Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CONTENTS

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WORKAMPING WITHOUT A TOW CAR - Added Adventureland in Iowa.


SIGHTSEEING -
      
Locations with Good Public Transit - Showed services used in Altoona/Des Moines, IA


Places Where You Can Bike or Walk  -

Stories from Others Who Don't Tow a Car 

EMERGENCIES and Creative Situations -

Enterprise Rental Car  - Showed services used in Altoona/Des Moines, IA


WORKAMPING WITHOUT A TOW CAR


 CURRENT WORKAMPING ASSIGNMENTS:

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UPCOMING WORKAMPING ASSIGNMENTS:




WORKAMPING ASSIGNMENTS I AM APPLYING FOR AND HOPING TO GET:




Previous assignments I have completed:

* Worked during summer of 2014 at Adventureland Amusement Park  near Des Moines, IA. This was a paid job where I worked in Retail. I also had occasional assignments in RIDES because they were short handed.  At this employment area, there is a really nice RV park within walking distance of the employment area.  The general public stays in the RV Park, too, but if you are a workamper, they charge a very small amount for the entire summer.  You have to stay the entire season to get the great deal.  I am planning to go back for the summer of 2015.



*Gingko/Wanapum State Park near Vantage, WA (May 2009, March 2010, May 2010, March 2011, March 2012).

This is a beautiful but small (50 spaces) park in the middle of Washington State along Interstate 90.  May 2009 was the first time I had camp hosted EVER. The nearest town, Vantage, didn't have a grocery store, just a "convenience" store. Nearest grocery store was 30 miles away. I stocked up on food before I got here, and had WAY TOO MUCH. Also, this State Park didn't have laundry facilities, so twice I had to unhook the RV and drive 3 miles to Vantage to do laundry. Little bit of a pain, but not bad.

This park gets a lot of business from people
who attend concerts at the Gorge. If there is a concert, the park is usually booked full. The weekend of May 15, 2009 featured the Grateful Dead (along with Doobie Brothers and Allman Brothers) at the Gorge. Park was full, but wasn't bad for duties. I survived the "Deadheads." On the other hand, Memorial Day weekend was also packed, to include people attending "Sasquatch Festival," and I was very busy!

Duties were:

- Sell firewood
- Fill ice bags and sell ice
- Campground surveillance (extra vehicles, any problems or issues) of campground, boat ramp, and day use area

- Trash Pickup

The crew here was wonderful, a bunch of really fun people!

My only complaint was that I couldn't get FOX (or other channels) on my TV Antenna! This was desperate! I had to watch Jack Bauer save the world on the last three hours of "24!"
(Note to self: Next time I camp host, bring CD's and DVD's in case I can't get TV stations.) Ended up downloading the last three episodes of "24" from the FOX website. Each episode took 400 mg on my air card. Not bad. Didn't exceed my 5 GB limit. UPDATE:  During my March 2012 hosting stint, I discovered you cannot get any TV channels over the air.  The Ranger said a lot of tranlator transmitter towers were removed.

Also, if you host at this park, it does get windy.  During the time I was there for May 2009, I endured 9 windstorms of from 20 mph to 40 mph. Some lasted 12 hours, starting at 7:00 in the evening and going to 7:00 AM the next day. But, the crew was so wonderful, I ended up camphosting again for subsequent sessions in subsequent years.



When I hosted in MARCH 2010, I had a bit of a "challenge." For the first couple of weeks in March, the park was in "winter" mode. This means they were open weekends only, and NO WATER HOOKUPS! There is a "winter water fill" near the park entrance. With a little planning and conserving, I was able to go five nights on one 45 gallon freshwater tank.  I had to unhook and drive to the winter water faucet (about 50 yards) for water. 

On the other hand, having to unhook, and drive once in awhile is probably a good thing.  I'm parked on a gravel pad.  Even after you get your RV "level," the RV still  tends to "sink" a bit in the dirt/gravel.  Having to drive for the water every few days gives me a chance to "re-level" the RV. 


On March 17, 2010, the rangers put the water faucets back on.  YAY! Rest of the month was pretty uneventful, not much wind that I can remember (although it can get windy here!).

When I hosted again in MAY 2010, I endured four days in a row of extreme wind (common for this area).  This time the wind was so bad it knocked down two tall Russian Olive trees in one of the campsites.  The trees fell over, knocked right out of the ground, roots and all!  Fortunately, it was a weekday (not too many visitors) and no one was in the campsite.  After the Ranger chopped it up, I helped haul it to the chipper shredder pile.

Also, during this time, I decided to see if I could drive my  laundry to town on my E-Bike.  On May 6, it was a beautiful day (no wind!), and partly cloudy, about 65 degrees. I straddled my laundry bag between my legs and rode to Vantage (3 miles).  It  was cumbersome, but I did it!  Sure beats the pain of unhooking the RV, putting things away so I can drive, etc.



* A two month VOLUNTEER assignment in Kentucky workamping (for free camping only) with US Fish and Wildlife at a Fish Hatchery in Jamestown, KY.

I left my home on
June 20, 2009, arrived on July 7, 2009. Stayed until September 8, 2009. This picture on the left is my RV spot at the Wolf Creek Fish Hatchery. NICE! The        picture on the right is how close the deer come to the campspots, both in the morning, and the evening. There are five RV's here volunteering, I got the "end" spot (which is the PRIMO spot!). The RV spots have good spacing between them, so I can blast my favorite CD's (any JOSH GROBAN fans?) and don't have to worry about annoying the others. I am ten miles from Jamestown, a bit far for my little e-bike. However, I can unhook and go somewhere on my days off.



* A 30 Day Hosting during July 2010 and July 2011 at Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park near Coulee City, WA .

This is a larger park with two camping areas, the  main camp area with 100+ tent and RV sites, and the smaller Bretz campground with 30 RV utility sites and one group camp area that holds up to 100 people.  The good news is....  I get free laundry here!  YAY! I  don't have to unhook and go somewhere.

As for  my Verizon Air Card:
- In 2010, I had a 3G Verizon Air Card, and it didn't work at all.  My cell phone barely got a signal.  But, the park had a "courtesy DSL connection"  for hosts with laptops.  Bit of a pain to drag my laptop down to the office every day but it worked for me.

- In 2011, I had a Verizon 4G Air Card, and it worked VERY SLUGGISH.  If it got windy, I got no signal at all.  My cell phone faded in and out. My newest wireless device, "Home Phone Connect" from Verizon, was pretty dependable, even if the signal was weak.

