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Old 02-25-2014, 10:26 AM   #31
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Remember too the saying "You may never pass this way again." I understand this will be a destination trip for you, but please take the time to see some of the areas of the country you may never have an opportunity to visit again. I'm not talking tourist trap stuff, just the country as you go by. Safe travels, always!
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:29 AM   #32
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On a two and a half month cross country (and back) trip to Yellowstone we went really slowly-- sometimes only 100 miles a day with frequent stops. We liked Ohio so much we thought about staying there all summer -- until the biting flies came. Then we finally got to Laura Ingalls Wilder's home in DeSmet S.D. -- visited everything -- and Terry said, "If pa and ma could do it, we can do it" and that night he drove until 1 a.m., pulled over at a rest area -- we transferred four kids to the airstream and slept for a few hours. We must have eaten a very quick breakfast and then drove and drove -- when the toddler slept, we didn't stop for anything -- until we reached Yellowstone. Where we stayed for a month. (It was interesting to us that we could stay overnight in the rest area. I'm pretty sure you can't do that in the east.)
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:07 PM   #33
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Okay, more questions:

- How long does a 20lb capacity propane tank last, say in the spring/fall, i.e. with intermittent use of the furnace, one person showering / day, that same person attempting to cook, etc.?

- Passport America has been mentioned. What about Good Sams or Escapees? Does anyone have experience with them, and is membership in either appropriate for what I want to do?

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Old 02-25-2014, 03:19 PM   #34
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Okay, more questions:

- How long does a 20lb capacity propane tank last, say in the spring/fall, i.e. with intermittent use of the furnace, one person showering / day, that same person attempting to cook, etc.?

- Passport America has been mentioned. What about Good Sams or Escapees? Does anyone have experience with them, and is membership in either appropriate for what I want to do?

thanks again,

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20lb tank, totally up to you. We go 2 weeks in the fall in N.E. as well as a couple weeks during the summer and have yet to empty a 30 lb tank in a season.

Try this http://www.frugal-rv-travel.com/RV-Membership-Clubs.htm web site, they already did the work of looking at the different travel clubs.
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Old 12-10-2014, 02:09 AM   #35
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The best we can do to save cash is stay in public CG's, stay out of restaurants, and limit expensive tourist attractions. Like Ruthie we prefer to pull over early, as in mid-late afternoon and enjoy camping, Walmarts and such are not in the picture. If I were driving a long day, pulling over at 8 or 9pm, I might try one.
We have the same style of camping . We often camp with several other couples who find an excuse to run into the closest town everyday ( Food ,drink ,recreational shopping) At the end of the trip they complain how expensive "CAMPING" is. We eat and drink at our campsite and are able to plan our trip costs and budget
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:25 AM   #37
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We were amazed at the non commercial campground options that we found in our 6700 mile trip back from Chilliwack. In addition to State Park & National Park & Forest, we also found National Recreation Area (Lake Mead @ $10/night), Core of Engineers, City, County, Municipal, etc. With 48 nights camping, our average cost was just under $19 per night. (Granted, that was with the senior pass) A lot of reservoirs have campgrounds that were run by the water authority or else, city or county.
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:48 AM   #38
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Walmart's

For the first time we tried out a few WM's this fall driving cross country. The original idea was to save a few $ when all we were doing was traveling from point A to B, but we found traveling through Labor Day weekend without reservations, they were almost the only place one could stay. Stretched out the traveling day to 7 or so left us a lot of time before dark. Dinner, amounting to fried chicken or some such from the store, and some shopping for whatever we needed at the time worked out pretty well. What didn't work out was the noise, they are busy places even after they close, if they close. Deliveries must be setup for closing through 1 or 2 am, and they get a lot of deliveries, even on weekends. Bright lights left on all night. If you're lucky you can find a darker area, but then that's where everyone else wants to be too so you get them coming and going all night. Of course the car lights and doors opening and closing off and on woke my wife up numerous times, who in turn woke me up to go check on them.

One night had the parking lot cleaners show up at 2 or 3 am with a huge vacuum, no sleep there for an hour and a half.

Have you ever seen the huge grain silos out west? the ones that look like something out of War of the Worlds? Well in harvest season they run all night, at least the one that's right behind Walmart in the middle of Ohio, or was it Indiana, or maybe Iowa.

In a pinch they are available and free. In a fiberglass trailer with minimal noise deadening, don't expect a good nights sleep, even the white noise machine didn't help. Yes, we have the extra insulation pkg. From our experiences, I think WM's are the new hub of town activity.

Don't get me wrong, I applaud WM for allowing overnights, it does come in handy.
It just wasn't worth staying there just to try to save a few bucks.

As Donna says, YMMV.
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Old 12-10-2014, 12:19 PM   #39
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I had good success with rest stops and some states have really nice ones, Iowa for example. They have large parking slips, away from the trucks, some have picnic gazebo's. I think Ohio even offers electric ($) hook up at some rest areas while in South Dakota some have a fenced dog run and a rv dump, both free. The nice thing about rest stops is your GPS should tell how far the next one is and if one is not up to your liking you know where the next one will be. I have the Rand McNally rv GPS that has a lot info for a specific area, for example for those with pets, the closest vet.
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Walmart's

For the first time we tried out a few WM's this fall driving cross country. The original idea was to save a few $ when all we were doing was traveling from point A to B, but we found traveling through Labor Day weekend without reservations, they were almost the only place one could stay. Stretched out the traveling day to 7 or so left us a lot of time before dark. Dinner, amounting to fried chicken or some such from the store, and some shopping for whatever we needed at the time worked out pretty well. What didn't work out was the noise, they are busy places even after they close, if they close. Deliveries must be setup for closing through 1 or 2 am, and they get a lot of deliveries, even on weekends. Bright lights left on all night. If you're lucky you can find a darker area, but then that's where everyone else wants to be too so you get them coming and going all night. Of course the car lights and doors opening and closing off and on woke my wife up numerous times, who in turn woke me up to go check on them.

One night had the parking lot cleaners show up at 2 or 3 am with a huge vacuum, no sleep there for an hour and a half.

Have you ever seen the huge grain silos out west? the ones that look like something out of War of the Worlds? Well in harvest season they run all night, at least the one that's right behind Walmart in the middle of Ohio, or was it Indiana, or maybe Iowa.

In a pinch they are available and free. In a fiberglass trailer with minimal noise deadening, don't expect a good nights sleep, even the white noise machine didn't help. Yes, we have the extra insulation pkg. From our experiences, I think WM's are the new hub of town activity.

We won't stay there to save $ again, it just wasn't worth it. We'll stay only if it's the last option we have. As Donna says, YMMV.
We have stayed in a walmart once with no rest to be had, very simlar experience to yours. I have stoped to sleep in several other places whith much better results. We have found the rest stops in rural BC for the most part really good. Most of them are off of the road a bit and quite nice. I must admit I have a hard time paying for a campground to simply get a bit of sleep on my way somewhere. That being said I do hope as I get older I do better job taking my time a bit more. I have been acused of trying to stuff 28 hours worth of stuff into a 24 hr day ( its a work in progress:)
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