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Old 10-05-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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Google Earth for checking campgrounds?

I use Google Earth for looking at CG's before we make a reservation and to double check GPS and other directions. Found a few surprises that the CG website doesn't give you. Seen a few that just over the fence are bad neighbors, 24hr factories or biz, landfills, commercial stockyards, and other stuff I don't care to be temporary neighbors with.
Just wondering if anybody uses this valuable tool to make life a little easier. I have one friend that uses it the way I do plus he hunts out fishing spots from space! If you set the tool function for resturants, shopping and museums and much more it shows a ton of info about your surroundings before you even get there.

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Old 10-05-2012, 08:14 AM   #2
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Yep! I use it for many reasons.

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Old 10-05-2012, 08:23 AM   #3
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Often use GE to scope out a CG - trees, spaces, access, etc.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:24 AM   #4
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Yep, also works out very well for getting an idea of good boondocking locations. Find a nice place, put a placemark on it then transfer the coordinates to my GPS.
The above post is just my experience/opinion which is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:16 AM   #5
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Good info !! I had never thought about that (among many other things) before finding this site .
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:49 AM   #6
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I'm not a fan of truck stops for a number of reasons, so I also use Google Earth and the Street View feature to locate gas stations with access to the pumps when pulling the 5th wheel. Works great, especially when you also use GasBuddy or similar sites to find some of the low(er) priced stations along your route.

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #7
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I almost always do that.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:04 AM   #8
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If you use CGs in heavily wooded areas, Google Earth isn't as useful to see actual sites in a CG, but it's definitely a good tool for finding less than appetizing things in the immediate area, or for finding out the nearest stores are 12 miles away!
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I've been surprized more than once by the CG or the immediate area. It's now a habit of using GE.
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I rarely use google earth since it's such a bloated install, but I do use baby google earth ----
google maps .... it does all the things mentioned thus far
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Has anyone had experience with WHR Resorts... what are they like..how many do they have... are they relaible... we have been approached by friends to buy a membership...... Many Thanks, Old Buzzard
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I do this all the time and love it for that purpose and others.

I also use it to decide how to make the approach to fuel stops.

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It is need to do routing on to get a feel for the roads and watching the elevation changes as well.
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Here's another great site for checking on a specific campsite.



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