There is a nearby resort (part of the state park, but operated on a concession permit) within  walking distance that has a store with most of the food basics (overpriced, but still....).  If you don't tow a car, you can easily get by hosting here and not have to worry about going anywhere for laundry or food.  Plus, there are peddle boats and canoes to rent.  The park has swimming, boating, golfing, and mini golf.  Plenty do do!  Don't have to go anywhere as long as you have enough food.

There are four hosts here:

Main Campground Host - gets free phone and free hookup, and is in a shady spot, but jammed in close to other RV spots. Can easily do this without a tow car.

Day Use Host - gets free hookup over near Ranger Residences.  Can easily do this without a tow car.  The worst thing about this volunteer opportunity is perhaps shoveling "goose poo."

Bretz Campground host - gets free hookup, has a spot away from the campground, but has no shade.  Can easily do this without a tow car.

Camp Delaney (Environmental  Learning Center for groups)  - gets free hookup, but is way out about 2 miles from the park.  This is a neat hosting assignment, but I would not do it without a tow car, too isolated. 

Also, volunteers at the interpretive center get free sites.  I'm glad I didn't volunteer for the interpretive center.  It's 3 miles from the campground.  I could get there on my bike, but if I HAD to ride the bike every day to get there and I got a flat tire, I would be hosed and have no way to get there but to walk.  Being a campground host at this park, having my bike is a plus, but not a necessity.

This campground is very busy in the summer.  I would recommend anyone who wants to host here have previous hosting experience SOMEWHERE.  If it's your first time camp hosting, you might want to come in early Spring or Late Fall, or ask for Bretz or Day Use.  Bretz or Day Use might be better for "first timers."  If you host here in the busy summer without having done this before, it could be a little overwhelming.  The picture below is the Bretz campground.


* A Five Week Hosting Assignment at Alta Lake State Park near Brewster, WA.

I was here from August 12 - September 17. This is a beautiful park in the Cascade Mountains.  There are three camping loops, one loop is close to Alta Lake.  If you get a tent spot on the lake, you are allowed to anchor your boat at your tent spot (after launching at the boat launch).

There are 120 sites or so, consisting of both tent and RV.  Basically, at this park, I just pick up litter, clean fire pits, and answer questions. There are two camp hosts here, but they only use two during the busiest part of the summer.  I met the other host couple, they were getting ready to leave, as I was arriving.  One of the camp host spots is in a woodsy area, very spacious, lots of shade, gets a decent signal on the Verizon air card, but the down sides are that it's next to the restroom building and the spot is somewhat cumbersome to get into.  The previous camp host couple was in a Travel Trailer in this spot and even they had difficulty.  The other camp host spot is in the lake loop, easy to back into, good view of lake and Day Use area, but the down sides are no shade and can't get a Verizon signal.  Take your pick!  I spent the first week at the Lake host site, until the electrical box fried.  Fortunately, no damage so far to my RV.  I moved to the other camp host spot.  Toward the end of my stay, I moved back to the first spot because the Rangers wanted to close the other loops down.  The electrical box still wasn't fixed, so I parked midway between the camp host spot and the next one over, and plugged into the next one over.

No laundry facilities here, the closest town(s) are Twisp, 30 miles one direction, and Chelan, 30 miles the other direction.  I was told the better laundry facilities are in Twisp.  This is my experience doing laundry while I was here:

- Weeks 1, 3, and 4:  I went to Twisp.  The laundry facilities are near a gas station and a nice grocery store.  Very nice laundromat, but somewhat pricey at $2.50 per wash, despite having the large front loaders.  The dyers gave you 8 minutes for each quarter.  I had to park next door at the grocery store ( Hank's Harvest Foods ) which had plenty of room for a few RV's.  If you do laundry here in Twisp, be sure to buy some stuff from Hank's Harvest Foods if you use their parking lot.

- Week 2: I drove to Chelan, 19 miles away.  If you are NOT towing a car, I do not recommend this option.  The laundromat was ok, $2 to wash, large capacity top loader washers.   However, there was no good place to park the RV. I finally parked next door in front of a small "nutrition" business.  I don't think they appreciated it.  I scraped my rear tire against the curb (not a good thing for tires!) trying to park close enough so traffic could get by. I had to pull in  my driver door mirror.  While I was parked, some "person"  (comments withheld) had the nerve to drive their car on the sidewalk (ok, it was a "dirt walk") next to my RV! 

I did not take my e-bike on this trip, left it at home.  

This picture below was taken from my RV while I was in the lake loop host site, and is of a few of the tent sites.


* A One Month Assignment in Idaho: During October 2010, I completed a one month assignment at Farragut State Park in Idaho.  Farragut State Park in Athol, ID is a beautiful park, very woodsy.  There are four campgrounds (Waldron, Gilmore, Snowberry, and Whitetail) with two to three hosts per campground.

I hosted during October, so only one campground was open (Waldron).  Since it wasn't busy that month, I was the only camp host.  Normally, each campground area has 2-3 hosts who trade off.  The good news is, the park has laundry facilities for the hosts.  The bad news is.... it's not within walking distance.  Also, my Verizon air card didn't work here even though my Verizon cell phone did work (barely....).  So, the challenges here were laundry and Wi-Fi.

There is a Wi-Fi that can be accessed up near the park facilities shop area, but it was a Wi-Fi service that you have to pay for.  It apparently works in any Idaho State Park that has the service.  One price gets you access for a year.  At the time, the Wi-Fi was offering a price of $21 for the rest of the calendar year.  I thought about it, but decided not to.   

For Wi-Fi, the rangers suggested driving to Bayview, ID (four miles from the park) to a place called Ralphs.  Ralphs is a coffee shop, with a laundromat, and free Wi-Fi.  I tried this the first week I was there, and found no adequate place to park the RV.  I finally drove to Rathdrum, ID and found a laundry place, which was also within range for my Air Card.  I sat outside in my RV and used my computer while my laundry was in progress.  Did I mention that the laundry prices were expensive? $2.50 for a wash! 

For the remainder of my stay at Farragut, I used the laundry facilities at the park.  The park had a very nice washer that could take large loads, and a very good dryer.  Better than paying $2.50 for washing at a local laundromat!  But I still had to drive my RV to a nearby town once a week so I could sit in a parking lot and use my Air Card.  This took a lot of planning.  I had to write down a list of things to do on the computer (download this bill, pay that bill, check email, post on boards).  This required coordinating billing dates and dates bills were available online with the weekly trip. 

This was a bit of a pain, but I wouldn't let that stop anyone from camp hosting at Farragut State Park.  This is a beautiful park, and the Rangers were great to work with.  Since I hosted in October, I was the only camp host.  If you host in the summer, there are other hosts.  October is a very relaxing time to host at this state park, if you don't mind being the only host. 

