Private RV resorts vs. state parks

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We just returned from a week-long trip in our Coachmen Apex Nano travel trailer to Williamsburg, Va. and Washington, D.C. It was the longest trip we’ve taken in the camper so far, and I’m happy to report it was a ton of fun!

There’s lots to talk about from our trip, but one of the things that stuck out to me the most, was the difference between private RV resorts and state park campgrounds. Up to this trip, we’d only taken the camper to state parks, so we really didn’t have a frame of reference for other places.

During this trip, we stayed at three different privately-owned campgrounds (meaning, not a state or national park). Each were very different in their own ways, which I’ll cover in future posts as I plan to write a review on each. But today I wanted to compare and contrast the differences between what we saw in privately-owned campgrounds versus state parks.  Continue reading

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Camp Site Review: Edisto Beach State Park

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We’re just finishing up our Spring Break, where we had a chance to sneak down to Edisto Beach State Park for a few days with the camper! It was the A) longest trip we’ve taken the camper so far and B) the farthest away from home.

We camped at Edisto Beach State Park from Sat. – Tues., having made our reservations months in advance (RV camping in state parks is not always for the spontaneous because the spots fill up so fast!).

Edisto Beach State Park

8377 State Cabin Rd, Edisto Island, SC 29438

(843) 869-2156

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Camp site review: Keowee-Toxaway State Park

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We made a quick trip up to Keowee-Toxaway State Park the weekend of March 25, and we had such an amazing time! It was our first time to this state park to camp, so I thought I’d share our experience with you, in case you’re planning a trip to this spot sometime soon!

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Guest post: Nature

{Editor’s note: our 8 year-old son wanted to write his very own blog post! The following is his post for you to enjoy!)

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thats a red wood tree.

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this is me holding wood.

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Our first Family Glamping trip, and how Good Samaritans saved the day

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After months of planning, researching, test driving, dreaming and more, we FINALLY got a chance to take our new Coachmen Apex Nano bhs193 camper on its maiden overnight voyage.

To keep things as simple as possible (considering this was our first time ever doing this), we chose a state park close to home, and close to civilization. Luckily, Paris Mountain State Park  in our hometown of Greenville, SC, fit the bill.

We selected site #36 – which had a slight grade to it, but was mostly flat — good for our first time trying to get the camper level. But before we jump into how much fun we had camping, we should back up and share what we learned before we ever rolled into the campsite.  Continue reading

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Best RV camping online resources

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We got a camper! Now, how do we use this thing???

If you’re new(ish) to this RV camping thing like we are, you might find yourself spending hours at a time surfing the Internet trying to compile the best places for trusted advice and how-to tutorials. Even if you’re a seasoned camping veteran, it never hurts to discover new methods and tricks to make your RV life even more fun.

We compiled a list of top online resources we consistently click on to help us learn the RV camping ropes. Bookmark these sites so you can quickly reference them the next time you need to find an answer to a camping question!  Continue reading

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It’s all happening! We found our first camper…

Finally, after months of visiting local dealerships, and scouring websites, forums, Pinterest and books, we think we found the one. Our First Camper.

I honestly don’t remember if I was this happy when we closed on our first house. Maybe I was. But I can tell  you there was definitely happy dancing going on in the parking lot of the RV dealership when we decided this was going to be our first camper home.

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She’s a beaut, Clarke!

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Our Travel Trailer Wish List

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This is not the camper we purchased…this picture was taken during one of our travel trailer shopping trips. But oh, how it gets us so excited to think of our own camper coming in soon!

So, we’re not-so-patiently waiting for the arrival of our first travel trailer! We’ve ordered the one we want through a local dealership, and now we’re just waiting on it to come in. (Is it here yet? Is it here yet? Is it here YET?!).

We’ve been given an estimate of January 2017 for our travel trailer to arrive. I fully expect us to be waiting at the dealership with balloons and a cake to help make it feel more welcome when it gets to us!

In the meantime, Gib and I are making wish lists galore of things we want to have in our travel trailer. Obviously, there’s a LOT we need to get, and we’re already plunking down a chunk of change just investing in the trailer alone.

So we’re trying to be smart and not blow our entire vacation budget in one fell swoop by looking for things we know we need for our first trips, and things we can purchase down the road.

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Happy 8th Birthday to our Youngest Family Glamper!

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The youngest in the Family Glampers turns 8 today! Happy birthday!!

Happy birthday to the youngest in our Family Glamper crew. Our little guy turns 8 today – which is so hard to believe! It’s true what they say, “The days are long, but the years are short.”

This guy is full of life, overflowing with love of adventure. I pray he always keeps that as he grows.

In honor of his birthday, I “interviewed” him on what he likes most about camping, hiking and adventuring. Here’s what he had to say:

How old are you today? 8

Where is your favorite place to hike? Table Rock State Park

Why is that your favorite? “Because I was so happy when I made it up to the top of Table Rock. You could see out so far!”

What’s your favorite camping food? Potato chips

What is your favorite thing about hiking and camping? “Going around nature, and climbing! Climbing is my favorite.”

If you could travel anywhere to hike, where would you go? The Himalayas (interesting choice, we thought!)

What are you most looking forward to when we get our new travel trailer? Sleeping in the bunk beds!

What do you want to be when you grow up? “A person that digs up dinosaurs and looks at their bones.” (aka – an archeologist)

What is your favorite memory of one of our past camping trips? Eating dinner in the car when it poured down rain. (Please note: this was NOT mom’s favorite memory!).

What tip would you give other kids who want to hike and camp?

He said, “Encourage yourself to hike more, even when your legs are tired, because if you keep going, you will see something beautiful at the top.”

No truer words spoken, son. We wish you the happiest of birthdays, and can’t wait to see what the next year of adventure holds for you!

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This boy has such a love of life and adventure. We pray he always keeps that with him!

 

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Camp Site Review: Table Rock State Park

Happy Wednesday, folks! We don’t know about you, but we’re already in the throes of planning out our camping trips for 2017. (This is in part due to how fast the state park camp sites fill up in North Carolina and South Carolina, and also because we have to submit vacation days off requests, work around school calendars, etc.).

We try to do a ton of research on sites like ReserveAmerica, TripAdvisor and the plain, ole Internet to try to find camp sites that are 1) within driving distance from us in Greenville, S.C., and 2) have good outdoor activities for us – be it hiking, swimming in the lake, kayaking, etc.

We thought we’d start a new series here on The Family Glampers to review the camp sites we visit to provide another resource for YOU as you’re planning your next trip. First up: Table Rock State Park in Pickens, S.C.

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