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Old 02-13-2019, 06:59 PM   #15
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RV trip planner (app and laptop) along with RVpark reviews. The trip planner allows you to accurately plan how far you can reasonably drive based on how fast you are comfortable driving. I start every trip with it. We do a few days planned and then “mystery-caravan” a few days, then plan a few days. We have also been known to have a hotel stay & a fancy dinner for a night after about two weeks on the road. It’s nice and refreshing after “camping” and makes a long toad trip seem more manageable.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:56 AM   #16
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Hi, there and welcome!

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Wyoming (starting point was Virginia) this summer. I'm a planner and get a bit anxious if everything isn't planned out...untll this trip.

We planned the first few stops because we knew the route, but, once we got about three days out, we started "winging it" and it was very, very easy to do. Our routine was to drive until about noon, estimate how much longer we wanted to drive and then use Good Sams App and AllStays in conjunction to pick a place to stay for the night. I'd call from the car, (or use the internet if we were someplace where it was available) to make reservations.

Even in the summer, when everyone is traveling, it's very easy to find a place to stay out west. And, with this technique, we could better estimate when we'd be at the next stop. Some of the roads (and weather conditions) were terrible and we would have had to really push to make pre-arranged camping reservations. In addition, we got some great advice from locals in the campgrounds about different routes and where to stay next so it was easy to change our plans to adjust to the new information. We had a fantastic time and I didn't stress about making the next stop. (And remember, in a pinch, you can camp at Walmart or Cabela's.)

I would also suggest checking out Harvest Hosts (harvesthosts.com). For a very small annual fee, you can stay at vineyards and farms (and even golf courses) overnight for free. The caveat is that you have to contact the host prior to your visit and usually can stay for just one night, but it's a very inexpensive option.

Good luck and I hope this information helps!
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:44 PM   #17
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We agree with "Tweeds" above

We live in far NW Washington near BC, and for our spring and fall roadtrips and if we have to use freeways around populated places, we may book the first two nights so we can put in longer hours and not have to worry where to stay and if they have spaces. After that, we like using Allstays from the road and around noon or so, when we stop for lunch, we decide how much further to go and call from the road if we have cell service.

Doing this on our fall road trip through western Colorado, and down the "Million Dollar Highway", we chose Pagosa Springs, CO as our stop. We had no idea we came into town when their annual Color Fest weekend was happening and we had a ball, and extended our stay for a couple more nights. If we had booked each night on our travels, we could not have had the impulse to extend our stay.

Not sure where in WY you have in mind, but there are lots of places like Devils Tower near the Black Hills, SD (Mt Rushmore) and scenery around there. Buffalo is a fun place with the historic Occidental Hotel and Bar which looks nearly the same as when all the cowboy outlaws and law at some point drew a whiskey before their guns and fists came out (bullet holes a many!). Have a great adventure!
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:51 PM   #18
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You won't like this answer, but it's worked for me for 30 years. "Don't over plan, just go!"
That way, you're not stressed by having to get somewhere on time, you can always find a good campground, maybe not a state park or National park, but they're out there, even Walmart for a nite. (in middle America)
Have a decent GPS and kinda follow it, but not to the letter.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:20 PM   #19
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I agree...loosely defined. From OR...headed for key west, atlanta, the carolina's Washington mo and home. Budget = 3 months. When we left, our only firm resies were key west (2 in fiesta key )))) and for at 4 at boyd's in key west...across the river actually). OTR we made resies at lake lanier (Suwanee, ga) as it is over pres day weekend. Otherwise winging it...pho, san antonio, new iberia, gulf shores etc and the panhandle...crap for weather so winging it was the ticket as we headed for that lost shaker of salt. However that wing it stratgey got us grand lake rv resort, ocala fl. Lets take the next FW sign...camping and call it good....or the next WM. A great place to rnr, laundry, explore ocala/gainsville and just relax...( Wish i had seen touringdans post on cedar key). It was a bit of a scramble as we hokey poked it s on the west coast of fl pending our FIRM resies in the keys.

Left the keys NB winging it and discovered overflow for 1 night was the last room at the inn in Fort pierce . Certainly our desire for 2-3 days in cocoa beach or st augistine after a dozen failed calls for...can you fit in a small 20 for a couple of nights? this section of coast may be less reservable at the last minute than KW.

Having said, it a combo of both. Research the night before, with off ramp #'s or blue highsay cross highways, and a phone number. Then hit the road, turn on the tunz and wing it. Just be reasonable re planned mileage and factor in that unexpected side trip in our case the the allman bro house in macon.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:46 PM   #20
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We are newbies and after a couple local trips (being planned), we want to head to see family in Wyoming. I am in charge of scouting out the route. There are so many sites, clubs & organizations to join, that i'd like to narrow down the choices. Suggestions as to the best ones?

Second thing we need to research is storage when we're home, but not using. Current property laws do not allow to place in driveway in front of house. Local storage searches have come up empty- only 10' by 30' max. Any suggestions on where you store your Airstream when not using would be appreciated.
Welcome to the forum MADAirs!

To your storage question. We stayed at Liberty RV Park in Jersey City for 3 days last October. They have a small amount of full hook-up sites that were naturally full, but they allowed us to boon dock in the gravel-topped boat yard behind it. A couple of dozen others did like us and stayed in their overflow lot.

