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RE: Introducing Ourselves: Two 23-year-old fulltimers

There's a new off-shoot of the Escapees RV Club which is a great one for full-timers. It's called 'Xscapers'. They'll be getting together as a group mid-January at Quartzite, AZ if you happen to get over there. They were just in Maine for a rally...sorry you missed them. Here's the link: https://www.xscapers.com/
2gypsies 08/29/16 11:02pm Full-time RVing
RE: Jack Pads

If the site was blacktop we used pads as a consideration to the park - didn't leave indents. On gravel sites we used them because one time it rained for days and even though the site looked hard-packed, the jacks sunk down and were a bear to raise. It doesn't take much effort to slip pads underneath. We found some black cutting boards and they lasted for years and took up very little space.
2gypsies 08/29/16 10:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mt Rushmore to Yellowstone mid Sept

I guess I'm not understanding what your question. Yes, there are only 4 reservable campgrounds open in Sept and Oct. and closing at different times. The rest are not reservable and wouldn't be listed on the reservation site but they are listed in the park's website. I don't know your dates of arrival and how long you want to stay but IF you came in on Sept 15 you COULD stay at Fishing Bridge with hookups for 3 nights (as of 3pm when I looked). Then if you wanted to spend more time in the park you'd have to move to Grant, if they have openings or to a non-reservable campground. Then the first opening for Madison is Sept 23 if that's the time you'll be there and Madison is pretty much open for sites until Oct 15. It's a nice central area. If Grant has all the days open that you want then stay there for the entire time. I just thought you might want hookups for some of your time and that would be at Fishing Bridge. Yes, kinda confusing. :)
2gypsies 08/29/16 10:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Grand Teton, YNP fires

Here's an official fire monitoring site to see fires happening in all the states..just enter the state in the top right corner. Also, zoom out on the map and you can see where other fires are and their status. Click on the fire symbol and read about them. There are a fair amount around that whole area. Right now I wouldn't go to that area even when the road opens. The smoke will be bad and definitely not good if you have any breathing problems. Plus, that's high elevation which adds to breathing problems. You can't keep the smoke smell out of your RV. We've been around two major ones over the years and it's not good. You don't even want to go out and sitesee. I wouldn't cancel your trip. Just play it day by day and keep a watch on it. Plan ahead for a detour to another area to explore. It would be a big disappointment, for sure, but make the best of it. http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/
2gypsies 08/29/16 10:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mt Rushmore to Yellowstone mid Sept

I don't know what dates you're looking for but for hookups, Fishing Bridge has 3 days available Sept 15, 16 & 17. Then you could move to Madison if you want reservations and many sites are open from Sept 23 to Oct 15. Also, inbetween those dates, there are campgrounds in the park that don't even accept reservations and at that time of year if you want to move to one of them in the morning it would be possible. Mammoth is very nice and open year-round. Norris, Tower Fall and Pebble Creek are open until Sept 26; Slough Creek until Oct 7. Personally, I would move to 2-3 campgrounds if I were you since you're concerned about gas. You could refill at Old Faithful until Oct 9, Canyon until Oct 23 and Mammoth year-round in the park and also at the outlying small towns if you're there for supplies, etc. You have plenty of options.
2gypsies 08/29/16 04:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: NS Great Lakes

Check the above link for campgrounds in that area. The base campground doesn't get good reviews and you stated you wanted a 'nice' one. :)
2gypsies 08/29/16 03:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boondocking at 10k feet: will fridge/water heater work?

Oh, those pictures bring back good memories. We've been there! :) Thanks!!
2gypsies 08/29/16 03:09pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mt Rushmore to Yellowstone mid Sept

First, I wouldn't worry about fuel. Every town will have it year-round. Inside Yellowstone Old Faithful has it until Oct 9; Canyon Village until Oct 23 and the Mammoth area has it year-round. West Yellowstone will have it year-round. While driving on your trip just drive on the top half of your tank and you'll always have fuel. No need to carry it with you. Campgrounds in Yellowstone have various closing dates so check the park's web site with lot of good information. Fishing Bridge is the only one with hookups and it closes Sept 18, along with Grant campground (no hookups). Sept 26 others will close. Slough Creek closes Oct 7 and Mammoth campground is open year-round. Move around within the park to 2-3 campgrounds to save fuel. The park is huge. https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm
2gypsies 08/29/16 03:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rt 89A Flagstaff to Sedona

For the Verde Valley TT park taking I-17 south to the Cottonwood exit is the very best way to go.
2gypsies 08/29/16 02:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon Coast to NAPA, Ca. with 45' MH

