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#1 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:48:58 AM(UTC)

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I’m looking for advice please. Tom and I have booked a holiday starting from Chicago in September and we’re going to rent an RV for 2 weeks. Part of the plan is to visit MSQC in Hamilton maybe staying a night or two nearby. We have 2000 miles total for our rental.

So what I’m asking is do we have to stay in RV campgrounds or not and if so can you suggest a good guide for them. Also any suggestions for places to visit, we’d like to travel part of the old Route 66 at some point. Any advice would be very helpful. This is going to be a couple adventure for both of us.
#2 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:20:45 AM(UTC)

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Hello Daisy! 

I live in IL and I am a camper! I think I can help you!  First, you do not need to stay in RV park, unless you want to use the electricity, water, sewers.  Your rental unit can be self contained for a few days, as I am sure it will have a generator.  There are areas to pull over and stay that are free.  There are many county park camps that will cost less than a campground.  Others have pulled into Casino parking lots or Wal-Mart lots or truck stop lots for a short overnight sleep.

I can point out tourist areas as well as quilt stores!

Let me get a few links for ya... it may take me a day or two...

and of course... my hubby & I would love to meet you & Tom!

Oompa Loompa doompadee doo...
#3 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2018 6:40:33 PM(UTC)

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Hello Daisy, have you already booked the RV.
We are from Australia and we visit the USA every year for last 15 as our son lives in the US we have driven many many places.
We drove the Route66 a few yrs back there is not a lot of the old road left. The Route is West of MSQC.
We hire a normal car and we stay at hotel/motels each and every night you can get acc for less than $100 per night this usually has breakfast included also so you only need to buy sandwich for lunch or have main meal at lunch and make do for evening. We often buy a cooked chicken have for dinner then make sandwiches for following day. You will need a cooler bag to keep things cold.
If you are used to driving RV then no problems we just find them cumbersome and much harder to park in the built up areas.
But yes there are plenty of truck stops on the interstates.
I am guessing then that you are flying into Chicago where do you fly out of for return journey?
oneway rentals are always more expensive than pick up and return to same destination.
I wish you a wonderful adventure. Marg
#4 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2018 6:52:55 PM(UTC)

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Thank you for replying.

Donna it would be lovely to meet up with you and your hubby.

Marg, We fly into Chicago and have 2 nights in a hotel then out on the road for 12 nights and back to Chicago for another 2 nights before flying home. Our RV is booked as is our hotels. We plan to make salads and sandwiches en route but would like to use diners as well.
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#5 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:41:29 PM(UTC)
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DaisyDoo, what an exciting trip you will have.  I agree with Donna,  you can stay at Walmarts, casinos and rest areas and the like for a night or two using your generator.  You can use the restrooms in these places, shop for supplies and have a place to park.  We have traveled extensively and love the RV lifestyle.  You usually meet the nicest people along the way.  Eating in your RV and sleeping in a bed "right there" for you is so comfortable.  Cook you own meals, make snacks for along the way and see how far the road takes you each day.  INCREDIBLE!!  Have a nice meal at the end of the day at a restaurant a nd sometimes campgrounds also have diners, or cookouts for you to enjoy.  If you get to AZ way, let me know you are coming and if we are not out traveling, we would love to meet you.

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#6 Posted : Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:09:39 AM(UTC)

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Your trip sounds fantastic! I hope you can share some of the details and pictures with us. How exciting to be going to MSQC. I fit in a visit to two USA quilt shops on my recent trip, and had a fantastic time buying "souvineers" in them.

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