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RE: "Where do you go camping? What do you do?"

One thing I will say is that non-campers simply don't "get it". We get some strange looks from people we know when we answer this dame question. Some folks want to lay on a beach doing nothing for 5 days and I suppose that's OK, but there again, that's something I don't get. We're a lot like you, we like to see things. We hike, bike, play tourist and visit historical sites, lighthouses, and anything else that looks interesting. And sometimes we just sit around and relax. At the end of the day one of our greatest pleasures is sitting by a campfire. DW & I are in our late 60's and retired and from the Mid-West, but still with family obligations, and like to get away as often as we can. My Sister-In-Law, who loves the beach and only a couple of years younger asked us the same question recently. "You guys still camp?" Why? My rebuttal was: Well, we're on a fixed income and like to see things and explore this great country. You like to go to the gulf, rent a condo and walk the beach for a week. We like the gulf also, but also want to see and experience different things and stay longer than that. We can tour a town, take in the sights, enjoy great local meals and return to our camp for a nice campfire afterwards. Or maybe not even leave the camp other than to visit our private beach and spend the day cooking in our dutch oven or grilling some fresh local seafood. and BEING OUTDOORS! For what you spent on 6 days at your condo we enjoyed 2 1/2 weeks of camping out. Our recent trip we put EVERYTHING on credit card, to capture total expenditure, to Daytona and St. Augustine Beach and back. Gas, groceries, camp fees, meals, entrance fee to historical sites, etc was on the card. Our total bill averaged $100 a day. We were happy with that and didn't scimp on site seeing, meals or the such.
garmp1 09/30/14 03:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Galaxy Tablet

We have a Samsung Tab 2 7" 4G LTE with Verzion service. Chose a no contract plan that we start when on the road and suspend when at home. I chose the 7" because it fits in my jacket pocket. The 10 is far better for reading books, etc. With the 4G the DW checks her FaceBook, email etc, while I drive. Then at night she reads her novels. For a person whom I had to virtually brow beat to try the web, I can't pry it out of her hands. We chose the Samsung over the iPad mainly because of the SD card feature and added storage.
garmp1 09/30/14 02:58pm Technology Corner
RE: college football map

Thanks a bunch. I had looked at that site earlier, just didn't read down enough to see the map. Great thsnks.
garmp1 09/30/14 07:06am Around the Campfire
college football map

We're starting to really get into college football and our favorite time of the year to camp is in the fall. That being said, does anyone know where I can get/download a map showing the major universities with football teams? Really interested in SEC teams, but will take any info we can get. I can look them all up individually, but really want a map showing them all (or most of them any way). Thanks
garmp1 09/29/14 03:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: Cloudland Canyou State Park, GA

It's been 8 yrs since we've been there, but from what I remember is was a very nice park. Can't remember any specific site as being better that another, but we are B campers and requirement/preferences are a lot different. The one thing I do recall is a sign that struck me as funny. I know it is a very serious sign, but at the time struck me as funny. http://i.imgur.com/CfYFOOcl.jpg
garmp1 09/28/14 03:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cloudland Canyou State Park, GA

It's been 8 yrs since we've been there, but from what I remember is was a very nice park. Can't remember any specific site as being better that another, but we are B campers and requirement/preferences are a lot different. The one thing I do recall is a sign that struck me as funny. I know it is a very serious sign, but at the time struck me as funny. http://i.imgur.com/CfYFOOcl.jpg
garmp1 09/28/14 03:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: screening

If you got the bucks there is always skreenz A very good product that specializes in screens for van/B's. They have my vote, although i don't have any.
garmp1 09/28/14 03:04pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Wi Fi

garmp1, are you talking about using Straight Talk for your phone or a hotspot? I'm talking about buying Straightalk's sim card and then buying a data card for my Samsung Tab 2. I would take out the Verizon card I have there now and buy data time as I need it, rather than paying throughout the year, when I don't need/want it.
garmp1 09/25/14 07:57am Around the Campfire
RE: Wi Fi

Are these only phones? Or has anyone had any experience with a tablet? We have a Samsung Tab2 and are thing about the Straight Talk buying a card system, but am unsure what I have to do to to switch over from our Verizon plan.
garmp1 09/24/14 03:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: How long do you stay in one place?

I think how long do you stay in one place in a Class B would be a better title. Maybe that way people posting with Class C's, 5th wheels, TT, etc. won't post to this thread. Just a thought. I had given that a thought, but prior to owning this B, a long time ago, we were tent campers, and even then we bopped about from site to site. So I wasn't sure if it was our DNA or just the fact that B's allow you the freedom to move at the drop of a hat. It is comforting to know that we are not the only ones with this desire to see what we can find next.
garmp1 09/23/14 02:54pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Campground search tools

I have to agree with fla-gypse, http://www.uscampgrounds.info/ is great. Also found that ultimatcampgrounds can be of value. And as said before, there's always Google.
garmp1 09/22/14 04:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
How long do you stay in one place?

