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Old 01-03-2012, 07:46 AM   #1
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Boondocking Texas to Maine - Any Hints & Tips?

Ok, so DW and I are planning to take a trip to Maine in late spring and we'd like to make it a slow and easy trip, camping a night or two (or three) along the way. I'll probably shoot for 300-350 miles a day when we're actually moving. What hints & tips are there for finding suitable spots to boondock for more than an overnight stay (i.e., Walmart)?

We have a Honda eu2000i Companion generator so I think we'll be set power-wise (sans A/C).

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Some casino's offer free overnight camping with no hookup's. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun offer this type camping overnight off 95 in CT. There's security there making the rounds hourly. You don't have to play but both still offer a decent 2 nights worth of entertainment.

Try searching for Casino's around your planned route and inquire about these types accomodations. There are some in PA as well but don't know if the offer this.
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Some casino's offer free overnight camping with no hookup's. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun offer this type camping overnight off 95 in CT. There's security there making the rounds hourly. You don't have to play but both still offer a decent 2 nights worth of entertainment.

Try searching for Casino's around your planned route and inquire about these types accomodations. There are some in PA as well but don't know if the offer this.
Excellent suggestion... thanks!
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A lot of smaller towns in Texas and Oklahoma I have seen will have City Parks where they encourage free camping and some will even give you an overnight's stay with water & electric with the hopes that you will unhook and patronize their restaurants and grocery stores. I know your route is probably not set in stone but if you had a halfway idea which route you will be taking, google these towns main City page and they will generally tell you if they have free camping plus a map to get to their park. You won't find this in larger cities, though.
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Mike,

You mentioned "late spring", keep in mind that late spring in the north-east states can bring soft ground after a winter's snow/freeze, be careful venturing off the hard surface.

Just a couple of links that may be helpful:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=1101

http://freecampsites.net/

http://uscampgrounds.info/

http://www.forestcamping.com/index.htm

http://www.sanidumps.com/

East of the Mississippi River the open "BLM" spaces drops considerably, so a little planning ahead like you are doing now is wise.

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There are a lot of small state and county parks if you look for them. We often do an overnight at truck stops.
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Thank you guys for the tips, cautions and links. We're thinking of taking the Natchez Trace for now -- assuming there are no restrictions on trailers -- at least part way. I can see where routing can become a complex task when you consider elevation, services, traffic, tolls, etc. I also picked up a couple of books:

The Next Exit 2011
Mountain Directory East

I'll check out these other sites. Thanks again!
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Ok, so DW and I are planning to take a trip to Maine in late spring and we'd like to make it a slow and easy trip, camping a night or two (or three) along the way.
Quahog,
How long a trip to you envision? Round trip? Sounds like fun.
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How long a trip to you envision? Round trip? Sounds like fun.
We have family and friends in New England (ME & MA) and we also have a Coast Guard Reunion we're planning to attend in New London, CT around mid-June. I figure it will take us 5-7 days to get there and the same coming back plus we plan to spend at least three weeks there. I guess altogether we're looking at 5 or 6 weeks total. Should be real nice if the weather is good and things go without any big problems.
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You'll be fine here in June. It starts drying out mid May. New London is 10 mins from the Foxwoods casino and Mohegan Sun if you need a layover night. Since it sounds like you'll be in town for a few nights try Strawberry Fields or Mystic CT for campgrounds in that area. Mystic is 15-20 mins from New London.
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