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Old 02-29-2016, 05:51 PM   #1
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hi, just turned 66 and wondering if anyone has ideas on travelling with others. I'm trying to get from boston, to California this year to see my son. I've completely restored and re invented my 2005 165. you can look up posts on what I've done so far. I'd rather not travel alone. I have friends / girlfriends that would go but timing is a problem.i'm looking for groups, or individuals that may travel together. I belong to good sam and AAA, so I'm protected in a sense. I just don't feel comfortable travelling in this great old country of ours. time or route is not really a problem. even some ideas on safe routes would be nice. I'm an in shape carpenter of over 50 years, so I'm capable. I also have a nephew in Kansas city and friends in florida., that could make a difference in the route I choose.I'm just looking for some input on how I could do this and not be so paranoid about the trip...thanks for any thoughts
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:32 AM   #5
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Being with a group is a great idea. I bet if you planned it right, you could attend some kind of group outing or festival every day of your travel across the country.

I would say that generally if you're camping with other RVers in parks or campgrounds, you're relatively safe. Introduce yourself to your neighbors and I'm sure you'll become fast friends. In my experience, most campers tend to watch out for each other. Sure, you run into the occasional bad apple, but they are the exception.

As for out there on the road in the event of a breakdown or something, well that's a little tougher to plan for. I would say stay to the main thoroughfares (like interstates) and carry at least one roadside assistance program. Also a good set of tools that you can and know how to use to get you out of a pinch, along with a few strategic spare parts.

A "personal protection" item will also bring a degree of comfort if you're well versed in it's use. (conversations like this invariably resort to gun-talk which gets them shut down; this is not a gun forum, but you have a very valid question and concern, and I would like to see the discussion progress.)
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I travel every year from Canada to SoCal for the winter with never a problem.. but if you feel you need someone with you join LoW's (Loners on Wheels) and you will probably find someone doing that trip..just depends on if you can fit their schedule.
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This forum is a great start.
You are tech savy enough for being here
I have found that planning a route is made alot easier by sharing reviews on sites like Yelp or Urban spoon for places to stay
Since you have a trailer you have a place to stay so Apps for Walmart parking,Next exit or camp grounds like KOA are great and the people who have stayed there can be your compass as to whether their experience was a good one or not
We did a Motorcycle tour through Chicago and google maps was a blessing,.
Not only could you plan your route but you could zoom right down to to Street View and see the condition of the neighborhood and roadway long before you ever left
ANsd as mention by other stick to populated area ,well lit and trust your sixth sense if anything doesnt feel right
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I can understand not wanting to travel alone. When we were at Lake Mead RV Village in November there was a group of 55+ that were together. Maybe 15 huge motorhomes. I don't know if they caravaned there or just met up. I didn't get their name but perhaps you could call the campground.
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Google this: caravan and motorhome club

Several promising links came up.
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