Also, since it was October, the Rangers shut down the water about mid-month.  The Rangers, bless their hearts, tried really, really hard to find a way to leave my water faucet available.  But it didn't work out.  The Visitors Center had a working faucet on the outside of the building.  On the days I drove to Rathdrum to check email, I stopped at the park's Visitor's Center on the way back and filled my tank.  I appreciate the effort the Rangers made to make my stay comfortable and fun! 




The top picture is my spot.  The bottom picture is where the other two camp hosts would be if there were three camp hosts in this loop.

* A One Month Assignment at OCEAN CITY STATE PARK - Ocean Shores, WA (December 2010, September 2011, June 2012, and June 2013)
I have hosted here four times.  This is a great park on the Washington State coastline and is open year round for camping.  There are four loops, but during winter, only two loops are open. The picture above is the road through one of the loops.  The other two loops were flooded.  During December it rains a lot.  The Ranger told me that about 40% of their business during winter is winter time activities, especially clam digging.  The first weekend I was here, I was surprised at the number of people who came to clam dig!

DECEMBER 2010:  Temperatures are in the 40's/50's.  This is a FUN time to camp host!  It might be BRISK out there in 40 degree temperatures, but this is a way to REALLY be RVing and see to what extremes you can do in your RV!  I was there through Christmas and New Years.

SEPTEMBER 2011:  Temperatures were in the 50's and 60's.  All four  loops were open, and I got to see what the previously "flooded" loops look like when they aren't flooded!  The first three weekends were pretty busy and full with Labor Day, and then special events the next two weekends. The last weekend wasn't as full, and it started to be misty and wet.
 
JUNE 2012:  Temperatures were in the 60's with occasional sunny days in low 70's.  Rained most of the time.  All four  loops were open, and some camp spots had mud problems due to the rain. Stayed there until July 5.  Park was pretty full on July 4th.  Had some nice weather in the 70's over the 4th.

JUNE 2013:  Temperatures in the 60's with occasional sunny days in low 70's.  The Park participated in the local community Flag Day celebration. 

The staff at this park was great and very helpful. 

When I was here in December 2010, I had a 3G Verizon Air Card.  It fluctuated, the signal fades in and out. I have to "catch it when I can."  I wonder if air card signals go in and out with the ocean tide......  When I was here in September 2011 and June 2012, I had the 4G Verizon Air Card, and it better.  Still some fade in and out, but not as bad!  During June 2013, I had the Verizon JetPack.  Worked GREAT!  No signal fading in and out with the ocean tide. 

I found out that there is a bear that likes to run around this place at night.  I noticed a trash can had been overturned, and I KNOW it wasn't windy the night before!  One of the park staff told me about the bear.  Oh well.  Guess it happens. 

The picture at the right is my camp hosting spot.  It's a very spacious spot and my cat was entertained from looking out the windows!  The host spot is located next to the community dump station, but I wouldn't let that stop you from hosting here.  Besides, you can always talk to the people using the dump station and ask them if they had a nice stay!  The trash can mentioned earlier that was knocked over by a bear, well, it was the one at the community dump station.  That close and I didn't even hear it! 

Duties at this time:
-  Pick up litter along entrance road, beach trails, and campgrounds
-  Lightly sweep the restroom buildings in use
-  Check toilet paper
-  Shovel out firepits after campers leave
-  Check arrival campsites to be sure the campsite is clean and free of debris
-  Answer questions
Also, I'm learning about standards for hazardous materials exposure.  Further, since this park is on the Washington coastline, there are posters about rip tides and Tsunami warnings.  During  my September  2011  hosting, we had a Tsunami drill.  Camping Guests could ignore  it, but I had to "duck and cover" or whatever it was.

I store my car here in Ocean Shores, so when I'm hosting here, I use my EGO bike to go get my car. 


* Three Assignments at SEAQUEST STATE PARK - Castle Rock, WA

I  served here in January - February 2011 for a six week assignment; then two more times in May 2012 and May 2013.  During the January/February 2011 time, it was winter and part of the park was closed off.  But for wintertime camping, this park features fabulous Yurts. These yurts are quite roomy, have bunk beds, and heat!

Also, this park has a washer and dryer that hosts are allowed to use. 

During the winter session in 2011, I had a 3G Verizon Air card, and it worked just fine.  However, in May 2012, I had the 4G Air Card and had trouble getting a good signal.  But, as long as I didn't need to shop for any food, I didn't have to leave.  During the May 2013 stint, I had the Verizon JetPack.  Didn't work at all.  Verizon let me temporarily switch back to the 4G Air Card, and I barely got a signal as long as I was outside and it wasn't raining.

During the January/February 2011 time, I did not have the EGO bike with me.  The starter shorted out while I was at Ocean City State Park during December 2010.  My fault, it rained the whole month and I didn't put the cover on. My bike was repaired in Port Townsend at Townsend Electric.  Colin of Townsend Electric was highly recommended.  It appears that this business repairs all kinds of electric items, to include the EGO bikes.  It would have been nice to have the bike while here, as the city of Castle Rock is 5 miles away, an easy ride.  On the other hand, I brought the bike during the May 2012, and it was great for riding to Castle Rock for groceries. I also had it during May 2013, but never got to ride it.  I had RV problems twice during this stay, so I pulled out and went to Uhlmann RV in Chehalis, WA (good folks!).  I did my shopping during that time.

Seaquest State Park is across the street from the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center.  Camp Hosts are allowed free admission in order to inform camping guests about this facility.  

Usually, this park has 3 hosts:

-  Yurt Host:  Yurts, Group Camp, and Day Use
-  T1 Host:     The "T" Loop, the North Loop, and restroom check in Mid Loop
-  T5 Host:     Mid Loop, South Loop, Dump Station

The wintertime activities are the hunting crowd during hunting season and anyone who wants to camp in the Yurts for a unique experience.  Summer activities are visiting Mt. St. Helens and hiking.

* A Six Week Assignment at Eleven Mile State Park - Lake George, CO


My hosting stint was May 1 - June 15, 2011.  The elevation here is 8600 feet.  This park features nine fabulous campgrounds, but only two of them are hosted.  The two "hosted" campgrounds are Rocky Ridge (144 sites, some electric only, some dry camping) and North Shore (81 dry camping campsites).  Rocky Ridge has breath taking views of the mountains and the reservoir, gives you good shield from the frequent winds, but is a bit of a ways from the fishing area. North Shore features wonderful campsites right on the reservoir.  You could throw your fishing line out from some of the campsites!  But the bad news on North Shore is is that if the wind comes up, you are SLAMMED.  In my camp hosting spot in the A loop of North Shore, when the wind came up, it was ROCK AND ROLL!  I had to pull my slides in.  Not to mention the crazy weather, it snowed a few times during MAY!  Got down to the teens and my water pump froze.  Memorial Day weekend had great weather, except for the wind! 

