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 12/12/2008 8:08 PM
 
I wrote this post early this morning, and somehow "Lost" it. So here goes again.
I picked up my 5ver & truck end of Nov in NJ, brought it back to my son's house in NY for a few days until I left to drive south. First night I stopped at a CG/RV Svc. at PA/MD border where I had it dewinterized, and paid an awful lot of money for estimates which were so high that I didn't have any of it done. What a rip-off, the cost of the estimate is applied if you have the work done there. I moved on to a CG in Staunton, VA next night, where I discovered I had no propane, thus no heat, with a low temp of 23! I thought hell froze over for sure. Propane was one of the items I asked specifically about when I had it de-winterized.
I then came to Swannanoa NC and have spent a week at a CG about 2 miles from where I used to live. The folks here are truly wonderful, and I have learned so much about my 5th wheel from them, how to dump the tanks, where to find the electric breakers (not where the Nu Wa rep told me they should be) and a whole host of other things.
Tomorrow morning I will hitch up and move on out, taking I-40 west. I have tentatively selected overnight stops for the next 3 nights, and then will re-figure the next 2 or 3 after taking into account the weather reports. It's very difficult when traveling solo to find places to stay. A navigator can look online, in the books, or even call places to get info on pull-thru sites, pets welcome, wi-fi, etc. But a solo can't do that while driving, and signs for campgrounds don't say how far off the interstate they are or anything about amenities.
With all that, I am so excited to finally be on my way. I find that driving and towing the 5ver isn't too difficult at all - the thought of getting fuel nearly makes me faint, as well as making any sharp turns. On my last day before arriving here in NC, I drove into and right out of several truck stops because they were too difficult to negotiate, had too many big rigs taking up all the space, or other issues. I could have run out of fuel just driving in and out of stations :)
WISH ME LUCK!
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 12/12/2008 8:28 PM
 
Good luck! My you are an adventurous soul! Where exactly are you headed? Keep us updated every day or whenever possible and stay safe! Travel mercies to you. Lenora & Choco "Let Heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about the things down here on earth."

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 12/12/2008 9:20 PM
 
Thanks for the good wishes. I will probably stay at the Flying J near Fairview TN tomorrow night - can't find a suitable campground online; then KOA campgrounds look promising in N. Little Rock and in Rockwell OK (near OKC). Plans written in jello, of course - but at least I have a tentative plan.
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 12/12/2008 9:22 PM
 
Sounds like you're off on an adventure. I travel with my DH in a MH, so can't totally relate, but there are women on this forum that travel alone and with 5th wheels. If I remember correctly, many make a 3/5 card note for each day, with telephone #'s, directions, campground for the night, so they just have to refer to it. Trudy (Mollysmom) left this year on her own with a 5th wheel and am sure she can give you some good info and fun stories as well. Good luck and keep us posted. carold
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 12/12/2008 11:10 PM
 
How nice you ran into some kind souls at the NC Park!
I never traveled alone much, but when I did I figured out my route the night before and wrote it on a table that lay handy to my reach. When it came time for lunch I looked for a suitable place and pulled off for a bite.
Sometimes I figured out two or 3 days at a time, but always referred to each day's list again the night before take off.
My routes were not written in stone and if I wanted to take a side trip to something I saw that looked interesting I had spare time.
Enjoy your travels and keep us updated. We love photos too, you know!! :)
Happy RVing!
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 12/12/2008 11:21 PM
 
Yippee !!!!! I'm so happy you're on your way :D I can't wait to hear about your journey - I hope you keep us posted. I'm really glad you got help from the people at the CG - I do try to help people that appear to be struggling when I see them, since people helped me along the way. Be careful and try to have some fun :D Trudy, Molly & Murphy 37' Montana 5th wheel - "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"

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 12/13/2008 8:05 AM
 
Congratulations and good luck. If you make it further north to Southern Illinois let me know. There are many of us who are future solo'ers and look forward to hearing your adventures. Solo rving is an adventure but so is life and I look forward to both.

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 12/13/2008 9:55 AM
 
Gypsy, I travel solo, full time, but am in a motor home pulling a car behind. I know what you mean about the gas stations. I think we all white knuckle from time to time. As far as picking campgrounds: I do much the same as the others. I gauge about how far I want to travel in a day,Pick a town along the way) then go on line to rvparkreviews as they will list all the campground in the vicinity with the ratings by fellow campers. I find this very helpful and hope it will be for you too. Welcome on board. Hope to hear from you often. This is a great forum and the girls are all so helpful.
http://www.rvparkreviews.com/ He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever - Chinese Proverb
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 12/13/2008 9:58 AM
 
Congratulations Gypsy! Sounds like you are learning your way through :) Just take your time and enjoy the ride.
I plan my travel schedule daily as well. I might make it further in a day or decide to stop earlier. I try to choose a passport America Park if there are no Escapee Parks around. If there are none in that area, you can check Woodalls and Trailer Life directories right online. Like Joella, I do it when I stop for lunch :)
Keep us posted, we're here for you. Where are you headed?
Love, Sharon
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 12/13/2008 10:37 AM
 
Hi, Gypsy!
As the others have already said, it's a VERY good idea to check your directories or maps to see what RV parks or state parks might be ahead for that night. You may even want to stop mid-afternoon and call ahead for a reservation.
You say you are heading west on I-40 and I assume you want to stay south and west as you travel. Keep in mind that thousands of others are doing the same thing. Most of our snowbirds have landed, but many of them are still on the move (and some move a lot). RV parks in the sunbelt get pretty busy in winter.
You will go through some pretty empty areas crossing the desert and you wouldn't want to position yourself in an area where there aren't any campgrounds as dark approaches, so do your planning at lunch.
Having said that, I don't want to frighten you. I have traveled I-40 (and 10, and 70, etc.) many, many times and never had a problem finding a campsite. However, I plan ahead.
Oh, by the way - your experience with no propane? That's why most of us carry a small electric heater! Always good to have more than one energy source i.e., gas cooking & elec. toaster oven & outdoor grill! Propane furnace + electric heater . . .
Evie with fur people, Spike & Pia and "Flitter", 26' Itasca Spirit This message was edited by Pooker on 12-13-08 @ 10:41 AM

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