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RE: State Maps with all camp sites listed

I use “Allstays Camp & RV” on an iPad to find out what’s near my location for camping options. However, I admit to finding paper maps very useful. Three I’ve used the most, wore them out, taped back together and got replacements: 1. Good Sam “Travel Planning Map” of US and Canada I received with membership documents about ten years ago when I joined. Not sure if they still issue this. It shows major Interstates, state roads, cities, National Parks, and locations where there’s a participating Good Sam discount campground. The quick overview is really useful when I plan our long road trips. It’s very compact, not a huge thing to unfold. 2.State of Florida’s state parks booklet. Magazine size, available at the major welcome centers. It has a Florida map showing all the park locations, plus description and lots of detail per park. Has a table showing which ones have campgrounds, etc. (Oregon has some great free literature and maps showing all their state park campgrounds. Other states sometimes do, too. I order online when we are headed to a specific state.) 3. AAA’s Indian Country Guide Map. Issued by Southern California AAA, sold online sometimes, available at a few of the National Park stores out west. I got one free by ordering online through my local AAA membership’s map request form back when we were members. It is priceless for travel in the Four Corners area. Shows the major red rock formations by name, campgrounds, Parks, etc. This map is a work of art, a real gem.
NCWriter 04/24/18 06:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Small Camper for 2 people

By the way, SoundGuy made a very good point about the cost of getting to NL. When we took our 22’ Class B back in 2012, it was $500 roundtrip for the short ferry to Port aux Basques. It would cost more to pay for a tow vehicle + trailer. And it costs more now, 6 years later of course. This year, we’re taking a Class C, no toad. Long ferry with a cabin for sleeping one way, short ferry return, and it’s more than $1100. Still, I think driving an RV is a really great way to visit Newfoundland, and the ferry may be pricey but air tickets probably aren’t cheap either.
NCWriter 04/23/18 08:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Small Camper for 2 people

Sounds like you might like a Scamp or Airstream Bambi.
NCWriter 04/23/18 04:40am Travel Trailers
RE: NY city restaurants

Here’s one in the Financial Distict that’s a very short walk from the 9/11 museum, very convenient if you use the train into Manhattan from Liberty Harbor - also close to Wall Street and the weekday ferry that operates to and from the Marina/RV Park. Trinity Place, 115 Broadway. It’s in an old bank vault, good food, seating in the bar or further inside. We walked in with my service dog for lunch after seeing the 9/11 museum on a weekday, had no reservations, and were seated very quickly.
NCWriter 04/22/18 06:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Park Campgrounds

Custer State Park in SD is one of the best state parks we've ever seen. . X2! Don’t know how I could have forgetten that one. I read a comment here once that it was comparable to many National Parks, and it’s true. Wildlife, scenery, historic lodge, ranger programs, multiple campgrounds. Definitely one of the tops in the US.
NCWriter 04/10/18 05:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Visiting Montreal

We stayed at Camping Alouette for three days in June two years ago and were very satisfied. It is to the northeast of the city along the autoroute 20. Very large place, lots of seasonal residents but all nicely kept. Our site was up the hill, very nice and clean bathrooms, a lot of green space for the dog a short walk away. Pleasant and helpful staff. One exit before their exit is a car dealership that represents Enterprise car rental. We picked up a car en route to the RV park, and at the end of the rental when we turned it in, they gave us a ride to our campsite. We had no problem driving around the city with our GPS but there was a lot of construction underway. My husband’s grandparents are buried on Mount Royal, so we went there and then drove west of the city to see their home at Ste. Eustache bought in the 1950s. Current resident is renovating, invited us in, and produced a deed with grandfather’s signature! Driving and parking in the heart of the city is tricky but do-able.
NCWriter 04/10/18 04:37am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A highway bridge at 7 ft., 7 in. -- what could go wrong?

This discussion brought back a trip memory two years ago. After camping along the Mohawk River at the Arrowhead Marina RV Park (very nice spot) above Schenectady, we were following the GPS to WalMart. Headed straight toward one of those low railroad overpasses but luckily saw the (smallish) sign with enough time to turn right and go the long way around. No dramatic screeching of brakes or anything, but it was a real wake up call to pay extra close attention in the Northeast if we’re driving anywhere except the Interstates.
NCWriter 04/10/18 04:23am Travel Trailers
RE: State Park Campgrounds

Goblin Valley, UT amid the unusual rock formations Dead Horse Point State Park UT near Arches NP Oliver Lee SP (close to White Sands NM, Alamogordo) and City of Rocks SP, both in New Mexico Beverly Beach SP, Oregon Cheyenne Mountain SP, Colorado Springs, CO
NCWriter 04/10/18 03:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Andersen Hitch Co.owner defaces Arches NP.

I love the self-serving language in the “apology” where he has pledged to pay the BLM cost of fixing it. Phrased as if it was his voluntary good citizen idea to step up with such a generous offer. I remember in 2011 when we took the easy Colorado River raft trip beneath the Glen Canyon Dam to Lee’s Ferry. The boatmen pulled over for a break near some petroglyphs you could walk to see. Earlier that summer, some bird-brain from North Carolina defaced a panel...got caught before he got off the river...and was fined $10,000 to repair the damage, plus community service. Found a link to that episode
NCWriter 04/06/18 05:40pm Towing
RE: SC , NC what to to see inland heading to VA.

