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  • GlenM
    GlenM:
    Mon at 10:16 AMWe are looking to travel from Chicago to the UP Michigan the first week of September. For about ten days. I am looking for dry camping or boondocking . I don't mind a night at a parking lot on the way there, but once in the UP I would like to stay in a na...  more
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    • GlenM
      RV-Dreamer Mon at 2:09 PM www.Campendium.Com
    • GlenM
      Carl and Brenda Mon at 3:18 PM My fav UP camp is Woodland Park in Grand Marais, MI on Lake Superior. Township runs it. W&E sites--some lakefront on a bluff. There are National Forest camps in the area also--Blind Sucker, and Lake Superior NF east of Grand Marais. And Pictured Rocks Nat...  more
    • GlenM
      Jerry Beasler Mon at 6:27 PM I believe it is Fort Wilkins. Copper Harbor Mi. Nice campground
    • GlenM
      John And Debbie Maxson 13 hours ago Carol below gave good info. There are a few casinos also for a overnight. We stayed at one just entering UP on right while we made further plans.
  • Barbara M
    Barbara M:
    Mon at 7:29 AMHave any of you boondocked all the way across the northern tier of the US? I'll be making a cross country trip leaving northern CA, heading up through OR and WA and then east to MA.
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    • Barbara M
      Jim & Sharon Ham Mon at 10:06 AM Not sure if you would consider it a northern route but we did a summer trip heading West on I-90 from Chicago and returning East on I-94.  We never boondock but found some very nice cheap sites with electric at fairgrounds and small town city parks.&...  more
    • Barbara M
      Betty Erter Mon at 11:11 AM Hi,, not much to tell other than Be Safe & have fun in your Roadtrek,, I have a  2002D190P & the nice thing about them is we can park them anywhere you would park a car.. :-)
    • Barbara M
      Suzan and Art Mon at 2:44 PM We travelled from NY to Montana dry camping all the way across.  Some real boondocking, some parking lots etc.
    • Barbara M
      The Easterbunnies Mon at 3:44 PM Are you going through ND or SD?
    • Barbara M
      Ron & Ina Johnson Mon at 5:22 PM If you swing slightly south thru Nebraska and Iowa; there are a lot of small twons with nice city parks where camping may not be free, but very low cost ($20 or less)
  • David & Connie Bean
    David & Connie Bean :
    April 11Looking for the best and affordable roadside assistance plan.
    I believe Escapees has one.
    Has anybody had to use it?
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    • David & Connie Bean
      Denise Washington April 11 Don’t know what they offer or cost, but we have AAA with the RV option. Costs less than $150 year with one 200 mile tow and 3 100 mile tows.  Have not used it yet, but a friend has it and she has used it several times with good results 
    • David & Connie Bean
      TeamFoxy April 12 Coachnet seems to be the service of choice, although we have AAA+RV and they came through for us with flying colors last year when our engine went into limp home mode in the middle of nowhere. The towing service they sent was also a fleet services company...  more
    • David & Connie Bean
      RVingFTCandace April 13 We have had (and used) both CoachNet.net and Good Sams over the years. I used to sell AAA services. All of them sell you their membership plan and will call a contracted provider near your point of breakdown. Your quality of service depends on who they c...  more
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      • David & Connie Bean
        Robbie & Alice Mon at 8:29 AM Used Good Sam and they called a wrecker in a different state.  We told them where we were located, even had coordinates....they failed horribly.  CoachNet from now on.
    • David & Connie Bean
      SouthParkSteve Mon at 10:48 AM I have AAA with the RV Plus option.  Last summer, I had a leaf spring bracket break on my 23' travel trailer.  It was not an emergency, as I discovered it when I got to a place where I could be parked for a few days without issue, so I let them ...  more
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      • David & Connie Bean
        Betty Erter Mon at 10:55 AM I have the same coverage,, AAA RV plus,, got it years ago with my Mobile Dog Grooming business for my Ford E350 high top van then,, so I'm pretty sure it will fit on a roll off tow truck if my 02D190P ever needs it.. :-)
  • RV Troll
    RV Troll:
    April 6Has anyone ever been to COE campground that is first come first served and everything for sites are already reserved? Website says reservations open April 15th and reserved signs on RV sites. We were thrown out of Cochiti Lake Friday by an overreaching Ra...  more
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    • RV Troll
      OldMan April 12 COE sites are too expensive.
    • RV Troll
      Author Toni Mariani April 13 So sorry they Pissed you off. Take a few deep breaths, count to ten, and get back out there. A woman walked right into our camp space on Thursday while we were just setting up, and allowed her dog to Crap on our site! Oh, talking about pissed! I was hot 🔥!
    • RV Troll
      RVingFTCandace April 13 Some ppl are clueless... Once I picked up someones left behind and delivered it to their doorstep in a zip lock baggie. I knocked on their door and said "you left something behind, so I am returning it to you. Have a nice day". You could hear her jaw hit ...  more
    • RV Troll
      Author Toni Mariani Mon at 6:50 AM On my God! Can you hear me laughing!
      I bet she cussed you behind the door!
      I mean, why not wait until you see ppl sitting down relaxed first? She barged in, and proceeded to tell us how sad that we only had a tent. How spacious her RV was! ...  more
    • RV Troll
      Author Toni Mariani Mon at 6:52 AM Please remind others that not all ppl want animals in their space, otherwise I'd get my own ---- dog!
