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RE: Suggestions for places near New Orleans LA.

We've looked at the French Quarter RV Park which is closest to the French Quarter. It's no place we're interested in camping. It's pretty much under I-10. I-10 is always busy. The area outside of the walled in campground is not an area you want to be walking around at night. I've read posts from people on this forum saying they've walked from the FQ to the RV park after dark and didn't have any problems. Remember the saying "a fish doesn't get caught every time." The FQ is pretty safe but it doesn't take but a block or 2 outside of the tourist area and you can find yourself where you don't want to be. We have camped at the French Quarter RV Park in a 5th wheel. The park is very nice and has good security, but it is not in the nicest part of town. We felt safe walking to the French Quarter, about 2 blocks away during the day, but always took an Uber back to the RV park after dark. You can run into trouble in just about any US city, but NOLA, if not the highest in crime rate, is high on the list. One thing to consider is that if you drive in from outside of town, you will have to park and leave your vehicle somewhere where security my be in question. If you are based at French Quarter RV, your vehicle will be in a secure location.
one_strange_texan 02/13/21 09:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I69 to 288 Houston

You might consider this for your trip to Freeport from Tyler. It will avoid downtown Houston: * Get to I-10 in the Baytown area by way of your preferred route from Tyler. * Take the TX-146 exit south from I-10 right after the Old & Lost River/Trinity bridges. There's a few lights, then you reenter a freeway. * Take TX-146 across the Houston Ship Channel bridge, then exit TX-225 west on past the San Jacinto monument. * Take the I-610 south/west exit to loop around downtown to the TX-288 south in the Reliant Stadium area (the key phrase here is "around downtown.") * There is some construction at the 610/288 interchange, but another earlier post has said it is complete now. TX-288 is a freeway several miles south of the 610 interchange. I like the High Island/Bolivar/San Luis Pass/Surfside route, but this will give you a change of scenery without as much traffic and hassle as going through downtown Houston.
one_strange_texan 02/10/21 01:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Big Bend NP

My take, having been there. PawPaw_n_Gram has given you one of the best summaries and answers to a post you could hope for concerning one of the most remote areas in the lower 48 states.
one_strange_texan 01/28/21 08:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fredericksburg Tx

I agree with several other posters. We prefer the KOA. It is well run and near Luckenbach, if that means anything. The Jellystone Park is further out of town, as others have said, but is more centrally located for the wineries as well as nearer the LBJ State/National historic site. It depends on what you are looking for and what you are going to be doing in Fredericksburg. Make your reservations early, if possible, especially in the "snow bird" months.
one_strange_texan 01/17/21 08:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Do any hotels/chains offer RV spots with electric or hookups

Some people (including me) have mentioned casinos. You should be aware of this site. Some casinos have an RV park associated with them, some have power and other hook ups, some just let you "boondock" in their parking lot. This site describes them and rates them. Casino camper site
one_strange_texan 01/12/21 05:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Do any hotels/chains offer RV spots with electric or hookups

I don't know about hotels and chains, but some motels and casinos do have RV sites or parks associated with them. Often they give you access to what facilities are available, like restaurants & recreation facilities. I have compiled a list of the higher rated RV parks around the country over the last few years (low 7's to 10 on a 1-10 rating scale). I suggest you refer to your favorite RV search and rating site and do a name search for "hotel" and/or "motel." Below is an extract from my collection. I have only stayed at the Hollywood Casino in MS and the A+ Motel in LA from this list and they were both fine. I have heard good things about the Marathon Motel and RV Park. Blake Ranch RV Park & Horse Motel, Kingman, Arizona Newberry Mountain RV and Motel Park , Newberry Springs, California A+ Motel & RV Park, Sulphur, Louisiana Hollywood Casino Hotel & RV Park , Robinsonville, Mississippi Edgewater RV Resort & Motel , Lakeside, Montana Saddle West Hotel Casino & RV Park , Pahrump, Nevada Cinderella Motel & Campsite , Grand Island, New York Siding 36 Motel and RV Park , White Lake, South Dakota Scenic View Motel & Marina, Lone Star, Texas Marathon Motel and RV Park, Marathon, Texas Sandollar Resort Motel and RV Park , Rockport, Texas Leeds RV Park & Motel, Leeds, Utah Barron Motel & RV Campground , Barron, Wisconsin Lazy Acres Campground & Motel, Riverside, Wyoming
one_strange_texan 01/11/21 11:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV parks Fort Lauderdale to Miami?

