Post 33: Overnight stays as Full time RVers

Full time RVers – where we have stayed

Since becoming Full time RVers, we have maintained a list of all places we have stayed at for at least one night.

You will find photos of most of these locations with in our blog posts and on our photo page.

We saw such amazing scenery, met some really nice folks and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Bill remembers after seeing the Valley of the Gods and then the Grand Canyon the next day, he commented to Joy that it was hard to appreciate all the beauty day after day. Being Full time RVers is great!!

Campers Corner – London Ontario

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The first campground we stayed at since becoming Full time RVers
Camper Corner

This is a nice quiet spot to visit the surrounding areas. It served us well as we needed to be in the area to tie up loose ends as we transitioned to Full time RVers. The owners are continuing to improve the grounds.

We met  other Full time RVers here.

Campark RV Park – Niagara Falls Ontario

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Camp ground near Niagara Falls, Ont
Mini putt, Pool, laundry etc.

We stayed here for two nights. The resort is very family friendly and considering how close it is to Niagara Fall, the sites are fairly large.

There are many seasonal campers. Lots of activities for young and old. Very close to Factory Outlet shopping.

Campark Resort offers a Good Sam discount as well as a discount for returning campers.

 Hwy 94 Rest Area – Battle Creek MI

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Rest area near Battle Creek, MI
Michigan State, Battle Creek Rest Area

Considering this was a rest area on I94 just past Battle Creek MI, it was fairly quiet (or maybe we were that tired lol). According to the State laws, you can stay overnight at MI rest areas (as long as it is not posted otherwise.

West Lake Park – Deaven Port Iowa

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Summit Campgroud, West Lake Recreation Park
West Lake Campground, Iowa

Beautiful place! Seniors’ discount (62 and over). We paid $20 (regular rate $22 I believe). We stayed at the Summit Campground in West Lake Recreation area. Sites were large and very family oriented. Marvelous beach just down the road. Dump station within the campground, water and 30/50 amp power. Washrooms, showers and hiking trails. Couldn’t ask for anything more.

 Twin Lakes Wildlife Management Area – Pleasant Dale Nebraska

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Twin Lakes
Nebraska – Twin Lakes Wildlife Management Area

This was one of Bill’s favorite boondocking spots. Large gravel parking lot that could hold almost any size RV – 3 or 4 without being too cramped. Spectacular lake local folks fished in. And, the frogs, they croaked all night long.

Fairgrounds – Brush Colorado

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A campground by the local fair grounds. 1st night is free.
Colorado – Brush City Campground

Well, this is one of those places we would not normally stay at. However at the end of a long day of traveling it worked out perfectly! It is a fairgrounds in downtown Brush and they have a RV section with 15/30/50 amp hookups with water. There is a dumping station on site and a swimming pool (not sure if there is a charge or not for the pool).

I understand they are trying to attract visitors to the area, so the first night is free and there is a nominal fee thereafter. Turned out to meet our needs for the night!

Lake Pueblo State Park – Pueble County, Colorado

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Clean, nice views.
View of the snow covered mountains

Nice state park. Sites were large and most picnic tables had shelters over them. It seems like it is famous for fishing. Between the park entrance fee and the camping fee, it was a bit pricy for a one night stay. However the campground was certainly nice.

Penitente Canyon Campground – near Del Norte Colorado

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view while on a hike
View while on Bill’s hike

Fabulous spot! Camp host was very friendly and certainly knew the area. Very popular with Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Climbers. We would certainly go back if we have the opportunity.

Snowslide Campground – just outside Durango, Colorado

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This is one of our favorite campgrounds! About 20 kms  (12 mi) outside Durango, CO. Camp host was helpful and friendly. We were on site #3 which backed onto the river. WOW! We were able to relax, hike and play with the dogs. We stayed 2 days and enjoyed every second.

Valley of the Gods – near Bluff Utah

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Wonderful rock formations in Utah - called Hoodoos.
Seven Sailors

After watching Youtube videos related to Valley of the Gods, Bill just had to go there! It was an unbelievably breathtaking place! The only problem was we should either visited a month earlier or a few months later. It was SOO hot! This is BLM land, with many spots available and for the most part the sites were very clean.

