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Old 06-02-2021, 09:22 PM   #1
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Color those States!

Have you ever resisted not driving as far as you could have just to sleep in a State you have not visited yet so you could color your map?

I'm building a trip to do 300 miles / day. From my start point that would put me in Roanoke Rapids, NC. But if I only do 275 miles, I can hit a campground in VA. A State we have only driven through not slept in.

It seems silly I know... but I can't stop thinking about it.

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Old 06-02-2021, 09:30 PM   #2
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This summer trip I'm driving 600 miles to hit a state I haven't camped in yet, so no not crazy.
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Old 06-02-2021, 09:33 PM   #3
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Old 06-03-2021, 02:45 AM   #4
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We've done something similar. In 2018, we had to start our trip to Yellowstone and other places in the Rockies from Florida and not Virginia as planned. We had to cross Bama, LA, MS, TX, & NM to get to 4 Corners where our journey was to begin. I drove up and across Arkansas, intentionally stopping on the AR side of the border with TX in order to spend the night that state. If we had been able to leave straight from VA, we had planned on stopping at Dyess, AR to see Johnny Cash's childhood home.


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Have you ever resisted not driving as far as you could have just to sleep in a State you have not visited yet so you could color your map?

I'm building a trip to do 300 miles / day. From my start point that would put me in Roanoke Rapids, NC. But if I only do 275 miles, I can hit a campground in VA. A State we have only driven through not slept in.

It seems silly I know... but I can't stop thinking about it.

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Old 06-03-2021, 05:32 AM   #5
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I have not. I have to agree there is some sense of satisfaction plunking a new state sticker on, but my line of thinking is if it happens, it happens. But like you, I agree you have to stay at least one night.


When I see someone's map with nearly all the states filled in, I think to myself, 'liar, liar, liar, that RV has NOT been to all those states', unless it's a really old looking RV. Instead, when it is that full it usually indicates all the places the person has been in their lifetime, which I could care less about. I think it's more interesting seeing where that particular RV has been used.
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Old 06-03-2021, 05:39 AM   #6
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Instead, when it is that full it usually indicates all the places the person has been in their lifetime, which I could care less about. I think it's more interesting seeing where that particular RV has been used.
I never thought about "where that particular RV has been used". I've always associated it with, "places the person has been".

Something for me to think about. So, new RV = USA Map Do Over.

Hmmmm.
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Old 06-03-2021, 05:54 AM   #7
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I mean, really, who cares about all the places I'VE been. Since I was military, I could probably put the sticker up and fill half of it right there. I think it's far more interesting to look at my map and go, 'where can I drag this baby next!' This is my first camper, so I suppose if I got a new one and put up a new map, I would start over.
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Old 06-03-2021, 06:17 AM   #8
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Have you ever resisted not driving as far as you could have just to sleep in a State you have not visited yet so you could color your map?



I'm building a trip to do 300 miles / day. From my start point that would put me in Roanoke Rapids, NC. But if I only do 275 miles, I can hit a campground in VA. A State we have only driven through not slept in.



It seems silly I know... but I can't stop thinking about it.



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NOPE not at all just passing every white water rafting company because the one in Washington ( only state West of the Mississippi lower 48 that the family hasnít been too) is the best one we never heard of.

Heck yea we planned this years trip for that specific reason. Our requirement is the family has to gone too and slept in the state When we got our new trailer in 2017 we ď transferred ď the states to the new map. Itís a family map not a trailer map.

As mentioned by others in earlier post I donít care where I have been, both my dad and step dad retired USAF combined with my 6 years . I have been to 44 of the states but itís about my family and our memories.
My daughter turns 16 this year I hope she remembers the trip regardless of the reason. Between the rafting in Washington and off road adventure in Moab. I hope she learns to get out there and see what is outside our hometown then decide what she wants.
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I never thought about "where that particular RV has been used". I've always associated it with, "places the person has been".

Something for me to think about. So, new RV = USA Map Do Over.

Hmmmm.
Different people have different methods for using their maps.

I transferred my map over when I changed TT's. My map represents where my wife and I have been, for at least one night.

Friend of mine, when he changed Airstreams, began a completely new map.
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Moose074, what river are you headed to in Washington? It's an amazing state and we have some beautiful rivers.



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NOPE not at all just passing every white water rafting company because the one in Washington ( only state West of the Mississippi lower 48 that the family hasnít been too) is the best one we never heard of.

My daughter turns 16 this year I hope she remembers the trip regardless of the reason. Between the rafting in Washington and off road adventure in Moab. I hope she learns to get out there and see what is outside our hometown then decide what she wants.
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Moose074, what river are you headed to in Washington? It's an amazing state and we have some beautiful rivers.


Great question headed to White Salmon area for a few days. After that I canít say, not because itís a secret but me and DW have a system. I plan the route, then I give my preferred overnight stoping towns along the way. Then the wife does her magic using various apps.
All I know for sure was I thought it would be the Columbia River but itís not, it has a small waterfall weíre going down. Now that you mentioned it I probably need to see. I donít think we found a place in white salmon but a smaller town in the area.
Yes Washington has some amazing outdoor venues. I love the Mt Rainer area
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Have you ever resisted not driving as far as you could have just to sleep in a State you have not visited yet so you could color your map?
Yep. Not only that, we've drive 50 miles out of the way on a different route so we could pickup another state.
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