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SDcampowneroperator

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Posted: 09/11/19 05:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We learned long ago to not be concerned with hookups in public parks. If the issue is hookups, we chose our unit with high capacities, or figureded out a way to maximize them such as more batteries, genny, waste tote, inverter. You must add, NO change your habits to conserve your power and water useage.
Sure, we own and operate a commercial camp with all the frills you needed for the family, Thank you for patronizing private camps when it was your need.
Now its time to cut or at least slim the cord and experience the many other offerings of outdoor hospitality travel. Most public parks do not offer full amenity, limit length of stay, may require purchase of a pass in addition to site fee, and many other variables. Might not be less costly or up your alley if your unit does not have larger tanks, one battery, etc.
The world is now your oyster IF you are the more adventurous and proactive type.


Look at the websites. Call for availibility. Best yet, head out to the national forests and BLM lands, any federal land, find a spot. You can stay 14 days free. Check it out usfs.gov blm.gov come to us to refill, dump, launder and shower, perhaps be our guest for a pampered night before or after the experience.

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“Slim the cord,” SDcampowner? I love it!


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Look at the websites. Call for availibility. Best yet, head out to the national forests and BLM lands, any federal land, find a spot. You can stay 14 days free. Check it out usfs.gov blm.gov come to us to refill, dump, launder and shower, perhaps be our guest for a pampered night before or after the experience.
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Not actually true anymore. You can do that but only in areas designated for 'distributed camping' and there are a few rules that apply to that.


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“Dispersed” camping, Age.

* This post was edited 09/11/19 07:14pm by Lwiddis *

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Lwiddis wrote:

Why be so concerned with hookups?


My wife enjoys camping, but has no interest in going without the comforts that hookups provide - the toilet and shower being at the core of that.

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Exactly what type of RV do you have?

Many State and Federal parks lack FHU, infact most Federal parks don't have them. Some states are adding FHU to their parks, Florida is working their way thru their list of parks upgrading them. But other states aren't very concerned about it.

I believe their park system is a money maker for Florida, not the case for many parks especially when they are mismanaged.

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You can search on recreation.gov for many federal public campgrounds. You can also go to the individual websites.

Federal: national forests, national parks, corp of engineer (COE), bureau of reclamation, blm.

State parks and county and city parks - you need to check the individual websites.

There are many books providing info on public campgrounds. While they may be outdated, it gives you a starting point to finding new places. Many provide info on scenic quality as well as activities.

You can also check freecampsites.com.

In regards to hookups, you will open up a lot of options if you can go without. I suggest the next time you go to a hookup site, just don't hook up. Fill your fresh water tank. Then run on battery, propane and the fresh tank. If you need to, you can hook up. But it will give you an idea of how long you can go without. The toilet will run fine without hookups. With the shower, you may have to do navy baths rather than full-fledged showers.


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You live in one of the best states for state parks - when we lived in Illinois, Wisconsin was our go-to place for state park camping. Most of them have electric hookups (very few have more than that; IIRC, Point Beach State Forest has a few sites with both electric & water, but they are the least attractive sites in the place). Depending on the size of your camping rig, a few SPs will have limited sites for you, but if you reserve early enough (11 months ahead, last I knew, for Wisconsin), you should be able to find several good places to camp. For starters: Kohler-Andrae SP, Bong SRA, Kettle Moraine South, all should have sites big enough for the largest RVs, and all will have electric hookups. Try checking for sites on ReserveAmerica - they usually have a way to find out the size and amenities of each campsite.

Good luck to you!

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Mickeyfan0805 wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

Why be so concerned with hookups?


My wife enjoys camping, but has no interest in going without the comforts that hookups provide - the toilet and shower being at the core of that.


If you’re willing to put a little work on, you can get by without sewer and water and still let the wife shower + use the toilet.

When we don’t have sewer hookups, we’ll still do everything like normal: shower + run the washer/dryer.

I just plan on making a regular (aka daily) dump runs.


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Toilet is easy. You already have one and it works with no hookups. As for the shower, that will depend on holding tank capacity and your length of stay. If she needs a long hot shower you're probably out of luck. But if she just wants to get clean every night then a navy shower is perfect. Basically
  • Get wet
  • Turn off shower head
  • Soap and shampoo everything
  • Turn on shower head
  • Rinse off
  • Turn off shower
  • Get out


Again this depends on tank sizes. Larger tanks allow longer showers. But even a small tank will allow a few navy showers.


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