Trip Report: First time RV'ing in the Duck Pond Public Lot

We stayed/tailgated in the duck pond public RV lot for the first this weekend. There's not a lot of good information about how this works, so I figured I'd write up a trip report for other first timers.

Summary: After a bumpy start, a great time was had by all and we'll definitely be doing it again.

Arriving and parking is a bit of a cluster. Lot opens Friday at noon, we got there around 1:20. What they don't make clear is that students park in this lot and don't have to be out until 5, so it's a mess. There was also a large area blocked off for construction staging right now, so it really limited the space available. When we got there, there were a lot of RVs already set up but there was one spot open with enough room for our small trailer. After we got in, they closed off the lot. There is an attendant that "directs" you, but the direction is him pointing to an area and you figuring out what to do. There's also nothing stopping you from moving later if there's a different spot open that you like better, as we'll see later. As the day goes on, students leave and more RVs are allowed in. The attendant will hand you a lot code that you use to pay your $150 fee on the Park Mobile app.

The next day started out rough. To make a long story short, some things got moved around and an RV squeezed into a spot we thought they couldn't, so we woke up to tailgate to find two motorhomes with their generator exhaust aimed right at us. We're sitting in generator hell. So loud we could barely hear each other and reeking of exhaust. Thankfully we were able to find a small open area where we could move our trailer (having a small trailer is a plus), otherwise the day would have sucked. Moral of the story, be weary of other peoples generator exhaust.

The rest of the day was great. Both pregame and postgame tailgating were awesome. Shoutout to the weather for somewhat cooperating. Once people got things set up, driving becomes tricky. So if you have to leave to get something, do it early. As the day moved on, this got worse, because more and more people showed up and parked. This is supposed to be limited to RVs, tow vehicles, and tow behind vehicles. It was not policed at all on gameday.

Leaving the next day was also a bit of a mess. Many of the aforementioned extra cars were still parked, making it a challenge. Thankfully we were able navigate around and make it out early (again, having a small trailer is a plus). If you are parked in the middle of the lot, especially with a large RV, be prepared to be there a while Sunday morning. There is a dump station at the back of the lot you can use on your way out. I was expecting to need to stop at Camping World in Roanoke to dump, so this was a pleasant surprise.

All in all, great trip.

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We spent the night sleeping in our car in lot 18 after the game ('cause ..."alcohol") after watching the Baylor-BYU game to its conclusion. Saw and heard several folks walking the path to and from the RV lot from lot 18 til at least 3am. Was a great day tailgating especially since the forecasted downpours never happened!

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We spent the night sleeping in our car in lot 18 after the game ('cause ..."alcohol")

I've done this more times than I can count!

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there's a special place in hell for assholes who point their generator exhaust at other RVs

Onward and upward

How much is an rv pass

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Not sure about a pass, but the duck pond lot is public, first come first served. It's $150 and you can get in noon Friday and have to leave by noon Sunday. Weekday game hours are different.

Wife and I are RV tailgating for the WVU game next week. Does anyone know if the RV lot out by the airport is still a thing?

We camped there a couple years ago, but as we all know, things evolve quickly around campus and Blacksburg.

As far as I know, that lot is still open. The runway extension cut off the road though - you would have to walk 2/3 of the way out to 460 and back.

Doing better and better.

Tech typically runs a free shuttle bus from there and the CRC parking lots to the stadium on game day.

Airport RV Lot is still open. Yes, the've completed the runway extension so the walk has gotten longer. They now run a gameday shuttle that picks up just outside the chain link fence and drops off by the stadium (i think thry changed it this year and the drop off is up near Cassell) or you can walk the Huckeberry Trail ~2 miles (or 4 beers).

There's actually 2 areas where folks are setting up out there now. Airport RV Lot and a gravel lot just outside the airport fence (behind the bus stop). I think that the gravel lot is University run and the Airport Lot is run by the airport folks. You may want to call Airport ahead of time. I thought i saw a sign up about season pass holders only but there definitely is space for more RVs in that lot.

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Great idea for a post, thanks for sharing. Have you stayed in an RV before? Was this your first time doing it at a VT game? I've never done it before, I'm tempted to try it, but after talking to a lot of people, it sounds like a lot trouble.

Also, you should read the book Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer - all about a guy who spends a season traveling to Bama games in an RV and the people he meets.

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This is the second season with the RV and have been on a dozen or so trips with it. So we're pretty well seasoned with camping in the RV. Just the first time going to a VT game with it.

It really wasn't that much trouble and having done it once I won't make some of the same mistakes I made this time. So it should be even less trouble next time.

If you've never done any RVing, I could see renting one for a game being intimidating. The good thing is that you're surrounded by friendly Hokies and most RVers like helping out other (it's nice going back to the wife with your chest puffed out to tell her that people asked you for help and you were actually able to help). There was actually a group at the game that I was able to help through generator trouble. So if you have questions, there are 100 people around that would be willing to help.

