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  • Semi Full-time looking for advice

    Hello all.
    Well after posting many questions about problems, solutions and some park reviews I'm looking for some input.
    After 30 years of racing the clock and traffic I'll throw it in the garbage and start relaxing and hopefully enjoy the easy life. We plan on staying with family thru the holidays and leave the Phoenix area in late January and hit the road to California then up the coast to Portland then Seattle before returning back home by Memorial day 2018.
    We aren't sure of where we are going to be with exact days so we can't make any reservations for campsites. So how do we do this full time thing and find availability and locations that we can fit the DRV? With many full timers out west in the winter months are there any campgrounds that arent full? Any advice would help. We plan on heading to the east coast after Labor day 2018 thru 2019. Thanks...

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    We traveled and lived in the DRV for 8 years. We would normally try to find a campground where ever we wanted to be and make reservations for 2 weeks to explore that area. While there we would research the next location we wanted to see and find another campground. We always were able to find a spot for the big truck and trailer along with our car. Sometimes had to park the truck in the parking lot as the site was not able to hold all three units. We always planned ahead for holidays and got in a week or more before so we had a spot. It was not hard to do, just took a bit of planning ahead. Your going to have a blast not being on vacation time as you can stay as long as you like now. Not having to rush because your vacation is only so long. We found in many cases taking a back in site for the 2 weeks were less cost than a pull through and being farther back in the park too can sometimes save you money. You will pick up these little tips as you travel, always ask when making the reservation, is there any less expensive way to stay in your park? Some will give you the answer truthfully. Have fun!!
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    Stacey & Gail
    E.W.I.G. (Ex-Weigh-It-Guy)
    '04 36 TK3 / SOITC #1341
    '99 Int'l LoPro MDT
    See Bill & Joan's New Adventure Weigh-It Portable RV Scales http://www.weighitrv.com

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    • #3
      X2 on everything Weigh-it said. Yes, there are many rv'rs in the west in the winter, however, not all parks are full. We've stayed at the Voyager in Tucson for the last 5 seasons and they have never been full. Your plans will also have to include the weather, tornado season in the Midwest, hurricane season in the southeast and cold weather in the east & north. When you look for campgrounds remember to consider county fairgrounds. Nick Russell, who writes the Gypsy Journal, an online bimonthly newsletter, self publishes several books on traveling and one that lists exclusively fairgrounds. They aren't the cheapest but are usually accommodating to those rv'rs passing through. They don't always have "resort" amenities but are a safe place to stay and almost always have big rig sites. There are also many county & city parks to stay in. There are a lot of good suggestions in Don Wright's Free Campground books, they aren't necessarily free but we've found many parks we can get into. Another one is casinos, there are many that have rv parks or hookups and a free shuttle to the casino. Also, my 2 cents, don't try to see the whole country in a couple of years. We've been fulltime for 11 years and there are so many places we haven't seen. Good luck and take it slow, the 2-2-2 method, travel 200 miles, stop by 2 and stay 2 weeks.
      Last edited by missourijan; 09-03-2017, 09:42 AM.
      Jan & Thomas
      2012 Mobile Suite 36RSSB3 #5942
      2012 Ford F350
      Fulltiming since 2006

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      • #4
        Thanks for the advice. We plan on traveling during the offseason and return to home base (Colorado Mountains) between memorial day and labor day, the first year or two. After completing the lower 48 we are planning to head back to Alaska, health and wealth dependent. I will start the planning... See you all on the road..

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        • #5
          Jetstream, Check out http://www.rvparkreviews.com/ I use this web site all the time. Walt
          Walt and Judy
          2010 32RS3 MS#5341
          2011 GMC Sierra 3500 HD DRW 4WD Duramax

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          • #6
            FWIW--when you head to Portland, we found a nice park in Woodburn, OR, about 30 miles S of Portland. Well-run, clean, excellent showers/restrooms. Portland-Woodburn RV Park. There may be others, but this is the one we are at and would come back if in the area.
            Has some I-5 highway noise, but tolerable when inside.
            Enjoy the full-time--we just started out June 1 after selling the house.
            Joe
            2005 36TK3 #1869
            2010 F450 Lariat

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            • #7
              We have been full-time, as a family of four with two younger children, for the past five years in our MS Atlanta (43'). Everyone has their own preferences, of course, but I believe that one of the best things about the RV life is following the best weather. We "lived" in 36 different states and stayed in 87 different RV parks during the first four years---from Key West, Florida to Bar Harbor, Maine, to Whidbey Island, Washington, and down to San Diego, California (and many other stops in between). We never saw any snow and rarely experienced 90 degree or 40 degree weather. If you are planning on being in the Pacific Northwest in March and April, you are running a pretty good risk of having to deal with some very cool and very wet weather. I would be glad to share our detailed past travel itinerary with you if you are interested.
              2013 Mobile Suites 43 Atlanta
              2012 F350 DRW 6.7L Turbocharged Diesel (3.73)

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              • #8
                Thanks for all the good information. Really the main thing is availability across the country. Having such a big unit we wanted to make sure we could find parks that can accommodate us.
                I passed the idea to the wife that we sell the DRV and but a Lance truck camper and the reply I got back I can't share on this forum sure to it's language. .
                Needless to say after sleeping on the sofa for a night a came to my senses.
                With no rush anymore I can do my research and find the ideal location. It's going to be hard to let go of the rat race and settle back. We hope to possibly make a few rallies in the future.

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                • #9
                  I have a B-I-L who had the same idea and got the same results....
                  2005 36TK3 #1869
                  2010 F450 Lariat

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