The staff here was great to  work with.  The requirement was only 20 hours a week, SWEET!  The Ranger told me that they prefer you do your 20  hours on Fri - Mon, then you get  Tues, Wed, and Thurs to explore Colorado!  Well, I don't tow a car so where am I going to go?

This park has laundry facilities, $1.50 to wash, and $1.00 to dry for 60 minutes.  The wash is cold water only.  Other than that, the nearest laundry facility I found was n Woodland Park, about 35 miles from here.  Woodland Park has a public parking area for RV's, but the laundry places themselves had NO room to park RV's.  

The closest town is Lake George, 11 miles from the park.  Lake George has a post office.  This park would not allow mail to be forwarded to the park, so I used General Delivery at the Lake George post office.  I had to unhitch the RV once a week to get my mail.  Worked out pretty good, gave me a good excuse to reposition and re-level the RV.  Lake George does have a very good family owned pizza restaurant.  But nothing else.  

For groceries, there is a grocery story in Divide, CO (about 20 miles from the park) called Divide Venture Foods.  They sell the BEST salsa I've ever had, made by Cripple Creek Salsa Company.  If there aren't too many cars in the parking lot, you can fit a 32 foot RV in the parking lot, but not much bigger.  If there are a lot of cars in the parking lot, well, don't try it.  Farther away in Woodland Park (35 miles from Eleven Mile State Park), there is a very nice CityMarket, which is part of the Fred Meyer/Kroger chain.  Your Fred Meyer/Kroger cards work there, and you can get gas discounts. Plenty of room to park the RV.  I had to travel to Woodland Park for some personal business on one of my weekly trips out.

My Verizon Air Card (4G) worked a bit sluggish. My Verizon cell phone, and my newest wireless device, "Home Phone Connect" from Verizon, worked fairly well!   

* A one month Assignment at DAROGA STATE PARK - Orondo, WA


Daroga State Park in Orondo, WA is a BEAUTIFUL state park!  I hosted here in August 2011.  The RV sites and tent sites have plenty of acreage between sites.  It is difficult to get a hosting job here, because the hosts tend to come back year after year.  I managed to get a slot because another host cancelled.  I had put my name on the list a year earlier.  

At this park, all you have to do is sell wood and ice, twice a day.  The Ranger insists that will keep you busy enough, and the Ranger was right.  It did keep me busy, and I did learn a lot about "inventory management," but still had plenty of time to enjoy this beautiful park.  I got a State vehicle to drive around in.  The vehicle had STANDARD transmission.  The last time I drove a stick shift was 1984!  I almost forgot how!  

No laundry facilities at this park.  The closest is to go to Wenatchee, about 20 miles away. Wenatchee is a small city with major box stores where you can get groceries.  However, when I tried to go there for laundry, I found the following issues with the four facilities I found:

-  2 of the facilities did not have room to park the RV
- 1 facility had room for the RV, but I didn't feel safe in that area
- 1 facility was across the street from a Park & Ride I could 
              have parked at, but getting into that Park & Ride in 
              the RV was cumbersome

So, I ended up driving to Chelan, WA.  I had used this place before when I hosted at Alta Lake State Park in 2010.  Chelan is a small tourist kind town, but does have a major grocery store for shopping. 

My Verizon Air Card (4G) worked great here!  WHEE!!!!!! A good signal!  My Verizon cell phone, and my newest wireless device, "Home Phone Connect" from Verizon, worked fairly well!  On the other hand, TV reception via antenna was lousy.  All I got was a very snowy FOX channel out of Spokane.     

* A one month Assignment at   Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA


STEPHEN C. FOSTER STATE PARK  in FARGO, GA.  I hosted here in November 2011.  Temperatures were in the 70's and 80's.  YAY!  This park is far away from everything.  My Verizon cell phone BARELY got a signal, but my Verizon HOME PHONE CONNECT worked fine!  I barely had a signal on it, but it worked fine!  On the other hand, my Verizon Air Card didn't work at all.  


 


As for laundry, there are laundry machines here, CHEAP!  $1 to wash, $1 to dry.  The park has a way to reimburse you for your laundry costs, so your laundry is essentially free. 
If you host here, you get some GREAT perks!  You can go on the swamp tours or rent a boat FREE, space available.  Ok, on the down side, you have to clean bathrooms.  '


There are two host positions, but at the time I was there, I was the only host.  I had to take care of 68 sites in two loops.  It wasn't too bad.



* A 4 week Assignment at Cross Ranch State Park near Center/Hensler, ND

I hosted here for Session 3 (mid July - mid August) for both 2012 and 2013.  I like the fact that North Dakota does 4 week "sessions" as opposed to "calendar months."  These "sessions" can nicely dovetail into a schedule both after coming off and before going back to a "calendar month" hosting job. 

The park features primitive sites within a wildlife management refuge.  There are also RV electric sites at the Sanger Campground.  This park is along the Missouri River.  Here is my camp host site:


This park has some great cabins to stay in, complete with cooking facilities, refrigerators, bedrooms, and family rooms.  No bathrooms, have to use the vault toilet outside.  In addition, there are some fabulous Yurts with propane stoves in them for wintertime use.  This park has lots of activities.  The park Interpretive Specialist had some very interesting programs for children.  We learned to make ice cream without needing an ice cream machine.  We even learned how to add berries to the ice cream.  We had a good program on geocaching.  Also, the park hosts some great concerts of bluegrass music.  One weekend was the "BlueGrass Goes Pink" concert featuring the band Special Consensus from Chicago, as well as a local bluegrass band called Cottonwood. 

This park did not have laundry facilities, so once a week I had to unhook the RV and drive to Washburn to do laundry.  But..... since North Dakota gives you that wonderful benefit of a 10 night free camping pass, I used those days to drive to another park and spend one night.  You are encouraged to do that!  

If you haven't hosted in North Dakota before, I highly recommend applying to host in North Dakota.  They have some great parks! 

 * A 4 week Assignment at Icelandic State Park  near Cavalier, ND.                       


