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RE: Fishing on the Road while staying in a RV (help)

Renting boats and hiring guides can be expensive. I have never hired a guide and have not rented a boat in decades so am out of touch with the costs. We have carried an inflatable, small row boat and now a portabote. I also do a lot of fishing from the bank and wading in western streams and rivers using both fly rod and spinning gear. Being from Texas, you probably know, but it is my understanding that if you camp at a Texas State Park, you do not need a fishing license to fish in the park. Many states allow fishing on private property without a license. I have caught some decent fish out of the lakes/ponds on campgrounds. Some National Parks like Glacier do not require any fishing license. Others like Yellowstone require a permit from the park. Others like Great Smoky Mountain require a state fishing license. The cost of licenses is always a topic of debate. Most states have a choice of some type of short term license(s) or season/year long license. Some states use a calendar year and others honor the license for a year from the date of purchase. I have never paid more than $10/day for a short term license. Most season/yearly licenses are between $50-100. Most states have license sales online so there is no need to run around looking for a license vendor. Compared to many other forms of recreation/entertainment, to me fishing is a bargain. It all depends on your perspective, what you like to do and how you want to spend your time and money.
trailertraveler 05/28/16 06:18am RV Lifestyle
RE: What is the etiquette when staying at Walmart pkg lots

...We are mostly looking to stop and sleep...We'll have the kids with us so don't want to be anywhere iffy...How old are the kids? Are they use to riding for long hours and then staying in the RV or going right to sleep? I wouldn't suggest letting them play in a parking lot or turning them loose in a store to burn off energy. Most campgrounds/RV parks even those that do not have a designated playground have enough space somewhere out of traffic that kids can play. Check the free campsites website and the ultimate public campgrounds project for city parks along your route that allow overnight stays. Many are very low cost or free and a lot more kid friendly than a parking lot or truck stop.
trailertraveler 05/26/16 10:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Realistic Budget 2.0

If you are going to travel, campground fees and fuel costs can be the two largest budget items. They are also controllable. The average cost of our 247 stays in developed campgrounds over the past year and a half was $27.10. However, we do not go to prime snowbird areas or other areas in prime season like you will be doing. Dry camping/boondocking can save on camping fees. If your RV is not already setup with a large battery bank and robust solar system, doing so for extended periods of time may require a fairly large investment up front unless you want to run a generator a lot or just not use the amenities of the RV. Like one of the other posters, we tend to drive about the same number of miles with and without the RV when in sight seeing mode. Local or regional fuel prices can vary considerably. We have observed as much as a dollar per gallon difference within a week of travel. Some areas like parts of California are notoriously high. Fuel price websites like gas buddy can give you a reality check on prices in the areas you plan to visit. You don't say how you arrived at your entertainment budget. We spend far less, but as seniors with the America the Beautiful Senior Pass, entrance fees/day use fees to most federal facilities are free. We also buy state park access passes when we will be in a particular state for an extended period of time. We have found that many of the smaller free or low cost local/county museums are just as good as the big fancy higher cost ones. Everyone has different preferences in how they like to travel. To us the point of traveling is to see and experience new things. If we have to worry about every penny that we will spend or do things that we don't enjoy like bathing in the sinks at Walmart; we would rather just not go and save until we can travel the way we like to.
trailertraveler 05/26/16 07:43am Full-time RVing
RE: Best free RV campgrounds in NJ?

Here's one: https://freecampsites.net/#!315&query=sitedetailsThe Goshen Pond campground on the Wharton State Forest is Not Free. The red symbol on the website linked to means it is a for fee campground. According to the Wharton State Forest website " Fee: NJ Resident $3 per person, per night; Non Resident: $5 per person, per night." I noticed on the Free Campsites website that they list a location in a beach community that allows free overnight street parking. Be aware that in many beach communities in NJ (Atlantic City is one that I am aware of) you can park an RV overnight, but you can not inhabit it. There is a legal difference that is often not recognized in discussions on RV forums.
trailertraveler 05/23/16 06:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Denver to Taos

