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RE: KOA membership

KOAs are not always our first choice, but we do use them enough in 150+ days of travel per year to recoup the membership cost through the discount and points. Individual parks or groups of parks under common ownership sometimes have what they call "Hot Deals". On our last KOA stay we got the second night for $10. KOA also has some pretty good discounts or partner programs from time to time. For several years, the Allstate RV Road Help membership included a free KOA membership. We switched to Good Sam Road Service for a promotional rate when the multiyear Allstate membership ran out and the KOA membership was no longer included. Just switched back to Allstate with a significant discount for KOA members.
trailertraveler 06/25/17 09:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Plattekill, NY to Gettysburg, PA to Elizabethtown, KY

It looks like we might have fewer grades to contend with if we traveled from Elizabethtown, KY, north to Louisville and go through Cincinatti & Columbus before going east through PA on our way there. Any thoughts about that route? How difficult is it to get through those cities? I guess we will weigh that with the grades. Also, it would be an opportunity for us to see different countryside on each leg of our trip.From Elizabethtown we take the Martha Lane Collins Bluegrass Parkway to Lexington and then I-64 to I-79 to I-68 to I-70 to I-81. I think there are more ups and downs on this route, but I-64 is usually better road surface than I-70 and seems to have far less traffic. It also avoids the tolls on the I-70/76 section that is the PA turnpike.
trailertraveler 06/08/17 06:36am Roads and Routes
RE: grand canyon(south rim) to Sedona

I-17 is the best route to take South of I-40. If you are actually staying in Sedona, take the AZ-179 exit ant take that to Sedona. A lot of folks like to stay in the Camp Verde/Cottonwood area to visit Sedona and the surrounding area. For Camp Verde/Cottonwood take the AZ-260 exit.
trailertraveler 06/02/17 02:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: memphis to new orleans

...Take US 61 out of Memphis - will take you to Tunica, Clarksdale, Alligator, plus Vicksburg and Natchez among others...Best Blues bang per mile...X3 If you can schedule your trip so that you can be near Clarksdale for the Juke Joint Festival in mid-April. They also have other events throughout the year. We enjoyed the B.B. King Museum in Indianola. You can also visit the Birth Place of Kermit the Frog in Leland. Drive parts of the Natchez Trace Parkway. There are some nice RV Parks and campgrounds along the Mississippi River where you can view the boats/barges going up and down the river. Call ahead, especially in the Spring, because they do close if the river gets too high as it did this year.
trailertraveler 06/02/17 05:41am Roads and Routes
RE: i40 Campgrounds NC to CA family of 5 and Penny the Pig

...near i40. Amarillo?...Try Overnite RV Park. They have some sites with individually fenced yards. Not sure how they feel about pigs?
trailertraveler 05/30/17 07:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: No Reservations?

How about cancellation fees that can be 100% of the total for the entire stay. Some parks will only give credit for future stays which may amount to a complete forfeit of the deposit if one can not reschedule a visit/trip to that area. Every parks reservation/cancellation policy is different. For those travelling fulltime or for extended periods of time, extensive advance deposits can effect the budget. For these reasons we only make reservations that require advance deposits when we are reasonably sure that we will actually arrive on time and stay the planned amount of time This is something I haven't encountered although it's not to say it can't happen. Currently, we camp at the same locale for at least a week and sometimes as much as 3 weeks.We have stayed at over 300 different public and private campgrounds/RV parks located across the country in the past 12 years. We have stayed in 21 different campgrounds/RV parks in 9 states since February 2017. Reservation policies run the full spectrum from just taking a name to charging the cost of the entire stay at the time the reservation is made. Likewise refund policies vary with each park from complete refund to no refund.
trailertraveler 05/17/17 09:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: No Reservations?

What I have found odd, is even though ReserveAmerica shows no availability, less than half the sites are occupied. This has happened several times last year.I have found that the Reserve America site, may or may not show that a park has non-reservable sites. I have noticed that the map of sites for some parks on the reservation system show large gaps between sites and/or site numbers that are missing. This is a good indication that there are first come first serve sites. I have also noticed differences in the reservation window from day of to three days prior to the date of arrival. A vacant site outside the reservation window may or may not be identified as available for walk-ins.
trailertraveler 05/17/17 07:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: No Reservations?

I have yet to hear of a logical, common sense reason for not wanting to make reservations:)How about cancellation fees that can be 100% of the total for the entire stay. Some parks will only give credit for future stays which may amount to a complete forfeit of the deposit if one can not reschedule a visit/trip to that area. Every parks reservation/cancellation policy is different. For those travelling fulltime or for extended periods of time, extensive advance deposits can effect the budget. For these reasons we only make reservations that require advance deposits when we are reasonably sure that we will actually arrive on time and stay the planned amount of time.
trailertraveler 05/16/17 08:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: No Reservations?

