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Freestone, California

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Posted: 01/14/20 10:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jayco-noslide wrote:

I feel that absolutely requiring FHUs causes one to miss out on many beautiful campgrounds.

The first thing my brother asks when I propose we travel with our trailers together to a campground is, "are there hookups"? He seems to require one. I prefer not. Generally, I find that campgrounds with hookups are more crowded, built with site after site in a row, and more developed for families with kids. Of course, that is a generalization. He has his favorite spots and so do I. My favorite spots are less developed with no hookups and less crowded.

I do find myself struggling to find a dump station in the locations I like however. That is a pain. I've had some luck pulling into a campground and paying for the right to dump in an open spot and then moving on, but more and more this is difficult.

The capacities in my trailer are perfect for a 3-4 day weekend, and stretched for a week long trip.

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Posted: 01/14/20 10:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The best thing about camping in America, everyone gets to do it there own way. I don't worry about how everyone else is doing it, I do it my way.


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We don't need FHU, but definitely electric. Never - ever want to be anywhere near someone with a generator. It happened a few times and now we are particular.

We mostly go to state or federal parks so almost never FHU.

When the kids were with us we had the perfect camper - a 1974 Scotty. It had an interior propane light. Didn't even need a battery. But - those were the days when everybody didn't need electric and therefore a generator.

Guess you can tell we don't like generators... [emoticon]

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in the beginning...1986. a couple if newbees starting out in a year old 25' class A. no clue on what to expect but how hard could it be? what could possibly go wrong? lots, there was lots of no-hookup camping and some W/E or electric-only camping mostly in state/local/national parks and forests. did that for many, many years and had a blast.

over the past 36-seasons we have transitioned from campers to travelers. our MH is our hotel room. i can't recall the last time we were without hookups. "but the parks are so crowded, everyone is so close and you usually need reservations". same thing applies to condos and hotels. camping or traveling by's all good.

and that's ok, we make no apologies. whatever works for you.

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We typically boon-dock for 3 days then one night at a water and electric site to refill and dump when we leave. repeat.


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I'm with rk911, we are travelers, not "campers". We use our 5th wheel to haul our motorcycles and as a base of operations while traveling. We try to have full hookups because we desire to be comfortable. We have the capability to "boondock" but we never have. It works for us and we like it, and that's all that matters. IMO of course.

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We do all kinds. As former popup campers. We learned to camp for a few days with water, electricity, or sewer for a few nights. Wit lanterns, and a water bladder. We do just fine.

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I am just a weekend camper with a 20 year old Travel Trailer. I never use the water even when it's available because I don't trust my old plumbing so I always fill the tank. I often prefer Electric especially when it's hot out. But, in the spring and fall I use the non-electric spots because they are often better and cheaper. I have two golf cart batteries so I'm good to go for several days.



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With a small footprint rig, we stay where we like. We prefer boondock sites, but it really depends on what we want to do.
We have free gym memberships, so we can exercise, shower, and even overnight there if we want to. Changed to cassette toilet, so no black tank to dump. Lots of options, and we like it that way.
Isn't it great that we can all pretty much do it like we want to!?

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We do both but prefer full hookups on extended stays.

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