The shorter you are, the more campsites you will fit in.
A 20' rig can park in a 40' site but a 40' rig cannot park in a 20' site.
If you are not reserving in advance, your best bet is to try first come first serve campgrounds during high season where-ever you may be.
Having full-timed for 3 years in a 33' A, I can say that:
1. if I want to stay in a specific state/fed park and they have reservations, the earlier I make them, the better chance I will get a site I like that I can fit in.
2. There are parks that I love that I must make reservations way in advance or during the off season to get one of their few sites I will fit in.
3. There are parks that we used to go to with our 28' tt that we can no longer go to due to length restrictions.
4. There is almost always a private park in the area of where you want to be that can accommodate larger rigs.
Just an example from my search this morning - Fish Creek Campground has 173 sites. 23 of them will accommodate up to 35'. Arriving on June 9, 2017, there are 7 sites available. 2 of those are handicap sites, 2 are in the no generator section, and three are tight pull-thrus. There are private parks in the area and a first come first service park in the area, so you have other options. They may not be what you want, but there are options.
If I know there is a place I want to stay and I know sites are hard to get, I will reserve in advance. For example, we made reservations at Death Valley three months ago for February because we wanted an electric hook up - just in case it was hot - we have a dog. We got the last site available.
If I know there is a place I want to stay with a particular view or a particular site configuration, I reserve when the site becomes available. I have a site in July with a beautiful view over Flathead Lake. The campground is now full for the week we chose.
If it is Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day and we plan to be in a tourist area or we know we will be in a campground, we reserve in advance. Last year we didn't and ended up at an awful park in CT for Memorial Day trying to dodge millions of caterpillars. Yuck.
We stay mostly in state and federal parks and only reserve private parks in advance for special events.
We use Radar Now on our Android phones. It uses your GPS location for updates. We get notifications for watches and loud notifications for warnings. It even gives us wind warnings. It is free for the basic version with ads.
I really don't understand this. The NPS is supposed to be the agency that oversees the National Parks, Monuments and Historical Parks/Military Battlefields. Those places are held in trust as places of natural wonder or historic interest and are preserved and managed essentially for tourism.
The USFS and BLM manage public lands for multiple use, including tourism, but also encompassing many commercial uses.
The two agencies really have different missions and the official designation or natural character of the lands has always dictated who has control. National monuments have always come under the umbrella of the NPS and Department of the Interior, not USFS or BLM and Department of Agriculture. If what is being reported here is accurate, this is a disturbing departure from the norm. Exactly and I would still contact the NPS for information. I am sure they would know more than folks on a forum.
The BLM is overseen by the Department of the Interior.
The reason that USFS is overseeing some of Bears Ears is because they already oversee that area - it is part of a national forest.
There are 126 National Monuments; 85 are managed by NPS, 41 by other departments. It is not a "disturbing departure from the norm." Giant Sequoia (USFS), Coastal California (BLM), Canyon of the ancients (BLM), Grand Staircase-Escalante (BLM), Mount St. Helens (USFS), etc.
National Monuments are designated for preservation. The resulting tourism is a by product. National Monument designation ensures the land will be better protected and better funded, not necessarily better visited.
We are heading to Gold Butte next month. It has been in our plans for a while, even before the new designation and the whole Bundy thing. There is quite a bit of boondocking at Whitney Pockets. There are a lot of 4X4 roads in the area, most open. Sometimes they close because of erosion or tortoise breeding, etc., but this has been going on for a while. The area, having been Federal land since Nevada's statehood, is not a new gov't takeover; it is a change in how the land is managed. For about 15 years, citizens of Clark County, NV have been fighting for greater protection for the area, some even wanting the entire area declared wilderness. This is a great compromise in that recreation will still be allowed but greater oversight (and greater funds) will be given Hereis a good link for more information.
Bears Ears also has some great boondocking. It includes Valley of the Gods, Muley Point and Cedar Mesa. We will also be spending time here this spring.
The NPS, BLM, and NFS announce planning and public input on their websites and via twitter. My suggestion would be to monitor their pages or follow their twitter feed (BLM Utah has their own feed). NPS has the best set up: PEPC. I haven't found anything comparable for the BLM.
We boondock and dry camp in a class A a lot. All of our favorite campgrounds are in national parks and we don't often have electric hook ups.
We have added 600W of solar and so never run out of electricity. But, with on board generators, running out of electricity is never a problem with a class A - running out of water is.
Knowing we have limited water and black/gray storage, we conserve. In warm weather, if starting with full fresh and empty black/gray, we can go 7 days on 85G. One of the benefits of many (not all) class As is they can carry a lot of fresh water.
So, if we got a tote for fresh water and another for black and gray, we could conceivably go for months at a dry camp location, even without solar. Our limit would then be our gas tank (80G) and how long and often we ran the generator.
Currently, we typically boondock/dry camp for 5-6 days, then go dump and replenish water and then find another place to camp.