Haven't driven US-64 between Raton and Cimarron, but haven driven from Cimarron to Taos many times. There is a pretty steep climb through Cimarron Canyon to Eagles Nest and Angel Fire. From there there is another climb to about 9,000' before descending into Taos. Both sections have areas of 35MPH speed limits, narrow shoulders and lower speed turns. Haven't driven all of the route from US-160 South, but NM-522 from the Colorado border to Taos is a pretty good road. Lots of ups and downs but no really steep sections with tight turns.
trailertraveler 05/19/16 06:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: NY/NJ to outer banks, NC

...Take Del hwy 1 which is a toll road but it's new and gets you past Dover...I agree, DE-1 will take you to US-113 bypassing Dover and Salisbury.
trailertraveler 05/18/16 07:47am Roads and Routes
RE: East to West

If you take Busskipper's route West consider coming back East on I-40. In the Flagstaff area are Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Sedona/Camp Verde/Cottonwood are about an hour South of Flagstaff with Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well National Monuments, Tuzigoot National Monument, Palatki and Honaki Ruins, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Verde Canyon Railroad, Fort Verde State Park, Cathedral Rock, Gold King Mine, Jerome State Historic Park in the area. Going East on I-40 from Flagstaff are Homolovi Ruins State Park near Winslow where you can stand on the corner. Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest National Park are not far from the New Mexico Border. In New Mexico, Acoma Sky City is said to be the longest occuppied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino. In Albuquerque, the Pueblo Cultural Center and Petroglyph National Monument are worth visiting in my opinion. In Grants, there is the Mining Museum. Just South of I-40 going West from Grants are El Malpais National Monument, El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Santa Rosa is an old Route 66 town and has the The Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground. Tucumcari still has dinners along Historic Route 66 and numerous murals painted on buildings plus other attractions. In Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Big Texan on Old Route 66. In Oklahoma, there is the Oklahoma City National Monument. Then there is Memphis with a lot to see and do.
trailertraveler 05/10/16 08:10am Roads and Routes
RE: camp reservations - or wing it? Weigh the choice.

We rarely make reservations when on the move although we do call ahead about noon to make sure there is room at our preferred stop for the night. We have encountered areas, where construction projects have all the commercial campgrounds full. In that case, we look to state parks or other public parks as they rarely allow long term stays. For longer stays, we rarely make reservations more than a few days to a week in advance. In the past 10 years it seems that more and more National Forest campgrounds are ending their seasons on Labor Day and actually closing rather than just shutting off the water and locking the bathrooms where they used to allow camping after the facilities were shutdown. With the advent and constant improvement in computer technology, more and more parks are going to automated 24/7 reservation systems and it seems more public parks are moving to all sites being reservable with very few or no walkins. In the past two years we have encountered Corps of Engineers Parks where we could only get a walkin for 1-2 days (the length of the reservation window). The great amount of information available on the internet has made finding campgrounds easier. While I appreciate the rating systems that several sites offer, it has had consequences for those that may like a certain park. In the past two years, several of our favorite parks in a number of states that have been consistently mentioned on forums like this one and highly rated on the review sites have been book solid for weeks at a time. In one case, a small park not far away that did not have a website and was not listed on any of the popular directory or review websites was virtually empty. In another case, a county park that only has electric and water and does not take reservations was also no where near full. We have noted some campgrounds sold for development in popular tourist areas of Florida. We have also noticed that some membership parks like Encore and Escapees now allow nonmembers to stay. Some Encore parks even participate in the Passport America Discount Club program. It is my understanding that the membership only park in Dutch John, UT is now open to the public. Business models continue to evolve and change.
trailertraveler 05/10/16 06:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Navajo Lake State Park - Colorado & New Mexico ???????

