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Old 03-13-2018, 07:48 PM   #1
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Where to park the RV?

What exactly are the limits to RV'ing. You can only stay in so many places with a big camper.

I'm familiar with State and National Parks and Forest Service campgrounds.

I've seen a few RV Parks but never stayed in one. Are there different types or categories of these?

I assume boondocking is just pulling off the road on gravel / dirt roads to where ever you are allowed to park the RV.

I've seen references to BLM (I assume Bureau of Land Management). Is this boondocking or do they have campsites?

Are you allowed to overnight in rest stops along the interstate if you're just traveling along?

Any other major places to go in an RV
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Wow, those are great questions and I can't wait to hear the answers to some of them myself.

A few I can. I have had RV's for years from tents to pop-up's to my current 39' 5th wheel.

As far as RV parks I look to see if they have a website and what it says/shows about sight sizes. I then look at Google maps satellite view and see how the layout looks as far as how I get in and out of a site I'm interested in. If that doesn't do it, I call and confirm. The sites can vary from just electric/water to 50 amp service (for two AC units) and sewer outlet. A site may be 45' long and accommodate your rig, but are you going to be able to fit your long bed crew cab truck there too? Are you going to have enough room to back in if you do not have a pull-through site and someone is in the site across from you? I don't like being slide to slide with another rig.

I know you said you know state parks, but two northeast ones that I have been at and you can get screwed unless you know exactly what site access you have are Raystown Lake in Huntingdon, PA and Cape Henlopen State Park in DE. Cape Henlopen has greatly limited large rig sites.

Not sure about rest stops, but watch for "No Overnight Parking" signs and make sure you lock your rig if inside. There have been scammers/thieves around . . .

Others will have to answer some of your other questions. Good luck
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Overnighting in Rest Areas varies state to state. Most states, but not all, out West allow it. Florida does not. Same with Walmarts. Most do unless local ordinances prohibit it. Same with Cracker Barrelís, Cabellas and many others. Alaska is wide openóyou can overnight about anywhere you can fit your rig. Notice I said overnight parking. It is not camping, you donít get out the grill, etc., and you donít make a mess. Many casinos also allow, even encourage parking. As I type this we are spending our second night at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson. There are probably 100 or mor rigs of all types here and they do not mind you unhooking, putting out the slides, stabilizers down, running generators, etc. They even have garbage dumpsters scattered around, itís quiet at night, well lit and security patrols the area. Free, too. Well, except for the money my wife has dropped on the slots and the buffet dinners. LOL
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Bill has provided a very comprehensive answer.
I personally avoid rest stops and truck stops. Rest stops are OK, but only provide a rest room and truck stops can be downright dangerous for your camper. One of those big old dinosaur truck trailers can easily brush against your camper and do a lot of damage without the truck driver even being aware.
I use an app called ONP Walmart - it shows pretty much all the Walmarts around the country and includes user comments concerning overnight parking. It doesn't get any better than that for overnight parking. Reasonably clean restrooms and food are readily available. There are usually other restaurants nearby as well.
Boondocking is done anywhere you want - it merely refers to staying in your camper without hookups.
If you are retired military you could also stay at famcamps at the various military installations around the country.
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Use an app such as allstays to help you find sites. I also use campendium, park advisor and ultimate campground.

You could look in to thousand trails and Harvest Hosts.

Some discount programs are good sam and passport america.
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I'd like to revisit this question. My wife and I just took a short vacation to the Eastern Shore of Virginia (Chincoteague Island area) and visited two KOA campgrounds. Are there other national "chains" like KOA that host RV's?
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I own a portable generator but haven't used it in a few years. We very seldom boondock because we tend to be destination travelers i.e. we tend to go some place for a specific reason then we come back home.

We've found if we overnight along the way it's much easier to find a little (almost always Passport America) RV Park for less than $20. It's so much simpler and almost always a 50amp hookup. No hooking up to the generator, no gasoline, no gas can....
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Passport America doesn't own and operate campgrounds. Is KOA the only nation wide owner / operator?
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Passport America doesn't own and operate campgrounds. Is KOA the only nation wide owner / operator?
Passport America is a service for lack of a better word.

Some RV Parks join it's network and usually offer 1/2 price stays. Almost always with specific limitations.

Individual RVr's can also join for an annual fee giving access to the network of campgrounds.

Depending on where you go it can be a win, but we have also found usually you need to sift through the offerings.
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We have belonged to Passport America for a few years and have used it at least enough to pay for the membership and a bit more. Only downside, other than many having some restrictions, we have encountered is that in many cases we have been assigned some less than stellar campsites, meaning their least desired ones. So in many cases we got about what we paid for.
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Federal lands you can stay in one spot for 14 days and then have to move. BLM lands are boondocking no services usually same 14 day limit. Corps of Engineer parks you can camp for 14 days and then have to leave the park for 14 days you can't just change spots. Some private parks and state parks have 30 day limits.
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So I take it that KOA is the only nation wide owner / operator of RV Campgrounds.
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So I take it that KOA is the only nation wide owner / operator of RV Campgrounds.


Yes but they are a franchise operation if that makes any difference.
There are other regional brands
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Yes but they are a franchise operation if that makes any difference.
There are other regional brands
Other regional brands? Of KOA's or a different company...could you please explain.
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