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    Hello to all, We are getting ready to set out at the end of this month leaving Oregon and heading south to California then East to Florida and North to Nova Scotia if the Canadians let us in by June or July then back across Canada and up to Alaska and back to Washington. We are used to camping full-time on our sailboat, but are totally new to Land Yachting. We like to stay in State and National Parks, but with Covid and not wanting to make reservations months in advance we know we will be relying on staying in Private Campgrounds as well as boondocking. I have nothing against private campgrounds we just have zero experience with them so don't know what to expect. My questions are is there a certain site or membership that folks recommend for full time travel, both for saving money and more important helping find campsites on the road ahead. What have been folks experiences traveling without reservations. I think we will try to plan ahead as much as possible, but don't want to have every night planned out weeks or months in advance and would like to be flexible as much as possible. We don't mind staying 1 night or several so planning ahead will certainly be in our plans. Thanks in advance for any and all tips and advice. The length of our trip will be at least 8 months.

    Dave
    Dave and Marcy
    2013 Arctic Fox 27-5L Just purchased so working on Mods
    2020 F350, 6.7L PowerStroke, Lariat UTT, Standard Bed, B&W Companion Hitch

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    WOW...that’s what I’d call a bodacious road trip. While it doesn’t answer your question directly, we’ve found that https://www.campgroundreviews.com/ is a good way to look ahead. Wishing you a safe and awesome trip. And please post your adventures so that we can enjoy them as well as learn from them.
    Last edited by TangoChuck; 02-15-2021, 09:55 PM. Reason: Message was cut short on posting?
    2015 AF 27-5L, 2016 F-250 Super Cab, 6.7 Diesel, SB, 4x4, Off Road and 10,000lb Payload Package,

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    • #3
      Thanks for the great tip. We will be in your backyard this week camping Fort Warden and then Salt Creek over the weekend.
      Dave and Marcy
      2013 Arctic Fox 27-5L Just purchased so working on Mods
      2020 F350, 6.7L PowerStroke, Lariat UTT, Standard Bed, B&W Companion Hitch

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      • #4
        Passport America usually called PPA is the only membership that will definitely save you money and repay its cost. And it has a lot of restrictions. Good Sams only saves you 10% but just about all private camps honor it

        Boondocking is a learned skill set beyond standard RV camping. It is a lot easier west of the Mississippi where you can find BLM lands. On the east side places are much harder to find, they are mainly in National Forests.

        You do know that you cannot get into Canada don't you, but maybe when you get to the border that will have changed.
        James and Cindy Kramer
        Arctic Fox 25Y 2016-2012 Ford F350 4WD
        Fulltime starting summer 2020

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Truckman View Post
          ... not wanting to make reservations months in advance we know we will be relying on staying in Private Campgrounds as well as boondocking. I have nothing against private campgrounds we just have zero experience with them so don't know what to expect. My questions are is there a certain site or membership that folks recommend for full time travel, both for saving money and more important helping find campsites on the road ahead.The length of our trip will be at least 8 months...
          With Covid & lock downs, RV'g and camping has become very popular again. Depending where you are staying, reservations are a must anywhere near a popular / large towns, or in a park that doesn't resemble an older trailer park.

          For a multi-week trip or longer, we start planning a year in advance, picking an area and what to see & do. Within 8-10 months of the trip, we have the route charted and RV parks selected. We then start making reservations at the RV parks. We also have an idea of locations of rest areas in between the parks. If no rest areas, then we start looking at other one night stay options (truck stops, casino lots, etc).

          We are currently on a 9 week cross-country trip and it would have been difficult in many areas without prior RV park reservations. Personally, I would rather have a reservation, than sitting on the side on the road making call after call to unknown parks, looking for a open site for the night. Many parks, even in January were full.

          More than once, we've been in a park office and walk-ins were turned away because the park was full. Sometimes a park will allow (with a fee) a RV to use the dump station (many dump stations don't have trusted potable water), then move on.

          With prior planning and reservations, we are able to pick & choose between park locations, amenities and price. We have a Good Sam membership and it's rare that a park doesn't offer a 10% discount off their rates. The Good Sam website also can show lists of parks in any given area.

          In between parks (located in areas with points of interest) where we may stay 2-3+ days, we stay in rest areas, truck stops, city parks, etc. Even in those one-night stays, planning is needed to know the parking area spaces, roadway conditions, distance to next night's stay, etc.

          When picking a rest area, truck stop, etc, we at least use Google Maps and their satellite view, to look at a view of the stop from above. Many older RV park roads / sites aren't upgraded to accept larger trailers, no matter what their fancy webpage photos may show.

          Personally, there's nothing wrong with being flexible in your travels (that's what makes RV'g fun), but having a limited plan on a complicated cross-country trip, pulling a large RV may be adding stress & travel difficulties to a wonderful adventure.

