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Posted: 12/28/19 10:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I go where the weather suits my clothes.
In the summer that means the mountains. It is not hard to find frost in any month in the West.

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JIMNLIN wrote:

After a 300k-400k mile drive pulling a 11k 5th wheel trailer were ready to stop for the nite at a camp ground or rv park. Just plug in on arrival and unplug in the morning when hitting the road.


I'd be ready to stop for the night after a 300,000 mile drive too......and a new truck! Don't think I could handle a 400k drive! Lol


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westernrvparkowner wrote:

wanderingbob wrote:

. What I have against campgrounds is all lectures , rules and questions that registration requires .
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If the rules at an average campground (quiet hours, dogs on leash, parking only at your site etc.) run afoul of how you wish to overnight, it is better for both you and the campgrounds that you do avoid them at all costs.


Lol, but I'm wondering what one can doo parked at a police station that he can't get away with in a campground??
On another note, I didn't know cop shops were campgrounds....
This ain't about registration, this is about finding creative places to spend the night...

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Mondooker wrote:

Currently when traveling cross country in the summer. I stop into Walmart until reaching my destination and run the generator allowing me to run the air conditioning. What do you do with a TT not having a genny!


I'm just gonna say, use your noodle on this one...

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Grit dog wrote:

JIMNLIN wrote:

After a 300k-400k mile drive pulling a 11k 5th wheel trailer were ready to stop for the nite at a camp ground or rv park. Just plug in on arrival and unplug in the morning when hitting the road.


I'd be ready to stop for the night after a 300,000 mile drive too......and a new truck! Don't think I could handle a 400k drive! Lol
Thats what I was thinking. They are animals! [emoticon]


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LadyRVer wrote:

For those using a generator during summer travel, I personally do not see it being a cost effective night's stay. Fuel consumption for the night, to me, would equal staying at a COE park, Passport American park or similar cheaper spot. In one year of traveling cross country and back to FL, I stayed in 1 WalMart and that was because I could not find a suitable campground in the area I was in. And, since it was 47 outside, no need to worry about a generator.


You do not need to run a generator all night unless you are talking night time temps well into the upper 90Fs with high humidity.

Only need to run it long enough to make it comfortable to fall asleep..

What does grind my gears is the MotorHomes which have built in gens needlessly running their gens (just because they have a built in and can run it) ALL NIGHT even when the outdoor temps are in the 50Fs???

We keep our gen in the back of the truck under a hard cover, and typically we travel only in the spring/early summer when it is cooler. Avoiding the extreme summer heat and humidity along with heavy travel traffic.

Out of nearly 20 yrs towing a trailer I can easily say that we have only run our portable gen no more than 5 times and even then for not much more than 30 minutes each time.. At todays fuel prices and the rate of fuel consumption (.5 gal per hr) we might have used 2.5 gallons at $2.66 a gal our total cost over 20 yrs to run our gen is a scorching $6.65!

Using your ruler of measurement IF we had stopped at even the CHEAPEST campground at say $10 per night at a "COE" we would have spent $200!

However coming back to reality, average RV campground on the routes we use START at $45 per night and go up.. So, that would be $900 cost for us..

But, we do not really Wallydock to save money, our real reason is it is often easy off and easy back on to our travel routes, Walmarts are everywhere AND THEY ARE OPEN 24/7/365, campgrounds are not..

Most campgrounds I have found on my routes are often miles out of our way on pretty bad narrow cow paths that they call roads. The last thing I want to do late at night is to have to turn around or back my way out to the nearest road when I get to a closed or even out of business campground.

Walmarts solve my problem, one we stop at yearly is less than half mile from the Interstate on a good road with stop lights at the intersections too boot, it is surrounded by gas stations which are also easy to get in and out of so we also make it a fueling stop.

Our destination is where we "camp", but it takes a couple of days to get to that destination, overnighting to us is sort of like stopping at a rest stop and getting a nap.

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Posted: 12/28/19 10:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gdetrailer wrote:

,,,,snip.....
But, we do not really Wallydock to save money, our real reason is it is often easy off and easy back on to our travel routes, ....snip..


"None" of us park at Walmart's to save money. :-) That's for those darn cheapskates among us. What was that $900 saving all about? I confess, I enjoy a tank full of gasoline more than a rent receipt from a KOA. I Walmart to save money for other things.

* This post was edited 12/28/19 10:42pm by TomG2 *

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Posted: 12/28/19 11:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mondooker wrote:

Currently when traveling cross country in the summer. I stop into Walmart until reaching my destination and run the generator allowing me to run the air conditioning. What do you do with a TT not having a genny!
I find hookups if I want or need A/C.


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westernrvparkowner wrote:

wanderingbob wrote:

. What I have against campgrounds is all lectures , rules and questions that registration requires .
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If the rules at an average campground (quiet hours, dogs on leash, parking only at your site etc.) run afoul of how you wish to overnight, it is better for both you and the campgrounds that you do avoid them at all costs.

Never been “lectured” or questioned. Mostly, the rules are printed out, if at all.


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I like campgrounds in the spring and fall when they are quiet.
In the summer I mostly avoid them and boondock.
In the winter I like the desert.

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