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Old 08-19-2018, 05:26 PM   #11
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Do you open your RV up when you spend the night at wally world? Can you run a small generator?

I try to park along the edge of the parking lots. Again, not to compete with the trucks. Then, I can open the slide that is not out in traffic. I don't have a generator, but with the trucks engines and reefers running all nite. Would not be a problem.


As to staying at RV parks and campgrounds, en route. Some of us are not as well to do, being retired old folks. not complaining, just explaining.
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Do you open your RV up when you spend the night at wally world? Can you run a small generator?
I don't know about the generators, I typically don't use one, I carry one, but seldom run it; I occasionally hear one running. As far as "opening the RV up", I open a few windows in warm weather and run the vent fan, if needed, Wally does not want people to set up camp and frown on opening the awning, lighting the BBQ, setting out chairs, etc., so we use it to rest, sleep, use their facilities, pick-up any needed supplies, and then move on.
When we park there, it's usually because it's late or we are too tired to go on and just meed a break and a few hours sleep.

I do not rest well at Wally and still prefer an RV Park... I don't know if they are safer or better, but I sleep better and can usually dump the tanks if needed, plug in to shore power, cable TV (if I want), and even stay over another night if I want to look around.

I met some folks on the FunFinder Forum a couple years ago that managed a small RV Park in Iowa. They invited us to stop over the next time through their neck of the woods, but our plans changed that year and we never made the stop.
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Do you open your RV up when you spend the night at wally world? Can you run a small generator?
We're old retired folks on a limited budget as well and if we are making a trip across country, I generally stop where and when I need/want to. We subscribed to AARP and Good Sam years ago and have found that we can save quite a bit, IF I plan my stops. By the way, some of the Truck Stops have an area for cars that allow a smaller trailer connected/RV parking; but again, there is too much noise and way too much traffic for my liking... so, I'm back to smaller RV parks, State and even some City parks, and even good old Wally.

Three years ago we spent a month in AZ and stayed at an Escapee's campground in Congress, AZ. We purchased a membership, stayed for free, and I did a little metal detecting at a nearby Gold Prospector club claim. Our complete stay for the month came out to just a couple $$/day. Not my style of campground (a bit too close to my neighbors), but complete hook-ups and it had a nice clean clubhouse, laundry, and showers a short walk away.
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We're old retired folks on a limited budget as well and if we are making a trip across country, I generally stop where and when I need/want to. We subscribed to AARP and Good Sam years ago and have found that we can save quite a bit, IF I plan my stops. By the way, some of the Truck Stops have an area for cars that allow a smaller trailer connected/RV parking; but again, there is too much noise and way too much traffic for my liking... so, I'm back to smaller RV parks, State and even some City parks, and even good old Wally.

Three years ago we spent a month in AZ and stayed at an Escapee's campground in Congress, AZ. We purchased a membership, stayed for free, and I did a little metal detecting a a nearby Gold Prospector club claim. Our complete stay for the month came out to just a couple $$/day. Not my style of campground (a bit too close to my neighbors), but complete hook-ups and it had a nice clean clubhouse, laundry, and showers a short walk away.
How did you do with the metal detecting? I have a Garrett and a White's. Explore the beaches (when there is NO red tide) and do pretty well...
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How did you do with the metal detecting? I have a Garrett and a White's. Explore the beaches (when there is NO red tide) and do pretty well...
Being from the Southwest desert, I was into nugget hunting. So being my first trailer was a custom built cargo. Anyway, I did okay and used a White's and then the last couple years I used mostly a Minelab GPX-5000. It was great and I generally used it in an all metal mode. Found bullet projectiles, in highly mineralized ground at nearly 16" and some several nuggets at almost a foot. However, old knees and my move to Minnesota parked my detectors and I have finally decided to sell the Minelab and buy another camera.
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Being from the Southwest desert, I was into nugget hunting. So being my first trailer was a custom built cargo. Anyway, I did okay and used a White's and then the last couple years I used mostly a Minelab GPX-5000. It was great and I generally used it in an all metal mode. Found bullet projectiles, in highly mineralized ground at nearly 16" and some several nuggets at almost a foot. However, old knees and my move to Minnesota parked my detectors and I have finally decided to sell the Minelab and buy another camera.
I have a recently factory reconditioned Nikon FE. “LOADED”. Black body.
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I have a recently factory reconditioned Nikon FE. “LOADED”. Black body.
Yep, I know what you mean, I have a couple of Canon A1s and a bag full of lenses, but I'm guessing that they are probably not worth much... they cost enough in the 70. but not today. I picked up a Canon EOS 7D Mark II digital a while back and like it well enough and I am starting to get used to it's settings.
I need to get some pics ready and will probably list my Minelab on eBay and through a Prospecting club in AZ. I paid close to $5K for it and hope to get $3500. The machine is clean, works great, I have two coils, and had it tweaked by the factory... a good buy for somebody... Kind of hate to sell it, but I'm not using and with my knees, probably won't.
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