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Old 04-16-2014, 12:07 PM   #15
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I volunteered with a Red Cross Disaster team following Katrina. I was assigned to the closest kitchen to downtown. I was the "second shift", it was a couple of weeks after the flooding.

My job was taking meals out to the needy in the red cross trucks.

When I first arrived, a ban on serving downtown was still in place by the mayor. Some of our Red Cross trucks were escorted out of the city full of food by helicopters and threatened with arrest.

I was threatened with a ticket and towing for stopping my truck in a residential neighborhood. Other than the cop, I had the only running vehicle! Cop wanted a kickback. I gave him lunch.

Corruption was rampant.

With all that said, my wife and I are likely to sign up for next years Madi Gras Rally! The food was amazing.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:20 PM   #16
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Just think of New Orleans as a third-world country where the natives speak English (well, they sort-of do). Take the same precautions you would take on a trip to Mexico or points south, and you'll be fine.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:11 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the advice. Well aware of New Orleans, both the good and the bad. Just not familiar with this particular park. Ponchatrain landing was our second choise, but really wanted to be nearer the quarter for several reasons. Being more morning and afternoon types, we will be back to the park early. Also, being Passport America and Good Sam members, our two night rate would be reasonable, taking I to consideration no taxi and shuttle charges. Probably will reserve a couple nights next week. Considering I made it through a career in law enforcement in metro Detroit, I think we'll be okay for a couple days in New Orleans.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:32 PM   #18
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I think we'll be okay for a couple days in New Orleans.
I don't doubt it for a minute. I was just poking fun at the city, like that oldie-but-goodie bumper sticker, "New Orleans. Third World and Proud of It."
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:56 PM   #19
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I forget what the shuttle charge was but we thought it reasonable and it got us back at a comfortable time. At least for us that is. There is no nearby grocery store but the two that are the closest are pretty good for a downtown store. If you arrived stocked for the duration of your stay it would be best. Of course you could always dine downtown and nothing beats that.
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:07 PM   #20
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Several years ago, we stayed at St. Bernard St. Park, which we enjoyed. About 18 miles out of French Quarter. We did not own an AS at that time so it was just two of us and A VW Eurovan Weekender.

The campground felt safe and they locked the front gate at a certain time. I don't know if it has come back since Katrina, but I guessing it has.

We made a mistake parking by Louis Armstrong park in downtown. Seemed safe. There were Mercedes, Porches, BMW's all around. We went for breakfast and came back to a pretty much cleaned out van! I believe the police station was about two blocks away too!

Luckily we were insured, and I'd still not hesitate to go to this great city anytime. I'd just be a little more careful where I park.

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Old 04-16-2014, 04:34 PM   #21
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Several years ago, we stayed at St. Bernard St. Park, which we enjoyed. About 18 miles out of French Quarter.
Yes, it's back in business. My local WBCCI Unit held our Christmas rally there a few months ago.
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:38 PM   #22
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French Quarter RV Resort

We stayed a few days over Christmas 2013. The RV park is a nicely done parking lot --just what you would expect for an urban setting. Good security and the nearby "projects" are empty.
We are not skittish about cities and have visited many all over the world. Be careful in any urban place. But have to say, we did not have any hint of any trouble on the streets between the RV park and the French Quarter or in the Quarter itself. We were out after dark but not too late --home before 12.
In fact, since our first visit to the Quarter in the early 80s --have to say it has never looked better --never felt less threatening there than this last trip.
Please go and enjoy --NOLA is unique and wonderful --and be careful and keep your eyes open just as in any other big city in the US or anywhere!
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:14 PM   #23
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We stayed at FQ RV three weeks ago for 2 nights. Felt completely and totally safe both in and outside of the park. It's a steep price but worth it for security and amenities.

Also stayed at Fountainbleu State Park but the drive across the causeway got to us after a day or two. FQ RV was great.

Truthfully the only complaints were some fellow (much younger) Airstreamers next to us who were super unfriendly, and came home both nights at 3am, yelling, singing and screaming as they got into their trailer. Ah well, can't win them all.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:36 PM   #24
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jackcat--I have lived in New Orleans and visited there several times as well and always lived to tell the tale. Haven't stayed in any of the RV parks--but please give us a follow-up on your experience wherever you decide to park.

Now for the critical advice:

The stories the cemetery tours and Haunted New Orleans tours tell are all very suspect (but also very entertaining). Don't repeat them at a dinner party.

Watch out for the guy who approaches you saying "I bet I can tell you where you got dem shoes..."

And...a late night Lucky Dog is a great hangover preventative!
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:48 AM   #25
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Does anyone have input into NewOrleans ordinances on curbside parking? I have cousins to visit there at some point and the idea has been floated to drive up and set down right in front of their house.
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Does anyone have input into NewOrleans ordinances on curbside parking? I have cousins to visit there at some point and the idea has been floated to drive up and set down right in front of their house.
Some older parts of the city have exclusively curbside parking, no driveways at all, because the homes are so close together. Others have narrow lots so that even if there is a driveway (but no garage), you couldn't park a trailer without blocking at least one driveway. In those areas, non-residents are limited to two hours curbside parking, and residents have to display a permit to park curbside for longer (and only in their own "zone").

Those areas also tend to have narrow streets, where if you've got parking on both sides, there's only one trafic lane in the middle, even if the street normally allows two-way traffic.

In parts of the city where the homes have proper driveways with garages, RVs are not generally permitted curbside, but must be tucked back in the driveway far enough that they don't stick out past the front of the house. You might get away with curbside parking in a B-van, but not a trailer or full-sized motorhome.

And of course downtown has curbside parking with meters, and since hurricane Katrina they've gone to one big meter every couple of blocks instead of individual meters by each parking space, so just because you don't see a meter is no guarantee that there isn't one nearby that you will need to feed.
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When we go to NOLA, generally every two or three years (I love the place) we stay at the FQRV. I believe it is secure - gated with good security and there are staff there all the time. The city's visitor center just a block away and is on your way to the Quarter. And a police station is there as well.

We feel safe walking to the Quarter during the daytime - the neighborhood is kinda sketchy - and if we are having dinner (and who wouldn't!) we will take a cab back to the park. Cheap - and there are cabs waiting near most restaurants.

As for St Lewis #1 - I would not go there alone. Just too many places for someone to hide. But -there are tours going in there almost all the time. If you don't want to take the tour, then just go in when they are going in and stay within view. I recommend going, it is very interesting and exotic to a Virginian, just be smart about it.

We are celebrating our anniversary this year by riding the Crescent from Washington to NO in a few weeks. Hotel (in the Quarter, natch) and planning to eat everything in sight while filling up on jazz and all the rest of the sights and sounds unique to New Orleans.

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Old 04-23-2014, 11:48 AM   #28
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As a follow up, the French Quarter RV Park has been a very good place to stay. Extremely convienient, walk to the visitor center a couple blocks away, hop on a tour bus, go all over. Street cars a couple blocks further. Walked and rode bikes all over. Iberville projects empty, being demolished. Tourists all over the place, no security issues this trip. Thanks for all the imput. So nice we decided to stay a third day.
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