I have had a wonderful time here hosting during Session 4 (mid August to mid September) both in 2012 and 2013.
 My Camp Host spot was great and very shady, even with the 95 degree temps we had in late August 2013.  Get a load of that "easter egg" cart I drove around.  It's a GEM CAR .  Those are the coolest things to drive.  Electric! 
This is from the entrance to West Loop.  There is also a North Loop, South Loop, and a great primitive area for Tents!  Also a lake with a beach. 






This park features 160 camping sites that include three cute little cabins, three modern camping loops that have all pull-through sites with water and electricity, three "hike in" tent sites down by the lake, and one primitive camping loop with a vault toilet.

This was also a very busy park.  The wonderful Canadians to the north like to come to this park.

One of the things that kind of surprised me was the "North Dakota thing" of shared water faucets.  I saw this at other North Dakota State Parks I stayed in.  One water faucet is placed between every two camping spots, and you share the water faucet with your neighbor.  You need about 50 and sometimes 75 feet of hose to connect to the water faucet, depending on the configuration of your RV and the location of the water faucet. 

The park has two trailers for seasonal staff:  A women's trailer and a men's trailer. Both had washers and dryers.  I was allowed a key to the women's trailer, and I was allowed to do laundry there. 

After the Labor Day Weekend rush, I was trained on how to collect money for camping permits.  I got to do that for the period of time I was here after Labor Day.

Among the "services" offered at this park are:

- compressor for filling up air mattresses, etc.
- free use of a "blue boy" in case your tanks got full while you were camping.

With this park being 6 miles from the city of Cavalier, I was hoping to use my E-bike to ride to Cavalier.  Discovered that I could not, because North Dakota requires all scooters, to include electric scooters, to be licensed. Another thing:  There was some road construction to the park entryway that necessitated a 3 mile detour over a rough gravel road both in 2012 and 2013.  No way could I ride my scooter over that!

In 2012, I had so much fun I didn't leave when I was supposed to!  I stayed an extra two weeks!  Ok, the real truth, the day after Labor Day, I stepped out of my RV and stepped wrong and fell, tearing some ligaments in my left ankle.  Fortunately a friend was visiting at the time.  The friend took me to the doctor, where I was given one of those "velcro moon boots" to wear.  Actually, the rangers graciously let me stay an extra two weeks so my ankle could heal up before I drove home.  I finally left on September 25 of 2012, but ankle wasn't all the way healed.  I left just before the snow came to North Dakota.  But I still had a wonderful time!

In 2013, I had a great time!  


* Gold Beach/Brookings, OR (October 2013 - March 2014).

If you workamp or stay in Gold Beach or Brookings, OR, you can get by without a tow car, but it does require a lot of planning.  Between Curry Public Transit, Dial A Ride, and rental cars, you can make it work.  I worked at Turtle Rock Resort which is a couple miles south of Gold Beach. These are the  parks in Gold Beach, OR and these are the  parks in Brookings, OR.   

The Coastal Express schedule runs Monday through Friday with very limited service.  The Dial A Ride runs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (but not Thursday) in Gold Beach between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM, and Monday - Friday in Brookings from 8:30 AM -  4:00 PM. 

Rental cars are available both in Brookings and Gold Beach.  In Brookings, it's Carpenter Auto Rental, which is near the Rays Supermarket where Curry Public transit drops you off; and Little Bay Motor Company further down Highway 101.  As of this writing, prices are approximately $40 a day with a limit of 50 miles or $60 a day with unlimited mileage (based on rental from Carpenter Auto, I didn't get a chance to try Little Bay).  The cars are not new, they are basically "rent a wrecks" but the cars are in good condition.  In Gold Beach, rental cars are available at Port of Gold Beach.  As of this writing, prices are $25 a day PLUS 25 cents a mile.  There is no "unlimited" mileage option.   If you just want to drive around Gold Beach, the Port rentals work fine, but I wouldn't use this option for driving to, say, Coos Bay.  If you wanted to drive a distance, it would be better to take Curry Public Transit down to Brookings to get a car with unlimited mileage.  

If you are workamping, try to get a schedule where you are working weekends, and your days off are on weekdays.  This way you have the public transit available to you.  While working at Turtle Rock, I worked Thursday - Saturday, which left me Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to use the public transit and rental cars when I needed.  I also used my EGO Scooter Bike when possible. 

PLACES WHERE ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR DELIVERS CARS

ENTERPRISE Rent A Car will either pick you up and get you to their office, or they will drive the car to you. Click here and enter the city and state you are currently located to get office hours for your location.

The only issue I have with Enterprise is that their current practice is to pass your phone number to a third party that will contact you after your rental for "market research." When I rented a car in Spokane, I screamed and stamped my feet and said, "I don't want the call" and I never got it. When I rented in Grants Pass, I tried to scream and stamp my feet and I was told, "we don't have any control over this." My understanding, under the DO NOT CALL rules, is that if you insist that you are on the DO NOT CALL list, and you insist that you don't want to be called, they are obligated to honor that request. I sent a formal complaint to the Regional Office, and I was told I was put on their internal "Do Not Call" list. However, the manager who did this for me didn't know whether the internal list covered nationwide, or whether it covered just that Region.

IOWA
DES MOINES/ALTOONA, IA
While working at  Adventureland in Iowa     I made frequent use of  Enterprise on Euclid Avenue.  I walked to the RV park office and had them pick me up there.

COLORADO
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
In May 2011, I stayed at  Fountain Creek RV Park in Colorado Springs.  The branch office is on the same street as this campground.  Car got delivered to me, no problem.  The office was a couple miles from the campground.

NORTH CAROLINA
RALEIGH, NC
In December 2011, I stayed at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds on Blue Ridge Road.  There is a branch office right around the corner on Hillsborough Street.  It's 2/3 of a mile to walk to this office if you are in the mood to walk.                  





OREGON

GRANTS PASS, OR

There is a good selection of RV Parks in Grants Pass ( http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/Oregon/Grants_Pass.html ) where cars can be delivered to you. The two closest RV parks are Jack's Landing and Rogue Valley Overnighters.
NEWPORT, OR

There is an Enterprise site in Newport. Here are some RV parks available. I haven't personally stayed at any of these sites, just noting that it's there.

WASHINGTON

ANACORTES, WA
You can stay at either:
Fidalgo Bay RV Resort
or
Pioneer Trails RV Resort
and have Enterprise deliver a car to you for the duration of your stay.