Summer is not the only time that RV parks can be booked solid. Popular snowbird areas can be booked solid well in advance. Big events like Bike Week in Sturgis or Daytona, the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, etc. can result in RV parks over a pretty wide area being booked solid. We usually don't make reservations very far in advance if at all. We do call ahead about mid-day. This winter in Florida, we have had more difficulty getting sites than any time in the past ten years. For the first time, we had to change our route and skip some areas we wanted to visit because the RV parks were full. With information readily available on the internet, once a park or campground starts getting mentioned regularly on this or other websites, it can become much more difficult to get a site. We have experienced this with Corps of Engineers parks, Forest Service campgrounds, State Parks, County parks and private RV parks/campgrounds. Everyone's experiences and their perceptions and thus their reality based on those experiences will be different. We have traveled from the mid-Atlantic states South to Florida and back and West to at least the mountain states and back every year for the past ten years. I have been RVing since the mid-1960s. My perception is that more campgrounds both public and private have closed than new have opened. For example, the 400+ site Fishing Bridge campground (not the RV Park) closed in the 1970s while park visitation has set new highs almost every year. Some Forest Service campgrounds that were open all year are now closed in the off season. Rules for RV/vehicle camping along Forest and BLM roads have gotten more restrictive. If one can believe the RV manufacturers, RV ownership is increasing. In my experience, finding a spot for a single night along a major highway is different than finding a spot that we want to stay for several days to a week. It only took a couple of times wasting time and miles driving on local roads only to find the campground full or closed for me to start doing a little more research and planning and calling ahead. What type of site you want can also make a big difference. We have been to a number of Corps of Engineers Parks, State Parks, County Parks and Forest Service campgrounds where all the sites with electric are booked and the first come first serve sites fill before noon while the non-electric sites are nearly all vacant. When looking for more than an overnight, I will call or check online a day or two in advance so that we can change our route if nothing is available in an area. With the online reservation systems like Reserve America of Recreation.gov , you will often notice that there may be a site available for one day, another for the next, etc. If you are willing to change sites, you may be able to stay for a longer period of time. We do not like to change sites preferring to move on or just skip the area altogether. Last week in Memphis a popular park on the Mississippi River was full every night (in past years there have always been empty spaces). We got one of the last spots available when I called a couple of days in advance of our planned arrival. It took calling five parks in Nashville before finding a spot at one of the most expensive places we have ever stayed. The Walmart parking lot is full of "No Overnight Parking" signs so I couldn't count on that as an option. In Taos, a park we have stayed in a number of times has been booked solid for September and October weeks in advance the past two years. The Cochiti Lake and Rhiana Corps of Engineers campgrounds in New Mexico, often recommended on this forum. have become very difficult to get an electric site. I think that social media like this and other RV forums, park rating systems, etc. have contributed to some campgrounds/parks becoming more popular and thus very hard to get into without a reservation well in advance. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the Cochiti Lake and Rhiana Corps of Engineers campgrounds in New Mexico, often recommended on this forum, have become very difficult to get an electric site. Our two preferred campgrounds in the Brunswick/St. Marys, GA area have been booked solid after numerous mentions in forums. Our favorite park in Taos has seen the same affect. Another factor is campgrounds/parks closing. On the 190 mile drive from Nashville to Knoxville, TN there were five blue services signs that said camping, but the campground plaque had been removed. While it is possible the campground decided it was no longer necessary to advertise on the highway, I think it more likely that they closed. In our travels, we have encountered more campgrounds that have closed than new ones just opened. We have also encountered more public and private campgrounds that use to be open all year closing in the off season. Do state and national parks keep some sites not reservable?Some do, some do not.
trailertraveler 05/16/17 07:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Are FT RVers being unnecessarily harrassed ?

I can not speak to your zoning rules since I have not read them. The zoning where we lived for many years had a category for single family residence which had a specific prohibition on having more than one dwelling on the property. An occupied RV was considered a dwelling just as was an apartment over an unattached garage. While we were able to plug in our RV, we were not allowed to occupy it. In order to have the house and RV occupied, the zoning would have to be changed or a variance obtained just as it would have to be to rent an apartment over an in attached garage.
trailertraveler 05/10/17 08:30pm Full-time RVing
RE: Best Route Rodeo, NM to West Yellowstone, MT