  • Terry & Diane
    Terry & Diane :
    April 6Is there a portable black/grey tank that most would recomend,or any to be sure to stay away from.DW has desired that this not having full hookups might be a good thing,but with health issues,we do need to dump thanks a little more often than some.
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    • Terry & Diane
      Jim & Sharon Ham April 6 Purchased a Thetford SmartTote tank with wheels from Camping World.  It was smaller than the motorhome black tank so some caution was required.  Mine had a tow handle that could loop over a trailer hitch ball to tow it to campground dump station...  more
    • Terry & Diane
      Seann ( the Canadian) April 6 I will also vote for a barker 42 gallon tank you always want to get one that has a dump valve on the side some of the ones that you can buy have to be lifted vertically to dump and if you have health issues it"s not the thing you want to do. I also got a ...  more
    • Terry & Diane
      Terry & Diane April 6 THANKS EVERYONE! That points me in the same direction I was headed
    • Terry & Diane
      John & Diana April 6 One more input. Don't get one too big. I have a 35 gallon Barker that gets pretty heavy when full.Also, you need a place to store it when traveling.It's big and bulky.
      I replaced all the hard plastic wheels with pneumatic tires from Harbor Freight...  more
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    • Terry & Diane
      TeamFoxy April 6 We had a portable tank when we had a TT, but with the motor home, we find we can go 4-6 days before we have to dump. Dealing with the portable tank was always a hassle. A 40 gallon tank weighs 320# and is not easy to drag around. Even if you can tow it to...  more
  • Leon and Susan
    Leon and Susan:
    April 1We're leaving early in the morning from Austin for our 6 months vacation, our first stop will be Highland NC, our Passover (Jewish holiday) with friends, then to Hot Springs AR again visiting friends, then we don't know but we'll have good time.
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    • Leon and Susan
      Rhymestimes April 1 Safe travels! Looking forward to photos.
    • Leon and Susan
      Minor & Minor April 1 Have a great time ! Weather in Georgia is nice, lots to see here! Safe travels!
    • Leon and Susan
      Karen and Steve Veneskey April 1 Safe Travels and Happy Holiday with friends!
  • The Rhoades’
    The Rhoades’:
    March 31I need your help.! We are heading to our campground in Indiana. They usually have the water on by now but it’s been too cold and they won’t turn it on until next week. I need to fill up with potable water on the road before I get there . Any ideas? We hav...  more
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      RV'ing Denise March 31 Where about are you heading in IN? Some state parks who are yr around have freeze free hydrants. Hope this helps
    • The Rhoades’
      Jadephalkon39 March 31 I've seen on YouTube that Truck stops have potable water stations(faucets). They might have 'year round' access. You may need to call around however. Good luck. We're just getting started and haven't put any of my online research into practice yet, don't ...  more
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      Jim & Sharon Ham March 31 Some Pilot/Flying J travel stops have potable water faucet.  Some on the side the building.  Some out by the dump station if they have one.


      Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart are stocking their Garden Centers and that means wat...  more
    • The Rhoades’
      Dorry March 31 I know Brown County State Park has power and water in some sections
  • Therrien A-P
    Therrien A-P:
    March 30Hi I am looking for a nice place to camp near San Simeon, CA #1. Thanks :)
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      Robbie & Alice March 31 This place is a bit pricey, and suggest you call ahead for reservations...very pretty.   http://hearstcastle.org/     :-)
    • Therrien A-P
      SouthParkSteve April 1 I don't have any first hand knowledge of it, but this is the ONLY thing I am finding even remotely near San Simeon:  https://www.campendium.com/hearst-san-simeon-state-park

      http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=590
    • Therrien A-P
      Therrien A-P April 1 Thanks all ! :)
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      • Therrien A-P
        OldMan April 12 There is no free camping near San Simeon. Paso Robles is your best bet for free camping. Then drive a bit to get to Hearst Castle.
  • kim and beth
    kim and beth:
    March 30looking for boondocking in northern colorado first then all colorado - would love some suggestions of your favorite places - thanks, kim
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    • kim and beth
      SouthParkSteve March 30 "Northern Colorado" is a pretty broad area--any specific places?  If you check out www.campendium.com, there are several places along CO14 between Ft. Collins and North Park (Walden area).  There are also a bunch along US40 over Rabbit Ears Pass...  more
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      Bolzette March 30 Slate Gap Road in Crested Butte
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      Chari 'n Steve March 31 If traveling on I 75 toward Sterling, CO, Tamarack Ranch SWA is good for overnight. Dispersed, vault toilet and central water. Gas station neaby has great breakfast burritos. GPS 40.836279, -102.804436.
  • Alain & Andrée
    Alain & Andrée:
    March 29I am looking for a boondocking place in the Niagara region in a vineyard. Anybody has an advice please ?
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    • Alain & Andrée
      Sheck March 29 Consider joining this: https://harvesthosts.com/
    • Alain & Andrée
      The Mountains March 29 I see a few HH in the Niagara area.
    • Alain & Andrée
      R.T. Germain March 29 A bit further East than the Niagara region but try Colloca winery in Fair Haven, NY. Beautiful winery on Fair Haven bay and Lake Ontario. The finger lakes wine region is close at hand. Colloca''s allows camping and has free entertainment on Friday nights ...  more
    • Alain & Andrée
      TeamFoxy March 30 While not free, the NY state parks have electric only and no hookup sites that are pretty nice. Also if you stay at a NY state park, you get free entry/parking at any other NY state park. We stayed at 4 mile creek SP and to visit the falls, we parked the ...  more