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Old 09-26-2018, 06:00 AM   #11
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Just finished 3,000 mile trip from California to Pennsylvania. I have found that around 300 miles each day is plenty. It may take longer to get to your destination, but you won't be so tired that you can't drive anymore. I used Google maps, Allstays, Passport America, and RV Parky to plan. Each stop had a boondock and RV Park option. If it was too hot to boondock (need to run AC), we stayed at RV park (Passport America). Boondocked at Walmart and Cracker Barrel. Had a great trip. After 2 weeks in Pennsylvania (my hometown and 50th High School reunion), we'll be heading south via I 95 and taking I 10 back to Cali.
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:42 AM   #12
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Just finished 3,000 mile trip from California to Pennsylvania. I have found that around 300 miles each day is plenty. It may take longer to get to your destination, but you won't be so tired that you can't drive anymore. I used Google maps, Allstays, Passport America, and RV Parky to plan. Each stop had a boondock and RV Park option. If it was too hot to boondock (need to run AC), we stayed at RV park (Passport America). Boondocked at Walmart and Cracker Barrel. Had a great trip. After 2 weeks in Pennsylvania (my hometown and 50th High School reunion), we'll be heading south via I 95 and taking I 10 back to Cali.
When coming across on I-10 once you get into Louisiana be sure EVERYTHING in the rv is nailed down or strapped shut, that has to be the in the top 10 worst roads in the country. May need kidney belts & back supports for all in your Ford as well.
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:21 AM   #13
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When coming across on I-10 once you get into Louisiana be sure EVERYTHING in the rv is nailed down or strapped shut, that has to be the in the top 10 worst roads in the country. May need kidney belts & back supports for all in your Ford as well.
Thanks for the heads up, we will be going that way and will slow down. 80 and 76 eastbound...many construction zones. Some bad (bumpy) areas along the way. Rig doesn't ride like a Cadillac!
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:46 AM   #14
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When coming across on I-10 once you get into Louisiana be sure EVERYTHING in the rv is nailed down or strapped shut, that has to be the in the top 10 worst roads in the country. May need kidney belts & back supports for all in your Ford as well.
After travelling around 2/3 the length of I95, especially enduring the traffic around Baltimore, Washington D.C, and Richmond he may need some PTSD therapy.
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Old 09-27-2018, 04:55 AM   #15
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Take a golf cart if you can, bikes as a minimum. You can rent golf carts there for $50/day if you have deep pockets, but reserve one now if you plan to do that. This is a huge place and getting around is by foot, bike, golf cart, or Ft Wilderness bus only. We had a great time there ourselves.
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Old 10-04-2018, 08:46 AM   #16
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We're planning a trip to WDW Fort Wilderness too next summer and we are trying to figure out how to make sleep stops as we're driving from Michigan. We are planning on making reservations at campgrounds along the way but what if we can't make it there before they cut off arrivals? We've stayed at many that only accept check-ins until 10 or 11pm. If that happens, and we find something like a Walmart, how does that work for the 5th wheel? Can you unhitch or put out slides? I know staying hitched would be the easiest, but my husband says you can't put out slides without having the levelers down. Could use some advice. Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2018, 09:18 AM   #17
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I would say that it depends on the parking arrangements as far as unhitching and extending slides at a Walmart, but it is generally frowned upon IMO.

I've stopped at the Walmart in Durango, CO twice, my only experience with Walmart camping. We were on our way to Silverton, CO. Both times we rolled in about 2am, got a few hours of sleep and we were gone when the sun came up. I'd call it more of a lay over than I would a place to "camp".
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Old 10-04-2018, 05:06 PM   #18
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No, it is not considered customary to unhook and put out the slides at a Wal-Mart. A small bedroom slide, yes. And buy a few things while you’re there to show some appreciation.
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Old 10-04-2018, 05:19 PM   #19
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We have stayed at many Walmarts on past trips as well as the one we're currently on. We try to find a level spot around the perimeter. Our rig is not usable without the slides out, so we open them. Never unhitch. Always try to buy something. If we're first ones there, I always go inside and ask Manager if it's ok.
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:06 PM   #20
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Whenever we boondock, be it a Flying J, Wally or truck stop, we only put slides enough to move around, and ensure they dont extend in the next space. Depending on the space I have folded the steps in overnight to keep them from protruding. If we run our generator I put up the Genturi stack to keep the exhaust above any neighbors. Never had a problem but always ask in the store as well.
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