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What are your most useful stories about crossing the States in an RV or Camper?

Updated on February 22, 2009

Traveling America in an RV

We left California and headed for Maine. Our goal was to visit friends and family in Missouri, Pennsylvania and Maine. We took our truck and camper and started our journey. The best part of the whole trip is that we paid for one night at a campground in Salem, MA and a motel in Upstate New York. The rest of the time we stayed for free in truck stops and travel plazas. We don't pay for lodging anymore if we are traveling in an RV.

We traveled Route 66 from San Bernardino to Chicago. There were so many places to stop and see that we were one day behind in our plans. We stayed one day behind until we reached Camden, ME. We stopped in Texas to see the biggest cross and an art deco gas station. We visited a Route 66 park in Missouri. We visited Lincoln's home in Illinois. We had a corn dog at the Cozy Dog. We walked Lake Erie in PA. We went to Niagara Falls. We went lobster fishing in the Camden harbor. We saw Plymouth Rock.

If you are traveling in an RV, you can also travel and stay for free in truck stops and travel plazas. There is a book on the market called the RVer's Friend. It lists every truck stop and travel plaza across the country. It tells you what kind of amenities are available. Some of the cleanest showers are in the truck stops. My husband loved it because he ate Chicken Fried Steak across the country. The book is invaluable. We would decide how long we would travel that day and then find a place to head for in the book. If we wanted showers, we would find a truck stop or travel plaza that had them. It we just wanted to sleep, we would find a place for that. We only pay for lodging when we choose to and it's the most wonderful way to see our very beautiful country.

We took 3 weeks to travel to Maine and back. It was the best adventure we have ever had and I can't wait for the day when we can do it again. This time we will travel from California to Florida and visit friends and family in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Florida. I am so looking forward to seeing new sights.

1967 Ford Ranch Wagon and 1959 Dalton
1967 Ford Ranch Wagon and 1959 Dalton


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      wordstock 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for the request. We've been all over except the south. That will be our next trip. We like traveling the best of all. We do stay free everywhere.

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Sounds as if you had a lovely trip -- thanks for answering the request, and for providing lots of helpful information. I can't wait to try it mrself.