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Old 06-16-2014, 08:54 AM   #11
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....will be scouting locations this weekend because, if you're as committed a geek as I, overly detailed planning is half the entertainment...
I agree wholeheartedly! Even after staying at one cg 3 years ago, we went back 2 months ago on a recon and found some camp sites had been renumbered!
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:36 PM   #12
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I'm not interested in being in a campground. I know with a tent you don't have to be. Is that possible with an RV? Cooks forest or any of them?
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:51 PM   #13
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I'm not interested in being in a campground. I know with a tent you don't have to be. Is that possible with an RV? Cooks forest or any of them?
Oh, you wern't clear on what you were specifically asking information on. Im confused, Cooks forest is State, ANF is federal gov't. Your picture shows a pretty big trailer. Can't really haul that rig easily down most of the secondary roads in the ANF.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:32 PM   #14
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We do about 50/50 camping with hook ups and what we call "off the grid" camping. I usually carry the tank half full of water, in case we stop to use the bathroom or fix lunch along the way. Most gas stations have water available. And even if you are planning to camp away from campgrounds, you should be able to find water to fill up before you land at your site. I also have a 5 gal. plastic "jerry" can just for water too, that I can top off my tank, if the campground has the old hand pumps.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:43 PM   #15
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Just got back from a CG where we couldn't get the water to not leak..so we filled the tank ~ 1/2 way and got Fri eve, sat, sun no problem - ran out of water filling my coffee pot this morning. 3 kids 2 adults.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:45 PM   #16
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@still kicken- to me a forest is a forest..ANF Cooks or whatever. Would like to camp in the woods, not in a tent on the ground and not in a campground with others around.

We've all seen the pictures of such places - they're in every RV and brochure.

I know they'd never post pics of the place we camped over the weekend...LOL. Nobody would take up camping if they did.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:47 PM   #17
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Watch for country fire stations. Famous for being helpful and usually have room to manuever around them.
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Some truck stops also have water, sewer dump and propane. Look for Pilot and Flying J's.
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A full load of water sounds bad, but it's only a few hundred pounds more, less if you already carry some in the fresh tank. I've tried it both ways and the difference towing is negligible.

Otherwise like others have mentioned, fuel stations, ranger station would be your best bets.
My issue is that I am very near max weight and 300 lbs of water is not an option. I have a device called a "Water Bandit" that allows you to use non-threaded faucets commonly found in campgrounds to fill freshwater tank on site.
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