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Lwiddis

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Posted: 11/07/20 06:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“Although we have considered the notion of RVing out to California,...”

I wouldn’t! Our campgrounds are full! lol


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Posted: 11/07/20 08:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fulltimer50 wrote:

I RV just to get away from Motels etc.


Likewise, that is a good reason to RV, I agree 100%!


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Posted: 11/07/20 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our life doesn't evolve around a RV so we motel more than we use the camper.
Were old time campers since the early '60s. Owning a 8'....9.5"....10.5' truck campers and one TT and three 5th wheel rvs trailers over the years we were avid campers at one time. Now not so much.
Everyone does not own a rv for the same reason(s) and everyone doesn't camp...glamp....boondock.....WM parking lot camp....rv parking lot camp like others. Thats just life so I accept the fact other won't do it like I do.


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A Walmart parking lot would be the last place I would overnight.

Moderator comment: Sorry, I was replying to your post and hit "edit" instead of "quote". I apologize.
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Floridastorm wrote:

Just wondering how many RV folks choose not to use RV Parks and places like Walmart or boon docking to overnight? Instead using motels, hotels, or AIRbnb. It would seem that it may defeat the purpose of having an RV but there may be some people who just don't like RV Parks and would never stay in a Walmart parking lot or boondock overnight.

I Stayed in motel few months one winter in Alberta when the weather got to - 30 C
And I didnt have enough solar to recharge the battery.
Long nights and too short days up there.

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Let's just say my wife would prefer to join the bears in the woods before using public facilities. During the ten years we've been fulltime we've spent 4 nights in hotel/motels. Three nights were in NYC as the wife had never been there and I wasn't going to pull a 5er down Broadway to Central Park. The other was going to the daughters and had to work in the morning so got a late start on what otherwise would be a good days drive.


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Posted: 11/08/20 06:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ron3rd wrote:

A Walmart parking lot would be the last place I would overnight.
If you were trying to reach your planned campground in fog so thick you could barely see the road in front of you then you would welcome it - as we did.
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Posted: 11/08/20 07:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've done it. Sometimes I didn't want to take the extra time to get off a highway, drive X miles to a campground and then backtrack to the highway if time was tight or I didn't want to take the time to set up/break down again, even if it was minimal. Had to deal with a last minute campground cancellation (their end) and chose a motel because it was easier. There are other reason such as equipment breakdowns or just wanting a break and a really good, hot shower.

I've never been interested in boondocking nor staying in a parking lot-just not my thing. RVing and hotels are not mutually exclusive. If you don't want to motel/hotel it at any time that's your choice but other's choices are not subject to criticism from anyone. It doesn't defeat the purpose of RVing to stay in a motel/hotel-it may enhance a trip experience to do so.


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This thread brings up the idea of why people have RVs.

I have been a Road Warrior for 60 years. We slept by the side of the road on the ground, in tents, in the back of the truck. RVs are great just because they have hard sides and furniture. Everything else is a bonus. Heat, hot water, etc. Scenery and privacy are very important.

Another group wants RVs to be like being in a house or a hotel. They want heat and AC. They take showers, they use a microwave and hair dryers. A motel on wheels. The scenery is not that important.

Life get easier once you understand which group you lean towards and it is just as important to know the needs of the people you travel with.

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Posted: 11/08/20 07:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After backpack camping, tent camping, and van camping ... we're now in the group that want heat and A/C, hot showers, a microwave, and a hair dryer - but since we still love being out in nature, we want that kind of camping in places like this [emoticon] :

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