SPOKANE, WA

If you stay at Riverside State Park, there is an Enterprise office at 1426 East Francis Avenue. This office indicated to me that they were the closest to the State Park and can pick you up. I tried this option. I called in advance and THOUGHT I had made a reservation, and was even quoted a final price, but somehow I didn't get a confirmation number. I called on the day of pickup and found out I didn't have a reservation, but no problem, plenty of cars, they will redo the reservation. I showed up and called for them to pick me up. They picked me up, no problem. I got to the office, and STILL no reservation, but no problem, plenty of cars, they will give me a car for the price quoted. Despite the reservation snafu, I got a car, a PT Cruiser. THEN! I show up at the State Park. Park Ranger tells me that the rental car is ok, as it is within the "one RV and one car" allowance. However, the Camp Host told me that since I did not TOW the car in, it was considered an "extra vehicle" and I would have to pay the "extra vehicle" fee. NO WAY! The Park Ranger over-ruled that one! Other than the snafus, everything went fine. I returned the car the night before I left, and left the next morning.

LOCATIONS WITH GOOD PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICE

New additions will be shown at the top in green, then later moved down to alphabetical order, by State, then by city.

MASS TRANSIT

IOWA

DES MOINES, IA

I worked at Adventureland in Iowa .  Although there is a bus system, it didn't go to locations or run with the frequency I preferred.  I made use of Capitol/Yellow Cab  (they are basically the same company) and of  Enterprise Rental Car.  
CALIFORNIA

EUREKA, CA

I have to tell you, Eureka, CA is NOT RV friendly.  Don't even try to shop in your RV in Eureka.  The access points to all the parking lots for "big box" stores have this "dip" that causes you to scrape bottom.  I scraped bottom at Rite Aid because I parked there take my EGO bike to a repair shop two blocks away.  Also, I tried to go to Costco and had the same problem, scraping bottom when I tried to get into the parking lot.  I did see a WinCo Foods that looked promising for parking next time I come here (when I pick my bike up), or, I may just set up in an RV park and take a taxi to the bike repair place, then ride the bike back to the RV park.  

COLORADO

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
These three RV parks are very close together (within a five mile range), and all three of them are located on Mountain Metropolitan Transit Route #3:

Fountain Creek RV Park - Colorado Springs, near shops, banks, and restaurants
Garden of the Gods Campground - in Colorado Springs, Colorado (very close to Manitou Springs)
Pikes Peak RV Park & Campground - in Manitou Springs, very close to shops

I stayed at Garden of the Gods Campground and I rode three of the bus routes. The online schedules don't publish "transfer" information to other buses, and the downtown transfer terminal didn't have any printed schedules. Maybe they want to save paper by not having these. However, there was a kiosk where you could map out your trip, but it wasn't real user friendly to me. On the good side, the downtown terminal did have employees who could direct you to what buses you need to take, so that was helpful.

TOWAOC/CORTEZ, CO
If you stay at Sleeping Ute Mountain RV Park in Towaoc, Colorado; the casino has an hourly shuttle that will take you to Cortez (10 miles away) for any needs. Although I did have a nice overnite stay at the RV park, I didn't personally try out the shuttle. I'm just noting that it is there.

I D A H O
COEUR D'ALENE, ID
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho has become quite the resort town. The city has a small transit service called "City Link" that can take you up and down the main part of town, or to other nearby points in Idaho, such as the Coeur d' Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho. Guess what, it's FREE!!! If you stay at River Walk RV Park , you can catch the City Link bus three blocks away at the Riverwalk Transfer Station.

O R E G O N
TILLAMOOK COUNTY, OR
If you stay at RV Parks along Highway 101 in Tillamook County, Oregon (anywhere from Pacific City, south of Tillamook, to Cannon Beach, north of Tillamook), you can ride a bus anywhere up and down Highway 101 between these locations. Here is the route schedule: http://www.tillamookbus.com/route-schedules.htm . Keep in mind, depending on the location, there are only 3-6 routes a day, daytime hours, and Monday through Saturday. However, within the city of Tillamook, there are many "town loop" routes during the day for sightseeing (such as, the Tillamook Cheese Factory within Tillamook. I stayed at one RV park south of Tillamook, Pleasant Valley RV Park that had a bus stop at the entry way. I did not get an opportunity to try out the bus line, I am just noting that it is available.

NORTH CAROLINA
RALEIGH, NC
TRIANGLE TRANSIT operates in Raleigh, NC.  I checked the web site and Triangle Transit appears to have frequent service to most places you might want to go to.  I did not get an opportunity to ride the transit system, however. 

MINNESOTA

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN

If you stay at Red River State Recreation Area  in East Grand Forks, you are right in the middle of downtown East Grand Forks.  You can walk a brisk short distance and catch Cities Area Transit (CAT)     Bus Route 11  in front of Cabela's and ride around the area.

OREGON

CURRY COUNTY/GOLD BEACH, OR


If you stay in one of the many fine parks in Gold Beach, OR, you can ride  Curry Public Transit from the park you are staying, in to Gold Beach.   However, the service is rather limited.  If you are staying in an RV Park outside Gold Beach, the Dial A Ride will pick you up at 9:30 at the earliest, and you can get a return ride back to your park at 2:00 PM at the latest.  The Dial A Ride will pick you up at your RV site.  But.... this service only runs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (not Thursday or weekends).  The Coastal Express will take you up and down Highway 101 from North Bend, OR, all the way down to Smith River, CA and runs Monday - Friday.

With the limited schedule, it's impossible to use the transit system to "spend a day" away from Gold Beach.  Just to go to Brookings, you would have Dial A Ride pick you up at 9:30, then you can ride the Coastal Express at 10:00 and arrive in Brookings at 10:45.  But, you would have to return  on the 11:15 bus back up to Gold Beach to catch a Dial A Ride back to your RV site.  If you miss the 11:15 bus from Brookings, there isn't another bus until 3:00, which is too late to get a Dial A Ride in Gold Beach.  Not a problem if your RV park is in town.  But if you are staying in an RV park outside of town, you can have the Coastal Express drop you off along Highway 101 and you can walk back to your park.  

Another option if you are staying at a park outside Gold Beach ( Turtle Rock Resort, for example, 1.5 miles south of Gold Beach), is that you can get on Curry Public Transit by walking 3/4 of a mile to Highway 101, and standing on Highway 101 and flagging them down.  If you do this, you need to call the phone number shown on the website and let them know you are doing this.  You could go Northbound as early as 7:45 AM and as late as 3:30 PM, or Southbound as early as 10:15 AM or as late as 5:30 PM.

If you plan carefully, you can use Dial A Ride to get most anything you might need in Gold Beach.

On the other hand, there are two places in Brookings and one place in Gold Beach where you can rent a car.  

