LTRVD0373 Planning our Trip

We discuss planning our Trip this July from Florida to Essex Junction, VT by way of our kid’s place in Maryland. We are using all our usual resources for this. First we plan the stop in MD on the way up as well as on the way back. We start with the US Military Campgrounds and RV Parks website ( ) to find the nearest Famcamp.


The next step for planning our trip is to start a new file in the DeLorme Street Atlas software on my computer. That allows me to plot out the best and most direct route as well as calculating fuel costs and best times to fuel up.


Next is the Passport America website where we determine if there are any discount parks along our route where we might stop for a night. We also use the Good Sam RV Travel guide to check the ratings on the parks we might choose.

Then we lay it all out on a calendar page to include campground reservation numbers, where and when we will be staying at a campground and try to fill in any blanks on the schedule. This is also when we lay out the budget for fuel, camping, and outside meals. We also have to take into account the logistics of Kathy’s weekly and monthly medical supply deliveries.

Kathy discusses working at Dollywood as a seasonal employee. It is not traditional workamping as Dollywood does not provide camping spaces. There are great perks however, including a healthcare clinic. The work is 3 or 4 9 to 11 hour days working in House and Grounds, Food and Merchandise, and Attractions (rides). The pay starts at $9.00/hr. For more information, call 865-HAVE-FUN.

We introduce our new Facebook Group, Living the RV Dream Sales and Swaps. The group is for private party sales of anything RV. No dealers are allowed.

Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.

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  1. John, we always enjoy your blogs and podcasts. We never fail to pick up a tie-bit here and there. Thank you.

    This blog came on the day that we’re planning our three month summer escape from the Texas heat. (We’re not full-time–yet–but we do get away from three or four months in the summer.

    My planning process is somewhat similar but with expected variances: We use the Good Sam RV website for distances, fuel calculations and travel times. We use a variety of campground resources: Big Rig RV Book (we’re 44 feet); Coast to Coast (we’re members from an earlier, smaller RV but free is free); Escapees directory; Passport and finally KOA. We also check ratings with the Good Sam big book. I got a chuckle from your calendar reference because that’s exactly what I do to keep check-in/out dates straight.

    Thanks again for the time you take to send your insights and experiences. I particularly appreciated your explanation of the Geo Method of holding tank cleaning in your book.

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