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RE: Louisiana State Parks

Here are links to photos/reviews of Louisiana state parks at which we have stayed: Bogue Chitto SP Fountainbleau SP Grand Isle SP Lake Bruin SP South Toledo Bend SP St Bernard SP Tickfaw SP Another nice park is Colfax RV Park, operated by the Red River Waterway Commission. Have a great trip!
wxtoad 07/23/19 07:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What mapping software

I also use Streets & Trips 2013. Roads haven't changed much since 2013. Seriously? I use RV Trip Wizard for trip planning & a Garmin 760 for day-to-day navigation. As one that also still likes and uses S&T 2013, I can attest to the fact that the distance between destinations hasn't changed since it came out and the general routes still work fine for my planning needs. You sure must not travel much. Still using Windows 98? ;) BTW, RVTripWizard costs $39/year. Hardly a deal breaker. I'm still using S&T 13 - have no issues with it and it gets me where I want to go. We're pretty much two-laners, so a missing new on-ramp to an interstate is not a big deal. It's easy to trip-plan on and it runs on an old XP laptop that sits on our doghouse - nice big screen. Hooks to GPS puck on dash.
wxtoad 05/19/19 07:09am Technology Corner
RE: Great Basin NP RV Camping

There are seven designated campgrounds in the park. One, however, Strawberry Creek, is closed UFN due to fire recovery efforts. Not mentioned by others is Lower Lehman Creek CG with 11 sites that can handle RV's If you're a tenter, there are some other options: Grey Cliffs CG has 10 tent-only sites for $15. It is located just south of park HQ on the road to Baker Creek CG. Further south in the park is Snake Creek CG with 12 free tent sites. There are also other dispersed sites along Forest Service Road 448 which parallels Snake Creek
wxtoad 05/12/19 07:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Winging it on your travels

Problems with such detailed planning for a trip: I have no desire to spend hours researching details of CG after CG. We hate to get pinned down to definite dates to be certain places. If we like a spot, we'll often extend our stay; if we don't like it, we move along after a day or two. We prefer small, out-of-the-way places and enjoy boondocking, so finding a spot is rarely a problem. A few years ago we did an 8-month trip around the US - from New England to FL to CA to WA to the UP and home. I can't tell you how many times we changed our plans and took off in a new direction. A lot of our changes came after talking to people we met along the way who suggested interesting places to visit. Semper Gumby is our travel motto.
wxtoad 05/08/19 06:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Any DIY dish mounts?

I made this simple mount using PVC pipe. Comes apart for storage and takes up very little space. Amazingly quick and easy to set up. It's very stable on uneven ground and in high winds. https://wxtoad.com/images/lazydaze/satellite_stand.jpg
wxtoad 05/05/19 07:01am Technology Corner
RE: Warren Bridge CG south of GT/YNP Wyoming

Yes, it's a nice spot. There are also some dispersed sites along the river on the other side of the highway. Here are some pix.
wxtoad 04/21/19 06:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Disapointed with new Garmin

So my point is.....new, out of the box, it should be able to accurately fine old addresses and have adequate memory. Keep in mind that although you may have just purchased the unit, it probably has been sitting on shelves for some time - at the Garmin factory, the distribution center and the dealer. Thus it pays to update it fresh out of the box. Just as you need to do with a new computer.
wxtoad 04/13/19 10:08am Technology Corner
RE: Ann Arbor, MI campgrounds

Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds is located on the SW side of AA.
wxtoad 04/11/19 06:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Natchez MS

We visited Natchez a few years ago and faced the same dilemma - how best to view the beauty of the town. DW and I decided to split up - she took one of the bus tours that stopped at various homes, while I chose to do my own walking tour.
wxtoad 04/04/19 06:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Natural Bridges Natl Monument motor home friendly?

We were there a few years ago with a 26' Class C and had no problems fitting into the sites. Like you, we didn't have a toad and were able to stop at the viewpoints and trailheads. Here are some pix and comments of the CG.
wxtoad 03/17/19 06:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: MAINE Campgrounds