A.  BROOKINGS:  In Brookings, as of this writing, basically the prices are $39.95 a day (24 hour period) wir eth 50 miles included and 25 cents a mile charge for miles over 50; or $59.95 a day with unlimited miles.  One of the rental car places (Carpenter Auto) is located next door to where the Curry Public Transit drops you off in Brookings.  The other (Little Bay Motor Company) is a ways down Highway 101.  It's not a drop off place for Curry Public Transit, but you can request to be dropped off there.  Curry Public Transit is pretty flexible about "stops" as long as the "stop" is on the route.  (I used Carpenter Auto because of their proximity to the Curry Public Transit drop off point.) 

B.  GOLD BEACH  The Port of Gold Beach  has two cars and rents them for $25 a day and 25 cents a mile, there is no option for unlimited miles.  However, the pricing at the Port is not based on 24 hour periods, it's based on "days."  For example, if you pick up a car at 10:00 AM on Monday and return it at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, you will pay $50 (plus 25 cents a mile), not $25, even though it's a 24 hour period.  The rationale is that you had the car on two different days.  So, pick it up as early as possible on pick up day and return it as late as possible on return day, it doesn't really matter.  Port of Gold Beach will not do "turnaround" rentals.  For example, if you are returning a car on, say, Tuesday morning, the Port will not re-rent the car to someone else the same day.  

I recommend using Port rentals for local travel around Gold Beach (use Dial A Ride to pick up the car).  For trips farther out, I recommend taking Curry Public Transit down to Brookings and renting a car down there. 



W A S H I N G T O N
LONG BEACH, WA
If you stay at Andersens RV Resort, you will be staying right on the dunes! However, this park is a few miles out of town. Pacific Transit has daytime only service on Monday - Friday, limited service on Saturday, and no service on Sunday.
If you stay at either Driftwood RV Park or Sand Castle RV Park , you will be right in town, along Highway 101, close to most businesses. At Driftwood, you are a couple blocks, very short walk, from the beach. At Sand Castle, you can still walk to the beach, but it's a bit farther, more of a "brisk" walk. For both RV parks, there are some places within walking distance, other places are a "brisk walk," and you can take Pacific Transit for anything else you might need in Long Beach. I have stayed at both parks previously.

OCEAN SHORES, WA
I camp hosted at Ocean City State Park near Ocean Shores, WA during December 2010.  Grays Harbor Transit has service between Ocean Shores and Aberdeen, but it's at limited times.  However, to just go to Ocean Shores, you can stand outside the entrance to the State Park and flag down any bus going between North Beach Casino and Ocean Shores.  You just stand there and wave, and the bus will stop for you.  The Dispatcher told me to use the"Ocean Shores Chance a la Mer" column and subtract 15 minutes.  

Alternatively, you can walk to Ocean Shores, if you are up to it.  It's a 1.5 mile walk. 

PORT TOWNSEND, WA

JEFFERSON COUNTY TRANSIT operates in Port Townsend, WA.  You can take Jefferson County Transit to most locations in the Olympic Peninsula area. You can travel and transfer to the following bus systems to go around the Olympic Peninsula:

Clallam Transit  for travel to Sequim, Port Angeles, and Forks
Grays Harbor Transit for travel to Aberdeen and Ocean Shores
Kitsap Transit  for travel to Bainbridge Island, Kingston, and Bremerton
Mason Transit for travel to Shelton and Olympia
Island Transit for travel via Washington State Ferries to Coupeville, WA

I went from Port Townsend (Jefferson County) to Port Angeles, (Clallam County) and it only cost me $3.75 for the whole trip!  Driving a car would have cost much more!

The  JEFFERSON COUNTY TRANSIT website has a Trip Planner that you can use as a guide.  However, I wouldn't depend completely on it for inter county transportation, just use it as a guide.  Consult the individual county transit schedules and plan accordingly.  The trip planner assumes the closet transfer, even if it's ONE MINUTE.  One minute is too close for my comfort. I used the suggestions given by the trip planner and ultimately needed two bus drivers to intervene because the transfer was too close.  The trip planner suggested I do the following for a trip from Port Townsend to Port Angeles:

11:35 AM, take Jefferson Transit Route 11B to Haines Park & Ride to transfer to Route 8
11:45 AM, take Route 8 to Sequim
12:45 PM, take Clallam  Transit Route 30 to Port Angeles

I boarded the Route 11B at 11:45 AM, only to have the driver tell me the transfer was "too close" and I would miss it by 2 minutes.  Route 8 to Sequim has infrequent service (every 2 hours or so).  The very nice bus driver for Route 11B radioed the driver of Route 8 and asked him to wait.  The gracious Route 8 driver agreed to wait.  As a result, I had a pleasant trip to Port Townsend.  My thanks to those two drivers! 

For my return trip, the Trip Planner suggested the following:

3:40 PM take Clallam Transit Route 30 to Sequim
4:20 PM take Jefferson Transit Route 8 to Port Townsend Haines Park & Ride
5:30 PM take Jefferson Transit Route 11B back to my destination

Instead of taking the 3:40 bus, I decided to leave at 3:10.  Good thing!  Route 101 had an accident which slowed down traffic, to include the bus I was on.  Had I taken the 3:40 bus, I would have been 5 minutes late for transferring to Route 8, which ran infrequently (about every 2 to 2.5 hours). 



Again, use the Trip Planner on the Jefferson Transit web site as a guide, but check each transit system schedule and plan accordingly.  With some good planning, you can have a pleasant trip from Port Townsend to most places in the Olympic Peninsula using Public Transportation!  Or you can just use Jefferson Transit to travel around Port Townsend! 

SPOKANE, WA
Park Lane Motel and RV Park is located on Sprague Avenue on a bus line with frequent daily service to downtown Spokane. The initial bus you would need to take is #90. Check here for schedules for Bus Route 90: ( http://www.spokanetransit.com/ridesta/routesschedules.asp ). This RV park location is also good if you wish to attend an event at the Spokane Fairgrounds.


W Y O M I N G

RAWLINS, WY

There are basically three campgrounds  in Rawlins, Wyoming.  I stayed at Western Hills Campground in Rawlins, Wyoming in late April 2014, with the intention of staying one night and moving on.  However, due to a wind storm, I ended up staying four nights.  The three campgrounds are on one end of town, the shopping area is at the other end of town, not withing walking distance.  It was too windy to ride my EGO bike.  I got desperate to get out and go somewhere.  So, I did some googling and found out there is actually a taxi service in Rawlins, Carbon County Cab (307-324-9442).  So, I called and got a ride for $8 to the grocery store.  They came within 20 minutes after I called, picked me up at the campground.  When I was ready to call them back for a return ride, I noticed another taxi service picking up other passengers at the same grocery store (City Market, which is part of the Kroger chain).  This one did not show up when I did a google search, but it is also in Rawlins.  S&W Taxi at 307-324-9466.  I used them to go back to the RV park.  They charged $7 per ride.  


