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Old 05-04-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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What's your opinion on the best RV travel guide. Consider if info is up-to-date, accuracy and completeness of info re, RV camping sites (facilities available, fees, recreational activities, etc)., information stations along the way, sites to see along the way, don't miss restaurants, historic sites, best maintenance service centers, Walmarts allowing free parking, etc?

Also, any good internet sites with complete info.?

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There is none. There are to many variables.
Price, personal likes, interests, hobbies and time available.
What is more important, the final destination (RV Park) or the journey getting there?
I maintain a 50+ tab (for all 50 states) journal and bucket list of places I want and have to see or experience. I add to it whenever I see on tv, books or magazines etc or hear of a place that sounds interesting. Then it is planning a route that goes by places in my journal.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:42 AM   #3
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I go with up to date info.
rvparkreviews.com to find my campground. (ie: via google, "rvparkreviews napa, ca)
Then I google "visit city, state" (ie: visit napa, ca) to find out what to see and do.
I always have a good campground and can choose things to see and do that I like.
There may be other ways, but these have not failed me.
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Have to agree with doggy daddy, at best you can compile information, based on interests. I have a folder for 49 states and Canada, and when I come across something at interests me I save it. I also have a folder just for amusement parks. I get some great ideas from forums, travel magazines, blogs, and several apps on my iPad, such as campwhere, national parks app, BOTR (best of the Road) , food app, roadside America. It isn't hard, because just in everyday reading you come across ideas. There is even a website that lists all the 'tourist' trains in North America!
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I carry a 'library' that is quickly getting replaced by my iphone:

1. Good Sam Campground guide (book and iphone app)
2. The Next Exit (book and app)
3. KOA campground directory (book)
4. AAA state by state travel guides (great for finding interesting places in small towns along the way)
5. Truckers Road Atlas (so I get an idea of the route and not let the GPS guide me blindly)

I keep the books only to allow my co pilot to quickly look things up. Other apps include:
- National Park Maps
- iRV2 (of course)
- AllStays Camp&RV, Rest Stops, WalMart (3 apps)
- Woodalls
- Trip Weather
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I don't know of any that has all that rolled into one guide, except perhaps The Milepost for Alaska tourists traveling via the Alcan Highway. But there are several excellent sources on individual topics. Here are a couple:

Campgrounds and campsites: Trailer Life/Good Sam Campground Guide and website; rvparkreviews.com; Allstays campground app (for smartphones & tablets)

Overnight free parking & Walmarts: overnightrvparking.com
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I have found some of the best travel guides to be the members here.
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We don't use the camping books or apps. RVparkreviews is just not updated very often by a lot of people so there are old reviews from last year or even the year before. If more people actually put the reviews on there then maybe but with as few that do it, not for us. When we are on the road we just use Google Maps on the phone and just have it look for "RV resort campground park" in the area that we are near. It pulls up all kinds of parks including those that are NOT in most apps. Those are usually the mom and pop ones that we have gotten better prices and service at.

As with any place that you will want to stop thou, if when you first pull in and it gives you a bad feeling just turn around and find another place.
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I always carry a trailer life campground directory. Before a long trip, I sit down figure out where I am going, go to the directory and call each state and get two maps (one for the MH and one for the Toad) and a state guidebook. I go through the guidebook and plan what I want to see. Then I plan my route.
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I find Streets & Trips very helpful when planning a trip. This gives me an idea of campgrounds, food and points of interest in the area. You can set your preference for travel. After I find a point that is about the distance we want to travel for the day, I look for campgrounds in the area.
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While not a camping directory..

I won't leave without the mountain directory that let's me know what the grades up/down are. Invaluable.
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