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Old 12-10-2015, 05:58 PM   #1
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Campground reviews and travel routing

About to go full-time and planning on traveling throughout the US. Any suggestions for the best apps or websites?

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About to go full-time and planning on traveling throughout the US. Any suggestions for the best apps or websites?
Hello and Welcome Fins!

This one seem to be quite poplar with most RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks , I use it also......

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Old 12-10-2015, 06:22 PM   #3
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Second that and add rvservicereviews.com
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Old 12-10-2015, 06:28 PM   #4
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We use Allstay for campgrounds. We use Truck& Travel for lots of other info including grades and low clearance. Our bible is our Rand McNally Road Carrier Atlas. Its red roads are truck routes. So if a truck can go there so can we.
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Old 12-10-2015, 06:42 PM   #5
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Should add Mountain West/East directories.
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Old 12-10-2015, 07:35 PM   #6
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We have Passport America, KOA and Good Sam's for camping discounts. They have apps for smart phones as well. We always carry The Next Exit. Helps locate gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, etc. that are RV friendly along the major highways.
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:25 PM   #7
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If you plan on utilizing the national forest campgrounds which are awesome in the West, we used this:

Campground Directory and National Forest Campgrounds

For the West we also used the Benchmark series of road atlases. There are one for each western state and they show public campgrounds and areas and have good gravel roads marked which are great for siteseeing. Their maps are very easy to read. You can purchase them online or sometimes the local bookstore or visitor center has them.

In our 16 years of full-timing we never did any 'planning' as such. We'd just pick a direction or state to visit and take off. Then we could easily do research on that particular area or state by using 'Google'. We also visited local visitor centers and again, since we enjoy public parks and campgrounds, we used the Benchmark atlases which shows some hidden gems.
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If you are 62 years old or older get an "America the Beautiful" pass. It will cost $10 plus postage if you have it sent to you or if you go to a National Park many can issue a pass at the gate. The pass is good for your lifetime and will get you into national parks, corps of engineers campgrounds and other national campsites for free and you will get a 50% discount at most campsites in national parks and COE campgrounds. Also discounts at many national museums (not all) and historic sites. I got my pass at the gate when we visited The Painted Desert in Arizona and have used it at many COE campgrounds as well as Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Grand Canyon (north and south). It can also be used at some state parks but you want to ask about it first. Some states honor it and some do not.

A Good Sam membership will get you fuel discounts at Flying J and Pilot truck stops, do a Google search on the subject to get the details. You may want to pick up a Good Sam travel directory at a Camping World. That will give you a fairly comprehensive directory of RV campgrounds throughout the US and Canada, of course it will not be complete as it is print version and out of date as soon as it is printed. It is a big book, a couple inches thick.

Lots of information in print and online from Amazon.com so you may want to take a look there under the heading of RV's and RV Travel.

And don't forget, just like you found this forum there are other forums on the web that you may want to investigate. I could tell you a couple but they would be edited out since this forum does not want competition.
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You all have given me a morningful of internet exploring to do. Something to look forward to after shoveling the driveway here in Midway, UT.
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I stumbled across the app RVParky (Android, may be available for iPhone too, I couldn't say). In 10 minutes or so of playing with it it seemed pretty good. I pushed the 'near me' button and it showed all of the campsites around me that I know about (and a few that I didn't).
Since I haven't really USED it I can't swear by it, but on the surface it seemed pretty helpful.
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Lots of great ideas here. Another good one to use is GasBuddy App and on the net. Lets you see all gas/diesel prices anywhere in the country or press the "near Me" button for the ones around you.
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You can get the Next Exit book in app form called IExit at least for iPhone. Pay for it once and then update for free. I find it very handy and easier to use than the book which you have to search for to find your location. As long as you have Internet service, the app knows where you are at but it is only for the internet highway system as is the book.
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Consider adding RV Trip Wizard to your tool bag. I use it as the starting point for all of our travels!

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