Tom Naigle has spent his whole life camping and RVing, having grown up enjoying weekend camping trips with his family in Vineland, New Jersey. Now 57 with his wife, Paula, and two adult children, Naigle is doing something he never tried until two years ago: seasonal camping. Instead of packing up his trailer every time he wants to go camping, Naigle rents a campsite for the entire season and leaves his RV on site. He never has to worry about his water, sewer or electrical connections or even take time to pack or unpack his RV. “You just drive there with your food and you’re ready to go for the weekend,” he said. Best of all, Naigle is camping at Spacious Skies Country Oaks Campground in Dorothy, N.J., the same campground he camped at with his family growing up.
“I have my best memories growing up at this campground, and now I am building even better memories with my own children,” he said, adding that the park is only 17 miles from his home in Vineland. “You don’t have to be far away to have an escape,” he said. “You just need a change in environment.” And even though the campground has changed from when he was a little boy, mainly with the addition of new amenities and attractions, he said the park is well managed and well maintained. It also has an added bonus: other seasonal campers just like him. “We’ve become great friends with the people around us. It’s always a nice time,” Naigle said.