Grand Canyon North Rim – Utah

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Looking down and not seeing bottom
Looking down and not seeing bottom

Simply an extraordinary area! National Forest camping is amazing! Then there is the Grand Canyon! WOW, Stunning! The park staff were so helpful and knowledgeable. We hope to make it back there.

Hitchin’ Post RV Park – Las Vegas Nevada

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Hitchin Post Campground
Hitchin Post Campground

Nice. We needed a place to get caught up on laundry and this RV park fit the bill perfectly. It is also only 10 minutes from the Vegas strip – very handy. Staff are very friendly too!

Driveway – Visalia California

Canada and the USA flags
Fun meeting our cousins.

Our cousins let us park in their driveway for 6 nights (actually they said we could stay there as long as we wanted, but we had to get back to Canada for July 1st to celebrate Canada’s 150 years of confederation).

Liz and David were such gracious hosts and we had so much fun, catching up on family and spending some time with Aunt Lillian who is 90 years young!

David cooked us a mouth watering steak and Liz fed us great meals throughout our stay! This is Moochdocking at its BEST!!

We hope to meet up in Quartzsite , Arizona this fall.

Boomtown KOA – Nevada

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My mother always told me, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Water Canyon Recreation area – Winnemucco Nevada

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Our rig setup at Water Canyon recreation area
Nevada – Winnemucco – Canyon Recreation area

This was another BLM area. Scenic mountain views, camped right beside a river and there were Vault toilets. Even a few picnic shelters for larger groups. Very quiet at night, a few cars up and down the road, but not bad at all.

Bonneville Salt Flats – Utah

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There are two items to discuss here:

  1. Standing in front of our rig on the Bonneville Speedway.
    Utah – Bonneville Salt Flats

    The Salt Flats: Incredible, miles and miles of salt. If you are into racing and speed, this would be the place to be during speed weeks. Being from the North where we have frozen lakes, after a while of driving on the flats Bill began to think he was driving on ice! Weird. One thing Bill didn’t think about was how to get all the salt off the undercarriage of the truck. It has been several weeks, many car washes and several downpours and he is still finding salt.

  2. BLM.Camping at Bonneville.
    Utah – Bonneville Salt Flats – Leppy Road BLM

    BLM camping: Just beside the salt flats, you head a little uphill and there are miles and miles of BLM land. We were there for 2 days and only saw 2 other campers and maybe 6 cars go down the road. Very peaceful.

Lyman KOA – Lyman Wyoming

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Nice little KOA, close to the highway. Although we were enjoying BLM camping, we needed to do laundry.

Government Gully Road – Laramie Wyoming

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BLM Camping
Wyoming – BLM – Government Gully Road

Stayed here for 2 days. Great spot, overlooks Laramie. Walked and hiked all day. Even tried learning how to play the guitar again. National Forest, so this was free camping.

Hershey Beach Camping – Sutherland Nebraska

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Hershey Beach camping
Nebraska – Sutherland State Recreation area – Hershey Beach

Great spot. Friendly and helpful park rangers. Self Serve camping, no reservations. Nominal fee.

Mariposa Recreation Area – near Newton Iowa

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A view of the lake on the hiking trail
Hiking trail had benches every couple of miles

This campground ranks right up there! Large, flat campsites, helpful Park Ranger (please read our blog post), vault toilets, water, fishing and hiking.

Eden Springs Park and Campground – Benton Harbor Michigan

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Every weekend they have train rides for kids!
Michigan – Benton Harbour – Eden Springs Campground

A delightful surprise. We were welcomed with a friendly handshake and introductions. Good Sam discount and very nice camping facilities. Even had an resort attached to the campsite that was being renovated. Our blog post goes into more detail. Very nice, we recommend this campground!


Maplewood Acres RV Park

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Giant Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship

Maplewood Acres is going to be our home for a few months. Family oriented campground with lots of activities and mature trees. Love this place. Close to Montreal, Ottawa, Cornwall and 1000 islands.



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