Friday, March 27, 2009

Camping Reference Guides updated

Back in August 2007, I wrote about the printed reference books we use to find great places to spend the night. Several of them helped us zero in on the gorgeous spot we're in right now. If you haven't read it, check it out.

Most of the titles are available from RV Bookstore. This afternoon, I received a Twitter notice that RV Bookstore was having a one-day-only sale, so I took a peek at my list to see what needed updating.

If you order from RV Bookstore before 6PM Pacific today (March 27, 2009) and use the checkout code GNUJDKGC you can save 15% on their already low prices. Update: Another sale. Order before 11 am today, 3-29-09 (Pac. Time), & save 15%. Use code AQJFXGLE at checkout. Kind of short notice, but it prompted me to get moving, so maybe it will help one our readers, too. I found newer versions of the The RVers Friend and Casino Camping, so I ordered them.

If I see any other sales pop up on Twitter, I'll let you know. I usually give away our old books when we get newer versions, so watch for a chance at free, gently used guides in the next couple of weeks.


  1. Sean, Which guide is best for Fulltiming? There is a lot to choose from and would like it narrowed down to your favorites. Thanks, Paul

  2. @DreamscapeEagle: It really depends on what sort of camping you prefer. If you like to spend time in RV parks, then Woodalls is an important reference. If you prefer more secluded, natural settings but still in a campground, then the RV Camping in State Parks, Coleman National Forest and Corps of Engineering guides are good. (Woodalls also lists many of those public parks, but with a little less detail.)

    For boondocking and free dry camping, the ones we like in order of most used to least used are as follows: Day's End, Wal-Mart, Elkdom, Don Wright's Free Campgrounds, Casino Camping. But even that varies from time of year and part of the country. For instance, we spend more time in Wal-Marts when we're on our way to somewhere else in hurricane season and more time in Elks lodges in the East than in the West. Sometimes we're in Native American reservation country and use more casinos. That's why I ended up recommending so many books. I really do use all of them. The useless ones I threw away long ago!

    As for the maps, they are most useful for boondocking, so if you primarily travel on interstates or major US highways, the AAA maps would be my first choice, then the Trucker's Atlas. A good GPS helps, too.

    Good luck!


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