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Old 03-12-2014, 10:28 AM   #15
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My brother stayed for six months at the Flying J truck stop in Calgary. Eventually the police showed up at 2 am and told him to move on. He now has his ~40 fifth wheel parked in the trees on the 22x highway right of way, also inside Calgary. You can see his trailer, and three trucks, if you know where to look, for about a second, when you drive past on the 22x. If it is wet, it is hard to get in there. Lots of mud.

Since he built an 8'x8'x7' cube, with a 50" flat screen, he now sleeps in his employers parking lot. The fifth wheel has not been slept in for about six months. He has dropped of another truck there, since he now drives an International 4700 crew cab with a 40' crane.

Canada is a strange place. Well, the parts that my family inhabit any way.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:29 AM   #16
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Calistoga, CA fairgrounds is pretty good, not expensive and walking distance into town as long as there is not a fair going at the time.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:53 AM   #17
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You should take time to read ALL of the current posts and pick up additional info and questions in that manner. If you click on NEW POSTS at the top you will get the last 50 or so. This is a great way to learn and find out what you don't know about.

There is a current post about a very interesting coupler lock here:
Anyone have one of these tongue locks?

The idea is to at least slow down the bad guys, and late model Casita's are a favorite.

Again, read everything posted until you can sort what you might not need or already know, that should only take about a year.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:18 AM   #18
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Well as far as the chain on the wheel goes - just run it through the holes in the tires rim and through something else on the underside of the trailer or attach to something close by if there is something. Otherwise just leave through the trim - pain to drive with a chain on the tire ;-) The thing with any size of chain is it can be cut and if someone wants the trailer bad enough they will cut it. The chain simple slows the process down - hopefully long enough for someone passing by to notice. In the link below there are actual wheel locks you can purchase but they are heavy to carry around and pricey! There are also a number of different couple locks as well on the link. Coupler locks are a little harder to remove than a simple wheel chain.

The link to E-trailers Trailer Locks.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:20 AM   #19
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Canada is a strange place. Well, the parts that my family inhabit any way.
Trust me in my part of Canada if you leave any vehicle parked on the side of the road or near a highway for more than 24 hours it will be towed! In my own neighbourhood the neighbours will call the police if they notice a strange car parked thats been parked and not moved for more than 48 hours in the neighbourhood - more than one person has had a visiting friends car towed in error!
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:21 AM   #20
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You might want to try camping for a weekend or two with someone who is an avid camper. Only way to learn the in's and out's.
Good luck, you will eventually find it fun.

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Old 03-12-2014, 11:37 AM   #21
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Welcome to Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area! Welcome, too, to the FGRV life! I live in Marin County and was born and raised in SF. You might want to read this article on the recent crackdowns on RV street parking in SF. S.F. Transit agency seeks to set limits on RV, truck parking | The Ocean Beach Bulletin

Your solution regarding parking on a friend's property in Santa Rosa sounds great in that you would get free camping. The downside is the commute from Santa Rosa to Corte Madera. The 101 HW corridor is the ONLY ROUTE and the road from Santa Rosa to Corte Madera is notorious for it's similarity to a parking lot in the early commute and it is not much better heading north in the late afternoon. (If you can flex your hours to non-commute times you might fare better.) You can look online at 511.org to get real time reports on the traffic here. While traffic may not be as heavy in the summer, due to lack of school and staggered vacation schedules, it is still heavy. There is a SMART train in the building stage but will not be ready this summer. If you can, you might want to choose to take a public bus, but I would suggest a commute or express bus. As I look on the Golden Gate Transit express/communte bus schedule from Santa Rosa at commute times I see that they do not stop in Corte Madera. They sometimes stop in San Rafael, but then you have to transfer to a local bus to get to Corte Madera. I recommend that you not transfer as public buses are notorious for not making connections on time. While the bus may or may not go faster than a car, because it can use the HOV lane, at least you do not have the frustration of driving in traffic. There are Airporter buses that go from Santa Rosa to San Rafael and they cost about $34 each way. If you take a bus I suggest that you have a fellow camper pick you up at the San Rafael bus station AKA "The Hub". Otherwise I would suggest carpooling (2 to a car, I think) so you can use the HOV lane. You can get bus and carpooling information also on 511.org. There is a real time carpool matching service called "Carma" (cute, huh?). https://www.car.ma/blog/san-francisco-bay-area/

