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  1. Some feel better with reservations and that's just fine. We were very comfortable winging it and honestly, never had a problem doing so. We full-timed 16 years and if we would have had to make reservations for 5,840 nights we wouldn't have full-timed. However, we didn't stay in RV 'resorts' and very few RV parks. We used public campgrounds, dry camped or boondocked on public lands… only a handful of times of parking at WalMarts, etc. On the big 3-day weekends we chose to stay away from any kind of water... lakes, rivers, pools. We let the weekenders have their fun and when they left we moved in. If you travel secondary roads there are many out-of-the-way campgrounds. We didn't need park activities. We are outdoor persons and explorers. We also didn't rush travels. As many other full-timers do, we just drove a maximum of 300 miles/day and ended our day around 3pm or before. Sometimes we'd only move 100 miles. We didn't care about big cities. We enjoyed the countrysides. We tended to explore every nook and cranny of a state. For sure, everyone is different. You'll soon find what works for you. Just know that there are many ways of traveling. Have fun in your new lifestyle!
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    Ollie

    There are two RV parks close to the Arch. St. Louis RV Park which is basically a paved parking lot & it's fenced in and Casino Queen just across the river. We've lived in St. Louis and would highly recommend that you stay a night or two at Edmund Babler State Park and drive into town for siteseeing. The state park is convenient to the expressway leading to the Arch, Zoo, Museums, Botanical Garden. Leave at 8:30 am to avoid the morning rush and start heading back no later than 3pm or later at 7pm or so.
  3. I have no idea. It was a safe that the manufacturer installed.
  4. A friend had an in-the-floor safe and had a fire. He opened the safe and nothing but ash. We kept everything in a go-to-bag (briefcase - easy to grab). When we slept it was by the exit window. While we drove or if we stayed at camp it was by the front door. When we left for the day or to have maintenance done, it went in the car.
  5. This is what we found. Just get good flaps for behind the wheels. On our Alaska trip we saw owners actually removing their full across-the-rear flap because it was throwing rocks. We witnessed a layer of big rock at the base of their towed vehicle's windshield. We had just driven the same stretch of gravel & we received no rock damage. We just had the wheel flaps. Another hint is to lower your speed in those kinds of areas, especially when an oncoming vehicle approaches. Get to the right as far as you can and sometimes we even had time to stop completely because no one was behind us. Also, if you're following a semi or any kind of heavy duty truck, keep your distance behind it. Concrete and gravel trucks load up in gravel areas so small stones can get lodged in their tires and when they get going on the highway they can get dislodged and toss it at you. Sometimes, there's nothing you can do for a cracked windshield, unfortunately.
  6. We found that if you're staying long-term they'll allow it more so than if just pulling in for a day or two. The reason being.... if one site gets transient stays and one or two will wash during the week, that ground can get very soft and then when the next RV pulls in indentations/ruts begin to form. When a RV stays there and is not moved for a while there's no issue. We made good use of 'The Solution' and did sections at a time... maybe one day we did the right side; next the left side. It really doesn't take effort. We took a bucket of water & wiped the area first then applied 'The Solution' and wiped excess off and our RV sparkled. We never used wax and when we sold after 8 years it looked new. We took the motorhome to a facility for the recommended time period oil change & regular maintenance. We just put it in our budget. Never did enjoy vehicle maintenance - even on cars.
  7. Here's a sample of Benchmark's Idaho. A GPS doesn't show all that this does. It's an excellent resources if you're into exploring and using backroads. A Gazeteer map like this gives you a big picture of the area without loosing detail like a GPS does when you zoom out. If you're just going from A to B in travels then a GPS is good. Or... if you pick a gravel side road from the marked ones on Benchmark then use the GPS as you're traveling that road. That's our feeling, anyway, and we travel the backroads at every stop. https://www.benchmarkmaps.com/products-page/atlases/idahoroad-recreation-atlas
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    Alaska 2019

    If a caravan takes its customers on the road then you know it's o.k. Those using caravans don't all have the same driving ability.
  9. Benchmark has one for Idaho. That's the one I'd recommend. We had them all and each time we entered a new state that was the first thing we pulled out. They give so much information and show good backroads to travel and are very easy to read. We started out with Delorme and soon found Benchmark surpassed it.
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    Alaska 2019

    We're ones that would say "not bad". As AlF stated above it's all a matter of perspective. We love touring the back roads so a gravel road doesn't bother us. You won't have any steep mountain inclines or downs like you might have even on an interstate or those Colorado passes on secondary roads. I'd just call them small hills. We've done it in May and also in August. Both times we had good weather and that's the key. You don't want to drive it in the rain or for a couple days following heavy rain. Just be flexible and in case of rain plan to spend a couple extra nights in either Tok or Dawson City depending were you're starting from. If the weather is good when you're heading up then plan to do it then just in case you might have bad weather when you return. Dawson City is not to be missed. It's a fun little town with lots of history. As far as it being narrow... there are very few places, if any, where two vehicles couldn't pass. We never encountered any. You don't want to pull off beyond the hard packed road unless it's a well-used pull-off. The 'shoulders' will typically have very, very soft dirt and it's not safe.
  11. Basically, you can find lovely public lands places which are FREE and RV 'Resorts' which can be $100 or so. There is everything inbetween. There are so many ways to stay somewhere..... city and county parks, fairgrounds, casinos, public parks (national, state, national forests, Corp of Engineers) and RV parks for $20 and up and the Resorts which are very pricey. This goes for ALL states, including California. It just depends what you want.
  12. The only voting we did when Texas residents were in the national elections. We would never feel comfortable voting in local and state when we weren't in Texas. That's not knowledgeable voting.
  13. Why is everyone continuing to engage in conversation with this guy?
  14. I just did some quick checks: AZ State Park - the popular ones: Catalina - $15 dry - $30 E/W Kartchner - $30 50A electric Lost Dutchman - $20 dry - $30 50A electric Oregon - Beverly Beach $29 partial - $34 full hookup Washington - $35-$45 partial - $35-$45 full hookup
  15. This might turn into another Escapees Polk County issue in past years. https://www.keloland.com/news/politics/thousands-of-sd-voters-dont-live-where-they-register/1822453907
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