Most B campers are not full timers, so I'm posting this here (can only be wrong). As a B camper we generally move around a lot. Retired, but have family commitments at home, so time is still precious, but not restrictive. From the midwest we have traveled mostly throughout the south and as an example went to see St Augustine last year. Spent 4 days getting there, a night here, a night there, not in a hurry and enjoying the trip. Arrived at our destination and spent 3 days and 2 nights and got "happy feet" or the itch to be on the road again and see what's around the next bend. Headed up the coast to Savannah, and worked our way home from there. A 2-1/2 week extremely enjoyable trip. My question is: Do other B owners, or campers in general, move about as often as we do? Or are we the odd duck out? What's your trip like? Do you seek a destination and spend a week or so, or meander about as we do? Thanks
garmp1 09/22/14 03:51pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Awesome camping gear

IndyCamp, What's the size when folded (unopened), or storage size? I'm looking for something 36" or less when stored and opens to about 8, 10 or 12 ft. thanks
garmp1 09/19/14 12:33pm Family Camping
RE: Harrah's Tunica?

For another 250 miles, you can go to Biloxi. The 30 mile stretch from Biloxi to Bay St. Louis has 6 CGs and 11 Casinos within 3 miles of US90 and you're right on the gulf. BTW, the casinos are all built on barges and the hotels they're attached to are on land. That's how they got around the gaming laws in Mississippi. Technically, they aren't IN Mississippi - they're off shore. And the gaming income makes everything else cheap. All you can eat buffets that include lobster and steak. One of the showrooms had Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance". Cheap admission and free drinks. Matter of fact, drinks are free in the Casinos as well. They like drunk gamblers. What's the camping like down there? We have a B, so size, turns, etc are not an issue, all we need is elect, a table, and a couple of trees along with a nice clean shower house. We're thinking of driving from St. Louis to the Biloxi area and working our way over to at least Baton Rouge, and/or a bit further before heading north thru Arkansas and home. We really prefer COE & State Parks over private. Open for suggestions.
garmp1 09/18/14 03:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What's the best deal you've gotten on a campground?

My best deal is the Geezer card (America the Beautiful Pass). As a veteran and over 62 the pass is free! And we love COE parks. Half off can't be all bad. ON our trip to the St Augustine area we visited many old forts and was admitted to all FREE! We wanted to see them and willing to pay regular admission fee, but on several occasions they even asked if we had the pass. Can't beat that!
garmp1 09/18/14 03:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hello Everyone

Robb, Welcome. Don't know about your area, but here's another site to check outuscampgrounds. We use it all the time: Just go to the map and put in the state of interest and a wealth of info appears. Hope This Helps
garmp1 09/17/14 03:22pm Beginning RVing
RE: How to shop for Class B

We are more than satisfied with our Sportsmobile. It was made to our specs and exactly what we wanted. We liked the Traverse by Pleasureway, but there were features we didn't want and you basically had to take it the way it comes. Sportsmobile was the answer for us. We were able to choose what we wanted and leave out what we didn't. For us storage was a big issue and took precedence over interior stove and fridge. Their quality is only surpassed by the service and attention to detail. WE love ours. Hope this helps!
garmp1 09/17/14 03:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Need for a toad with a RoadTrek?

Don't think you'll need or want a toad. Most times we just plug in the power and forgo the water altogether. And if we don't need the a/c or microwave we don't even plug in the power. A toad will negate some of the advantages of a Class B. I couldn't agree more. Don't know how many times while traveling, turned onto narrow, even dirt single lane roads exploring new campgrounds only to find a dead end and need to turn around. To us a toad is just a hassle. There are times when it would be advantageous, but to us they are rare. But that's just our thoughts.
garmp1 09/17/14 02:58pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Current Conditions @ Bryce National Park

There is now a 45 mile work-around instead of the 250 mile one from Vegas, so were at least considering it. The 250 mile one was taking up to 8 hours in stop and go traffic... ugh Billandcarole: Help! I'm lost! Work-around? Instead of 250 miles it is now 45??? Looked at Google Maps and I'm lost. Please explain. We were thinking of a trip to Bryce Canyon next year and if Vegas is only 45 miles away, why not?
garmp1 09/12/14 03:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help planning trip to Fort Worth, TX, from Lansing, MI

According to Google Maps Meramac SP, about an hour south of St. Louis would be a half way point. Not far off 44 and nice for a night over. A bit busy on the weekend, but still manageable. A typical MO State Park, with trees and private spaces. Just outside of Sullivan, Mo, so stocking up on supplies is not an issue. Have a great and safe trip. If you want more MO SP, PM me and I can probably help.
garmp1 09/12/14 03:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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