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Fairfield Marriott – Bismarck – North Dakota

Initial delays getting in, many people requesting early checkin for two queen bed rooms – presumably due to families travelling for summer.  Probably similar problems at many motels/hotels this time of year.

Once in hotel is fine.  Centrally located.  Good break from camping.  HOT SHOWERS!!

 

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Lake Oahe – East Whitlock – South Dakota

This campsite was on the East side of Lake Oahe, near the town of Gettysburg – no, not that Gettysburg!  We approached from SD Highway 1804 to the west of 83 – after passing through the city of Pierre – it is remote, but not too hard to get too.

There are several Whitlock recreation areas – West Whitlock, East Whitlock and even a South Whitlock resort.  East is by far the least populated of the ones there when we visited.  Quite possibly due to the scarcity of facilities there.

With only the most basic of toilets, and no showers, you need to be willing to rough it, but it is certainly a lovely location.  Apart from a little noise – nothing too loud – from people getting their fishing boats in or out of the lake it was very quiet.

A good alternative to a shower was that pretty good swimming was available.  The water was nice and cool, which was great since it was a very hot afternoon.  I’d recommend swimming with some kind of water shoes, as there are lots of rocks in the water close to shore, but they thin out once you get a few feet out.  You just need to be careful not to tread on anything sharp while entering and exiting the water, something we all managed to do successfully.

Like many campgrounds, there were quite a few biting flies around.  An added benefit of the cold swim was that afterwards the flies seemed to lose interest in stinging me.  This was some welcome relief!

While not really a destination campground, it was decent value for ten dollars for the night.  The view was lovely, and the availability of a nice swimming spot combined with the lack of crowds makes it a nice place to setup your tent or RV for the evening.

 

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The Best RV Amenities Available

You are a travel guru. You’ve visited every National Park and Museum you could find and have spent a good portion of your life on the road. You have spent time planning vacations that last the entire summer and are getting ready for retirement so you can move to the road for good. You’re looking into Recreational Vehicles (RVs) that can serve as your home for at least a few years so you can make the road your permanent home.

Sophistication at its Finest

Unfortunately, in your search for the perfect RV home you’ve noticed that the prices aren’t what they used to be, primarily because of the added benefits of owning your own home on the road.   The RV living industry has become bigger in recent years and so the perks have also become more inviting and exciting.

You’ll be excited to hear about all that you can get with your new RV for luxurious on the road living. We’ll give you a little rundown about upgrades that have been made that make your transition from stationary to on-the-road living easier and more manageable.

First of all you should know that most companies will do specific modifications if you are willing to pay the price.  You can plan it from the bottom up to your exact specifications from the detail on the cabinets and tiles to the color of the front door.

 

  1. RV Size: There are many options for your fulltime RV lifestyle.  Size classes range from A to C. They can be a pull behind or a complete all in one vehicle. It is up to you. Decisions are usually made based on mobility desires and affordability.
  2. Heating and A/C Units: Many units, as you’ve probably seen, have not just fans, but a pretty sophisticated air conditioning and heating system to keep you cold in the summer and warm in the winters.   However, the unit you are looking at may not come with the top of the line installed or may need upgrades, adjustments or repairs.  Harris Air Serve heating repair can help get your heating and air conditioning system up and running and ready for the road.
  3. Green Living: Many full time RVs are going green. There are various options for plumbing as well as solar panels available for the roof.  This will help with your costs and usage when stopped.
  4. Advanced Storage: If you are planning on living in your RV only, you will need additional storage. Some models have added metal storage boxes to the rear bumpers to provide you with extra space.
  5. Plumbing: You can find RVs now with intricate plumbing systems that can include smart charging and draining systems for the toilet, shower or sink.  This is great to have if you are on the road 24/7. You may also consider looking into the washer/dryer combination machine so that you won’t have to spend additional money on laundry.
  6. RV Living Clubs: There are various RV living clubs that you may be interested in joining. Being a participant in any of these clubs can help you better adjust to your life on the road.
  7. Sell or Store: You will also need to decide if you want to sell your possessions and home or if you’d simply like to store them.   This is a decision that requires a lot of time and consideration. If you plan to spend the rest of your life on the road, it may be wise to sell your home. Another time when selling is a good idea is if you plan to downsize when you return from your travels.
  8. Mail: You will have to choose an address to have all your mail sent to. Some people choose a state that is not their original home address, simply because of the lack of tax or other benefits that may come from being a resident of that state.  Some places are also willing to forward mail to you, no matter your current address.

There are of course many more custom installations and things you should know about fulltime RV living before you decide to go for it. However, if you take the time to study up on the perks and downsides to RV living, we are sure you’ll be able to make the right decision for you!

 

 

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Cedar Pass Campground – Badlands National Park – South Dakota

Cedar Pass campground is a great place to stay if you are visiting Badlands National Park.  On the Southeast Corner of the park it offers a great base of operations for RV and tent campers alike to explore the Badlands.  It is also not far from Wall Drug, a famed I-90 landmark.

Since it was mid-July there were lots of kids visiting – both with their families and in larger groups.  However, everyone behaved well and quieted down allowing us to get to sleep easily.  The tent sites were spacious and – while a bit of a stroll from the restrooms – a pleasure to use.  One thing worth noting is that this campground did not offer showers, so after a few days of Badlands heat expect to get a little fragrant!

The campground is located very near to both the Cedar Pass Lodge – a more high falluting establishment – and also the Park visitor center.  This means that by staying there you have easy access to ranger provided entertainment such as the nightly introduction to the park, which is presented in a rather cool amphitheater set amidst impressive rock formations.  Also offered – though not on the night I visited – are astronomy shows where they provide telescopes to really take advantage of the dark skies in the region.

Touring the Badlands rim road is a must to truly appreciate the combination of erosion and geology that makes the park so spectacular.  Just take the drive slowly as some of the curves on the roadway can be a little intimidating for those not used to mountain driving.

Also, if you are in decent shape be sure to explore the Door trail just down the road from the visitor center.  Follow the wooded trail to see some truly spectacular terrain at the end.  The park provides yellow markers that let you descend into the depths of the badlands, it is quite a thrill picking out a path amongst the undulating topography.  Quite unlike any walk I have ever done, and while not exceptionally difficult, the experience should not be missed.

While we only spent one night there, if I were to return I would stay two or three nights and more thoroughly explore the park.  There are some longer walks – 5 miles or more – that I would to complete on a future stay.