Every answer will give you a different opinion. We are all different and have different needs and interests. Don't glue yourself to a set plan. Hit the road with no preconceived ideas. Relax and let your journey evolve.
There is no right or wrong way.
I used to have Rand Mcnally GPS' but their lifetime maps timed-out @ 3 years. So, I bought a cheap OHREX Chinese trucker GPS off Amazon for $70. It has been entirely accurate here in the lower 48 for 3 years now. Maps updates must be purchased and come on an SD card for something like $26 ea.
I'm about to start a month (or so) long roadtrip from Los Angeles to Maryland in my Class B with dog. I've mostly sussed out my route along the mid /lower states due to temps around now.
Does anyone have any route suggestions or must see stops along the way they'd recommend?
Or any advice in general.
Are any clubs/memberships a good idea to have. I have Harvest Hosts & an America the beautiful pass.
I'm hoping this trip will help me decide whether to make the leap to full-time or not. I've enough savings not to have to panic but not enough to last forever! At 51yrs old it's a big step.
I think I might enjoy the workamping life. I've worked everyday since leaving school at 16. Mostly 7 days a week as I work with animals (which unfortunately hasn't made me rich). It will be quite an adjustment not having to get up to do something, not quite sure how to get my head around that!
Any advice gratefully received. 😁
Welcome. All of us started someplace and we all camp differently. What suits one person won't suit the next one. You are wise to begin asking questions. Don't be surprised if the answer to one question raises five more questions. That's how we learn.
We started out with annual memberships in Passport America, and quickly went to a lifetime membership. We don't use them as much as some people, but when we do that discount is nice. We've saved far more than the membership cost each year we did the annual thing, and we've already paid for the lifetime membership, too.
We also have a KOA membership. Sometimes they are pretty much the only place to stay. They aren't our first choice by any means, but we do use them. Cheap? No. Decent? Yes.
COE parks are often good places, and are our first choice. If you are old enough to get a "geezer" pass you can get substantial discounts on the camping AND free admission to many Federal places. We winter about an hour from Carlsbad Cavern and our geezer pass gets us in for free.
Second choice for us are State parks. They are NOT the same as Federal parks, so your geezer pass doesn't help. However, most offer senior citizen discounts anyway, as well as military discounts. Some States charge out-of-state campers extra fees, so be sure to check.
The best hidden gems are the city and county campgrounds. Some of these are free for a night or two. Some are the State or County fairgrounds.
For all of these government-run campgrounds, what you get varies. Some have FHU pull-thru sites, while others only have electricity. Again, check in advance.