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Old 10-04-2011, 05:09 PM   #15
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Day's End Directory is a unit for Escapees that provides almost 600 pages of free or virtually free places to camp in North America.

You have to be an Escapee to subscribe to this list. I believe the charge for the list is $5 per year. The number of free places to camp is overwhelming in this directory. Each of the pages contains about 10 free camping locations, all listed by state or province in alphabetical order.

If you go to the following web site you can see a sample page in the directory.

http://www.daysenddirectory.com/index.php?page=5


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Old 10-04-2011, 08:14 PM   #16
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Fantastic info people! Just what I was looking for and more.

I don't think a idling big rig compared to the noise of my last GF snoring, I'm used to ear plugs. Them pulling in and out might wake me. I was a bit worried about the local ordinances that seems to be cutting down on WalMart camping.
I just know there's going to be nights while trying to make miles when I just want to crash for the night, get up and get going. Paying for a KOA to do that, especially if it takes me out of my way doesn't seem like a great idea. And I'm pretty excited about the idea of being able to do this without paying for a hotel, pitching a tent, searching for a suitable recreational campground, etc.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:04 AM   #17
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The other day we were driving down the freeway past a WalMart when I saw a big, fancy motorhome parked on the outskirts of the parking lot with a HUGE grill set up and lawn chairs nearby... Talk about taking the business's generosity too far! I just hope people like that don't ruin it for everybody else.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:38 AM   #18
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You would think that if they could afford all those luxuries they could afford to go to some big fancy rv resort.
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You would think that if they could afford all those luxuries they could afford to go to some big fancy rv resort.
I'm always a little mystified by the level of amenities and just sheer volume of space some RVs provide. Combine that with the uninspiring places those big rigs often get put and I wonder why they didn't just stay at home in the driveway! Perhaps they had their McMansion they overextended to buy foreclosed on and they have to live in their giant second home. Each unto his own I suppose, but doesn't stop me from shaking my head a little.
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I'm always a little mystified by the level of amenities and just sheer volume of space some RVs provide. Combine that with the uninspiring places those big rigs often get put and I wonder why they didn't just stay at home in the driveway! Perhaps they had their McMansion they overextended to buy foreclosed on and they have to live in their giant second home. Each unto his own I suppose, but doesn't stop me from shaking my head a little.


Big rigs owners are not very different than small rig owners in that most do little more than drive to FL or AZ to spend the winter with a few weekend trips added in each year.

We traveled in a 32 foot Bounder for 6 or 7 years and had a delightful time completing two loops of the USA, a trip to Alaska and a trip to Newfoundland, actually we went to all the states but one and all the provinces of Canada in our Bounder. With sad hearts we just sold our Bounder, it is now 14 years old and we've move on to small trailers about 4 years ago.

Most people who do any kind of long term RVing seem to be good people whether they own a Scamp 13 or a Bounder 40. I remember many of those large owners going out of there way to help us adapt to RVing when we retired, the Bounder was our first rig ever and of course our first RVing experience.

Like all situations there are a minority of people who take advantage but I find it rarer among RVers than most groups. The Escapees published an etiquette for those who take advantage of Walmarts' and other's generosity.

If Motorhome owners happen to be McMansion owners fine, America is a country where people can work smart and hard and as a result become rich. The ability to become rich is part of the magic of America that we should honor. As well Motorhomes and Fifth wheels and the trucks to tow them are products still manufactured here.

It is always important to look at the whole and not to be discouraged by the few.

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Old 10-05-2011, 01:09 PM   #21
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I meant no blanket criticism of all large rigs, I have seen some that appeal. Those old 70's GMC motorhomes, larger airstream trailers, and I saw a Airstream 310 motorhome this weekend that was MASSIVE and I thought it was REALLY cool. And your point about seasonal trips and staying put there half a year does make the more "home" like rigs sound more reasonable. And my McMansion comment was in no way meant as a dig at wealthy or anything. Got no problem with people being wealthy, hope to be there myself someday. Just saying even the owner of an expensive big motorhome might be "homeless" with what's happened with the real estate bust. Lot's of people bought loans on huge properties they shouldn't have, but everyone was doing it, the banks encouraged it, may have even got an extra big mortgage to make it easy to buy a $75k rv and then, boom! Some interest rates shift or you loose that big income job you had to pay those massive payments and your out on your keaster and you have to live in your giant RV at a truckstop. Stange times for sure.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:41 PM   #22
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Norm & Ginny, Very well said.

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RE Wal*Mart overnighting - There is a Yahoo! group that advocates for it.

walmartrving : WalMart RVing

They DO have a "code" that they suggest, ALWAYS ask permission, ALWAYS say thank you, and NEVER abuse the privelage.

They ALSO maintain a database of US Wal*Marts that allow ##AND## those who do NOT allow overnight parking. (They are vehement that it is NOT "camping"). They also get into some... ahem... "heated" discussions on the topic. But, if nothing else, the database is cool.
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Well said except the part about the trucks being made in America, The new Ram's formerly known as Dodge Ram's are now made in Mexico, at least the big ones are, maybe not the 1/2 tons.
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I stayed in the dirt overflow lot behind a Loves truck stop outside Bakersfield the other night. The main truck parking was darn full. There was a few other trucks around, but with ear plugs it was pleasant and restful. Woke to prairy dogs playing under the scamp.
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The other day we were driving down the freeway past a WalMart when I saw a big, fancy motorhome parked on the outskirts of the parking lot with a HUGE grill set up and lawn chairs nearby... Talk about taking the business's generosity too far! I just hope people like that don't ruin it for everybody else.


Unfortunately they do! Walmart started the park-camp to allow sleepy rv's to get off the road and get a few hours rest. But of course cheap people abuse the perk. And vacation at Walmart.......................... It's ridiculous!


If we use the perk of pulling in to get off the road to a safe place as it was intended to start with, then there is nothing wrong with it.


But pulling in, setting up camp, is just wrong!
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I've used wal-marts, and truck stop...just get out of the way...have also parked back of a Hotel, keep the lights off and get up and go....
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