Have been there a few times. The state park has campgrounds above and below the dam. The San Juan River below the dam has 3.5 miles of Special Trout Waters that are fly fishing only/catch and release. The area adjacent to the Cottonwood Campground is not in the Special Trout Waters and is heavily stocked. You can see the stocking reports on line. It is a pretty good size river and not all that easy to fish from the bank. There are a number of guides that offer float services. Being a tailwater fishery it is more subject to the release schedule of the dam than season or weather.
trailertraveler 05/07/16 07:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best Route Heading West From FL to NM & Beyond

We will want to stop in the Santa Fe area before heading to Kaneb, UT.I think it depends on how much time you have and what you might be interested in seeing along the way. Santa Fe is North of I-40 so either I-10 to I-25 or I-40 will get you there. The I-10 to I-25 route takes you through Las Cruces, Truth or Consequences and Albuquerque which have a number of things to see and do. I-40 in Texas and New Mexico follows the old Route 66. Towns like Tucumcari and Santa Rosa still have some of the old dinners and other Route 66 attractions. I-40 intersects I-25 in Albuquerque, but you can bypass the city by heading North on NM-14(the Turquoise Trail) or US-285 if you choose. Once you pick a route, folks will be able to give you a lot of information about potential stops and things to see and do. Do
trailertraveler 05/07/16 05:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Suggest a Utah itinerary!

With 2-3 weeks, you will have to pick and choose what you want to see. Here are some links to places in Utah that we liked: Utah 12-24 area: Ut-12 Scenic Byway Fishlake Scenic Byway Scenic Backways off UT-12 Burr Trail Cedar Breaks National Monument Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Kodachrome Basin State Park Anasazi State Park Calf Creek Falls Hells Backbone Capitol Reef National Park Bryce Canyon National Park Goblin Valley State Park Moab area: Kane Creek Road Potash Lower Colorado Byway Upper Colorado River UT-128 Scenic Byway Sago Canyon Dead Horse Point State Park Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park Needles District Newspaper Rock US-89 area: Zion National Park Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park Monument Valley, Bluff, Blanding Area: Monument Valley UT-261 the Moki Dugway Goosenecks State Park Hovenweep National Monument Natural Bridges National Monument Bluff Fort South Fork of Mule Canyon and House on Fire The Valley of The Gods Sand Island Petroglyphs Edge of the Cedars State Park Dinosaur Museum We also enjoyed Dinosaur National Monument and the Utah Field House State Park; however, Vernal is some distance from the other areas commonly combined in a loop through Utah.
trailertraveler 05/04/16 02:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: AZ 160 , AZ/UT 163 and UT 191 Insights

I believe the steep grade and sharp turn are near Bluff not Mexican Hat. There are several interesting places to see along this route between Monument Valley and Moab including: UT-261 the Moki Dugway Goosenecks State Park Hovenweep National Monument Natural Bridges National Monument Bluff Fort South Fork of Mule Canyon and House on Fire The Valley of The Gods Sand Island Petroglyphs Edge of the Cedars State Park Dinosaur Museum Needles District Newspaper Rock
trailertraveler 04/27/16 06:30am Roads and Routes
RE: Southern CA to Nashville via Utah National Parks

...We are planning a trip to Nashville from southern CA starting the middle of May 2016... We have about 3 weeks to make it to Nashville so want to be able to see some sights along the way...Stockton to Nashville is 2250+ miles by the most direct interstate route, which is mostly on I-40. Driving about 320 miles per day, that is 7 days just for travel. Going through Utah and Colorado will add miles and travel time. We have spent more than a month in each of Utah, Colorado and New Mexico and still have places that we want to visit. You will have to pick the areas that interest you the most and likely pass others by. If you also have time on the return trip, I would suggest taking a Southern route East and then taking a more Northern route through Colorado on your return West.
trailertraveler 04/23/16 07:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Southern CA to Nashville via Utah National Parks

I agree that the Upper Colorado River UT-128 Scenic Byway is a great scenic drive. You can do it as a day trip from Moab and also take in Sago Canyon. If in your travels you go through Hanksville, take a short detour to Goblin Valley State Park. If you do not want to take I-70 and other routes through Colorado, head South from Moab on US-191. Along the way to I-40 are Edge of the Cedars State Park, the Dinosaur Museum, Natural Bridges National Monument, Bluff Fort, South Fork of Mule Canyon and House on Fire, Hovenweep National Monument, The Valley of The Gods, Sand Island Petroglyphs, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Along I-40 there is a lot to see. In Grants, NM area there is the Mining Museum. Just South of I-40 West of Grants are El Malpais National Monument, El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Acoma Sky City is said to be the longest occuppied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino. In Albuquerque, the Pueblo Cultural Center and Petroglyph National Monument are worth visiting in my opinion. Santa Rosa is an old Route 66 town and has the The Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground. Tucumcari is another old Route 66 town and still has dinners along Historic Route 66 and numerous murals painted on buildings plus other attractions like the foundry and dinosaur museum at the community college. In Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Big Texan on Old Route 66. Further East, there is the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Memphis has a lot to see and do including Graceland.
trailertraveler 04/22/16 03:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hudson Valley, NY to Myrtle Beach, SC

