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kamo 11-09-2006 03:39 PM

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?


Chuck 11-09-2006 04:02 PM

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.

85MH325 11-09-2006 05:45 PM

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!


vajeep 11-09-2006 05:52 PM

I can help with Richmond, VA. Let me know your approx dates and I will give some ideas!


LoydBonifide 11-09-2006 07:41 PM

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. ???

robert claus 11-09-2006 08:33 PM

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).

nilesrob 11-09-2006 08:59 PM

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.

2airishuman 11-09-2006 09:14 PM

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!


TIMEMACHINE 11-09-2006 11:34 PM

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.


kamo 11-10-2006 09:10 AM

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?

azflycaster 11-10-2006 09:50 AM

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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.

ALANSD 11-10-2006 09:54 AM

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.

NorCal Bambi 11-10-2006 09:59 AM

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.

LoydBonifide 11-10-2006 10:30 AM


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.

53flyingcloud 11-10-2006 11:02 AM

GOOD LUCK ON THE TRIP..Whatever you do..stay out of Washington, DC pulling your Rv is not allowed within the city proper..You can stay at Cherry Hill RV Park, MD. Just North of Washington, (right off the beltway) if you're planning on visiting there while passing thru...Along the way of 1-81, THERE'S ANY NUMBER OF KEWL places to stay in the NORTHERN part Va. Id' say grab a Wal-Mart road atlas as well..(you never know when you might wanta pull in late)..If you have a road map CD program for a laptop chances are you can find all the campgrounds listed at their exits as well..Just a few tips..

ticki2 11-10-2006 11:45 AM

Unless you plan to visit NYC and Boston go around . Easy to get lost and lots of traffic .
Coming up the Jersey pike ( 95 ) get off at exit 10 ( 287 ) , go north to NY thruway ( 87 ) to Newburgh , then take ( 84 ) east . Much nicer drive and you'll miss the GW bridge . Have a fun trip . Also once north of DC call ahead for campgrounds , most are closed . It might pay to make a list of courtesy parking , just in case

kamo 11-10-2006 12:37 PM

Ok, so I-10 it is.

I was gonna stop in Oklahoma at relatives, so I either skip that or figure out how to get up there from I-10.

2cowpokes 11-10-2006 02:07 PM

I use all three of the directories mentioned (Trailer Life, Woodall’s, KOA) and the Rand McNally atlas available at Wal-Mart (because it gives the location of Wal-Mart stores in every state/city).

In addition, I make considerable use of “The Next Exit”, a one-inch thick paperback that shows facilities (lodging, food, fuel) at (almost) every interstate exit in every state. Their website –
I bought mine at Camping World. A new edition is available each year. It is very useful for planning fueling stops, especially if you have “rewards” cards from any one of several organizations (Flying J, Good Sam Club via Petro truck stops, Wal-Mart, etc.) that offer fuel discounts to card-holders.

In addition to AAA maps and their “TripTiks” , I also use DeLorme’s “Street Atlas USA 2006” which is a PC-based mapping program that includes a CD or DVD with almost every street and road in the country. New versions are available each year with corrections/additions. It is especially useful in negotiating unfamiliar routes (especially interstate interchanges) and in planning bypasses of major metropolitan areas.

Once I determine potential fuel stops for the following day using “The Next Exit”, I use “Street Atlas” to view the exit off-ramps and street(s) leading to my desired fuel stop.

azflycaster 11-10-2006 03:00 PM


Originally Posted by kamo
Ok, so I-10 it is.

I was gonna stop in Oklahoma at relatives, so I either skip that or figure out how to get up there from I-10.

I did not mean to discourage you from I-40, I only wanted to point out that Flagstaff would not be a good place to camp. If you are going to Tulas, I-40 is the way to go in my opinion. I would avoid Phoenix during the rush hours at any cost.

kamo 11-10-2006 07:05 PM

azflycaster, how far past Flagstaff do you have to drive to get down from the mountains into warmer air?

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