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Old 09-26-2017, 11:53 AM   #1
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A general question

The intended use of my beloved Airstream has changed from being a base camp on trips to specific (fishing) destinations to now enjoying a bit of a road trip with a lady friend to see the country and determine whether or not we drive each other crazy traveling with no specific intended destination. What source do folks use to find good routes? Good RV parks? Things to not miss? etc. I believe we would prefer being a bit off the beaten path and to avoid major interstate thorough fares when practical. This first sojourn will be from near Seattle to the CO Rockies and back over the next 3 or 4 weeks. Thanks for being patient with a new traveler.
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Old 09-26-2017, 12:42 PM   #2
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I have a Garmin RV model GPS that shows a lot of options. Good Sam puts out a campground directory. There are several apps. Good some Delorme atlases

But.......the most interesting places are found picking a general direction and exploring.
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Old 09-26-2017, 12:58 PM   #3
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Sounds like a great trip! I use the Allstays app in conjunction with Apple maps almost exclusively. It works well for how I plan.
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Any more the right answer is going to be "a device connected to the internet". There will always be way more information from Mr. Google than any other way. That's fine up to the point you are out of cellphone range. Once that happens something like the Garmin RV770 is one of several choices. The still better choice is to plan ahead while you still do have cell or WiFi connections.

If you have a co-pilot, let them play with all these toys. Once they have an answer to the question, go with that answer. If you are solo, driving and toys don't mix. No matter how easy they seem, no matter if it's all voice commands, they don't mix. Find a spot, pull over, work out whatever the issue is.

This brings up the .... errr .... minor point ... (do as I say ...) of your co-pilot *understanding* how all the toys and apps work. Having Gas Buddy, All Stays, Weather Radar, and Yelp all on your phone and your phone only ... not so much. Spend some down time getting the various apps on *both* phones. When the gas needle is solidly on E with no pull overs in sight is *not* the time to be doing training. Yes, I have data on this

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Old 09-26-2017, 01:35 PM   #5
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We’ve had pretty good luck just following our noses traveling through the western part of the US. Of course, that eliminates most of the main attractions like Zion, Yellowstone, Yosemite, etc., but neither of us likes crowds anyway, and there are hundreds of miles of seashore, mountains, lakes, and wide open spaces between Canada and Mexico where you can wander and find a place to stop without too much trouble.

It does take a particular type of personality with a high tolerance for uncertainty. Fortunately, both my wife and I are similar in this respect. I never realized how similar we were until we started Airstreaming together. In earlier days, I used to travel at least once a year with my dad and son. It used to drive them crazy if I just took off without an itinerary. Not crazy enough that they didn't want to come, but I heard a lot of complaints as we would drive into some new area, in those pre-cellphone days, without any reservations. Nary a complaint from my wife or the dog, though; we always figure something will turn up.
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Old 09-26-2017, 04:05 PM   #6
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Just keeping in mind that the high country has already had its first snowfalls on the peaks. By October, some of it will stick around a bit lower down till spring. A lot of high-elevation public campgrounds will be closed for the season. You might want to check ahead to see what is still open. Unless you're lower down it will probably freeze at night. Or plan a route that avoids the onset of winter weather.

Any more, RV parks are more likely to stay open year round, but some close for the season. The Aspen, Colorado area just lost one of its few RV parks to make way for more employee housing at the ski resort.

Keeping in mind that a night at a truck stop may not be as wonderful as an AS with a view.
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:05 AM   #7
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I would recommend having some sort of navigation in the TV. There will always be the unexpected events where you need to adjust course *now*. Tire / fuel / medical / traffic issues can pop up ....

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I enjoy nature and camping in the US National Forests. Some sites have electric hookups, but many have only water. Most involve dry camping but you can always go to a state park or RV park every 3 or 4 days. Plus the price is such a bargain, especially if you have a Senior National Parks pass.

This link can get you started. https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/destinations

You might try this link too:
https://www.rv-camping.org/publiclands/

Safe travels!
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Old 10-04-2017, 12:43 PM   #9
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I just drive. And I ask folks in campgrounds and on this forum. I like to follow brown signs. Also historical or scenic routes. I do have all the apps, google maps bein the best. But my eyes tend to be the best guide. For me personally.

I shared some of my last journey in my ‘tell me where to go’ thread if ya want some examples.

Happy campin!
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I love this book, "The Most Scenic Drives in America."

https://www.amazon.com/Scenic-Drives.../dp/1606523589

We've tried to include as many of these routes as possible on our travels, and they've all been spot on wonderful!
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Search out small state parks near where you find yourself, then, the next one....
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I would recommend having some sort of navigation in the TV. There will always be the unexpected events where you need to adjust course *now*. Tire / fuel / medical / traffic issues can pop up ....

Bob
Yes, but use some common sense. It is not uncommon for your GPS to tell you to follow a route which may be shorter on the map, but is impassable for anything but offload 4x4.
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Yes, but use some common sense. It is not uncommon for your GPS to tell you to follow a route which may be shorter on the map, but is impassable for anything but offload 4x4.
Well that's half the fun IMO!
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Actually not. "East is East and West is West."

Motorists in western states have died--or nearly so-- by following a GPS route that took them over long stretches of rough lonesome roads in Nevada, where they got stuck or broke down. Some of these roads will have few or no other vehciles on them to be flagged down for help. Your cell phone may have no service in a lot of western mountain areas, especially if it's not Verizon. Many forest service roads in the mountains are not well maintained, notably once the snow flies.

For example, http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-no...nfallible.html

For sure we wouldn't haul a trailer over a lot of western roads that we nonetheless enjoy driving in just the 4x4 high-clearance TV.

I think akroyd will be fine on the pavement but I would sure back up a GPS with paper maps, like those state highway atlases, for any back-of-beyond driving; and then know what it means if an ungraded dirt road heads for a mountain pass in October.
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