LTRVD0341 RVing Government Lands

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After the mail, and before discussing RVing Government Lands, we discuss some “Rules” folks have adopted for their RV travels.

Our main feature this week is RVing Government Lands. We first look into driving on America’s National Scenic Byways. This program recognizes more than 150 outstanding roads that showcase the beauty of our awesome country. Check them out at http://www.byways.org

We skip the National Parks as they are so well known and move to the U.S. National Forests. The National Forest Service has over 4300 campgrounds in its 155 forests. Check them out at http://www.forestcamping.com This extensive website has as many as 55 fields of information in each campground review written by authors who have visited the camping locations.

We discuss the Bureau of Land Management’s camping opportunities on the 264 million acres they oversee. Visit http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html
Next up is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They have 2375 parks located near lakes created by Corps projects. Check them all out at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation.aspx

Besides all the RVing possibilities on Federal Lands, there ar about 7800 State parks found in all 50 states with over 221,000 campsites. Here is a great website to help you choose which one you will visit on your next RV adventure. http://www.americasstateparks.org/Find-A-Park

Then we discuss the Campgrounds available to Active duty military members and retirees in the system of Military Family Campgrounds located on or near military bases. The essential reference for these campgrounds is the website edited by Larry Farquar with information on all of these places to camp. http://www.militarycampgrounds.us/

We also discuss the programs of the Special Military Active Recreational Travelers (SMART) RV club for active, retired, and honorably discharged military. This is a great club with a very active caravan program. Contact them and look at their programs at http://www.smartrving.org/

Lastly we discuss filter changing for your fresh water system as well as air filter changing fir your air conditioning units.

LTRVD0288 Finding RV Campsites

We want to remind our listeners that we can be found on http://www.wrvoradio.com which is the Reno Viola Outdoors Podcast network. There are many outdoor related podcasts on fishing, hunting and other subjects. We start with a clarification on the recent Arizona Fuel Tax issue surrounding higher fuel taxes for commercial vehicles.

Then John discusses finding RV campsites. It is a recap of a recently added webpage to the http://www.livingthervdream.com website on the subject at http://www.livingthervdream.com/finding-RV-campsites.html . We cover finding sites in the Public sector such as National Parks, Forests, Seashores, and Grasslands. Go to http://www.nps.gov Also in this sector are the campgrounds of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/visitors.cfm

Next are the privately owned “mom and pop” campgrounds which can include large camping companies like Kampgrounds of America(KOA) and the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park campgrounds.

We briefly discuss the membership campgrounds including Thousand Trails, Coast to Coast among others. Check our web page on these at http://www.livingthervdream.com/membership-camping.html .

Then we discuss boondocking and how to find those locations. We like blog posts by Bob Difley on the subject http://blog.rv.net/tag/finding-boondocking-campsites/ We also talked about the Boondocking .org site as a good place to find campsites http://boondocking.org/ One more site we mentioned was http://www.freecampgrounds.com/

Then we got into Apps for finding campgrounds to include:

Allstays Camp and RV http://www.allstays.com/campgrounds/

RV Parking http://www.rvparking.com/

RV Parky http://www.rvparky.com/

and others included on the web page