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ZIPCAR -  This is an option I want to try one of these days. It's a car sharing service.  Costs appear to be cheaper than a rental car.  However, they are located only in VERY MAJOR cities, and not in locations I usually travel to.  But I do intend to try them one of these days!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ALTERNATE VEHICLES


WAYS TO GET AROUND WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A TOW CAR
ELECTRIC BIKE/SCOOTER
EGO
I own an electric bike that I bought from a company currently located in California ( www.egovehicles.com ). I ordered it straight from them. (NOTE:  This company had temporarily gone out of business, but is now back in business, headquartered in Atascadero, CA!)  However, you MAY be able to get this bike locally if your city has a VESPA scooter dealer. VESPA Scooter dealers may carry the EGO bikes. This bike has two speeds, FAST and FAR. Fast goes about... 25 mph, more or less. FAR goes about 15 mph, more or less. The bike will go up to 25 miles on a charge. The great thing about this bike is that the charging cord is the cord from a desktop computer! When I got my bike, I called the EGOVEHICLE company and asked, and they said, indeed it was! I happen to have two extra cords from old computers, so now I have a total of three cords to use for charging cords.
Most of the parts on this scooter are bicycle parts. Replacement parts can be obtained at bicycle shops. But I do want to make one recommendation on the tires:

1. If the front tire goes flat or has any other problems, any bike shop can fix that.
2. If the rear tire has problems, you should take it to an authorized dealer, because fixing the rear tire involves messing with the drive belt. Bike shops aren't qualified to deal with this.
The best thing about this bike is that, in most states it does not require a license. (Check with your state to be sure.) My state indicated it's considered the same as a Segway, no license required.
One negative thing about this bike is that it does not do well on gravel or dirt roads. Since the bike uses regular bicycle parts, you may be able to get around this by using mountain bike tires, but I'm not sure if there are any that fit this bike.

On one of my trips, I had to take my cat to the vet on this bike! Kitty did not appreciate the ride. I put kitty in his carrier, put the carrier perpendicular to the foot rest area, and then I had to "hug" the carrier with my legs to hold it in place, and ride that way. Kitty howled the whole way, but I got him there.

As of 2014, I have owned this bike for ten years.  The battery finally went POOF, plus I had some minor issues I wanted fixed.  Luckily, I was in Gold Beach, OR, which just happened to be 137 miles from Eureka, CA, which had an authorized repair place, Henderson Center Bicycles.  They did a good job of replacing my battery, which was the largest cost, plus some other minor repairs I needed, about $600 worth of work.  My bike is practically new again!  

EVT
This is another electric scooter. I'm not as familiar with these. ( http://www.evtworld.com/scooters.html ) You would need a sturdy carrier on the back of the RV to carry these. Like the EGO, it would not require a license in most states, but check with your state just to be sure.


LIBERTY BIKES
Here is another type of electric scooter. ( http://iloveebikes.com/ ) It appears that some of these models can be folded up, and some would need a sturdy carrier on the back of the RV. I'm  not sure about licensing for the larger models.  Check with your state just to be sure.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS:

My current state, Washington, does not require a license for electric scooters. I also rode it in Oregon without a licensing requirement.   I did run into two states that required licensing:  North Dakota in 2012 (I didn't take the scooter to North Dakota because of this) and Iowa in 2014.  In Iowa, I paid $7 for a one year license while I was working the summer in Altoona.  Iowa's law is pretty clear:   Iowa Law on Motorized Bicycles                   
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These bikes require a sturdy carrier on the back of the RV. The EVT is heavier than the EGO, so the carrier used will have to keep weight limits in mind. The carrier I am currently using is a Blue OX carrier, with a ramp that tilts. Although this carrier appears to have been made for handicapped scooters, such as "Hoverround," etc., it works for my bike. Further, the entire carrier folds up when I take the bike off the carrier. Why did I select this particular bike carrier? The RV dealer got it for me. Here is what happened: Previously, I had a 30 foot RV with a very nice heavy duty carrier that did NOT "fold up." I currently store my RV in a covered storage area meant for 30 foot RV's, but the carrier caused the RV to "stick out at the end a little" in the storage area. The owner/manager of the storage area was ok with this, as long as I didn't stick out too far and cause people not to be able to drive around. When I traded for the RV you see in the picture (which is a 31 foot RV), I knew that the one extra foot, along with the heavy duty carrier I was using, was going to "push the envelope" with the owner/manager of the place where I store my RV, and I would have to pay more money and move to a longer storage area. So, I told the RV dealer that "making the deal" was contingent on them finding a solution to my "RV storage" problem. The dealer found this carrier, and threw it in the deal at no extra charge.

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GAS SCOOTERS - These require a license.

VESPA
These are great little scooters that get good gas mileage. ( http://www.vespausa.com/ ) However, you will need a sturdy carrier on the back of the RV to carry these.
PIAGGIO
Another great little scooter that get good gas mileage. ( http://www.piaggiousa.com/ ) However, you will need a sturdy carrier on the back of the RV to carry these.
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CONVERT AN EXISTING BIKE


At one RV park where I stayed, the camp hosts, Babe and Chris, converted a mountain bike to an electric bike using an E-Bike Kit.


The top picture is the Lithium battery they ordered from some place in China.  The bottom picture is the complete set up.  Chris said it was really easy to install.




OR.......... THIS ALTERNATE IDEA!

Just own an RV that is small enough to drive as a car (posted from one of the blog readers).
 
AND.......... HERE IS ANOTHER GREAT IDEA!

Would you believe......... used bumper cars from an amusement park can be made street legal if you put them on top of motorcycle motors?





Yes, you read  that right; these little beasties are street legal. They run on either   Kawasaki or Honda motorcycle engines and co-opt vintage bumper car bodies into  the most awesome form of mini-car we've seen in too long.  There are seven  of these little monsters floating around California, and they're all the  creation of one man, Tom Wright, a builder in the outskirts of San  Diego who figured the leftovers of the Long Beach Pike amusement park  needed a more dignified end than the trash heap.  They were originally  powered by two cylinder Harley Davidson Motorcycle engines but they rattled  like heck because of the two cylinder vibration and Tom replaces them with  four cylinder Honda or  Kawasaki 750's and a couple have been measured as  capable of 160 MPH, which is terrifyingly fast in machines with such a short  wheelbase.  By the way, they are almost  indestructible in accidents!