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Old 06-17-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
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Iíve been doing a lot of reading on the web and various forums about a big adventure my family is going to take. Figured that by joining a couple of forums I could actually ask some questions rather than fret about them!

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My wife and I are in our early 30ís. We have 4 dogs (3@ 50 pounds and a 14-pounder). We travel extensively for the dog sport called Flyball. The dogs have competed all over California, Reno and Las Vegas. We typically drive our 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan and either tent camp or hotel it.

This yearís Championships are at Purina Farms outside of St. Louis, MO and weíve been invited! Thereís very inexpensive (possibly even free) RV set-ups at the Farm and itís going to be 3 long days of competition -November 12-14.

So weíve decided to rent an RV and drive from the Bay Area to St. Louis via I-5 and I-40. We have a schedule that we have to meet on the way there but could take an extra day or two on the way home.

Iím a big planner so I already have a number of questions. Iím also very interested in learning from those who do this all the time!
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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you can get rv park ideas by looking up rvparkreviews.com. It lists parks by state and city and near by cities...they also have the park web site...figure 250 to 300 miles per day, assuming you plan on stopping to walk the dogs and feed your self. I think any more miles then that in a day takes the pleasure out of the trip..
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This will be fun. Good thing you've found a rental agency that allows the dogs. Might want to bring a power inverter. That way you can charge up your laptop and maybe watch tv without having to run the generator since they charge extra for generator time.
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This will be fun. Good thing you've found a rental agency that allows the dogs.
Cruise America and a newer outfit called Apollo. Apollo charged a $250 pet fee and is a tad more expensive than Cruise American but it might be worth it to not be covered in a giant advertisment.


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Might want to bring a power inverter. That way you can charge up your laptop and maybe watch tv without having to run the generator since they charge extra for generator time.
Thanks Bob! This is just the sort of stuff I'm loking for. I'm now adding "power inverter?" to my list.
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