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Old 03-08-2016, 02:41 PM   #11
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I have been travelling single for 7 years and find if I have done preventive maintenance there have been no machainal problems yet. Had a couple of flat tires that I can change (bring electric impact drill) myself, found that hardly anyone stopped when I was pulled over (2 flats two people pulled over one each). Stop early and pick good camp sites but I have also stayed at walmart and different service stations with no problem. I am 65 years old now. But if you can find someone to travel with it is nice sharing the wonders of the trip, it is a grand country.


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Old 03-08-2016, 03:11 PM   #12
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Never stay alone at rural abandon campsites unless the owner of the campsite lives there.
While travelling just use common sense and listen to what your gut tells you.
Main Highways are usually board but faster in distance, secondary highways through towns are a bit slower to travel but more scenery. Hitch-hikers I wouldn't prefer unless I know the person. For the rest others have giving good advice.

I have stayed in the LA area on a super market parking lot............well 3 times they tried my door...............They heard the dog bark, but we wouldn't be a match to look in the hole of a gun. Now I always surround me with other campers or truck stops.

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Old 07-31-2017, 07:30 AM   #13
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We stayed for a while at a nice RV park in NM. It was a thru station for many folks during the winter and spring. We saw quite a few traveling groups go through. They would show up and have their own get togethers during the stay (from one night to a week depending on the group). Some were brand specific and some were not. One group was a 'wine tasting'. They would stay and hit all the winery's in the area. One group was a motorcycle group. They all stopped and went on bike rides for a couple of days.

Some of the groups traveled together and some just chose a spot to meet at again in a couple of days.

Best bet is to visit with folks at various CG's to see what is going on. Keep in mind that most of these folks will not be seen in a run down CG, mostly "RV resorts" or similar.
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:40 AM   #14
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You can cross the country going from KOA to KOA.
They are like McDonalds. Not always the most scenic CG, but safe and clean. Never felt unsafe.
Bear spray is legal in all 50 states :-)


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Old 07-31-2017, 09:59 AM   #15
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As noted above... structured campgrounds with some kind of a host increase your safety factors, parking lots lower it. Targeted campgrounds can increase that safety with some prior research.

Most of our long haul camping trips we have tried to avoid highway (a cool option on google maps), unless we were in a hurry.

Keep your speeds down, enjoy the scenery and increased fuel economy

Look into keeping your drive times shorter for each day. Add 1/3rd more time at least to whatever the maps calculate for you. A 6-8 hour drive time can easily turn into a 12-16 hour day through all sorts of variables, Kodak moments, vehicle issues, refueling, breaks... etc

Walmarts often have huge parking lots for re-supply and should be safe for daytime stops of newer travelers.

Should be a great trip!
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:01 AM   #16
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Once you get away from the coasts I have never felt uncomfortable, and I have done that trip several times on a Motorcycle alone and with my wife. KOA is a good choice and are all across the country. Your route will be determined by your time and desires to "see" sights. Also which part of California your going to.
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:04 AM   #17
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Get some audio books

When we leave for a trip, I'm usually the only one awake. I find the time goes much quicker and I don't get upset about traffic if I have some audio books to listen too.
Some thoughts on your safety would be carry a big flashlight(duel purpose- light or a "bat"). Most robberies are about getting the next fix, keep most of your valuables hidden and a couple bucks in your front pocket. A friend used this technique and said they felt better giving away a few bucks vs shooting someone.
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Ditto on the bear spray. Non lethal and you won't spend the next 6 years in court because you shot someone.

Avoid Walmart parking lots unless there are already other campers there. There have been some incidents recently.

If you stay in motels, check out 'bedbugregistry.com'. It's a database covering lodging that has been treated for the critters.
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:43 PM   #19
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Safety. We travel a lot cross country. For safety I would stay on interstates and map out KOA's to stay at along the way. There are very few KOA's that have been bad for us. I would pick them for tent camping when I was on my motorcycle and traveling as well.

Areas to avoid if possible are places like oil fields where all the RV places are simply parking lots for the workers trailers. They are usually very safe, just not the best places I have stayed at. Areas where there are mines, very large construction projects. The workers are not the problem, it is the run down state of most of the parks and where the parks are located.

Look at sites like rvparkreviews.com or allstays. They give you good descriptions of almost all the rv parks around the country and the feedback from previous visitors is priceless.

Last, while I do have guns I have never needed to even pull one out in all the years we have had an RV. I have found that pepper spray is the best thing to have around. Bear spray sounds better, but, it deploys a fog of pepper, not a direct shot to the face. Not as effective and it is more expensive than the stuff made for people. I have heard of people using wasp spray but not sure what legal issues there would be with that.
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I have heard of people using wasp spray but not sure what legal issues there would be with that.
Wasp spray DOES NOT WORK! Only use real OC Pepper Spray (like Sabre Red). My dad carries bear spray, and thankfully has never had to use it.


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