They had plenty of space for more boats & RV's and I'd bet for a price, they would rent a slot in their boat yard on a long term basis (it sure looked like some of the boats had been there for a while).

It is located at the very south end of Marin Blvd. just across the Hudson from the Financial District. I believe you'd take the Holland Tunnel (we used the ferry). They have 24 "rent-a-guards" on premises for whatever security that provides. They also have some 120v outlets that some of the boats were plugged into. They allowed us to use them and it kept our batteries topped up during the time we camped there. Perhaps it is worth checking out.

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Old 02-14-2019, 10:53 PM   #21
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I recently subscribed to Roadtrippers.com which is a mapping site where you can plot your route. Depending on the map layers you select, their map shows you places of interest along the route such as: Camping, Parks, Attractions, Food, Historical sites, etc.

I've not used it on a trip yet, but have already plotted our next trip out West on it. It has pointed out numerous sites along our route that I was not aware of and might have missed without it.
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:12 AM   #22
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Welcome to the forum MADAirs!

To your storage question. We stayed at Liberty RV Park in Jersey City for 3 days last October. They have a small amount of full hook-up sites that were naturally full, but they allowed us to boon dock in the gravel-topped boat yard behind it. A couple of dozen others did like us and stayed in their overflow lot.

They had plenty of space for more boats & RV's and I'd bet for a price, they would rent a slot in their boat yard on a long term basis (it sure looked like some of the boats had been there for a while).

It is located at the very south end of Marin Blvd. just across the Hudson from the Financial District. I believe you'd take the Holland Tunnel (we used the ferry). They have 24 "rent-a-guards" on premises for whatever security that provides. They also have some 120v outlets that some of the boats were plugged into. They allowed us to use them and it kept our batteries topped up during the time we camped there. Perhaps it is worth checking out.

Good luck.
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I meant 24 hr.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:50 AM   #23
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Members of Escapees RV club can have access to "Days End" Listing (fee is $10/yr less the points for your contributions to the listing). There is a mapping tool with Days End which will show you the listings where you plan on going. My trip from Ontario to Arizona each fall and back each spring is relatively unplanned - just the basic route is laid out. Using Allstays plus Days End works for me. Also consider joining the Moose and Elks - many of their lodges have RV parking, not to mention meals and entertainment.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:03 AM   #24
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Newbie Planning Trip & Storage

You have gotten a number of good suggestions on trip planning, so I will reply to your storage question. As a former resident of Northern Westchester, local prohibitive ordinances for RV storage on residential property abound. I know that finding storage for your rig is a challenge. I believe there is outdoor storage available in Yorktown Heights. Check out the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. They have had indoor storage available in years past. Check out RV dealerships in Kingston, N.Y. and in Bethel, Ct. They may have space on their lots. Here in Pa. there are a number of warehouse operations and storage yards that cater to RVs and boats. I realize that my suggestions are some distance from your home on the Island, but many of us travel some distance to store our rigs. I think you will find that storage fees are much more reasonable west of the Delaware and a spring/fall drive for several hours is not that onerous. Surf the internet and you should strike pay dirt. Good Luck!
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:35 PM   #25
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Weíve done 2 cross-country and back trips since 2015. We do not like commercial RV parks and have avoided them whenever possible. Do look for state parks and, of course, National Parks, National Monuments and US Forest Service Parks. Some even have hook-ups. Most have toilets of some sort. Invest in a 2kw generator for battery charging. We drive a maximum of ~60 mph or the speed limit, whichever is lower. Weíve found that driving up to 300 miles/day is comfortable but weíve done up 400+, which I donít recommend.
Our first trip, we sorta planned but a lot of it was done ďon the runĒ with our navigator working the iPad and phones as I drove. Second trip (November-December 2018) was meticulously planned, with reservations as needed at every stop.
In both cases, we found it worthwhile to spend an occasional night at a Best Western or similar establishment, to get the luxury of a tub bath and avoid the set-up/takedown hassle for a one night stop. We travel a lot outside of the high summer season. This avoids the crowds but gives you shorter days to work with. Your trailer is good for temperatures down into the 20s so long as you have enough battery to keep the fan running. That means keeping your trailer around 55 degrees inside. The heat pumps will work down to about freezing, then will shut off.
We only spent one night in a parking lotóat the RV Museum in South Bend, Indiana. Theyíre ok with that; several others had the same idea: and the museum is definitely worth a visit.
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I love truck stops. If you fill up, you can often use the showers in the morning for little to nothing and they are always cleans with towels, soap, etc. Plus you are not listening to dogs barking and babies crying next to you and smoke from fires forcing you to keep your windows shut. I have no problem listening to the drone of a diesel engine and they are all drive through parking spots. In the morning as the sun rises, you get your shower and a great breakfast. Give me a truck stop any day.
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:59 PM   #27
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We stayed there last summer for a few days while visiting NYC. Worked out very well. We booked well in advance. Rigs are packed in pretty tight (back in with others in a pinwheel formation) and there are no yards to speak of, but if itís short term and a way to see the city, there are foot ferries across to the city, quite regularly. Walking distance. We had full hook up and our dog was quite comfortable. Except, very little grass available for pooch to poo. Just walk up along the waterfront, youíll find something.
Laundry, showers and small tenting area as well.
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