Lobster Buoy is one of our favorites. Also: Camden Hills State Park Winslow Memorial Park is just north of Portland in Freeport, home of LL Bean. If you want to spend some time Freeport visiting LL Bean and other shops, you can even park overnight in town.
wxtoad 02/19/19 06:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: bogue chitto vs tickfaw sp, la

wxtoad, GREAT site! On the two links you provided you mentioned the necessity of making reservations in March. Much like you we don't like to be tied down to an agenda, for one thing you never know what interesting things you might run across where you might want to spend another day or two. Or even, in a lot of cases, wander completely off the planned route. But our plan, as of now, is to tour Louisiana late Feb thru the 12 or 13 of March. So it would behoove us to make reservations, at least on the weekends? Or pretty much the whole trip? Our plan is Lake Bruin SP to Bogue Chitto SP, Lake Fausse Point SP, Sam Houston Jones SP, Indian Creek Recreation Area, somewhere near Toledo Bend Lake, Lake Bistineau SP, Poverty Point Reservoir SP, probably a couple of nights in Arkansas and finally Hawn SP in MO before arriving home in St. Louis. thanks Hi, garmp. Like you, we hate to be pinned down to a strict itinerary by reservations made months in advance. What we did was get on-line a few days ahead of our "sorta" planned arrival to see how many sites would be available. If it looked like it was going to be fairly-well booked, then we would make the reservation. Have a great trip!
wxtoad 12/27/18 06:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: bogue chitto vs tickfaw sp, la

We stayed at both a couple of years ago. Here are our comments and pix on both: Bogue Chitto SP Tickfaw SP
wxtoad 12/23/18 07:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park under 50k updates! (It's a disaster)

I believe this guy contacted me back in June 2018, asking me to include his campground, Camp Space, in the database of the major camping website I manage. He provided very little information and after a bit of back-and-forth during which I asked about facilities, he did tell me: "We have one cargo container that is holding restrooms and management desk. We are going to put bedroom cargo containers as the business grows." Needless to say, I did not include it.
wxtoad 12/18/18 06:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toledo Bend State Park

We were there about 10 years ago (wow, time flies!) and enjoyed. It was a fairly new park, having been open only 2 years. Here are some pix and comments: South Toledo Bend SP Ted H.
wxtoad 11/30/18 06:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thoughts on manufacturers

Best rig we ever owned was a 2005 Lazy Daze Rear Bath model that we bought used in 2009. It had 2 sofas which were very comfortable and pulled out for 2 single beds or 1 large one. Never had any problems with it.
wxtoad 11/12/18 06:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anybody tried the new Recreation.gov website?

For those of you that want to see a larger block of days on the "Check Availability" screen, click the "Expand Table" button. When you do, you will see a full 16 days on one screen. That's true, but when you want to view the next set of dates ahead, it only steps forward in 5-day increments. Instead of a "Next 5 days" button, it ought to be a "Next 14 days" button. Ted H.
wxtoad 10/11/18 06:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anybody tried the new Recreation.gov website?

Mikestock wrote: "Other than the better maps I would like to hear what particular features you like better." I like the fact that it is a lot "cleaner" looking than the old site and it's easier to toggle among the various tabs without waiting for an entire page to open as before, so it's quicker to pick out number of sites, fees and season. However, I will admit that there doesn't seem to be as much general information about each location as there used to be - I miss that, since I'm trying to gather as much info about each spot as possible. In the case of US Forest Service locations, the Forest Service is still maintaining their own websites on each facility, so you can always Google that. As I noted in my original post, their availability chart ought to be in two-week blocks as it used to be. My ideal model for all federal facilities would be an interactive map similar to the US Forest Service Interactive Visitor Map, but including BLM, COE, NPS, BOR, FWS and any other federal locations as well. The BLM last year published their own version of a similar-style map. I contacted both BLM and USFS to suggest that they pool their efforts on a single map - no response. The COE has its own map. Wouldn't it be really slick to have all these various sources on one map? The map I'd like to see should also include latitude/longitude on the border of the area showing to make finding places a little easier. Or even better, show the coordinates when the mouse pauses on a location. The map would have icons for all the locations; clicking on an icon would take you the website for that location. From there there should be a link to the reservation page for each spot. Too bad web designers wouldn't reach out to users to try to learn what features would be most useful BEFORE they design the site. Ted H.
wxtoad 10/10/18 01:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anybody tried the new Recreation.gov website?

On Oct 1, The very first time I was re-directed from the old URL to the new site, I was not impressed. But as the data manager for the one of the top-rated camping apps, I spend a LOT of time on recreation.gov and have come to find it much easier and quicker to find the information I'm seeking. The campsite maps are now usable in that they match actual positions, not some stylized-map as before. Some minor gripes: When looking at the reservation table, it steps forward or backward in 5-day increments instead of 14 days as on the old site. Thankfully they used re-directs so that using the former URL usually gets you to the new page. Not always, though, and you have to stop and do a search for the URL. They're still missing maps and fee data on a number of locations, but hopefully that will be added in the near feature. All in all, I'd rate it better than the old site. Ted H.
wxtoad 10/09/18 06:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping on golf courses

You can get a free shower when the sprinklers come on in the middle of the night.
wxtoad 10/08/18 06:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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