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Due to CV I bought a used RV because my family and friends were getting together camping. I made my first trip this week.

I’m RVing, not camping and am not necessarily interested in being secluded. I need 30 AMP service with water available. Full service with water hookup would be great, but not required.

I would like to have a get together here with friends and family, but I haven’t checked out any spots yet. I would appreciate any input from forum members.

Thanks

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Lets face it "Your Camping". 

Percy Priest has a nice camp ground, Fall Creek Falls, Tim's Ford State Park are a few good places.

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We love the state parks and COE (Corp of Engineers) parks. Most have electric and water with a dump station.  We are actually headed to Cumberland Mountain State Park in a couple of weeks for some downtime. 

I've RV'd all my life. Bought a diesel pusher first of the year and plan to spend 2 to 3 months in the Rockies next spring. 

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20 minutes ago, TripleGGG said:

We love the state parks and COE (Corp of Engineers) parks. Most have electric and water with a dump station.  We are actually headed to Cumberland Mountain State Park in a couple of weeks for some downtime. 

I've RV'd all my life. Bought a diesel pusher first of the year and plan to spend 2 to 3 months in the Rockies next spring. 

MT Rushmore and the Badlands are in that general area all good places, wish I went to Devils Tower...

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Just look up Tennessee State Parks. You can get all the info you need including camp site hook up details. 👍

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29 minutes ago, Johnny Rotten said:

MT Rushmore and the Badlands are in that general area all good places, wish I went to Devils Tower...

I love the scenery in that whole area. Threatened for years to buy some property in Wyoming. 

I bought a plane in Montana years ago and a guy who was over coyote control needed a ride to Rapid City, SD so I told him I would drop him off. He was well connected and asked have you ever scene Mt Rushmore from the air? Told him no. He gets on radio with air traffic. contollers and gets permission and we basically do a couple of close passes checking nostrils. Absolutely thrilling. 

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21 minutes ago, TripleGGG said:

I love the scenery in that whole area. Threatened for years to buy some property in Wyoming. 

I bought a plane in Montana years ago and a guy who was over coyote control needed a ride to Rapid City, SD so I told him I would drop him off. He was well connected and asked have you ever scene Mt Rushmore from the air? Told him no. He gets on radio with air traffic. contollers and gets permission and we basically do a couple of close passes checking nostrils. Absolutely thrilling. 

seen this right out of Rapid City last yr, 15 over is normal for that highway.

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1 hour ago, Johnny Rotten said:

seen this right out of Rapid City last yr, 15 over is normal for that highway.

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Yes speed is not a problem out there..... Unless you hit a Buffalo! 

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When the boys were growing up camping made a lot of vacations possible. Most we paid for a camping spot was $33 a night. Siesta key. Key West, and Mammoth Cave just to name a few. No work to speak of. Bonnie and I shared the driving, I backed the trailer in the space [with Bonnie's help], and leveled the trailer, the boys did the hook ups, Bonnie and I switched off cooking and doing the dishes, We found one K.O.A. in Florida that we could scuba dive right off the side of the campgrounds. When the boys grew up it was as economical. 18' trailer, and full sized van. More family fun than we had ever had before.

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The Tennessee state parks offer 10% discount on camping for Tennessee residents and 25% for seniors age 62 and over. I have been taking advantage of the new policy this year with my travel trailer. Tim's Ford and Natchez Trace state park are really nice campgrounds for RV camping, we did some great bicycling and kayaking right from the campsite. Most other state parks are good too.

https://reserve.tnstateparks.com/

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1 hour ago, Ray Z said:

When the boys were growing up camping made a lot of vacations possible. Most we paid for a camping spot was $33 a night. Siesta key. Key West, and Mammoth Cave just to name a few. No work to speak of. Bonnie and I shared the driving, I backed the trailer in the space [with Bonnie's help], and leveled the trailer, the boys did the hook ups, Bonnie and I switched off cooking and doing the dishes, We found one K.O.A. in Florida that we could scuba dive right off the side of the campgrounds. When the boys grew up it was as economical. 18' trailer, and full sized van. More family fun than we had ever had before.

Both of my girls are grown and gone now. When we are together now they ALWAYS bring up a camping story. My oldest tells everyone I taught her how to cook. I let her light the coleman stove, open a can of Dinty Moore beef stew, pour it in the pot (most made it in) and stir it while it heated up. 

Always amazed me what kids would talk about while around the campfire making smores etc. 

Hmmm gotta go, something in my eye! 

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5 hours ago, Johnny Rotten said:

seen this right out of Rapid City last yr, 15 over is normal for that highway.

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I was on a highway in Texas this past weekend with a 80 mph speed limit. First one I had come across. 

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My dad did a lot of rving/ camping before he passed. Went to 35 states, the older he got the closed he stayed to home. He went to Henry Horton state park a lot and over towards east TN mountains. A lot had to do with how nice the place was and how easy it was to get in and set up. 

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8 hours ago, Johnny Rotten said:

seen this right out of Rapid City last yr, 15 over is normal for that highway.

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That would be about right for I-240 around Memphis. 😮

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Lotsa nice stuff in EastTN (checkout S. Va, too). Have been to and would recommend Davy Crockett and Great South Fork parks. Lots of fishing around Morristown area if thats your thing.

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On 9/27/2020 at 10:12 AM, DaveTN said:

Due to CV I bought a used RV because my family and friends were getting together camping. I made my first trip this week.

I’m RVing, not camping and am not necessarily interested in being secluded. I need 30 AMP service with water available. Full service with water hookup would be great, but not required.

I would like to have a get together here with friends and family, but I haven’t checked out any spots yet. I would appreciate any input from forum members.

Thanks

I use this website a lot for RV camping. It’s for the National Park campgrounds. You can check availability, make reservations and all right from this site.  It will show you campgrounds front he closest to you to as far as you want to go in the USA. Very nice pricing too. Rarely will you see full hookups, but almost always water and electric. Most have dump stations though.

Recreation.gov

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On 9/27/2020 at 9:46 AM, Johnny Rotten said:

Lets face it "Your Camping". 

Percy Priest has a nice camp ground, Fall Creek Falls, Tim's Ford State Park are a few good places.

Can't go wrong with those and Rock Island. Cumberland Mountain is good too.

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On 9/27/2020 at 9:12 AM, DaveTN said:

Due to CV I bought a used RV because my family and friends were getting together camping. I made my first trip this week.

I’m RVing, not camping and am not necessarily interested in being secluded. I need 30 AMP service with water available. Full service with water hookup would be great, but not required.

I would like to have a get together here with friends and family, but I haven’t checked out any spots yet. I would appreciate any input from forum members.

Thanks

Oak Mountain in Alabama is great. Their sites put Tennessee to shame. 

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On 9/27/2020 at 6:05 PM, KahrMan said:

I was on a highway in Texas this past weekend with a 80 mph speed limit. First one I had come across. 

I ride my motorcycle to Texas every year, well except this year, and ride around the Hill Country. The rule for DPS is 10 percent over you will get ticketed. So we usually run 88 mph on our bikes. 🙂

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