So is a trailer an RV?

In our travel log over the years we have rated our food and restaurants.  With this new mode of transportation (the trailer) we find that we are also rating the campgrounds.  We’ve yet to come to a conclusion on what has been the best and the worst sites….it’s so subjective that we may never be able to rank them in any sort of order.

I have created a folder on my Flickr photo site with pictures of all our campgrounds.  After a while they will all look the same to you.  But if you are interested you can find them here.

Here is the start of the list of some of our likes and dislikes:

  • Fast internet access.  We have the ability to go on-line with one computer with Durry’s smart phone, but when two of us want to be on our individual laptops, it’s super to have wi-fi in the park.  (spoiled, are we?)
  • A level site pad.  Yes, we do carry blocks that will level the trailer, but when the owner of the campsite thinks ahead,  it is really nice.

    Our Spartanburg, South Carolina site that fills a lot of our requirements. The site is flat, its not too crowded, and we have a cement patio!

  • A sewer connection next to the trailer is nice.  Yes, we can discharge our holding tanks when we leave the campground, but sometimes when you pay a dollar more, there is a sewer right next to the trailer!
  • Shade trees are nice if they don’t have acorns.  Acorns fall out of tree and the sound is magnified inside this aluminum box on wheels.
  • Quiet.  That means nice people who respect the quiet hours.
  • Quiet…..not next to an interstate or a very active train track.
  • A water hook-up with water that has not been heavily chlorinated.   It makes the coffee taste bad.
  • An on-site bathroom and shower without any mildew on the walls.  The artificial flowers and painted door stalls in the KOA’s are not necessary.
  • WOW!  If the campsite has a laundry room, that is really cool.  Just like at home, it’s a bummer to have to drive somewhere to do your wash.
  • Give me a site with the morning sun coming into the dining room:)
  • Electric and water hook-ups.
  • Scenery.  How nice it is to be in a National or State Park.  These parks have trails and walking paths and ranger talks at night.  Unfortunately, these state funded campsites rarely have both water and electric hook-ups.  If you run out of water while you are camping you are up-a-creek. If you don’t have 30amp service you can’t plug in your computers.  We are just too 21st century (and spoiled) and we DON’T have a TV for entertainment.

    Goose Lake, Oregon -- wildflowers, lakes, birds, and places to walk. We had no water or electricity at this site, but the setting made up for it.

  • Amenities:  At the Salt Lake City KOA we had access to free shuttle service into the city center.  This service was provided by the LDS Church and I did have to endure many lectures about their organization, but it was a nice way to get into town.  This KOA also had water aerobic classes in the morning.  Nice.  In the campground in Spartanburg the owner gave us a bar of organic home-made soap.  His wife would like to sell us more, but the gift was such a pleasant surprise, I just might buy some.
  • Walkable…..we need to be able to walk after dinner.  It would really be nice if the campsite was situated close enough to something/anything within walking distance.
  • Space.  Don’t pack us in.  We were just at a campsite in the mountain setting of Asheville, NC.  There were trees and a lake, and great places to walk within their many acres.    BUT…our neighbors were parked RIGHT NEXT DOOR!  When our awning was extended, their trailer was one foot away.  Our site in Havre, MT. was far worse, though.  We were parked in diagonal spaces….just imagine parking in front of the CVS in Arcata…trailer side by side by side.

    The "parking lot" campground in Havre, MT.

    Parking Lot Campground in Havre, MT.

  • And, let’s all put our hands together for the corporate-giant Walmart.  When you are traveling and the day is getting long, and the next nicely shaded and quiet state park is hours away, you WILL find the welcoming parking lot of a Walmart.  Spending the night is encouraged….the lot is well lit and “safe”, there are always other forlorn travelers nearby, and in the morning, the store is open if you need milk for your coffee.  We availed ourselves of a Walmart in Williston, NC.  It’s certainly not the preferred camping site, but I thank them for being there.
  • BUT…..the best place to set up camp is where there is LOTS of family to share the fun.

    Dinner on Long Island - Adam, Nathan, Donna, Jen, Clay, Durry (photo by Haley Kus)

5 Responses to “So is a trailer an RV?”
  1. Mel 15 October 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    When you get to my campground…
    I don’t have a sewer connection, but do have indoor plumbing.
    Sorry, but I do have a train track and I’m not sure about the neighbors.
    Will try to clean the bathroom before you get here.
    I’ll do your laundry when you’re here (you know how I like folding clothes!)
    Plenty of sun for your dining room.
    Free TV.
    Don’t have a ranger for evening talks, but we have a Bunnie for entertainment.
    Coffee will be brewed for you every morning (maybe a latte on special occasions).
    Nature..feral cats to watch.
    And…..a National Quilt Show!
    Can’t wait to see you guys!

  2. Allison 15 October 2010 at 5:27 pm #


  3. donna 15 October 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    You made me laugh, and then for some stupid reason tears came to my eyes. Your bro had a good library day…….

  4. donna 15 October 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    <3 back at you.

  5. Mel 18 October 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Wireless internet is also available for a small fee. You can actually watch TV & be on the internet at the same time!

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