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    Default Summer Family RV Adventure

    Hi,
    First posting.

    Coming from Ireland a once in a lifetime trip. No previous rv experience. Four weeks starting July 23rd to explore in rv with spouse and 2 kids. Planning to start in San Diego. Moving on to the Canyons. Back across towards LA via Las Vegas up towards San Fran on Pacific Highway - diverting to Yosemite and on to NApa valley through Sacramento and over to coast. Flying home from San Fran. Intend to spend four days here in the city without the rv.

    All practical advice re RVs very welcome!!

    Any must do must see suggestions also sought.

    Do i need to tie myself down to booking RV sites well in advance?

    Really impressed with the site and forum. Well done!

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    Default Lots of resources for your adventure!

    Quote Originally Posted by mtedders View Post
    Coming from Ireland a once in a lifetime trip. No previous rv experience.
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum! You will be (close) to being an expert after nearly a month living in a RV!
    Planning to start in San Diego. Moving on to the Canyons. Back across towards LA via Las Vegas up towards San Fran on Pacific Highway - diverting to Yosemite and on to NApa valley through Sacramento and over to coast.
    That sounds like a pretty good zig-zag -- should be a lot of fun. OK, here are some articles and tips for you.

    An overview about the types of rental RVs you should consider
    A checklist you ought to read and TAKE WITH YOU when you pick-up your rental
    A list of the campground directories that we use and recommend
    An overview of the types of RV campgrounds
    A nifty (free) RV vacation planning tool provided by Tracks & Trails
    An overview and rating of the various types of trip planners (free)
    Really impressed with the site and forum. Well done!
    Thanks!

    Mark

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    Of the Las Vegas RV parks we love Sams Town the best.
    Nice buffet, things for the kids to see, a free shuttle to the strip if you want to go there, clean, decent pools, an interesting lobby lazer show at nite, all either free or very reasonable.

    Our kids love Gameworks, so if you have the time , perhaps consider that.
    Circus Circus RV park is a parking lot in a seedy part of town. The Panhandelers kept hopping the fence and harassing the campers, soo,,,,

    Yes, book all your RV reservations, note the cancil policy, then you can cancil if your schedule gets ahead or behind of ya.

    In Napa Valley St Helena is the center of all the activities.

    You'll have a lot of fun on your trip.
    The kids will really get a memorable adventure.
    Make sure to report back.
    Last edited by RoadTrippers A & R; 03-22-2007 at 08:50 PM. Reason: Preferred URL Format (Also we don't have rights to that photo)

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    Default The Oasis

    Quote Originally Posted by Ross & Alice View Post
    Of the Las Vegas RV parks we love Sams Town the best.
    Over the years, (before we moved here) we have stayed in just about all of the RV parks. The one we like the best is the Oasis on Windmill. The Oasis has the nicest pools and they are hardly ever used....

    Special treat? -- Make a point of being at the salt water acquarium at the Silverton when they are feeding the fish (3x each day). It is is really a good show and free!

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 03-23-2007 at 02:58 PM. Reason: Corrected error first ID's by Ross & Alice

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    RoadTrippers A & R Guest

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    The Silverton (orig Boomtown) Campground is now gone, unless something has changed we don't know about. It was a really nice place to stay.

    The Circus Circus RV park is now operated by KOA.
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 03-23-2007 at 02:58 PM. Reason: Further correction of earlier error by Editor

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    Default Even a local boy can get "caught"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ross & Alice View Post
    The Silverton (orig Boomtown) Campground is now gone...
    You are correct. Wow! This is only about 5 minutes from my office and I go by here 2-3 times a week. The pool equipment is still in place, but the RV Park is gone! They are using the facility as staging area for the expansion of the Silverton Hotel & Casino.

    Thanks!

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 03-23-2007 at 03:01 PM. Reason: Correcting the error from above!

  7. Default Circus Circus RV Park

    I have to say we stay at the Circus Circus RV Park at least 2 to 3 times a year and I have never had any problems with panhandlers. We have two kids ages 7 and 9 and they just love it. Now, we have found that when we make our reservation, we make sure that we stay close to the office. We also have learned to make them reserve a specific site for us. They can't give you the site number, but you can tell them that you want a spot around a specific site. I do have to say that we don't walk on the strip, we drive to the nicer casinos in our car. Our kids love the adventuredome and it is nice to be so close.

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    Default thanks

    Many thanks for all the advice thus far. I bought the Woodalls directory - what a huge comprehensive guide it is.

    Making plans should be fun.

    Really looking forward to the trip and want the kids to see and get the most out of the adventure.


    Mark
    Last edited by mtedders; 03-29-2007 at 12:57 PM. Reason: posting new message with changes

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    Default Irish Rovers seek advice

    Hi again from Dublin Ireland.

    Have a few more queries as I try to put together our Summer Adventure.

    Arriving in RV to San Diego July 23rd. We intend starting our trip here. Looking at the RV sites in the Woodall Directory as suggested by you. They all seem to be packed with facilities eg swimming pools playgrounds etc.. However we intend spending most if not all our time here exploring the city and area sights. I don't think that we will need/get much use of the said facilities. Is there any other option? I presume that a site with full hook ups would be best as we intend staying in the area for 4 or 5 days. Anybody got any must see/do suggestions for the San Diego area?

    We then travel to the Grand Canyon - South Rim or North Rim? Campsites here seem more basic - Trailer Village.

    In general with RV campsites how long in advance should I book? I really don't want to curtail the freedom of the open road!

    After spending a few days here we thought we might visit Bryce and Zion - anyone more suggestions for this leg of our trip? We are into water sports and would love to do some river rafting but only a day trip. We would intend spending two or three days here before moving back towards Las Vegas.

    Really looking forward to the trip and want the kids to see and get the most out of the adventure.

    Thanks for the Vegas advice.


    Mark

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    Default Reserve at hot spots NOW!

    Seriously, I would get reservations in for the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce and any other popular spot ASAP. There isn't a ton of camping near those areas so they fill up fast.

    Most campgrounds are going to have those types of amenities. It's hard to find a place without then and, quite frankly, you wouldn't save that much money if you did find such a place. And I really think you might find you get more use out of those amenities than you think. There's few better ways to end a day than a dip in the pool and a soak in the hot-tub before bed, imho. Especially if the weather is hot (which it will be). And if your kids are anything like my kids were, no matter how busy the day might be, they will probably still have wiggles to work out because you'll also be doing some driving/sitting many days.

    North vs. South Rims....I'd do both! You could do the South Rim first, then swing into the North Rim on your way to Zion/Bryce areas. The view from each side is quite different. And the area around it is very different as well. Rocky, desert in the south....evergreen trees in the north.

    You might want to check out Page, AZ. It's about mid-way between the North and South Rims and it's on the Glen Canyon Rec Area where there are a lot of water sports.

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