X2 on the Yadkin Valley area. A couple of good campgrounds available. RV article about Yadkin wineries Second, Old Salem in Winston-Salem is interesting for people who like history. Tanglewood Park has an RV campground just outside the city. Old Salem Historic District Third, A highlight of Charlotte is the aviation museum near the airport where you can see Captain Sully’s plane. Even the story of how the plane was trucked there was pretty interesting. Miracle on the Hudson exhibit
NCWriter 04/06/18 06:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: We love Good Sam!

We’ve had two really good experiences where they came through very quickly, and one where we solved the situation ourselves One was a simple issue far from home very early on a Sunday morning, and we were on our way with no delay. Another was at night returning from a trip, almost home, but needed to go into the Mercedes dealer on one of those giant sized big-vehicle trucks. Big relief, and that tow probably covered the cost of our roadside assistance membership for a couple of years. But one time they couldn’t find anyone nearby available in the boondocks on a Sunday for a slideout issue and since we were in a campground, suggested we try again Monday. We eventually found a mobile repair lady who came, did a temporary fix to get us home, charged us just a small fee. Two out of three isn’t bad. We renew every year, glad to have the coverage.
NCWriter 04/05/18 04:12am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Mt. Rushmore

Game Lodge Campground in Custer State Park.
NCWriter 04/02/18 05:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: NEW MOVIE "The Leisure Seekers" Movie Trailer

I happened to start reading this book just yesterday. Enjoying it a lot - it’s very well-written.
NCWriter 04/01/18 11:35am RV Lifestyle
RE: Why not to buy used.

We bought our first retirement RV motorhome in the depths of the Great Recession. Would we have used $100,000+ of our retirement savings for a toy during uncertain times? Get saddled with payments for a depreciating asset while our retirement accounts went south? Heck, no. We paid half the price in cash for the 4 year old used version. Boy, did we have a fabulous five years seeing the US and Canada for several months a year. Got back 80% of what we paid for it later, too. I don’t think the new version of that RV would have added anything to our enjoyment. But anybody who thinks the pleasure of a new one is worth it should definitely buy new. It’s all about getting out there, using the RV, and having a great time with no money worries. Plenty of people can do that, whether buying new or used. The sad thing is when people finance a shiny new RV, have a vision of the family using it a lot, end up not using it much because they are still working and the kids have other priorities, spend money to store-insure-maintain, and end up selling it, stuck with a loan balance to pay off. When we bought a slightly larger RV (needed more space inside for a big dog), we bought used again and love it. Dealer has been great. Fixed all the little things and some pricey ones before turning it over to us. Still making long road trips every year.
NCWriter 04/01/18 05:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Website for dogs entering canada, rules

We’ve taken our Lab in and out of Canada numerous times and no one has asked to see her paperwork. We are going back to Newfoundland thus summer, and Marine Atlantic has a lot on their website about bringing dogs. US Border Patrol never seems concerned with her much either. More interested in the vegetables. But I recommend people carry the dog’s rabies certificate all the time on RV trips anywhere you go. I was required to produce it once at a New York State Park.
NCWriter 04/01/18 04:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Emerald isle north carolina

The beautiful beach, of course, and the pier. Multi movie theater. Morehead City has all kinds of deep sea fishing. Big area for marlin. In Cape Carteret just across the bridge on the mainland a few miles from your RV park is the MacDaddy’s entertainment complex. Bowling Alley, goKart track, mini gulf, electronic arcade games, batting cage, etc. Near there is Cedar Point, a National Forest Service area with a coastal marsh that has a boardwalk over the water and easy hiking trail. Kayaking is popular all around that area. For golfers, there’s a large course across the bridge called Star Hill. Swansboro area nearby has Kayaking outfitters, as well as a quaint downtown on the waterfront with shops and restaurants. Highly recommend Yana’s. A lot within a short car trip. There’s the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Pine Knoll Shoes, with a huge shark tank, river otters, etc. In Morehead City, there’s Fort Macon, which has costumed interpreters and Civil War era exhibits. Drive to Beaufort, NC for their museum on the waterfront, including lots of pirate exhibits since they discovered Blackbeard’s ship sunk off shore.
NCWriter 04/01/18 03:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emerald isle north carolina

We’ve stayed numerous times just across the Hwy. 58 bridge at the Cedar Point NFS Campground, and formerly lived nearby. Did you have questions about anything specific?
NCWriter 03/31/18 12:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone and a dog?

I can just see some poor dog chasing a tossed ball and dropping into a hot water pool there in Yellowstone. . A similar episode did happen according to the book, “Death in Yellowstone.” A California man opened his truck door, his unleashed dog hopped out and ran to a thermal pool. Owner jumped in after him. Both died of course, but the owner lived long enough to say, “That was a really stupid thing I did.”
NCWriter 03/31/18 05:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations for trip Denver to Galveston and return

Good suggestion to completely avoid Houston. We drove - on a Sunday morning - last May from Galveston northwest toward San Antonio. Traffic going around (not through) Houston was mind-boggling (and we are people who drove for decades all over the Washington, DC area). It is an enormous metroplex that I’ll avoid completely in the future.
NCWriter 03/29/18 04:50am Roads and Routes
RE: Durango to Ouray

Cortes to Ridgeway or the reverse is a beautiful route, part of the scenic San Juan Skyway. You can relax, stop for coffee in Telluride and just generally enjoy the road scenery. We took lots of photos.
NCWriter 03/28/18 07:02am Roads and Routes
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