Students voluntarily stuffing themselves into a phone booth along with a few of their closest friends was a popular fad in the 1950’s. I’m not sure what the record was, but it was obviously an uncomfortable amount as the accompanying photo can attest. For those readers younger than 25 that were born with a cell phone attached to your hip and have no idea what a phone booth is, you will find the answer here. Being the curious person I am, it started me wondering about how many vehicles you could stuff into a single developed campsite.
After a recent campout with friends at Middle Waddell Campground, near Olympia, Washington, I can honestly answer that question. The answer is 13, consisting of 1 Travel Trailer, 1 pickup truck, 1 class A motorhome, 1 class C motorhome, 2 utility trailers, 6 ATVs and 1 motorcycle! Unlike students stuffed in a phone booth, we found it rather comfortable once the vehicles were situated. And the cost for housing all these RVs in one campsite? Campground fees were zero, nada, zilch. The only stipulation was a Washington State Discover Pass displayed in each of the primary tow vehicles and current off road tabs on the ATVs and motorcycle. Camping for free with no maximum limit on how many units per campsite is my kind of adventure in RVing!
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
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