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Old 04-15-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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New RV owner going to Univ Graduations

Greetings from Colorado! We are excited to find people here who can relate to our situation. We will pick up our first ever motorhome the end of this month- upgrading from truck shell and tent trailer camping. We have two kids graduating in May and wanted to take our new MH on its first outing. We are comfortable traveling highways and back roads and camping.. but nervous about what we will be able to do with our RV when we are in Nashville and Houston where our kids live. Hate to stay far away from them but not finding places very close and they both live in apartments that do not allow RVs in the parking lots. We plan to haul a toad so getting around won't be a problem, but RV security is a new issue for us. Any suggestions for finding places to park without having to travel long distances to be with family?? Any suggestions to make our home more secure if we have to leave it parked somewhere?

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:57 PM   #2
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This may or may not apply. We will be leaving our motorhome at a nearby casino while spending time with family. The reason, the casino camping/parking lots (at least in this area) have security patrols.


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Old 04-15-2012, 10:20 PM   #3
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. Hope you enjoy your time here and the many fine folks you'll meet. Have a great time on your travels, be safe and Happy Motoring!!
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:22 AM   #4
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Welcome to IRV2! Sure glad to have you join us! Can't really help on the question since we have only had our MH less than two months. Good luck & God bless!
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:49 AM   #5
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Hello and welcome to IRV2. I would find the closest campground and stay there. While you are gone for the day just lock up. We have never had a problem while we are out and about. Congratulations on the kids graduations.
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Howdy and welcome. I agree with Brenda, find a nearby campground. Have fun.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:13 AM   #7
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You should check with the Universities and see if they will let you dry camp in their parking lots.

We just visited the U of Florida last week (we have a HS Junior who is looking at collages) and they let us stay in one of their patrolled parking lots. As U of F is geared up for many motorhomes on football days, having us in the off season was no big deal.
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:04 PM   #8
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:12 PM   #9
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most campgrounds are secure. However, security is always founded in common sense. If its hot, you can open a roof vent, close & lock all windows large enough for entry (make sure to take you keys, you'll find some funny stories here on iRV2 about that, tho not so funny at the time; in fact I could tell you one), and maybe run an exhaust fan for air circ. Lock up any outside compartments, especially ones that have access to interior or rig (some have hatch to area under a settee where a thief can get into the coach).
Most places you can find a park that is within 30-45 minute commute to your destinations. It is what it is as far as camp locations go in cities. Good advice about campus parking where allowed.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:47 PM   #10
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Welcome to irv2. Congrats on your new MH.
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:49 AM   #11
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Thanks for the welcome! We are at our first univ event. My son discovered that the apt manager was much more accommodating than he thought they would be. We are parked in the lot, taking up two spaces, mostly due to low hanging trees, and sleeping there because out bed is more comfortable than the air mattress they could offer us. For our next stop, for my daughters' graduation, we found a inner city campground just a couple miles from downtown and then heard back from our inquiry with the university that we are welcome to park in their lot and stay on campus for free. Good to have options! We also decided to haul a little geo tracker with us, but haven't found it as necessary as we anticipated. Next time we would probably leave it at home for a trip like this..... but ask me again in a few weeks when we get home from this first big excursion!
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the RV....
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