This year I decided to bring our camper back from our seasonal spot so that we could go on a family weekend during teachers convention. I made arrangements to take the camper to Surf and Stream Campground in Toms River, NJ. Based on pictures we thought that this would be a great place to go.
Upon entering the grounds we proceeded to sit and wait at the gate for someone to come and escort us in to our site. Once someone showed up we were brought through the campground and shown where the connections for the camper were located.
During our stay we took a walk. We are used to camping in Ft. Wilderness, Mays Landing Campground, and a few other places. Our impression of a campground is very different from this campground. Most campgrounds that are allowing “Transients” to come in have more of a temporary feel to them. This campground looks, and feels like a “Trailer Park”. Now we understand why most of the campgrounds in New Jersey only allow you to stay certain months, and a few in New Jersey have a year round system.
Once checked in and connected I had to go to the office to take care of the bill. I was hit with a “Deposit” for a cable box that would be needed to watch tv. I would get the money back in the end, but that just seems a bit ridiculous for a campground. The pool was already closed, and there were no children around. We ended up playing some board games, and just hanging out as a family. The camper next to us had some guys that were up from the Carolinas that were still here doing Hurricane Sandy work. They were nice guys, and very hospitable. I am sure many of the people that stay there were nice, and hospitable.
I don’t think we will do much camping during the “Off Season” in New Jersey. We thought that there would be more to do, and kids around for our daughter to hang out with. With the place “Looking” like people lived there 364 days a year we also had to be cautious because you never know what you will find.