Guess if I were doing your trip, I would just get on US 191 at I-10 and stay on it all the way to Jackson Hole.L believe there is a low clearance tunnel on US-191 near Clifton/Morenci so tall RVs need to bypass that. http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b226/vivid_one/big%20rides/Silver%20City%20NM%20STN%20may%202009/D3%20Silver%20City/50209_AZ_191zx.jpg
trailertraveler 05/05/17 06:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Grand Canyon and Moab

Going to stop at Monument valley while travelling between the two? We are planning on spending a night dry camping at Gooseneck State Park this summer.More than a day's worth of things to see in the Monument Valley to Moab 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
trailertraveler 05/05/17 01:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Canyon and Moab

Here are some links to places we enjoyed. 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 Flagstaff Area: Sunset Crater National Monument Wupatki National Monument Walnut Canyon National Monument South of Flagstaff in Sedona/Cottonwood/Camp Verde: 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 the town of Jerome the town of Sedona Schnebly Hill Road
trailertraveler 05/05/17 06:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Kennedy Space Center, to Assateague Island ?'s

...we would like to avoid as much congestion traffic as possible...US-17 is a good road with lots of 4 lane around developed areas. Pick it up from I-95 about 30 miles North of the Georgia border. It will take you to US-13 which will take you to Assateague. You can avoid most of Myrtle Beach by taking SC-544 to SC-31 to SC-9 back to US-17.
trailertraveler 04/29/17 07:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: Atlanta GA to Albuquerque, NM

Just South of Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park. US-60 is a good 2 lane from Amarillo West to I-25. In and near Grants, a little West of Albuquerque, are the Mining Museum, El Malpais National Monument, El Malpais National Conservation Area, El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Tucumcari still has dinners along Historic Route 66 and numerous murals painted on buildings plus other attractions. Santa Rosa is another Route 66 town and has the The Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground.
trailertraveler 04/26/17 08:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Sedona/ Cottonwood

Here are some links to places in the Sedona/Cottonwood area that we enjoyed: 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 the town of Jerome the town of Sedona Schnebly Hill Road For a place to stop between the Grand Canyon and Albuquerque, there is Acoma Sky City said to be the longest occupied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino. There is also an RV park at the Dancing Eagle Casino.
trailertraveler 04/26/17 07:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: hwy 191 or 89 from Cortez Co. to West Yellowstone

If after Moab, you want to stay South of I-70 before heading North to Flaming Gorge on US-191, you could Take UT-24 Southwest and visit Goblin Valley State Park and Capitol Reef National Park. From the Capitol Reef /Torrey area you could do day trips to checkout the UT-12 Scenic Byway, Fishlake Scenic Byway, Burr Trail, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Anasazi State Park, Calf Creek Falls, Hells Backbone and the Dixie and Fishlake National Forests.
trailertraveler 04/09/17 09:36am Roads and Routes
RE: hwy 191 or 89 from Cortez Co. to West Yellowstone

We have driven US-191 a few times. It is mostly two lane. There are relatively steep climbs and descents around Flaming Gorge, a 9,000' pass between Price and Vernal and a steep Climb out of Vernal. Consult the Mountain Directory for details. There is a lot to see and do along this route. 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 Moab/Monticello 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 Vernal Area: Utah Field House State Park Dinosaur National Monument US-191 from I-80 (Rock Springs) is in my opinion a good route and takes you through the Tetons and in the South Entrance to Yellowstone if it will be open when you need to get there. There is a Walmart in Rock Springs where you can stock up if you need supplies.
trailertraveler 04/08/17 08:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: MS Streets & Trips download ??

...Also the database isn't as comprehensive as Google Maps. I plugged in Aces High RV Park as a destination and hit Find and it didn't come up with it...I'm still using the 2010 version and can easily add campground and other POI datasets from the POI Factory, Discovery Owners Forum and campsite specific sites like USA Campgrounds and the Ultimate Public Campground Project. Look in the import data tab and see what formats it will accept. The 2010 version will import CVS, GPX and a couple of other file types. The 2010 version works fine for me in Windows 10. I haven't tried the GPS function with Windows 10.
trailertraveler 04/02/17 09:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Utah National Parks

...Highway 12 is a gorgeous drive but has some steep areas. Not everyone likes it but we certainly do. It just depends on how you feel with your truck. Many, many RVers do it....There is a lot to see along the UT-12 Scenic Byway that you will not see by just driving through. Some of them are: Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Anasazi State Park, Calf Creek Falls, Hells Backbone, and the Burr Trail. ...If you don't want to, from Torrey/Capitol Reef continue on 24 to 62 to 89 and south to Hwy 12 then east a short distance to Bryce...You can save some miles on this route by turning left off of UT-24 onto Browns Lane at the "to Koosharem" sign. Browns Lane will take you to UT-62.
trailertraveler 03/31/17 08:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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