Use Journals, Maps, Internet, Campground Directories, Guides

By Johnston, Jeff | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), April 14, 2000 | Go to article overview

Use Journals, Maps, Internet, Campground Directories, Guides


Johnston, Jeff, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Any hobby or leisure time endeavor is more fun when you have the information you need to effectively enjoy that pursuit. RVing is no different. There are many sources of information that can help you enjoy using your RV for fun and recreation.

What would you need this information for as you head down the RV trail? Everything. You can learn how to choose and buy the best RV for you; how to maintain it in top condition; how to modify it to work better for you; where to use it; and how to get there, among other data. You can learn how to get in touch with other people who have similar interests in travel and RV-style recreation, which can open a whole new world of possibilities.

GENERAL INFORMATION

You can't beat Trailer Life magazine and Motorhome magazine as sources of RV information that covers a wide range of subjects from new vehicle evaluations to destination stories. Motorhome is very motorhome-specific, while Trailer Life covers all kinds of RVs from truck campers to fold-down tent trailers to all kinds of fifth-wheel and travel trailers, too.

Both of these publications are part of the TL Enterprises (2575 Vista Del Mar Drive, Ventura, Calif. 93001; 805/667-4100 or on line at www.rv.net.com) family of RV products and services.

MAPS

A quality road atlas is a good starting point for general directions, but it's possible to improve on an atlas in several ways. First, the map books produced under the DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer series (DeLorme, Two DeLorme Drive Yarmouth, Maine 04096, 207/846-7000, www.delorme.com) are your absolute best guides to back roads, lakes, river-access sites and a veritable ream of hidden and little-known campsites. We've used the DeLorme guides to find some wonderful uncrowded back-country campsites, which is especially handy on busy holiday weekends, and the exquisite road map details have helped us navigate around detours and closures.

Each DeLorme book covers one state, and the state is broken down into dozens of segments. Each individual segment includes the type of details normally found on U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps, but DeLorme condenses the details into an understandable, easily readable form. Color-coded terrain and man-made details help the reader navigate through the maps.

The DeLorme maps are also available on CD-ROM, called 3-D Topo Quads, which seamlessly integrate the map data from area to area. …

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