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Old 06-07-2019, 04:01 AM   #1
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We just came from the great trip to the beautiful Beverly Beach Campground between Newport and Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast. We camp in the A tent loop close to the coast. Just before we left, we scouted for the best campsites for the next visit.

The campground was about 95% full (256 sites total) with most vacancy on tent sites and we were the only one in our B-class Camper Van, interesting data point. Trailers were predominant, some Cs, some As, and ONE Camper van.

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The only drawbacks to tent sites is you sometimes canít find a level spot or a long enough spot to park a van or the parking spot is a bit remote from the fire pit and picnic table. I havenít camped where I need to run an air conditioner or generator and an electrical hook up is not necessary for me. I guess the only other drawback is there are a lot of little kids running amok.
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We just came from the great trip to the beautiful Beverly Beach Campground between Newport and Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast. We camp in the A tent loop close to the coast. Just before we left, we scouted for the best campsites for the next visit.

The campground was about 95% full (256 sites total) with most vacancy on tent sites and we were the only one in our B-class Camper Van, interesting data point. Trailers were predominant, some Cs, some As, and ONE Camper van.

https://oregonstateparks.org/index.c...age&parkId=164
We are indeed in an elite class of campers. Statistics show this with "b" sales being the smallest segment of the rv market. But like you, when we see another b it makes an impression because they are so rare.

Usually our situation looks like this whether in an rv park or state/national park. Our tiny b gets lost among the c's, a's, trailers, and 5th wheels.
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When I first started driving a B back and forth to AZ for the winter from ND or MN in 2004, it was totally exciting to see another B because they were so rare. We used to keep count and report the numbers on the RV sites... maybe 2 or 3 for the whole trip.

I just arrived back north after 10 days of traveling. I saw 3 or 4 every day (except one last day on the blue highways of Iowa) The vast majority were older Roadtreks or Pleasureways. Of course newer Sprinter rigs are usually stealthy and they can sneak past on the other side without me noticing. Most Campgrounds and Rest Stops had at least one other than me. I didn't see any other Promaster based rigs though. We are still the minority...
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The only drawbacks to tent sites is you sometimes canít find a level spot or a long enough spot to park a van or the parking spot is a bit remote from the fire pit and picnic table. I havenít camped where I need to run an air conditioner or generator and an electrical hook up is not necessary for me. I guess the only other drawback is there are a lot of little kids running amok.
Practically all tent campsites were very flat and level. My issue is sun exposure for solar charging, I usually use Google map to select opened sites.
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My van is tiny as well.

Our first camper van was 1977 VW Westfalia, those days camper vans were popular, either domestic or VW, Sportsmobile was very popular. Based on my memories there were way more Camper Vans then. During our recent trip to Key West (almost 9K miles) we have seen B Class, not many thou.

This recent Beverly Beach Campground was unusual, we were about 0.5% of the total population.
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Practically all tent campsites were very flat and level. My issue is sun exposure for solar charging, I usually use Google map to select opened sites.
I was referring to where they want you to park your vehicle. Tent only campsites are usually older and where you park is not as important as providing a level site for pitching a tent.

As for sun in Minnesota and the upper Midwest where we mostly summer camp there are very few sites with unobstructed sun. We winter travel mostly in the southwest and the days are way too short and the sun angle is low so don't get the full potential of solar. That's why our next B will not have solar panels.
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I experienced places where a:

B can use a tent site, no problem As Long As there are plenty of tent sites for tent campers.

B can use a tent site, but a tent has to be used. The B is simply a vehicle with a tent inside like the other vehicles.

No B can use a tent site.
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Class Bs are still only about 2% of the total RV market so finding another B in a campground of 100 campsites the odds are just one other. They do tend to gather in certain parts of the country and parks. Joshua Tree National Park for instance will have many more Class Bs. That's my experience every time we go there.
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These tent sites are like RV sites without utilities. What you described are called here walk-in campsites. There were about 200 (256 campsites) of RVs on this campground so 1/200, that is low. The tilted picture is our campsite from the reservation site.
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