          Here's a couple of links we use:
          Travel Blog: www.rocklinroamers.wordpress.com

          2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD:SRW, Duramax / Allison 6.6L Turbo-Diesel, Extended Cab, Long Bed, 4x4, Reese 16K Hitch, 50gal In-Bed Fuel Tank (85 gals total)

          2016 Arctic Fox 29-5T:Six-Point Leveling System, Fireplace, Two A/C's, Two Honda EU2000i Generators, TST "507" Tire Monitoring System, King-Size Bed, Progressive 'Hard-Wired' 50amp Surge Protector, 16gal Water Heater, Slide-Toppers, Power-Reel, 'G Rated' Sailun Tires.

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          • #6
            The last couple years we have gone almost exclusively to making reservations. That is not our preference as we would prefer to be more flexible. Most state parks, pretty much any park, are easy to book for stays during the week, but come the weekend they quite often fill completely up. Private RV parks can be challenging. One thing we look for is how many spots they have for short term stay vs seasonal. I would also say in general you get what you pay for. If the park is charging $25 a night we don't have high expectations. Reading reviews is a big help for us in deciding what parks to book. Some private parks websites are not a realistic picture.

            We use Passport America (PA) and previously used Good Sams. PA is the best deal out there for us.

            When heading up to Canada towards Nova Scotia, I would suggest you check out the Gaspe' Peninsula. It was one of our favorite trips and not crowded at all.
            2016 Arctic Fox 32-5M, 1,150 watt Solar Panels (5 @ 170, 2 @ 150), 2 Life Blue 200 Amp hr lithium batteries, Victron Blue Solar MPPT 150/85 Controller, MS2812 Magnum Pure Sine Inverter/Charger, 5.5 Onan LP Gen, 6pt leveling system, 2nd 13.5k A/C, Slide Toppers, Fireplace, King Bed, Central Vac. Hardwired Surge Guard Model 34560, rear view camera, clear entry door window,

            2016 Ford F-450 Lariat. B&W Companion Hitch. Remax Bed Roll Cover, Bed Carpet.

            Winter in Florida, traveling other seasons.

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            • #7
              Many great suggestions so far, I will add in, Boondockerswelcome.com and Harvesthost.com
              We have used several locations between California and the midwest and have never had a bad experience. You are able to stay at these places for no charge. It is suggested that you patronize them in one way or another but it is not required. For comerical places we usually make a purchase from their establishment, and for private residents we ususlly leave a bottle of wine from our local winery. The only downside is that you may sometimes have to travel off you "beaten path" to get to their location.

              Gordon
              Gordon-Mary Anne Sunny-Radar Rescue Dogs 2018 Arctic Fox 25W 2-12 volt Interstate Deep Cycle 2015 Chevrolet Crew Cab LTZ HD 2500 D/A 4x4 3.73 Leer Cab High Camper Shell Honda EU2000ia Zamp solar
              Equal-i-zer Hitch 1000 lb bars
              2020 Days Camped 29 Miles Towed 2402 Total Days 453 Towed Miles 28,762 Total Miles 40,5545

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              • #8
                Walmart was not friendly for overnight stays prior to the election. They may be better about it now. If you are forced into a rest area for some reason, look for other RVs and get with them if there is room. Make reservations whenever you can, especially for weekend stops. By the time you get here, Florida snowbirds may be starting back north so that will lighten up the RV park load. It was 26 degrees here at 07:00 this morning, so that may encourage some snowbirds to head home. That said, the northern route interstates lead to brutal weather.

                A few years back I took a similar trip, less Alaska, that came to 10,298 miles. Lots of lessons learned, which were saved in the travel book, for both truck and trailer. Being a sailor, you may want to start a log of your own.
                2019 AF 27-5L, Onan, 4p auto level, Tire Tracker, bike rack, rear mount camera
                2020 Ram Long Horn LB diesel dually,60 gal aux, Curt 20K hitch

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                • #9
                  You have received some great advice. I will offer the KOA campgrounds as another set of campgrounds to explore. If the boarder opens I invite you to stop to rest at our Crooked Lake lot (112 1st ) GPS 50 Deg 35 Min 22,64 Sec N 102 Deg 39 Min 47.89 Sec W. In Saskatchewan. You will have to get used to having to walk before you go for a swim.
                  2016 GMC SIERRA 2500 HD SLT CREWCAB 4X4 LONGBOX DURAMAX ALLISON HENSILY BD1 TRAILER SAVER 5TH 12" back up screen
                  2018 ARCTIC SILVER FOX 5TH WHEEL 27.5 DREAM DINETTE TOPPERS Living/Dining and Ward Alumaguard Main Awning Low Pro AC w /Ducting 4 Holding Tank Heat Pads 4 Point Powered Leveling & stab jacks 4 Tadi Bros Wireless Back Up Cameras Zamp Solar 530 watts ZS-30 AW Controller Goodyear Endurance ST 235/80R Load Range E TIREMINDRES for pres & temp.

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