Another option would be to store your RV in a low-cost facility and stay with a friend who lives closer to Corte Madera. Or, you could store your RV in Santa Rosa during the week go camping elsewhere on the weekends. Perhaps a fellow camp counselor would take you in during the weekdays. Contact me in a PM (Private Message) and I will tell you about a low-cost and secure storage facility. It is not in Marin County as fees here are outrageous!

There are lots of beautiful places in Northern California in which to camp. A warning here, though...during the summer (weekdays &) weekends the most popular places are packed and reserved. I suggest you make your camping reservations TODAY!

I give you this information so that you come here prepared for the reality of driving here. I wish you great travels and feel free to contact me anytime.
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:06 PM   #22
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Where will you be in Colorado? Just wondering if you'll run into some of the same challenges in terms of finding an affordable place to stay.
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:21 PM   #23
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You might want to contact your future employers and explain your situation. Maybe a student or co-worker could offer a place nearby.
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:00 PM   #24
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Some campgrounds have monthly rates. If you get in a campground that has a camp host tell them when you will be away so they will be aware of any activity around your camper. There's another way to camp cheap, be a host or work camper. Duties and times vary. One fellow camper where we wintered camps free because he manages the Wifi system, others did maintenance work in the park.
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Old 03-12-2014, 03:58 PM   #25
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I have a blog for you to check out. Sign up for her email list. Very cool information and experiences and I think she is about your age.
becky@interstellarorchard.com
She full times, workcamps, etc.
Enjoy all the reads.
I'm glad you found this forum. Let your adventures begin. PM me if you are going to Colorado.
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:13 PM   #26
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There was recently a discussion over on the tnttt site about securing a trailer against theft. The general opinion was to have a lock that the thief can't get bolt cutters or a saw on, at least not easily. A couple of the locks I like I found on etrailer, they are the Master Lock 377DAT, and the Blaylock BLTL-38 or the BLTL-36. Maybe a more computer savvy member could move the pictures onto this thread.
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:44 PM   #27
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Most state parks will allow you to dump waste and refill water even if you don't have a site, you may need a day use or annual state park sticker. I always had one so don't know if they would have made me purchase one if I did not.

Don't know about all states but here you can stay in the state park as long as you want BUT you must change sites at least every two weeks, with reservations it might be tricky to get a new site every two weeks for two weeks, someone may have it reserved for the next week end.

You can not really secure a camper or it's contents from theft if left in a vulnerable location. You can make it harder to drive off with using locks (good idea even in a gated storage facility) and less appealing to break into by not having valuables in sight if someone looks through the windows. Best suggestion is have it someplace secure if you are going to leave it for days or weeks.

If you are going to be sleeping in the camper nightly you might check around with builders at subdivisions or nice homes being built in out of the way locations, theft of building materials is a big problem so some builders have people in campers at the construction site. Locally I know of at least one that provided electric and a small monetary amount for watching the construction site at night. So it might be worth contacting builders once in the area.

There was some discussion at one time about using a phone locator app on a cheap phone left on all the time in the camper as a poor mans lo-jack. Assumes phone can be left plugged in and placed in somewhat hidden location to keep it charged and unnoticed. Wonder if lo-jack does campers? If so what they charge.
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In CA as well as in most federal campgrounds, there are limits on how many day in a row you can spend there. There are also some regulations on how many weeks in a year you can stay in some campground systems.

These are to prevent full timers from taking the spaces that vacationers and those travelling need.

Let's agree to not look for ways to circumvent those rules and regulations.

Besides that, at $35 a night and up, CA State Parks are often more than a full hook-up RV park.
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