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RE: Rocky Mountain Nat Park

There's a reason the national parks are so crowded - especially in the summer. They are unique and one-of-a-kind. I agree, our parks are getting 'loved to death' - too many people but that's for another post. There are plenty of wonderful national forest campgrounds surrounding the parks if you want a little more quiet atmosphere but don't expect to go to the popular places and expect no crowds. Colorado has some great small towns and areas to explore. I think those might be for you. Some are Buena Vista, Leadville, Gunninson, Silverton, Pagosa Springs, South Fork, Lake City, Ouray. I'd suggest spending a few days on the west side of Rocky Mtn. Nat'l Park at Grand Lake and doing a day trip on Trail Ridge Rd. and perhaps work in a nice hike. Then you can see what it's all about without dealing with all the crowds for days. Yes, the beetles have ruined much of the forest on the west side but there are still lovely places to explore. Good luck finding your spot in Colorado. They're out there!
2gypsies 02/21/17 08:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Disgruntled Millennials on the Road

At first, when someone refers to “full timing” I say “wow, this guy must be having the best things in life”. As it turns out this wasn't the case. Some of these guys are living in their RVs because they either have no other option or other circumstances . . . and that is where the word “recreation” went to pot. I'm not looking down on people who made this choice, believe me, I enjoy the camaraderie with these guys who sometimes offer me firewood for my fire ring. Unless you enjoy dealing with their clothes line and old lawn chairs strewn next to your RV, not to mention dogs barking in the middle of the night then disregard this missive. I really don't believe you've met true full-timer RVers because your description is not what they are. Your description is someone living continuously in a trailer park. They don't travel. They are not RVers. Traveling full-time RVers are out there by the many, many thousands and yes, younger ones are gaining ground. The Escapees RV Club was begun by a traveling, working couple in the 1970's. We had the pleasure of sharing a meal with them. She is still living. It was begun to help full-timers deal with issues as they traveled and for social gatherings. They use the shortened name of SKPs - S K Ps - pronounced a letter at a time which translates to Escapees. It stands for Sharing, Karing, Parking. It is truly an awesome organization for full-time traveling RVers. With more younger folks starting to do this they have now formed a subgroup called 'Xscapers'. Here is a young bloggers write up on their experience being with the Xscapers. These young folks get together at various places to hash out their new lifestyle and enjoy each others' company. They are the future. Here's a link to their upcoming group gathering. There's a place for signing up to their newsletter and gathering information. They're on Facebook also. https://www.xscapers.com/xscapers-community/convergences/joshua-tree-convergence http://www.technomadia.com/2015/03/introducing-xscapers-a-new-generation-of-rvers-by-escapees-rv-club/
2gypsies 02/21/17 08:18pm Full-time RVing
RE: Travel partner

As stated above, join one of the singles groups. They do a lot of fun things together - hiking, geocaching, siteseeing, canoeing/kayaking, potlucks, minor RV maintenance, good conversations around the campfires, etc. They are definitely not matchmaking groups. They are just single RVers that want companionship. Some are only for those above a certain age - like seniors. As we traveled full-time we met many of these and they seemed to have a great time.
2gypsies 02/21/17 07:59pm RV Lifestyle
RE: New Trend?

It really doesn't matter in public parks because there is usually way more space between neighbors and also vegetation. We volunteered in one national park and the party wanted to pull into the site. To do this and to get angled into the site correctly, he had to drive the wrong way on the one-way street. He was quickly told to back into the space. In private RV parks where sites are close together, I don't think this would or should be allowed. Side-by-side pull-through sites are bad enough. This is why we don't do private parks. We like our space and vegetation.
2gypsies 02/21/17 07:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: I-10 Westbound through Phoenix

Here are the driving recommendations from the track web site. Compare them with directions you have. Can you call the rally phone # for clarification on the construction? Or do you know someone else who will be there already that you can contact? I haven't heard of anything major in that area. Road repairs happen all over the country. You sometimes have to just go with the flow - even if it's slow. You'll get there. Plan to get around Phoenix between 9am and 2pm. for a little less traffic, as is the case in most big cities. As far as Phoenix goes, we find it a lot easier to get through than some others in the country. https://www.phoenixraceway.com/Visiting-Phoenix-Raceway/Directions-To-Phoenix-Raceway.aspx
2gypsies 02/21/17 01:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Large 5th Wheel At Custer State Park

Here are some photos of the campsites at Game Lodge. Make sure you read up on directions getting into the various campgrounds. There are some tunnels around that you shouldn't go near. :) Also, here is the park's description of the campground site sizes. Check this site for all the campgrounds in the park. Click on the campground description to get the sizes. https://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/campgrounds/game-lodge/campsites.aspx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-0iv0SFmTA
2gypsies 02/21/17 12:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Disgruntled Millennials on the Road

There are more and more young folks going full-time. With technology today, many can work from their RV and do so successfully. Good luck to you. You might consider volunteering for national or state parks or wildlife refuges. Keeping busy helps and you'd be helping out in nice places. Just do it occasionally, not constantly. When you visit a park you like inquire while you're there. It's easier to get a position that way... at least we found it to be so. You will also see more younger people in public parks rather than RV parks.
2gypsies 02/21/17 12:38pm Full-time RVing
RE: New window shades

MCDs are very expensive if you're not sure you'll be keeping your RV long.
2gypsies 02/21/17 12:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Protecting The Truck

On our trip we saw a few times as we traveled a guy with a truck who fashioned a chain link fence from his bumper to extend higher than his windshield. Can you imagine experiencing the beauty of the trip looking through a chain link fence? Plus, that would keep boulders from hitting the windshield but not the road gravel!! :) Folks just shook their head when viewing this contraption.
2gypsies 02/20/17 09:52pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Stranded near Sacramento, can anyone help?

