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  1. Default In US and having a great time.

    Hi all arrived in LA picked up camper and headed off to Death Valley. Now in Las Vegas. Spent all five night so far in official free areas. Flying J Barstow, Dumont Dunes, Furnace Creek, Pahrump at Casino, Las Vegas at Casino. All really enjoying the sights. Having a bit of trouble getting water sometimes. Haven't asked at gas stations yet though.
    Where is the best places to go?
    Heading down to Oatman on Monday then onto Route 66 and up to Grand canyon.
    Thanks for the help I received from the forum when planning in NZ,
    Cheers,
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 04-05-2009 at 08:42 AM. Reason: Moved to appropriate forum, linked to planning thread

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    Default Public parks

    Quote Originally Posted by asdex View Post
    Having a bit of trouble getting water sometimes.
    Wonderful to hear that it is going well! You can always find fresh water at public parks (county, state, federal parks) -- there's usually a faucet near the park entrances where you can get fresh water.
    Heading down to Oatman on Monday then onto Route 66 and up to Grand canyon.
    Wildflowers should be out -- have a great run!

    Mark

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    Default Staying in GC.

    If you are staying in the Grand canyon, the Mather campground at the South rim has a dump station where you can empty your grey and black water tanks and fill up your fresh water.

    I am not sure if it is for public use or if there is a charge if you are not booked in for a night, but I think the camping fee is $18 and then it's free to use.

    Thanks for checking in with an update, have a great trip !

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    Default Huge caveat!!!!!

    DO NOT USE THE WATER FAUCETS AT PUBLIC DUMP STATIONS FOR FRESH WATER!

    1) It's true that the water faucets at public dump stations contain potable water and should be safe for drinking, but in my experience, some people using these facilities are good-sense-challenged and likely as not they've contaminated the faucet area.

    2) The hose bib itself, might be safe, but I'd never hook up my clean water hose to it unless I have previously disinfected the entire area with a bleach/water combination.

    3) But on no occasion should you EVER use any hose that is found at such a public dump station and use it to fill up your fresh water tank. Even though there are strict signs prohibiting the practice, I've seen some of those brain-challenged individuals drag hoses connected to the fresh water spigots into their RVs and wash their toilet areas with them.

    You mentioned Flying J's -- they always have a safe fresh water supply station -- but even there -- I nearly always disinfect the hookup before using it. I do the same at paid campgrounds too -- it only takes an additional two minutes and prevents hours of potential problems.

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 04-05-2009 at 01:51 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Default Good advice.

    Common sense [and a lack of it]

    I have witnessed people filling [or starting to fill] their fresh water tanks with the hose designed for washing the drainage area for the waste and have stopped them doing so. Not only would I not dream of doing it, there is also signs telling you not to. I am not sure if it is illegal yet, but new legislation states that a fresh water pipe must be xx amount of meters away from any waste water disposal area. This is the case at Mather campground and many other park facilities, you drive in, dump, wash down and then move on to the fresh water pipes [well away] where you use your RV water pipe [should come with the rental] to fill up.

  6. Default Thanks

    Thanks for the info on the water. Fill up with water at a Vegas garage ok. Stayed in the Mandalay Bay car park as the reception said it's ok but security put a notice on the window for the second night so we went to Camping World and stayed the night there. They fixed our door which wasn't latching sometimes for free!! Thanks. Off in the morning to Bullhead City. Had a great time in Vegas and a nice drive to Bullhead City. Had to wait 30 min for roadworks. In Oatman Tuesday night and Wednesday and it's a real sight. Great stores to explore and interesting bikes and people on the old Route 66 road.
    Off to Kingman tomorrow afternoon.
    Cheers,

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    Default Hope You Enjoyed Route 66

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