1. Dish has two groups of satellites: Eastern and Western. Sometimes, one or the other is easier to lock in on. In SoCal, Western would usually be the group of choice. There are 3 satellites in each group, each offering a different array of channels.
2. With a tailgator, yes, if the channels are on different satellites.
3. Yes. Any dish mounted on a house for Dish will work but some (newer) are better than others. You can then mount that on your rig, a tripod, a pole, etc.
DH is retired LEO. We 'moved' to FL. We pay no state income tax so no tax on the pensions. For health insurance we went directly to Blue Cross and purchase it there - it is a lot cheaper than what we would be paying to stay on retiree plan though the deductible is higher. There are 1000s of retired LEOs in Florida so getting your permit renewed (HR218) is easy. If you have any questions, PM me and I will pass it on to DH.
Have owned a Keystone (sprinter) and a Jayco (Jayflight). We would buy a Jayco again, no problem. Won't buy a Keystone though if they gave us one free, we wouldn't turn it down. I've heard great things about Grand Design, awful things about Forest River. In tts, our choice would be Outdoors RV or Arctic Fox.
The federal government doesn't 'take control of lands' unless it is given to them by donation or trade. It then charges user fees to use it rather than just having ALL taxpayers foot the bill. Yes, it would be nice if it was free, but someone has to pay for the ranger, police, roads, etc. that exist on the federal land in use. Wanting it free and wanting lower taxes just isn't feasible.
Yes, the Fed controls the land it owns. However, the alternative for all those beautiful lakes is that they are in private hands - you can bet your butt you would either loose access altogether or have to pay exorbitant fees to use it. At least then you might see capital improvements but would you be willing to pay the fees for them?
The feds are "we the people" and chances are, if they shrink any recreation areas, it is because the people who used them abused them. If people took care of their natural resource areas like they do their own homes (wait, maybe they do), more money wouldn't be needed to repair and maintain those places and higher fees wouldn't be imposed to discourage people from visiting.
I think public demand and expectation is out of control. Many seem to want what they want when and how they want it. They want to be catered to but 'no way' do they want to pay for it. I find it amusing that someone could, in the same breath, complain both about fees and lack of amenities that suit them.
What do I think will happen? Well, I know that things in government move slowly so I am spending this year touring much of the west - it many not be available to me the year after. I am concentrating on Forest Service and BLM sites in particular - those are the most vulnerable.
We have the RM1350. It works on 120V or on gas.
When driving, we run the fridge on gas. FYI, when the vehicle engine is switched OFF in Auto mode, the fridge will automatically turn off for 15 minutes. This is a safety feature to ensure that propane is not running while fueling (the fear is that gas fumes may get into the vented area and ignite). So, running your RM1350 while on the road is safe as long as Auto mode (not Gas mode) is engaged. This is called "Temporary Gas Lockout and can be found in the manual.
During the summer, the fridge runs warmer while driving than while sitting and can get up to 38 degrees. During the winter, this is not the case and we typically see no rise in temp.
Pilot/Flying J has an app. One can pull up the information on stations (from a map) that includes if there are RV pumps, RV parking, a dump station, and propane.
Love's and T/A also have apps but they tend not to have RV pumps.
We typically use google maps to get an eagle-eye view of stations along our route. We put in our route then use the "search along route" to find truck stops. Once we find them we look at them in satellite view to see how tight they are.
When we pre-plan we rarely have an issue (with 2.75 years of fulltiming).
Ikea has come out with some new sectionals. Some have beds, some have storage, some have neither. We are going to swap out our current L shaped RV couch for storage sections and an ottoman. There are about 5 different models and each model has various types of seating. We are getting the Vallentula; there is also Soderhahm (very comfortable), Kivik, and Landskrona. They also have sleeper sofas. A lot of their sofas and sectionals have removable and washable covers.
we power our 32" Sony using a 300W pure sine inverter on an rv 12v plug without problem unless the batteries are below 12.2V. It could be that your modified sine wave inverter is cheaply made and pulls way more load than normal.
Here is a full-timer's 4-part series of solar/lithium installation and in it she mentions the installer.
We also had Marv do our solar. Great guy and great work. He usually spends part of the winter in Casa Grande, AZ.
On 30 Amp, gas. On 50 Amp, electric. Because on 30 Amp, if I use things like A/C and/or microwave I may trip the breaker and it is a pain to reset it. On 50 Amp, I don't have that problem. Exception: if it is the perfect temp outside and I know I won't need heat or a/c.
On my 2008 Komfort TT I'm starting to get a worn spot on the floor where the leading edge of the slide floor stops when in. Has anyone seen this before and found a solution?
Is the mark only where the slide edge sits when fully in? If so, it could be from the slide bouncing while under way when hitting potholes and the like.
If the mark is a scuff from the slide opening and closing, then an adjustment may help.
Our last tt eventually had both, in different places.
We used our Good Sam mail address for our licenses, registrations, insurance, and bank accounts. It has been 2-1/2 years and we have had no problem. We sold our s&b two years ago after renting it out for six months. Life is much easier without the s&b and the transition was easy because we already had everything changed over.