...We will probably take the GSP - that was the way we came back up in September...Not sure exactly what route you took, but if you stay on the GSP to the end, take the Cape May Lewis Ferry and then US-113/13/17 all the way to Myrtle Beach, you avoid Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and Richmond.
trailertraveler 04/17/16 07:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Summer Trip West

Leaving Cleve. Ohio area to go to Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, etc, then will drop down to Grand Canyon, visit Arizona, Dallas, TX area, up to Branson, Mo and back to Ohio. Has anyone done a trip like this traveling roads other than Interstates?...We have travelled many miles on the U.S. and state highways. In some of the mountain states, there really aren't that many interstates anyway. Sometimes just one East/West and one North/South. However, we do not shun the interstates when they are convenient for bypassing or passing through the larger cities as driving/towing an RV on the local city streets can be less than fun. In some cases like I-40 through New Mexico, the interstate was overlaid on the route of US-66 and much of the old highway is nonexistant or the business route/frontage road in the towns along the way. US-50 is one of the more intact coast to coast routes. US-20 from Rockville, IL through Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming to Yellowstone and Beyond is a good route. US-60 and US-64 will take you through parts of Arizona and New Mexico and on East. US-160 will take you from the Monument Valley area across Southern Colorado. US-24, US-30, US-36 and US-40 are other possible East/West choices. North to South in the mountain states US-89 and US-191 will take you to more National Parks, National Monuments and other attractions than any other roads I can think of.
trailertraveler 04/17/16 07:53am Roads and Routes
RE: Santa Fe, NM this summer!

...suggestions...for activities, places to go, things to do while there...Check out the Galleries on Canyon Road. Take a drive up Hyde Park Road (NM-475) to the Ski Basin. When the Aspens are turning, it is a great drive. We enjoyed Pecos National Historic Park not far Northwest of Santa Fe on I-25. Drive the Turquoise Trail(NM-14) and visit the shops in Madrid where the movie "Wild Hogs" was made. A little South of Sante Fe is Tent Rocks National Monument. Other attractions in the area include Museum Hill in Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument, Christ in the Desert Monastery, Ghost Ranch, and Chaco Cultural Historical Park,
trailertraveler 04/12/16 06:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RT 17 north from GA to VA

We use US-17 from just North of the Georgia/South Carolina border coming South and going North every year. There are bypasses around most of the major populated areas. To bypass most of Myrtle Beach take SC-544 to SC-31 to SC-9 back to US-17 North.
trailertraveler 04/03/16 02:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Charleston to NJ, 95 or 77 to 81?

We like to use US-17 to US-13 to US-113 to DE-24 to DE-1 to US-9 to the Garden State Parkway. This route takes you across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and the uses the Cape May/Lewis Ferry to cross Delaware Bay. There is a lot of four lane, but still some two lane sections. SC-544, 31 & 9 will bypass most of Myrtle beach. there are bypasses around many of the other highly developed areas.
trailertraveler 04/01/16 07:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Are spring breakers heading home from Fl this weekend?

Maybe they will be there for a while, but tomorrow the Snow Birds will fly North!!!!!!I think they started today! It took us 4 hours to go from just South of Tampa on I-75 to Gainsville. Some construction, but no real obvious reason for several backups multiple miles long. Just about every RV we saw had Canadian Tags. Every Northbound rest area was full of RVs. the southbound ones were empty. The campground that we stopped at tonight near Valdosta said that this is the busiest they have been in weeks.
trailertraveler 03/31/16 09:54pm Roads and Routes
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