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Old 02-24-2014, 10:47 AM   #15
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Get by with as little new stuff you need for your trailer until you decide what you really need. They is so many things that Rvers buy that they never use, but felt at the time that they just had to have it. Go slow and look for deals.
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One of your first purchases should be the Trailer Life Directory (guide to RV parks and campgrounds). My 2012 edition listed for $25, and I think I paid about $20 from Amazon.com. Here's a link to the 2014 edition, but you can also buy it at most campgrounds, RV parks, and maybe even Wal-Mart.
2014 Trailer Life/Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory: Amazon.com: Books

There are numerous campground and RV parks in the San Joaquin valley and in the foothills and mountains of "Gold Country" to the east of there. We prefer the nicer campgrounds run by Good Sam or KOA. Such as Riverport Landing in Stockton. Flag City in Lodi. Jackson Rancheria in Jackson. And up the hill to Angle Camp. Many others throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
Although I'm a new R/V owner I have rented motorhomes. Whereas SmokeyWren prefers "the nicer campgrounds run by Good Sam or KOA" I will use them when I have to. I prefer "boondocking" in National Forests, National Parks and State Parks. I don't know much in the San Joaquin Valley, but there are places in the Delta (although I'm usually in the Delta on my sailboat). But in the Sierra, where the trees are pine and fir, are many National Forests with very many campgrounds that accept R/Vs. A good site to begin with for National Forests is:
USDA Forest Service - Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness
For National Parks near the San Joaquin Valley there's Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. We've R/V camped a couple times in Yosemite, once in the valley and once at Hogdon Meadows. Had a great time both times. I haven't camped in Sequoia or Kings Canyon since my backpacking days when I entered those parks from the east. But I know that there are othe R/Vers that enjoy those parks frequently.
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We made out like bandits at our local Big Lots when stocking up our trailer for the first time. I'd guess we spent half what we would have at Walmart and it's all name brand stuff.

We also use a lot of dispoable plates/bowls/cups. Not real heavy, cheap to buy and you save on a lot of dishwashing time, food bits in the grey tank and water consumption.
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In my last post I couldn't think of places in the Delta. Well now I do.

There's Delta Shores Resort and Marina just south of Highway 12 on the Mokelumne River. I've not been there by land vehicle. Look it up on Google Earth for location. Website: http://vistaresorts.net/deltashores.php

There's Owl Harbor on 7 Mile Slough. The website doesn't even talk about it as an RV park, but both times that I've been there by water I walked around the park and saw a few RVs. The place is a little 'funky', especially the docks, but the people are great. I don't believe that they've got any full hookup sites. If you call them the lady that runs the place (I think her and her husband own it) is Devery. Tell her that Sam Crabtree referred you to her. The Owl Harbor website is: Owl Harbor Marina

Nearby is Brannan Island State Park. There are RV sites there. Website Brannan Island SRA

And the Brannan Island KOA. One reviewer on YELP said: "
However, of the many KOA's I've ever visited, this is the most un-KOA-like campground I've ever been to, not that there's anything wrong with that.
" YELP Website: Brannan Island KOA - Isleton, CA | Yelp

And there are MANY more. But that should get you started.
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PrdNavyWife In my last post I couldn't think of places in the Delta. Well now I do. There's Delta Shores Resort and Marina just south of Highway 12 on the Mokelumne River. I've not been there by land vehicle. Look it up on Google Earth for location. Website: http://vistaresorts.net/deltashores.php There's Owl Harbor on 7 Mile Slough. The website doesn't even talk about it as an RV park, but both times that I've been there by water I walked around the park and saw a few RVs. The place is a little 'funky', especially the docks, but the people are great. I don't believe that they've got any full hookup sites. If you call them the lady that runs the place (I think her and her husband own it) is Devery. Tell her that Sam Crabtree referred you to her. The Owl Harbor website is: Owl Harbor Marina Nearby is Brannan Island State Park. There are RV sites there. Website Brannan Island SRA And the Brannan Island KOA. One reviewer on YELP said: "However, of the many KOA's I've ever visited, this is the most un-KOA-like campground I've ever been to, not that there's anything wrong with that." YELP Website: Brannan Island KOA - Isleton, CA | Yelp And there are MANY more. But that should get you started.

Thank You so much for your help!! I really do appreciate the information.
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