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I have a degree in geography. I have been planning trips since 1965 and I use maps.

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Membership CG networks like Coast to Coast, Passport America, Thousand Trails can be a very economical way to get around. We bought a used T/T membership for just $800 on CL and can stay in any of their CGs across the US at no extra cost per night and only have to pay annual dues. T/T however doesn't any CGs in a big chunk of the US in the center.

Memberships often have different plans with different terms and conditions so do your research before buying one. Sometimes you can only stay in one CG for 2 weeks max and the must be "out of the system" for a week before getting back in. Top of the line memberships can have no restriction on length of stay.

If you want to be a travelling nomad with no plans on where you want to stay, note that many of the above CGs and many others whether a membership type or one-owner, in the busy season you often have to book 60 days in advance otherwise you won't get a site. If there's specific CGs you want to stay in along a long route, you need to stay on top of booking. Otherwise you may find yourself having to stay at casinos, Walmart, rest stops, etc.

A few CGs have dry camping areas where you can park yourself for a day or 2 or 3 until a site comes available.

Make sure to have a laptop and a mobile hotspot or mifi like Verizon so you can research upcoming places on a trip. You could also find yourself having to make last minute changes on a route due to wildfires, road closures, bad storms, etc. Definitely have a good GPS.

On hours per day, I agree with 3-4 hours max a day. 5 or even 6 is do-able but you want a day or two at least to rest up. I recently did a 10 hour trip to retrieve our TT when we had to leave it behind due to a truck breakdown. I drove 5 hours one way without the TT over a long mountain pass and 5 hours back with the TT. Couple of weeks later now, I'm still getting over that...


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myredracer wrote:

Membership CG networks like Coast to Coast, Passport America, Thousand Trails can be a very economical way to get around. We bought a used T/T membership for just $800 on CL and can stay in any of their CGs across the US at no extra cost per night and only have to pay annual dues. T/T however doesn't any CGs in a big chunk of the US in the center.

Memberships often have different plans with different terms and conditions so do your research before buying one. Sometimes you can only stay in one CG for 2 weeks max and the must be "out of the system" for a week before getting back in. Top of the line memberships can have no restriction on length of stay.

If you want to be a travelling nomad with no plans on where you want to stay, note that many of the above CGs and many others whether a membership type or one-owner, in the busy season you often have to book 60 days in advance otherwise you won't get a site. If there's specific CGs you want to stay in along a long route, you need to stay on top of booking. Otherwise you may find yourself having to stay at casinos, Walmart, rest stops, etc.

A few CGs have dry camping areas where you can park yourself for a day or 2 or 3 until a site comes available.

Make sure to have a laptop and a mobile hotspot or mifi like Verizon so you can research upcoming places on a trip. You could also find yourself having to make last minute changes on a route due to wildfires, road closures, bad storms, etc. Definitely have a good GPS.

On hours per day, I agree with 3-4 hours max a day. 5 or even 6 is do-able but you want a day or two at least to rest up. I recently did a 10 hour trip to retrieve our TT when we had to leave it behind due to a truck breakdown. I drove 5 hours one way without the TT over a long mountain pass and 5 hours back with the TT. Couple of weeks later now, I'm still getting over that...


3 to 4 hours a day! I am older than many and I limit out at 10 hours if I have a destination across the US. My first drive from home is my longest at 12 hours ( Detroit area to Tunica Miss.). I drive a lot because I travel a lot ...... bum de bum bum.


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I use maps to find where I want to stop, then look for Cracker Barrel, Walmart or other no charge for the overnight stop. I hate to pay $40 for a place to sleep when my unit is self-contained. By stopping time my wife and I are ready for a served meal anyway.





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cross21114 wrote:

Matt,

Another feature. When you add Favorites, they stay as favorites every time you open Maps. I've been adding spots we stop at for the future plus i have added locations I have been at since 2000 when I started saving waypoints. You must use the format xx.xxxxxxx -yy.yyyyyy. You can also share but I don't do that or know how to do it.

Chris

Chris,

Thanks for the pointer, and I have found that they made it easy to download individual states or "all regions" (~5GB). (The laptop is doing that now.) I would love to pull my address book over from SA that means I would have to translate it all to DD.dddddd and I hate working in that format. I also still can't make follow travel. So close, but still too far.....

I'm going to keep trying, but these days, I have to keep going on the coach repair.

Matt


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I fill the gas tank up and head out in the general direction of my destination.

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I begin by using Google Maps to determine my best route based on what I want to see on the way to my turn around point and how far I'm willing to drive or I guess I should say, how long my wife is willing to let me drive. I've not yet found my driving limit and my longest drive to date has been 1000 miles in one day.

Once I know my turn around point I decide what I want to see along the way and find camp spots close by using RV Park Reviews web site. if it's just an overnight stop I'll use freecampsites.net to find somewhere to stop for the night that is free or low cost, usually free.

Because my wife does have a limit on daily drive distances I try to keep my drive between 300-400 miles per day, maybe stretching to 500 if I can justify the extra miles to the wife.

I say all this with one thing to keep in mind. I'm not retired yet and have limited time so i'm usually on a mission to get somewhere.

Once I retire my drive day may only be 100-200 miles.


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