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Friday, May 25, 2018


Have you ever heard of Harvest Host?
Yes u can stay for free but no hook ups just good places to stay and different ! There a lot of winery's ! There is a fee to join! Just something I learn while my husband and was traveling!

I figured there had to be a reason for the long travel days and short stops - I'd love to have recliners in our rig!! Love those little city parks when the locals don't have all the spots filled.

Betty, Yes, we promote Harvest Hosts and have been for several years. Great folks.

Welcome to Central Iowa! I am glad you found the campground there. Menlo, like so many dying towns in Iowa, used to be a thriving little town before Interstate 80 was built and highway 6 was the main route from Omaha to Chicago.

We used to live in Panora, which is about 20 miles north of Menlo before we sold our house and went fulltime.

We now spend our summers at Cutty's Campground on the northwest corner of Des Moines. As it backs up to Interstate 35/80, we will wave as you go by.

Enjoy your time in Iowa, and have a continued safe trip.

Paul & Ann Stough

I'd be so frustrated! Finding I just don't have to patience I used to. Thinking it's a good thing we no longer fulltime.


Regarding Idaho, you might check out my Smugmug site for the state of Idaho to see what I have been to and taken photographs. Sadly, most are along I-84, so if you are going another way, they won't do you any good.

Have a safe trip.

We've also trekked and camped overnight at some unusual sites including the Ohio Turnpike rest areas. $20 a nite, as I recall with 30A and dump, etc.

We generally make reservations because of the boom in RVers. (that's a pun as the "baby boomers" are apparently flocking to RVs). We also use Allstays. Of course, in a Class B we do fit into spaces in supposedly "full" campgrounds that others can't. Very handy to trek in a B, believe me.

Our travel day is limited by hours. I prefer to trek less than 12 and 8 is ideal. We usually stay at a site for two days, which allows some decompression time and opportunities to investigate local stuff. However, if we're going for distance I may make an exception. (for example, 1,800 miles from point A to B in a few days).

We have yet to fail to find a space in a reasonable amount of time while planning the next night's stay. This is due to a combination of planning, and some luck. Our 210P is capable of boondocking, but without shore power we do have the propane furnace for cold weather, but no AC if hot, unless we run the generator.

Have fun trekking.

Supposedly the CORPS has a policy about sites being occupied each night, but that is unevenly administered and people do like to “guarantee” that they will have a site for a holiday weekend.

WE only did 5 500 miles days in 6 years — all on the same return trip from OR to WI. We were a lot happier with 100-250 miles!

Seems there are a lot of RV parks near train tracks! :-)

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