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Old 01-25-2010, 01:56 PM   #295
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Hey Chuck - Good call Railroaders post hit my email, but I don't see it here. Think it got pulled. I'm thinking his term in office might be a short one
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So it seems the general consensus is that slide outs are OK. We will be traveling north next week so look for us soon at a Walmart near you ( all slides out ) no awning, lawn chairs or grills.

Heres a thought .. If you already know a particular Walmart allows overnighting and you have used the facility before should you still ask permission?
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I haven't said much about all this because I haven't had to use Wal Mart are other parking lots yet,but would if traveling and to the ones that feel like some are moving to fast and should stay in camp ground to see the whole picture,well maybe those folks are still working and have limited time to go and see.I for one waited till age 62 to do any RVing and wife would have done a lot sooner,but NO! I waited till we could have time to go and stay a while.My point is this to those who have to move quit,go for it don't wait till you have the time and can afford it you might end up like the rest of us old F--t's and not have more year to enjoy,BUT I for one think it would be better NOT to let out sides or Level if your just resting.This is my wife"s dream she retires in 6 days and then WATCH OUT WAL MART we spent alot with you the last 42 years.
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Truth be known, and if RVing folks would be totally honest with themselves and others on the parking lot RV issue, it largely boils down to this simple short statement from the above:
and don't really want to pay
Nope, you're right on, I definitely don't want to pay $30 plus just to park overnight and pay for amenities I don't want or need, and I have no intention of changing. Others can put whatever name they'd like on it, it really doesn't matter to us as we do our own thing
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MOST of us went into this RVing lifestyle fully aware of most of the pros and cons of what it involved - the physical limitations some parks have for various larger RVs,
Then I guess I don't belong with the most, therefore I belong to the minority. Rest assured the reasons we purchased our little RV was well thought out beforehand. Camping was not one of the considerations, it serves a much more important role than that. It's physical size and price were very important factors, and it's definitely the size for our needs and requirements. Considering RV parks was never in the equation.
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the higher cost of fuel RV travel usually involves - AND, the typical cost for the inevitable overnight stays while on the road - including the frequent relative extra effort to locate appropriate places FOR those overnight stays!
Ah! the higher cost of fuel, I filled the tank today, it was registering (lets say 3/4) and it cost me $55 to top it off. Yes staying in a campground is certainly much cheaper, but I can't for the life of me think of why I'd want to do that. Now there's a campground (actually a park with trout fishing and all, no hookups though) about 25 miles from our home. For the last 5 years I've been invited to come and stay there, and it's free to us handicapped and seniors, so cost wasn't a consideration for not visiting, however I may take them up on the offer this year if I get the time.
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I find it hard to accept or understand, that so many apparently CHOOSE to be involved in, and purchase various fine and expensive RVs, fully expecting and planning to THEN spend so large a percentage of their stays on parking lots, rather than the many excellent, and often scenic available alternatives.
Gary, as long as you apply what you like to do to what others are doing different, you will never understand. "Different strokes for different folks" We didn't buy an RV to do what you are doing, and we have no intention of trying to do what you do.
Our last trip was a little over 65 days duration. We traveled 8000 miles, 20 of those nights we overnighted in parking lots. In, in the evening out in the morning. This will probably blow your mind but we enjoyed those stays. DW enjoys it, the puppy enjoys it and if they're happy I'm happy
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Seems far to many are so focused upon the final destination, that they totally ignore and disregard the JOURNEY, and the potential enjoyment it can provide as a PART of their travels. Speaking just for ourselves, we have found easily as much enjoyment and delight in the many scenic random and unplanned stays we have made in our RV travels across the USA, as we have the longer stays at the end of the road.

For the life of me, *I* cannot understand or accept that true, basic RV travel be a frantic white-knuckle dash from one parking lot to another, largely unaware of and ignorant of the often attractive landscapes we blindly rush thru getting to the NEXT parking lot along our way towards our final destination.

For those of that mindset, if you price it out, it MIGHT be faster, cheaper and easier, to simply travel by car or airplane, then stay in motels along the way, and at a nice resort on the other end...

I'd sell our own RV in a heartbeat, if that was all RVing was, or had to offer to us!
Ah! well we rarely have a final destination until the end of the trip and that's home. There usually are a number of destination stays along the way out and back with parking lots in between. We see landscapes but mostly it has to be from the RV. I would hardly call 55mph a frantic white knuckle dash and the stays (incl. parking lots) during the trip are well planned before we leave. What we do along the way is well planned also and these events are within our ability to enjoy.
Well yes it definitely is quicker, cheaper and easier to travel by car when you are able to. I do believe our last trip by car was in 94 and on that trip we knew it would be the last. Yep by car we had motel reservations for out and back bought our meals and white knuckled it to the next motel. Resorts were not and still are not our thing.
Well Gary if I had to do the type of RVing you do, I'd sell ours (honestly we're just not interested if that's all there was to using an RV). From 95 to 2006 we stayed at home, couldn't go anywhere, a trip to the clinics in Halifax (70 miles away) was a very trying time of it. In 2004 I looked at a Roadtrek and believed that would do the trick for getting from point A to B and back. Then the choice became a Pleasureway which ended in several disappointments. (We now know the the class "B" would have been too small so all in all everything worked out ok for us)
After the buildups and disappointments DW spotted the Vanguard on the internet and the rest is history, we can now travel to do our thing again.
It may not be RV'ing in your view and that's ok. These little journeys of ours are what we live for during the winter so whatever it is that we are doing on our outings, matters not to us what it may or may not be called, as we're doing our own thing and enjoying it.

