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Old 01-03-2019
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This is our first trip down here and we are heading to Q ultimately. We are now at Orange Grove RV, probably going to Barstow tomorrow. We are reaching out for suggestions on where to go in CA or AR. We don't mind boondocking and are also open to spending a few days or a week somewhere not too expensive, just to relax after the trip down from Canada. Folks at the ferry off the Island were going to Bull River City and the others to Casa Grande. Any suggestions for RV parks in those areas? Or things to do/see, stay etc. Pretty open to all suggestions. Eventually we will try the Palm Springs area 'cause it's my brothers favorite but not yet. Down to Yuma is not out of the question. We want to slow down a bit. Not sure where to pick up firewood around here. BTW, it is raining so hard back home, low roads are flooding. Good time to have left.
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If your looking for a good place to spend the night in Barstow, check out Idle Spur Steak House! Free over night parking and great food.
https://www.theidlespurs.com/

See you at Quartzsite
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This is our first trip down here and we are heading to Q ultimately. We are now at Orange Grove RV, probably going to Barstow tomorrow. We are reaching out for suggestions on where to go in CA or AR. We don't mind boondocking and are also open to spending a few days or a week somewhere not too expensive, just to relax after the trip down from Canada. Folks at the ferry off the Island were going to Bull River City and the others to Casa Grande. Any suggestions for RV parks in those areas? Or things to do/see, stay etc. Pretty open to all suggestions. Eventually we will try the Palm Springs area 'cause it's my brothers favorite but not yet. Down to Yuma is not out of the question. We want to slow down a bit. Not sure where to pick up firewood around here. BTW, it is raining so hard back home, low roads are flooding. Good time to have left.
You can arrive early at the LaPosa BLM area where the Q rally is held. Several Birds already there. They will welcome you with open arms.
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Everyone has their favorite ways to travel. When I come from the Pacific North West back home to Yuma which is just 90 miles south of Quartzsite I take interstate 84 down to interstate 15 through Utah him to Nevada and down into the Arizona just north of Lake Havasu have a Quartzsite. The last stretch through Havasu in Quartzsite is on Highway 95. This is not a bad way to go you’re going to end up driving this road somewhere along the line anyway. I do not recommend California highway 95 make sure you are on Arizona 95. Look close at the map. If you were turning south in Needles California you’re on the wrong road. Do you use the Allstays App. It will find your places to stay and a lot of other good information anywhere or you travel.
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Cameron,

If you get down towards Yuma you may want to check out the BLM LTVA in Holtville CA. It has a hot spring that makes camping in the desert a whole different experience.

https://www.blm.gov/visit/hot-spring...m-visitor-area

Also, in the Palm Springs area our favorite campground is Sam's Family Spa in Desert Hot Springs. The nightly rate is rather steep, but monthly is reasonable.

https://www.samsfamilyspa.com/

Enjoy your trip!
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Thanks for all of the information and suggestions. We came down #40 to Arizona #95 , fueled up in Bullhead City ( almost a dollar cheaper), then lucked out with a night in Lake Havasu State Park , and then lucked out again with 3 nights in Buckskin State Park. Opened the app the Rangers mentioned and there was one spot available. Great place but out of cell/wifi range. Will be in Q within 4-5 days. Shared info from all is a great help.
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Depending on the traffice, you are only about 4 hours away from Q.
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My biggest problem now is too much information is out there and not enough time!

Tons of internet sites are dedicated to describing the amazing places their writers have visited. The trick is finding a travel blogger whose interests and site preferences mesh with yours. Do that and all you then need do is choose which of their recommendations to follow, make your reservations (if needed) and turn the key. My all-time favorite writer moved on and is now doing the same thing in Europe. However, her archived posts still provide a wealth of information and many hours of ideas. Information she presented makes up the most complete “how to do it” planning guide I’ve seen. Explore those pages with the links on each, and you’ll become an expert too!

https://wheelingit.us/2013/07/30/pla...al-rules-tips/
(First page of a three part series - follow links at the bottom to parts 2 & 3)

https://wheelingit.us/2014/03/21/6-g...ts-in-arizona/
(Boondocking - Arizona style)

https://wheelingit.us/2017/12/21/whe...s-are-updated/
(8 years of their fulltimer travels with clickable links for each stop!)
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Oh yeah, as soon as I saw the link name, I remember reading a lot of her blogs a year or so ago. Thanks for the reminder.
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My biggest problem now is too much information is out there and not enough time!

Tons of internet sites are dedicated to describing the amazing places their writers have visited. The trick is finding a travel blogger whose interests and site preferences mesh with yours. Do that and all you then need do is choose which of their recommendations to follow, make your reservations (if needed) and turn the key. My all-time favorite writer moved on and is now doing the same thing in Europe. However, her archived posts still provide a wealth of information and many hours of ideas. Information she presented makes up the most complete “how to do it” planning guide I’ve seen. Explore those pages with the links on each, and you’ll become an expert too!

https://wheelingit.us/2013/07/30/pla...al-rules-tips/
(First page of a three part series - follow links at the bottom to parts 2 & 3)

https://wheelingit.us/2014/03/21/6-g...ts-in-arizona/
(Boondocking - Arizona style)

https://wheelingit.us/2017/12/21/whe...s-are-updated/
(8 years of their fulltimer travels with clickable links for each stop!)
Excellent information reference!! - Thanks for posting Van

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