Happy Trails, Part 20

SAYRE, Okla. — We have discovered a feature of RV travel that we didn’t expect to find.

It’s called “Public RV” camping.

We discovered it in this community that sits precisely midway between Amarillo and Oklahoma City. We camped at a city-run park that just happens to have about 60 RV campsites. Some of them are pull-through sites, which is our strongly preferred type; they have water and electricity; we get decent antenna TV reception.

And we paid all of $12 for our overnight stay. Twelve whole American dollars! 

We have discovered this form of RV camping while scouring through our huge directory of campsites across the country.

My wife and I have made pact that we’re going to look for this kind of campsite as we continue our trek across North America.

We aren’t too big into those fancy-schmancy RV “resorts.” People are packed too tightly into some of them we’ve seen. We prefer a more “rustic” setting to park our fifth wheel.

We do use our Texas state park pass that gets into our state’s parks for free; sure, we pay for nightly use, but the pass waives our entry fee.

Sayre’s park is actually quite nice. It’s clean, well-manicured, well-lit, pet-friendly.

It’s also inexpensive. We fixed-income travelers appreciate that aspect of “public RV” camping most of all.

2 thoughts on “Happy Trails, Part 20”

  1. We agree, John. We always try to find municipal parks, state parks or Corps of Engineers campgrounds to stay in. They are usually substantially cheaper and much more beautiful than commercial RV parks. Two great ones I would recommend: 1. Pohick Bay Regional Park outside of Washington, DC. We’ll be there next week. It’s along the Potomac south of Mount Vernon and near a metro line to get into D.C. 2. Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is one of the most beautiful parks we’ve seen, full of trees and wildlife. It’s very convenient to Mount Rushmore.

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