Nice write-up that will certainly be useful to others considering doing this. It's crossed my mind that this might be worth doing sometime.

Let me tell you about the last time I did...

Oh...different kind of trip report lol

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Generator Hell certainly does not sound like a fun place to be.

On the other hand, it sounds like a band that APrimusHokie would like

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Hi everyone and GO HOKIES!!! We're RV'ing for the first time for WVU game this week :) and the unknown is killing me. This write-up has helped a lot so thank you @vtsnake for posting.

We are planning to arrive around noon Thursday. I'm not sure which lot we should try first (i.e. which will have the highest likelihood of getting a spot). My concern is given it's a Thursday night game there will be additional challenges with student/faculty parking at the Duckpond lot which will restrict RV parking. The golf course parking says it's available at noon and duck pond isn't available until 3 pm. I don't want to be stuck in limbo with the RV. The last option is the Airport which I called this morning and they said their parking is for season pass holders only (sold out) which is contradicting everything I've read in the forums. Does anyone have any advice?

https://hokiesports.com/sports/2021/8/20/lane-stadium-parking-informatio...

Dude, ignore what's on the Hokiesports website. It's bad info. Check the link below to VT parking services. All RV lots open at noon on gamedays for non-Saturday games. I suggest planning to arrive at the duck pond lot a bit before noon (say 11:45). You should have no problem getting a spot.

https://parking.vt.edu/parking/recreational-vehicles.html

Try also the Public RV lot in the Golfcourse. A bit more of a walk but worth it.

Didn't really want to start a new thread for this, and I wasn't sure which one to throw it in. I reckon this one will work.

I've always headed North on 81 or to Giles after games, but after WVU I'm heading to Bristol.

I know Blacksburg to Christiansburg on 460 can be an absolute bitch. Half the time when I do go 81 North I will take Ellett or Catawba and pop out at Ironto or Salem.

I have no idea what's faster heading South though.

Can anyone help me out with which route usually goes faster post-game, hit 81 South at Christiansburg, or hit it in Dublin via Prices Fork & Route 11?

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I'd say your best bet to go 81 south is to take prices fork/11 to Dublin and then get on 81. The more of 460/Christiansburg/Roanoke traffic you can avoid, the better.

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That's where my head was as well. I just wanted to see if anyone that heads that way could confirm.

Appreciate it.

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Maybe take Prices Fork road to Peppers Ferry towards Radford, then right on 11 South at the Sheetz.

Edit: Or, if getting to Prices Fork is a Pain (depends on where you park), then take 460 Business East to Peppers Ferry, rest is the same.

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I wound up having to go back to Giles and took Rt. 100 to Dublin.

Thanks for the info though.

If you play it, they will win.

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Hey everyone. We are taking our 40ft Class A motorhome to the GT game. Not our first RV trip, but it is our first tailgating trip to the Burg and was hoping to get answers from those that have actually been there in the last few weeks.
- Does the Duck Pond lot open at noon or 5 pm on Friday?
- How quickly has the Duck Pond lot fill up on Friday evening? Given the size of our RV, I don't want to try to get into the lot if it's a tight fit! We probably won't be able to get there until 7 or 8 pm.
- How is the parking situation in the golf course lot? My husband is hesitant of parking on grass because he doesn't want to get stuck.
- Does anyone have a phone number for the airport? I've tried calling the number on their website but couldn't get through to anyone that knew anything about RV parking. I understand that you can reserve spots there?

Thanks!! Go Hokies!

The Duck Pond RV lot is a paved parking lot. It butts up against lot 18 grass lot. Just across the footbridge over the creek.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

In addition to the two lots listed above - there is an 'RV Overflow Lot' that is a gravel lot out in the Corporate Research Center. It is at the curve where Smoot Drive turns into Innovation Drive. This lot is run by the University and you pay the same way you would pay for Duck Pond or Golf Course RV Lot's. There is a shuttle to the games or you can walk the Huckleberry trail to the stadium (~1.5 miles now or at least 3 beers). I definitely see some class A's and larger 5th wheels in that lot.

I don't have a good sense of if that lot fills up or how it is organized since I've been in the Airport RV lot for over a decade now.

I hope this helps and if you are out by the airport lots - stop by for a beer/beverage. We are along the back woods and usually have an inflatable turkey (wish it was a hokiebird).

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They have inflatable Hokie Birds at the book store now. Bought one and they shipped it to Florida for my the weekend of the BC game.

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My wife has spent years looking for them. There was a company in the late 90's that had the template but didn't sell enough. They would restart the line for her if she either found 350 orders or 2k. So to my shock we walked into the book store to get my oldest some gear for her first game and they were just putting this up. They just got them before first game. They also have a Santa in a Maroon suit blowup.

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Yup. I need that!

Thank you! Fingers crossed we get a spot! :)