Highway 1 is completely different from 101. Stay on 101 with your motorhome. From Portland, Hwy 101 is just fine with your 45'. In Oregon with our 40' we've stayed at these state parks: Beverly Beach, Bullards Beach, Cape Blanco, Carl Washburne (but I don't think your 45' would be suitable), Fort Stevens (Astoria is a neat little town to explore) and Harris Beach #15 is good. Generally, the outside sites are best for big rigs rather than the inside loop sites. Each park has a good website. Check them out. Cape Blanco doesn't accept reservations but in you pull in before noon you will get a site. The sites are huge and the beach is lovely and quiet. Down into California on 101 is good. Ancient Redwoods RV is big-rig friendly and it's right in the heart of the big trees. There are many nice, short, easy hikes amongst the redwoods in this area. Napa Valley Expo is the place to stay. Have a great trip.
2gypsies 08/29/16 02:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Itinerary ideas for Oregon Coast

I'd highly recommend any of the coast state parks. They are awesome and dog-friendly beaches. As stated, if you can, start Oregon from north at Astoria to south for better ocean views and better access to the large pullouts for viewing. I'd suggest staying in three locations - one north, perhaps Fort Stevens State Park; one in the middle and one in the lower end. Then you won't have a lot of extra driving for siteseeing to cover the whole coast. We've been there in May and had wonderful weather but as you know, you can't count on it. Bring warm layering clothes especially for beach walking. It's always cooler on the beach. Also bring a lightweight rain jacket. Have fun planning!
2gypsies 08/29/16 02:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: NS Great Lakes

I assume you mean Waukegan, Illinois? If so, here are some choices: http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/illinois/waukegan
2gypsies 08/29/16 02:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Taos/Red river Area

For your 4-year-old, this might help: http://www.deliciousbaby.com/travel/usa/nm/taos/ Do a Google for kid-friendly activities in Taos and see what else you can find.
2gypsies 08/29/16 02:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Free Camping BLM around Bend Oregon!

Is it true that National Parks always allow some areas of free camping and that State Parks never ever allow it? National parks typically don't allow free camping just anywhere. Even the remote hiker/tenter's campsites have a fee. Don't try to park in their parking lots. You'll get fined. If they do allow vehicle camping in remote areas, such as in Death Valley, it's wise to check if you need a permit or just to check in and tell them where you're planning to be. Death Valley is no place to go off by yourself without someone knowing where you are.
2gypsies 08/29/16 02:05pm Full-time RVing
RE: Factory to Dealer Transport

You said each of the motorhomes were towing a car. Motorhomes don't come equipped with tow bars and cars with matching baseplates. So I question if these were the owners or transporters.
2gypsies 08/29/16 01:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hit a tree in the rv park

Were you alone? A companion could have been out there helping.
2gypsies 08/29/16 01:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rt 89A Flagstaff to Sedona

The switchbacks are only 2 miles of the beautiful 15 mile Oak Creek Canyon drive. Thousands of cars, both residents and tourists, drive it every day. All the more reason not to drive it with a RV. :)
2gypsies 08/28/16 08:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: where are the rainforests in Oregon

Rain forest in Oregon? Anywhere along Hwy 101 during the rainy season. in Washington? Olympic National Park on far western side
2gypsies 08/28/16 08:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Teton NP and Jackson, WY

We also like Gros Ventre over Colter Bay campground. We enjoy the open vistas rather than heavy forest. It's a quieter part of the park - more like a big ranch. If you tow a boat, yes, Colter Bay campground would definitely be best. Yes, it takes perhaps 15 minutes more to get to Jenny Lake but a very pleasant drive. Hiking isn't any farther either way. We typically don't need restaurants or grocery stores when camping. We do that before or after. Everyone is different for sure.... and that's just fine.
2gypsies 08/28/16 08:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: "GO BAGS" - what's in yours?

We always kept a "GO" bag near our front door in case of fire - easy to grab. At night we put it in the bedroom ready to toss out the window. We took it with us when our 'home' went in for servicing. We took it in the car when we were out siteseeing, especially while boondocking miles from anywhere. It became a natural thing to move around and ready to grab. It contained our up-to-date computer backup (another copy was at daughter's), some cash to get us started immediately, Passports, birth certificates, a list with phone #'s for immediate contacts - insurance, excess medications that aren't in our daily pill boxes, and our wallets and cell phones were dropped in each night, etc. A hidden safe would do no good in a fire...not enough time to access it. RV fires you only have minutes.
2gypsies 08/28/16 08:27pm RV Lifestyle
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