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Old 06-19-2015, 11:20 AM   #11
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I went around the country with a friend, three cats, two dogs, and a goat in a popup pulled by a Honda Element for four months last year. We paid for about 5 nights and stayed at free campsites the rest of the time. We pretty much exclusively used freecampsites.net.

Put the location you want to go into the map and see what's around. They also show cheap paid sites, parking lots, etc. Click on the listing and READ THE REVIEWS. Do research on any one you decide on to see if it actually exists and is still free. About a third of them we went to either weren't there, weren't free, or the directions were so bad you could never get there. A good way is to call the ranger station in whatever area you'll be in if it's a national forest. They'll tell you what's free and what's off limits. We wasted hours and hours of time and gas money, with lots of added frustration, but when you did find a good place it was definitely worth it. The views in most of the places we found far surpassed and of the things we saw at Arches, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Redwoods, and Yosemite National Parks. A lot of it is public government land or BLM (Bureau of Land Management). Invest $80 in a National Parks annual pass. It will give you access to a lot of other free camping areas that would otherwise cost $10/night.

Another tip: most casinos (on reservations) will allow you to stay 1-3 nights in the parking lot if you sign up for their free player club. A lot of them have free water and/or power hookups. The kids couldn't come inside, but it's not a requirement to go inside other than to sign up for the pass. There's free soda, coffee, and hot chocolate at most of them, and cheap food and cheap cigarettes if you're into that kinda thing. My trip partner found Marlboros for $2/pack in Idaho once. He stocked up. Another perk is that most player club accounts give you a free $5 or $10 (and $20 in lots of Oklahoma casinos) to play with for signing up. With two people this adds up. We stopped at every casino we saw for five minutes and ended up making close to $1000. Granted we did go to probably close to 100 casinos.
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:45 AM   #12
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Another option worth mentioning that we've used in the past is Helpx.net. It's sorta like WWOOFing but not exclusively organic farming. People are willing to host you and pay for your food in exchange for 20 hrs a week of work. All sorts of kinds of work. Babysitting, caring for animals, farming, cleaning, computer work, house remodeling, glass blowing assistant, etc. It's fun and you learn a lot of skills. And lots of the listings accept children.
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:15 PM   #13
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onenationundergoat,
Great post and glad to hear Oklahoma treated you well!

But, I gotta admit....

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around the country with a friend, three cats, two dogs, and a goat in a popup
made me laugh out loud!
You really don't know who your friends are until you spend 5 month with 3 cats, 2 dogs, and a goat in a popup camper!
Did you ever play "who dealt it?
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:49 PM   #14
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Did you ever play "who dealt it?
It was almost always goat burp.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:50 PM   #15
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We have four large bread dogs, a Newfoundland a German mastiff a great prynese and a saint Barnard so a lot of Rv parks wouldn't let us in and we aren't 65 either we are still young by Rv standards, so to combat the problem I registered my dogs as esa service dogs. Under federal Ada code they can not keep you out because of your service dogs. Some have tried to charge deposits for them until I show them the law and tell them I'll call the police to come straighten them out but then a lot of cops are ignorant of the laws as well so it helps to carry the laws in printed form with you . As far as no docking goes a lot of cities have pass laws against it you can alway use roadside parks provided by the state , I realize safety is a concern but guns and dogs prevent me from having problems. I haven't so far had any problems with anyone I also have 8 cameras on my Rv I bought a home security system from Amazon made for a house be installed it on my Rv instead so I can cover 360 degrees around my unit and what ever I'm towing
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:52 PM   #16
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A great almost free spot is national forest or national parks you can buy a park pass and at most national parks you can dry camp free or next to free a lot of state parks are so cheep it's almost free most truck stops you can park if you fuel there and they have sequirity at most
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:02 PM   #17
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We where bottle feeding a baby boer goat and couldn't find anyone will to take it for a weekend so we could travel, so we took it with us, was a very interesting weekend. All was well till it happened early one morning park ranger was making rounds and the goat decided to baaaaa baaaaa yep park ranger stopped and goat stopped later he was making rounds and he stopped and asked if we had heard a goat I said yes sir they go baaaaaaa he shook his head and drove off.
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That's cute =]
It's technically illegal to travel across state lines with a goat unless it has a valid Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. We got one when we left but didn't keep it updated. It's also against the rules to have goats at National and States parks without a $30 permit each visit, and sometimes altogether not allowed. But we played the "ask forgiveness, not permission" game (at the risk of anything from a "you can't be here" to a hefty fine) and not one person even mentioned it. We weren't very covert about it either.
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That's cute =]
It's technically illegal to travel across state lines with a goat unless it has a valid Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. We got one when we left but didn't keep it updated. It's also against the rules to have goats at National and States parks without a $30 permit each visit, and sometimes altogether not allowed. But we played the "ask forgiveness, not permission" game (at the risk of anything from a "you can't be here" to a hefty fine) and not one person even mentioned it. We weren't very covert about it either.
it's funny you should mention goats.... I get email updates from our local channel 5 news... It appears that the government of Fayetteville Arkansas is hiring a company "Greedy Goats" to be eco-green landscapers!

Fayetteville To Use Goats For Clearing Poison Ivy At Park | Fort Smith/Fayetteville News | 5newsonline KFSM 5NEWS

https://www.facebook.com/GreedyGoatsofNWA
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It will be effective other than the fact that they will also eat all of the desired landscaping as well as the poison ivy. And stand all over every vehicle in the neighborhood!
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