I read another post by the OP and she/he said that a whole row of seats was booked on a plane for return home and someone is getting the van and cat.
2gypsies 02/20/17 09:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: I need some help!!! (deciding on a rv)

Take a look at this site to see what you can buy for how much money: http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/classc/class-c-motorhomes.php I don't think your planned trip is unrealistic and your thought of buying one over renting is good. Having something to show for your money is a good feeling. Finding that good one is going to take some time and leg work. If it's in good condition then you will have no problem selling it after the trip.... unless of course, you fell in love with the whole traveling deal. Buying an older one you'll want to have it fully inspected by someone capable of doing so including taking it to Ford or whoever and have the engine, etc. checked out. New tires will probably be a necessity. Don't go by looks. Go by age. Check the date on all the tires and if more than 5 years for a trip of this magnitude, purchase new ones. Water problems will be a major issue. If you see any small water mark in the corners, at the ceiling or at windows, pass it up. Water leaks are hard to trace and you'll surely have rot somewhere. Go up on the roof and repair caulking, if necessary. Check the sides for delamination. Lastly, the appliances should work properly. If buying through a private party you can judge by how he keeps up his house, yard and car as to how he probably took care of his RV. I do question though that you said you 'have' a savannah camper. If you have something now, why not save the money and use what you have?
2gypsies 02/20/17 09:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: Some fun We did this about 10 years ago on this forum

6 pages and no one mentioned Alaska. Kenai CG at Homer spit when the Silver Salmon are running. O.K. I'll mention this fabulous state!!! Alaska it is - all of it.
2gypsies 02/20/17 09:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Off to Alaska Soon YES in FEBRUARY

Make your dog a nice igloo of straw in the rear of your truck. He'll stay warm.
2gypsies 02/19/17 05:15pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cross Country RV Trip - Mass Grand Canyon etc.. and return

We've never been there either and are pretty well taking the same trip from MD....leaving on March 23rd...arriving @ Grand Canyon on April 16th....arriving @ Yellowstone on April 10th...arriving back home about June 1st. We will make other stops in between. Driving 250-300 miles a day between stops. 6227 miles total for us. Most roads in Yellowstone are closed until mid-April. You state you will be there April 10. You will have a good probability of having snow on the roads and in parking areas, along with in campgrounds. Hiking will be very limited that early in the season. Leaving for your trip in March/April is too early for the northern parks.
2gypsies 02/19/17 05:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Some fun We did this about 10 years ago on this forum

Silverton, Colorado - July 4 festivities and Jeeping!
2gypsies 02/19/17 04:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cross Country RV Trip - Mass Grand Canyon etc.. and return

I'd recommend that you leave by May 1 as you will have a long drive to get out west and you'll probably want to make some siteseeing stops enroute. Grand Canyon North Rim open May 15. Having done both Rims many times, the North Rim is now our favorite because of the cool temps and less crowds. However, if this is your first time for the Canyon, I'd suggest you visit the South Rim which is open year-round so you could even get there earlier. There's more to do and more of the Canyon is see at the South Rim. Stay in the park at Trailer Village RV if you can. You'll be within walking distance to the Rim and also the free shuttle stops at the RV park and you can get on and off wherever you want. Definitely walk down the Bright Angel Trail if only for a short 1/8 mile or so. You'll get an altogether different perspective of the Canyon from below the Rim. There's also the easy Rim Trail to walk. Take the shuttle to your starting point and pick up the shuttle when you get tired. It's a very pleasant walk. Then go to Zion (Watchman campground in the park has electric). Bryce - dry camping or stay just outside the park at Ruby's or a couple miles on Hwy 12 at Red Canyon national forest campground - a beauty. If you have the time then go via Hwy 12 to Capitol Reef Nat'l Park and then to the Moab area for Arches/Canyonlands Nat'l Parks. Then head north for Grand Teton Nat'l Park - stay in the park at Colter Bay RV (full hookups) or next door at Colter campground (300 dry sites - no reservations) or just north of Jackson in the park is our favorite, Gros Ventre campground (again, 300 dry sites - no reservations). The two dry campgrounds rarely fill and you'll get a site. We've done so, many times, with our 40' motorhome. Each national park has a great web site giving things to do, maps, campgrounds, road information and special park alerts. Check them out. Have a great trip! All are favorite parks of ours!!
2gypsies 02/19/17 12:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: Is Yellowstone Pet Friendly?

Surely you have a relative or neighbor or a teen in the neighborhood that could feed, walk and give some play time to your dog. Many folks hire babysitters and leave their children. Missing Yellowstone because of a dog?
2gypsies 02/19/17 12:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Protecting The Truck

We left Arizona with a cracked windshield on the towed Jeep. We decided not to have it repaired thinking we'd just get another on our Alaska trip. We returned to Arizona with the same crack and no additional damage. As other stated, leave space between you and the person in front of you on gravel/construction areas. When you see an oncoming truck moving fast pull over to the side as far as safe and slow way down. Many times we just moved over and stopped. Some of those roads have very little traffic and you can do so. This is especially true in the Destruction Bay area, rightly named. :) It will always have miles of gravel because of the permafrost.
2gypsies 02/16/17 03:20pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Eastern Texas places and campgrounds not to miss

If you enjoy public campgrounds as we do, Google 'Texas Public Campgrounds' by the Texas Dept. of Transportation. It includes all public parks including county and city parks. We used it all the time.
2gypsies 02/16/17 03:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: recommendations for rv campgrounds yellowstone / teton

Grizzly RV in W. Yellowstone doesn't allow campfires either and you need to stow your grill/coolers - just like Fishing Bridge in the park.
2gypsies 02/16/17 03:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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