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devildog1971

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Posted: 08/28/11 07:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The 11 th of October we I will be leaving from Georgia going to Nevada and then San Francisco the road we will take will be I-40 so as to miss what heat is left, any suggestions of good places to boon dock and things not to miss we do want to stop at the big texan in amarillo eat a steak, i am not even going to try and eat the big one you get free if you finish it in time saw that on television, any other places to stop or things to see and mostly safe places to boon dock along the way


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I know you're looking to boondock, but there is a great RV park just West of Amarillo on I-40. Oasis RV resort. They're cheap, too. Around $25 a night and if you sign up for their free discount card you get 25% off of the regular price.
http://www.myrvoasis.com/index.php
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Posted: 08/28/11 08:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Elk City Park, although it's not boondocking, this is a city park with 5 RV spaces on the bank of the lake. 30amp service, no water or dump, but it's free for 3 nights. We have spent several nights here traveling I-40.


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Hi,

This is my favorite site for finding good inexpensive or free places to stay.

low cost and free campsites


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Posted: 08/28/11 11:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

boondocking:
stop at the first flying j truck stop you see and pick up a locations guidebook...free. it will tell you about each of their truck stops.
Texas:
Shamrock TX is a good place to boondock. At McDonald's a big parking lot on highway 83 going south through town, a few blocks south of 40.
Amarillo has a Flying J and a Walmart
New Mexico:
welcome center just inside the state
Clines Corner exit 218B east of Albuquerque parking lot of truck stop cafe
Flying J west of Albuquerque, part way up the hill
Route 66 Casino a little further west.
Arizona:
welcome center just inside state: pick up info re rest stops across the state.
there's an rv park down at Meteor Crater if you go down there.


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Posted: 08/29/11 07:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Soon after entering California, you'll be passing by Providence Mountains SRA, part of the Mojave National Preserve. Mitchell Caverns (el. 4,300') is about 20 or so miles off of the interstate, and near by are two campgrounds (Hole in the wall and Midhills) that surprise desert visitors not expecting trees and springs. Link The caverns are closed (budget cuts) but by Oct. who knows? Nearby Kelso offers a great visitor's center at a restored train depo.

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On the west side of Arkansas I40 exit #24. Take hwy 215 north for 15 miles to an area called Shores Lake. All paved road but lots of hill and curves. All of this area is National Forest and beautiful. There is a NF campground on the small lake or you can go down below the lake and there are hundreds of places to pull off the road and boondock. You will be pleasantly surprised and may decide to spend an extra day or two.


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About 60 miles west of Nashville, north of I-40 at exit #143 (Hurricane Mills), is the Loretta Lynn Ranch. It is an interesting place to spend a half day or so if you are interested. There's a campground there that is a little expensive for what you get but might be worth it if you want to tour the farm.

Also, I regularly see RVs parked overnight at Walmart on the west side of Nashville. It is at I-40 exit #201, Hwy 70/Charlotte Pike, on the north side. The store sits back off the interstate and the highway so shouldn't be as noisy as some and there's a good BBQ restaurant, Jim 'N Nick's, adjacent.


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Cannon George wrote:

Soon after entering California, you'll be passing by Providence Mountains SRA, part of the Mojave National Preserve. Mitchell Caverns (el. 4,300') is about 20 or so miles off of the interstate, and near by are two campgrounds (Hole in the wall and Midhills) that surprise desert visitors not expecting trees and springs. Link The caverns are closed (budget cuts) but by Oct. who knows? Nearby Kelso offers a great visitor's center at a restored train depo.


One of my favorite places to go too. If you have the time, do the hike at hole in the wall visitor center.


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