New England, not the best RV experience

Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
Trip End Nov 30, 2010

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Unfortunately, except for the great friends who we visited, we did not find New England to be a good RV experience. I will concede that maybe we have been spoiled by our travels over the last few years in other parts of the country. We have memberships with Resorts of Distintion, Coast to Coast Deluxe, Passport America and a few other RV memberships where we get discounts at RV parks and resorts.

In New England, there were very few parks that participate with our memberships, and even some of the few that are members, don't honor the discounts during the summer months or have other restrictions. HELLO!!!  When else are we going to travel there? Not only did we find that most of the parks were either very expensive ($55 - $85 and up per night), and/or lacking in quality, and/or many didn't even take RVs over 30 feet (ours is 35 feet), which is quite small by today's standards.

Even WalMart let us down in some areas. The founder of WalMart realized the benefit of allowing RVers to spend a night in the parking lots, since they would do a lot of shopping in the stores and WalMarts even carry some RV merchandise. We actually do the majority of our shopping at WalMarts (even where we spend our winters in Brownsville, TX).

RVers are respectful to first of all, ask permisson from the store manager, second, we park out of the way in the outer lanes of the parking lots and also restrain from looking like we're camping by not setting out chairs, awnings, BBQs, levelers or slides. However, in some areas, that overnight parking is not allowed and sadly, we found this in several places.  

In our travels elsewhere, with our memberships, we can stay several days or up to two weeks in a park, some for free, some for $10-$15 per night. For instance, last year we spent about two months, just in the state of Washington, no more than a week at each park, and we only used far less than half of the member parks available to us.

As I said before, the visits with friends were great and helped make up for our disappointment with the RV parks. One of the rest stops that we did stay at had this Memorial Plaque for the Korean War Veterans and the pretty garden had some colorful plants. I also must admit that we saw lots and lots of beautiful flowers all over New England that could lift our spirits.   
Now that I've vented, we'll put any less than desireable memories behind us and only remember the wonderful people and places that we enjoyed.

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