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Friday, October 30, 2020
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DID YOU MISS reading this morning’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter? Good stuff there.
Where can I camp for free?
You can camp for up to two weeks at no charge on U.S. government land (Bureau of Land Management or National Forest) unless camping is specifically prohibited. After the two weeks, you’ll need to move to another location, where you can spend another two weeks for free. In the Southwest deserts, an option is to pay $180 to stay up to seven months in a Long-Term Visitation Area (LTVA). Several LTVAs are located in Arizona and Southern California (the most popular are in the Quartzsite, Ariz., area). Many have primitive toilets (few and far between), sewage dump facilities and dumpsters. Some are even serviced by water trucks and a “honey wagon,” which, for a modest fee, will drive right up to your RV and pump out your waste tanks.
RVers on a very, very tight budget ﬁnd many ways to camp elsewhere for free — holing up in discount store and casino parking lots, roadside rest areas, truck stops, or anywhere else they ﬁgure they won’t be bothered. Most Walmarts will allow overnight stays in their parking lots. While it’s possible to “camp” like this forever, most RVers ﬁnd the hassle too much trouble, at least on a regular basis. An excellent guidebook to camping on these and other government lands is available from Roundabout Publications.
Avoid “distractions” when moving into the campground
Don’t have any distractions when you are directing the parking of your home into the RV campsite. Mistakes can be quite expensive. Friendly people will come up to you while you are parking and try to help. You must figure out how to tactfully tell them that you would rather do it the way you have practiced. These same people will be there when you are unhooking your car from a motorhome, or your truck from your trailer. If you let them, they will distract you to the point that you will forget a step and pay the price later. Tell them you will be happy to talk with them after you are parked and hooked up. —From So, you want to be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised]. Available on Amazon.com.
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Lance 2075 travel trailer. As he reports, this travel trailer is a great towable couples’ camper that really raises the bar in the category. Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Fleetwood Discovery LXE 36HQ 25th Anniversary Edition? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
“If you could tell someone new to RVing just one thing, what would it be?”
From the editors: We asked our readers this question recently. Here is one response:
“It will be the most frustrating and aggravating experience of your life, but the most rewarding and fun-filled and worthwhile one also. Go with the flow.” —Jesse Crouse
2020 Casino Guide includes RVer info and coupons!
The 2020 American Casino Guide provides detailed information on more than 750 casino/resorts, riverboats and Indian casinos in 41 states including which have RV parks and/or allow RV overnighting for free. Includes maps and more than $1,000 in coupons. Discloses the actual slot machine payback percentages for every state’s casinos. Learn more or order.
Random RV Thought
An excellent thing about traveling in your RV is that you know who slept in your bed the night before. And the night before that. You don’t know that in a hotel, and really, you may not want to know.
“What’s the best modification you’ve made to your RV?”
From the editors: We asked our readers this question. Here is one response:
“Replaced all interior incandescent and fluorescent tubes with LED bulbs. They light instantly and brightly, even in cool weather. I bought 4500-5000K, and I like the whiter light they produce than typical 3000K incandescent and fluorescent.” —Paul Bernander
• If you buy a defective RV and are unable to get it fixed or its warranty honored, here is where to turn for help.
• If you need an RV Lemon Law Lawyer, Ron Burdge is your man.
Read previous issues of Beginner’s Guide to RVing newsletters here.
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