We stayed a C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines for a few days and really liked it. Good luck getting reservations until March 2021 at this late date since the parks are pretty booked up by now. I booked in November a few years ago and found I had to move around for a few days at a time at different parks to stay in the Palm Beach/Miami/Florida Keys area. Same of the Gulf Coast up to about Port Charlotte.
one_strange_texan 01/03/21 06:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Routes around Houston TX

Straight through downtown, just not at rush hour. Be on your A game and don't get rattled. If you want some country scenery take the 105 north route but you will see some traffic around Conroe, especially Lake Conroe area. The south route will give you the Gulf of Mexico scenery but the Galveston seawall traffic. ^ What he said, but I don't think I've ever seen a time when the traffic didn't back up on US59/I69 South going through downtown after you leave I10 until a ways past downtown on the southwest side. There currently is construction at US59 and I610 southwest of town near the Galleria (as there often seems to be).
one_strange_texan 12/27/20 05:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Campgrounds around Zion national park

We were there for a week last August. I couldn't get the time off work, but my wife and kids wanted a vacation. I stayed in the RV and worked the whole week. The cell signal was great for us. I had a good connection to my office the whole time, and we streamed video in the evening. ZRRV is one of the best places we've ever seen. It's our family's favorite. It appears that the cell service has been improved. Not surprising. It has been 7 years since we were there.
one_strange_texan 12/16/20 07:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds around Zion national park

We stayed at Zion River resort -- very clean, FHU I agree with the Zion River Resort recommendation. As nice as any RV resort we've stayed in. Right on the Virgin River. It is a short drive away from the entrance in Springdale. Cell phone signal is spotty in this area, but they had a booster in the RV store that you can use (one person at a time) to make calls, if that kind of thing is important to you. As for the parking in Zion NP, get there early, park in the lots near the entrance and take the buses that run through the park. They drop you off at the sites and the trailheads for hikes.
one_strange_texan 12/14/20 07:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Routes around Houston TX

If time is your motivator, straight through Houston or around I-610 on the southeast side is your choice. Check and make sure they haven't closed the 610 bridge over the ship channel if it's a weekend . They've done that a couple of times to me. However, if reduced stress and lower chance of an incident motivates you, consider the Galveston/Freeport option (south) or the TX 105 (north) option that others have suggested. Both would be more interesting, if you have the time. Since I am retired, time is not my primary priority when travelling, so I tend to go around big cities. If you take the TX 105 option, be sure to NOT take the exit for FM105 in Vidor on I-10. Stay on I-10 and take the US 69/96/287 exit north in Beaumont to the TX105 exit. Check it out on the map, especially if you need to plan your route south after getting to the other side of Houston.
one_strange_texan 12/10/20 05:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: living full time internet needs

Having full-timed for about 3 years now, I can tell you that the cell service providers can give you pretty good service depending on your proximity to their towers. The catch is that you have good speeds up to 15GB data transfer a month. If you go over that amount, they slow you down noticeably. I you are doing online meetings with your work, this might be a problem. You can use a phone, tablet or a cellular based hot spot, all working pretty well up to the 15GB/month limit.
one_strange_texan 11/12/20 08:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV GPS

I would like to add that my Garmin has successfully routed us around interstate closures or heavy traffic due to a incident on the highway. You can pretty much trust the routing. Again: the program knows your rig type and dimensions to select the alternate road. However, Garmin's routing, from what I can tell, may not be as "real time up-to-date" as Waze or Google Maps. For instance, I have had it try to route me around bottlenecks, when, having decided to go on through them, turned out to have cleared. On another occasion, Garmin tried to route me miles way out of the way to an alternate crossing of the Mississippi River. The problem was some road closures due to flooding in eastern Arkansas the night before. Pulling over, I checked the highway department site and determined that they had reopened and the Garmin router had not yet got the word. This reemphasizes what others have said. Pick your tool, but don't use just one tool. Use your judgement and cross check various sources if in doubt. Going over the route the night before and satellite checking the next scheduled stop are good ideas, too.
one_strange_texan 11/03/20 12:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV GPS

I use an RV version of Garmin. Many disparage the software, but not the hardware due to a definite learning curve, but I have found it useful. Pros: * You put in the dimensions of your RV and it tries to keep you on routes suitable to your rig. It is especially helpful on low clearance overpasses. It seems to have up to date information and has saved me on at least two occasions (meaning warn me when I was approaching, having departed from the planned route it laid out for me to begin with). * It includes (or you download) a route planner (BaseCamp) where you can lay out your entire trip itinerary with fuel stops and overnight stops including travel times, etc on your computer. Then you can transfer it to the GPS device. This is one element where the "learning curve" complaint comes into play. Many prefer a simpler process. * You can add points of interest (POI's) including fuel stops, rest stops, stores and RV parks to the BaseCamp data for planning. A lot of information is available on line to give a more comprehensive list than is available in BaseCamp itself (or all the other planning tools mentioned so far). Again, this capability adds to the learning curve. Cons: * It sometimes routes you around things that are probably OK, for perhaps dubious reasons. For example, it doesn't seem to like traffic circles ("roundabouts"), some of which, having seen them, I felt were navigable in my rig. * The aforementioned learning curve. It helps to be somewhat familiar with computers, syncing devices to computers (like you would your phone, tablet or MP3 player) as well as downloading computer files. Google Earth for viewing stops and destinations with the satellite view is also very handy. My two cents.
one_strange_texan 10/30/20 07:07pm Roads and Routes
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