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Red Cloud Campground – Nebraska National Forest – Nebraska

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Roadside Inn – Thedford – Nebraska

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High Plains Camping – Oakley – Kansas

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Seven Winds RV Park – Liberal – Kansas

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Olde Town Cotton Gin RV Park – Goodlett – Texas

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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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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.

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Lake Osprey RV Country Club

There may be a lot of great vacation spots in Alabama, but few compare to  the beautiful Lake Osprey. For RV enthusiasts, Lake Osprey is the total escape – part RV resort and part Golfing destination. With so many perks and services at Lake Osprey RV Country Club, you’re guaranteed a refreshing good time, a vivid impression of the nature’s beauty and life’s luxuries.

Lake Osprey is nestled at the most strategic place in Alabama, overlooking a startling view of trees, park and other deluxe establishments. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider this place as a dashing vacation stopover for the family, or for an extended stay by RV snowbirds.  Exclusive, but not too much so, it is open to Class A, Class C and Fifth Wheel RVs all.

Lake Osprey is well known for its firm dedication of preserving the natural values of the environment. If you visit here then you would discover that everything feels refreshing and invigorating to the senses. Isn’t this something to look forward to in a typical vacation?

Good news welcome anyone who’s willing to stay and retire at Lake Osprey. All the needed amenities that you can find in a typical vacation package can be found here. The mood is warm and the atmosphere is very welcoming. Your recreational vehicle can never have a better place for a stop over than this.

No such thing as a dangerous ride. Safety is a major priority at Lake Osprey. As this is one of the hottest hotspots for retirement and vacation – especially for those RV enthusiasts – security is highly emphasized. The management doesn’t let their guard down, not that is much to worry about in the area anyway.

Vacation amenities are a-plenty. It feels like you’re all over the place with shopping stores selling exquisite products. Aside from the golf and country club features, expect you that will find amazing restaurants, museums and parks to explore. Notable singers like Rascal Flatts, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mellencamp and Tim McGraw have been here to perform.

At time of writing, prices ran $40 per night, $200 a week, and $550 a month.  While not the cheapest park, the prices are very reasonable for a park that frequently ranks well in lists such as the Trailer Life directory of best RV’ing locations.

This is the best RV destination site in the area. There’s no doubt about this. The place is serene, with landscapes few have ever seen – nature’s peace and natural sunshine abound.

 

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How To Winterize a Motorhome

People who have yet to make the decision to live fulltime in their RV, but already have one in their possession, need to consider how best to handle the effects of the cold of winter on their recreational vehicle.

If you are going to be parking your RV for the cold season, there are several things worth doing to protect the financial investment you have in your vehicle.

Install a RV Water Heater Bypass Kit

These kits, once installed, allow you to take your water heater temporarily out of the plumbing system.  This is important to do during the winter when not in use, as any water retained in there could potentially freeze, causing damage to the tank or water lines.

Drain and Flush Your RV Holding Tanks

You don’t want gallons of dirty water sitting in your gray holding tank for months over the winter.  Even more so, you definitely don’t want gallons of waste in your black holding tanks for all that time!  Use your RVs tank flushing systems to clean out both these tanks before parking for the winter. If you do not have a built-in flushing system then use a product like Flush King to empty those tanks.

Protect Your RV With an RV Cover
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Anytime an RV is not in use, it is a good practice to cover it with a high quality RV cover.  These shield your investment from the harsh effects of the elements, and winter weather is particularly damaging.

Fill Your System With Non-Toxic RV Antifreeze

Use a water pump converter kit to pump antifreeze through your plumbing system. Ensure all faucets, showers, and the like are dispensing anti-freeze by the time you are done.  Flush the toilet until no more water is present, i.e. antifreeze appears.  The water heater bypass is critical here, as it will take many gallons of antifreeze if you need to fill its tank also.

This is a basic list of some of the winterizing tasks for an RV.  You should consult your owner’s manual for a full checklist.  Forums dedicated to particular models of motorhome – Airstream, Newmar, Casita, etc… – can provide an abundance of tips and tricks appropriate for the RV or travel trailer you own.

Those of us who are fulltime RV dwellers will not need to do all the items in this list, as our units stay warm year around.  However, we should still be aware of these items, as you never can know when circumstances may change.  One day we too may need to park our RV for the winter.