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Old 11-09-2006, 02:39 PM   #1
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Ca -> Nh

Ok, so the trailer is almost done... starting to plan the route from Los Angeles, CA to Manchester, NH.

We'll be driving in the south as much as possible. This is our rough idea for the route:

Los Angeles, CA
Tulsa, OK
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN
Savannah, GA
Richmond, VA
Washington DC
New York, NY
Boston, MA
Manchester, NH

We are looking for a good book to tell us where we can find RV parks, open in November, along this route.

Any suggestions?


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Old 11-09-2006, 03:02 PM   #2
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Join the Wally club...If you're taking a trip like this, its worth it, just for the courtesy parking.

Around here, most campgrounds roll up the sidewalks on Columbus day...I only know of one around here thats open year-round, and its only 1.5 hrs south of Manchester, so by the time you get there, you'll be almost to your destination. Anyway, its "Normandy Farms", in Foxboro, MA.

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Old 11-09-2006, 04:45 PM   #3
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Ok, ya got me. I haven't a clue about campgrounds, but I also couldn't figure out for the life of me what calcium yields that turns into NH... I'm getting old, but I just couldn't think of what NH might be on the Period Table! Geez!

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Old 11-09-2006, 04:52 PM   #4
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I can help with Richmond, VA. Let me know your approx dates and I will give some ideas!

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Old 11-09-2006, 06:41 PM   #5
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Done that


I made this trip in reverse 2 years ago due to a temporary work assignment, leaving Manchester the day after Thanksgiving, arriving in Valencia 4 1/2 days later. I used KOAs almost exclusively due to the convenience of their directory. Most of them have pull thru sites.

I remember the route was easy once I left the northeast, travelling I-40, I-30, I-20, I-10.

It is a good idea to stay south, although it will cost you about 300 extra miles.

Most campgrounds in the northeast close after Columbus day, check the directory.

I would love to make the trip again, I really like the southwest.

Keith A.

P.S. I just thought of something, since you are from Burbank, you might know who LLoyd Bonifide is. ???
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Old 11-09-2006, 07:33 PM   #6
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We just finished a trip from IL to AR and back this week. If you belong to AAA, you can get their maps which indicate campgrounds and RV parks. Then, you can refer to the area AAA guidebook and the AAA camping guide for details about the area and the facilities. These are a great resource, easy to use and worth the basic membership costs (plus, you'll have backup in case you break down, run out of gas, etc).
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Old 11-09-2006, 07:59 PM   #7
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Watch for "Vickie" going the opposite direction I leave from Atlanta heading west on Sunday - destination Death Valley. Haven't picked my route exactly, but good chance I-10/I-40 factors in there somewhere.
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Old 11-09-2006, 08:14 PM   #8
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hi kamo...

have a fun trip.

don't forget i10 is south of 40....and generally warmer....
great pavement on i10 to i20 in texas and on to the east texas border..

i 2 use the koa directory/map...
while not chosing to actually stay at koa much.
the directory shows 'open all year' sites which means many other campground in the same area will also be open all year.

woodall's rv directory also shows months of operation for most campground but is harder to read.

some of the areas you plan to pass near have casinos with campgrounds...

and walmarts can serve well on really long driving days and when ya just need an over night sleep/eat site, and they are open all year.

i've even had a great night of camping in truckers site like flying j, or a road side rest stop...again for sleep, food and a quick shower...

stay flexible with your plans...
some days don't drive as far as planned; sleep, eat, play and relax.

i can almost always find a local tv station for weather reports of winter coming...

also stopping for web usage and weather checks has saved my bacon many times...

this time of year, always keep at least 1 lp bottle FULL

and remember the batteries don't last as long when the temps drop...

have a great trip and enjoy the journey!

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Old 11-09-2006, 10:34 PM   #9
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Try these 3

Originally Posted by kamo
Tulsa, OK

We are looking for a good book to tell us where we can find RV parks, open in November, along this route.

Any suggestions?

On our cross country trip from So Cal to Viginia and back we used three directories with great results. We used the RV/Campground Directories by Woodalls, Trailer Life and KOA. KOA is the streamline model, with easy to read amenities charts and useable maps. KOA campgrounds are usually near major highways and easy to find. The other directories are rather large (3" thick) and very comprehensive with thousands of listings and ratings of the RV parks/campgrounds.

Although we were traveling in the spring when almost every facility was open, we usually had several options every day due to the shear number of listings. You should not have any trouble finding a place to stay with these directories, assuming there not all closed for the season.

Have a great trip.

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Old 11-10-2006, 08:10 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the great information.

LoydBonifide, 4 1/2 days from Manchester to Valencia? You must have been driving all day and night!!! I don't know Lloyd Bonefide.

We actually have relatives in Oklahoma where we can stay overnite, so the I-40 sounds to be the better choice from LA to OK.

I will check into the KOA directory. Never heard of it, although I have never owned an AS before...

What will complicate the trip is that I'm travelling with 3 doggies. But I think it will all work out.

My other option is to take the I70 and I90, which would make the trip shorter. Does it get unbearably cold in St Louis, Cleveland and Buffalo in late November?
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Your route has you going through Flagstaff, AZ. Flagstaff is at around 6800 feet and it can get cold. Currently it is in the low 20's at night. I would not suggest camping in Flagstaff this time of year. A good place to stop in Flagstaff is Little America. It is on I-40, one exit east of I-17 and it is a major truck stop. They have gas, deisel, scales, dump station and food (sit down or to go). Pleanty of room to park the rig and take a break.
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:54 AM   #12
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if you are passing ATL on the way from nashville to Savannah, try the McKinney Campground, Corps of Engineers park. Its a stones throw from the highway ( I 75) north of ATL and is a terrific spot open all year.
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Kamo, traveling in a Bambi is the best! We have put 5000 miles on ours since we finishd it at the beginning of the summer. Have a great trip.
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:30 AM   #14
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AZflycaster is correct, I-40 gets up there in altitude through Arizona. I went back through there in the end of April and had my water hose freeze one night. That is why I chose I-10 in December.

Lloyd Bonifide is a character made up by Phil Hendrie, a guy who did a talk show that was a parody of talk shows. I heard him on KFI when I was out there. Phil actually does the voices of a weird group of call in guests who say the most outrageous things. Phil starts by having a conversation with his "guest" and then screens for callers who thinks the guests are real. It is a scream. Lloyd was an old Korean War veteran who drives a big motor home, and you better give him a wide berth on the road, or he will run you into the ditch.

My 4.5 day trip was without family in tow. Travelling from east to west gives you an advantage with the time zone changes. The Airstream is wonderful to tow, and was new at the time, as was the F350 diesel tow vehicle, so I had no mechanical issues. I just chose pull thru sites and did not unhook, saving a lot of time.

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