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I haven't said much about all this because I haven't had to use Wal Mart are other parking lots yet,but would if traveling and to the ones that feel like some are moving to fast and should stay in camp ground to see the whole picture,well maybe those folks are still working and have limited time to go and see.I for one waited till age 62 to do any RVing and wife would have done a lot sooner,but NO! I waited till we could have time to go and stay a while.My point is this to those who have to move quit,go for it don't wait till you have the time and can afford it you might end up like the rest of us old F--t's and not have more year to enjoy,BUT I for one think it would be better NOT to let out sides or Level if your just resting.This is my wife"s dream she retires in 6 days and then WATCH OUT WAL MART we spent alot with you the last 42 years.
Our family has been actively involved in the RVing lifestyle - at least OUR version of it - for over 40 years! Sorry if I seem to tend to get over-enthusiastic as to some of the finer points of what the lifestyle offers - and frustration towards activities that seemingly dilute and detract - if not actually tarnish - that lifestyle.

Forum threads like this raise the opportunity to openly discuss what are sometimes widely differing viewpoints - and are read by MANY RVing newbies who are understandably uncertain of what is "normal" behavior, attitudes, and activities on the part of those who are long-time RVers.

As an active RVing group, is the image and commonly accepted activity we want to project upon beginners and those seriously attempting to learn the finer points, one of making the search for freebie overnighting a primary issue and activity? Do we REALLY want to degrade reasonable and proper RVing activity as one of cheap overnight stays for couples and their families being a main ingredient - if not perhaps THE main ingredient and determining factor?

Obviously, *I* think not - and other than unusual circumstances, would FAR rather project the image of RVing as one that is formed around a LEISURELY method of travel, one that not only ALLOWS, but ENCOURAGES investigating and enjoying travel and stays that THEMSELVES are a part of the total experience - NOT simply an obstacle to be overcome as cheaply and quickly as possible, an undesirable hurdle to be "overcome" on the way to some perceived "real" RVing goal or purpose.

Over the years, I've had a few non-RVing folks ask WHY we would spend so much for an RV, THEN spend MORE still to operate and park it in various places along our travel path - they rightfully point out that it might be CHEAPER to just drive a faster and more economical passenger vehicle, use motels, then stay in various resorts at our final destination.

To those, I point out that for US, it's NOT and issue of trying to arrive at a CHEAP way to travel, but rather, a more relaxing and enjoyable method that provides us the ability to locate scenic and interesting locations off the beaten path - to enjoy them for a few hours at the end of the day and next morning - then either stay longer if the area has extra special attractions, as has happened MANY times - or else move on down the road to the NEXT similar spots.

FAR more relaxing and enjoyable than just another cookie-cutter motel room - OR neon lit parking lot!

I wouldn't intentionally offend anyone here with my views, comments, or questions - but sure would like to freely offer my own personal vision of what "true RVing" basics are all about - and when the end of the days travels arrive, our own, is something like THIS one from a recent CG stay:



Off the "beaten path" - and NOT the fastest or cheapest way to the "final destination" - and actually COST us something to stay?

YUP - and compared to an asphalt and neon-lit parking lot, we wouldn't have it ANY other way!

What do YOU have in your RVing travel photo scrapbook to show folks wondering what RVing travel is all about?
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We are currently staying at the Spotlight 29 casino in the Indio, CA area. The local campgrounds are charging $60-$100/night. Anyone have any questions why I am dry camping? I may stay for a week! The shuttle driver stops every time I step outside my coach and the security people smile and wave every time they see us inside or outside our coach. I couldn't feel more welcome and I am as happy to be here as they are that I am here. There may be some correlation between this experience and the Wal-Mart experience.
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Gary, as long as you apply what you like to do to what others are doing different, you will never understand. "Different strokes for different folks"
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When we travel, there are times we also choose to just go slow, stop when we feel like it at a campground. But by having a business that is hard to get away sometime is limited. If we have only 3 to 4 days to get away, I don't want to spend 2 days on the road and 2days to get back So to pull off just to sleep, and take a shower I don't need or want hook-up. This is not that I am cheap. just the opposite. As a matter of fact this year we we be taking off for the full month of Feb. And the RV resort we will be staying at cost me $1,870.00 for the month. Now before someone pops off about what I am paying, I am not bragging, just pointing out that it is not the $$$ the reason I use Walmart to rest. I for one enjoy getting to my destonation asap. All the Highways look the same. Then there are times we take off, no where in particular, and use camp grounds only...Just my opinion VACMAN
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Keep in mind, that opinion polls - OR threads like this one - are comprised with MANY varying opinions - and FROM that variety, readers and participants can arrive at their own freely independent conclusion. I'd certainly NOT expect all to come to an informed conclusion from MY own purely personal viewpoint - or yours, or ANY other single individual or small group.

I, nor any other member here has ANY power to "dictate" or FORCE their views or preferences upon the rest - but we each dern certain have EVERY right - and sometimes the obligation - to make ours known, and help form our own individual small part of the larger, whole picture - even when it is distasteful and unpleasant to those who choose to oppose it!

As the man said, "different strokes for different folks!", and I'm just adding my own to the mix!

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Good post Gary. I fully agree.
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