Also seconding the wise advise to avoid 290. It slaloms through Worchester ("Wooster") and the traffic is horrible most times of the day. Stay on the MassPike to 495.
mkc 08/28/19 05:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV parks near Geogretown, Ky

If you are going to Rode to the Horse as a competitor, you likely want to stay at the horse park campground. BUT, if you are going as a spectator, be aware the horse park campground will likely be jammed full of competitors, which means lots of extra truck and golf cart traffic, many more people (especially using the bath house and laundry equipment), and often folks who don't follow the rules about leashed dogs, maximum number of people and vehicles per site, and dumping grey water on the site. We love KHP and the campground, but we won't stay at the campground if there is a large show going on at the horse park.
mkc 08/25/19 03:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Syracuse NY to Acadia National Park

After school starts you will need to check when some of the sites and amenities close in Maine. When I was up there in October everything seemed to be open only from Thurs. - Sun. It may have changed. The camp ground where we were staying was closing shortly after Columbus day. +1 Most Maine campgrounds close by Columbus Day. Some close earlier - mid September to Oct 1.
mkc 07/22/19 08:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Fall trip to Kentucky

KY Horse Park has a decent CG and I believe you get free or reduced admission to the park if you are staying in the CG. Be sure to check the Horse Park calendar to make sure there aren't any large shows going on - those tend to overwhelm the campground with people using RVs while they stay for the show. It gets really crowded, there will be lots of unleashed dogs, high-speed golf carts, and what really turned us off was folks dumping grey water right on the sites. One rig even had a sewer hose connected and routed underneath, with things used to camouflage what they were doing. We alerted park management about the grey water and the hose but even with visits from the park police, the activities continued.
mkc 07/07/19 08:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Northern Vermont to Maine

2's not bad at all, 27 can feel tight in a couple of places between Farmington and Kingfield. Also remember you will be going up to Sugarloaf, so there will be a climb. If you're staying at Cathedral Pines for more than a week or so, be sure to deploy Fresh Cab in your storage bays since there are a lot of woodland critters. We stayed there a week and had a bit of a squirrel problem.
mkc 06/28/19 08:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Bar Harbor Campground

Just a note about the free shuttles (Island Explorer) in Acadia park - they can be a long wait at the bus stops. When we were ready to do things, the shuttles were never around. We just drove around with our pickup truck... not sure what you have, anything bigger like a Class A or C would be difficult. Class B wouldn't be bad, and would be nice to have a mobile "base" for exploring. Just be aware most of Bar Harbor is now "pay for parking" https://www.barharbormaine.gov/400/Parking-Information The Parking rates range from $1.50 per hour to $2.00 per hour with certain high demand areas having 4 hour limits and the other areas with no limits. All major credit/debit cards will be accepted as well as US quarters but no paper money. Paid parking will be enforced between the hours of 9 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 8 PM on Sunday from May 15th to October 31st. Also be aware of the dates of the Bar Harbor Cruise Ships 2019 large cruise ship dockings. They can unload thousands into the city and pretty much overwhelm things We found the same problem in Portland.
mkc 06/11/19 07:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help getting out of NYC

Class C motorhomes are not legally permitted on virtually all New York (and Connecticut) parkways; passenger cars only means, well, passenger cars only, and a motorhome ("house car" on my registration) is not a passenger car. The only exception to this that I know of in New York state is the Lake Ontario State Parkway, which does permit non-commercial RVs and trailers that are not too tall. In many cases, a class C motorhome simply won't fit underneath the overpasses on parkways. It's not just the overpasses (although having lived and worked in the Hudson Valley for decades, I've seen my share of tall vehicles stuck at them and having to be backed out and down entrance ramps). There are basically no shoulders, often rock faces, and no medians (just a very short guardrail) on most. The roads were designed as scenic drives for cars and are not at all suitable for an RV. I can recall a time where even light pickup trucks weren't permitted on any of them. That did change over the years, but I believe there is still the restriction that if you have commercial plates, you can't drive a pickup on them.
mkc 06/11/19 07:50am Roads and Routes
RE: Help getting out of NYC

...the Tappan Zee, which officially these days is the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge. Really! So my wife was right! (don't tell her). We just went over that last Sunday, and my wife was surprised to see a sign about the name change. Meh.... I've always thought "Tappanzee" is such a cool name. There is a significant public effort to get it changed back, or at least have Tappan Zee added back to the name.
mkc 06/11/19 07:45am Roads and Routes
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