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Best RV campground in Barstow CA
« on: March 20, 2007, 11:52:03 AM »
Any suggestions please for one night RV stopover in August in Barstow CA.

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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2007, 01:59:15 PM »
We just spent 2 nights at the Barstow/Calico KOA.  Nice park with free WiFi internet access.  It's east of Barstow in Yermo.  Peggy Sue's diner is on the other side of the I-15 at the same exit and has excellent food.

It will be hot there in August, so you'll need all your air conditioners.  It was around 90 when we were there last week.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2007, 06:19:39 PM »
yes it will be hot, i would say 110-118 in August. grandma lives there.

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2007, 06:24:44 PM »
I wonder how many air conditioners a 30' rental motorhome will have.
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2007, 06:54:09 PM »
yes it will be hot, i would say 110-118 in August. grandma lives there.

Easily. But after or before Vegas, that won't seem so bad.
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2007, 09:55:26 AM »
OK maybe August isn't the ideal time to visit but we're stuck with that and we really want to see Grand Canyon, Zion etc on this trip.  The rental motorhome has a roof air conditioner.  Will that be enough?

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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2007, 10:01:44 AM »
The rental motorhome has a roof air conditioner.  Will that be enough?

Probably not when temps hit 110-120, you'll be lucky to keep the inside to under 100 at those times.  If you have 2 A/C units, it would keep it somewhat cooler, but only if you have 50A service so both can run at the same time.  A 30' rental is unlikely to have 50A electric, and probably only 1 A/C.  I would find someplace cool to spend the day, like the pool or Peggy Sue's :)  Since you're only going to be there for 1 day, you'll survive, but the southwest in August is going to be hot all over except at the higher altitudes.
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2007, 10:13:21 AM »
Yes, we won't get there until evening and will be moving on again the next morning.

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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2007, 10:18:38 AM »
Solly,

Please heed the advice folks have provided regarding the heat. Over the years we've had many visitors (family and friends) from the UK stay with us here in California. We're always preaching about the need to drink lots of (non-alcoholic) fluid so as not to dehydrate - very easy for folks from not-so-sunny South Wales. Some will use us as a base to travel to other parts of California, Nevada and Arizona. A few years ago my brother in law, a very healthy Welsh soccer player, collapsed in a LV casino. Paramedics arrived and took him to hospital. Diagnosis - dehydration.

Ned's comment about the interior temperature of the RV shouldn't be ignored. Many people die from heat exhaustion in these hot climes.

I have zero medical knowledge, but have personally experienced heat stroke (aka sun stroke) as a result of the California sun. The effects are long lasting. I listen to warnings from folks like Ned and his wife Lorna who have fulltimed in their RV across the USA for a number of years.

Edit: Just noticed your last reply posted while I was typing. I'm not sure how late in the day you'll arrive, but late afternoon sun can still be a killer. In any event, I assume it will still be hot while you're driving, although you'll get some relief from the vehicle's in-dash air conditioning. This reminds me that engines on some vehicles will overheat if you leave the dash air conditioning on while climbing long grades such as some of the mountain passes.
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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2007, 10:26:21 AM »
In the desert, the days may be quite hot but the evenings can be very pleasant.  You'll probably have the A/C and generator running while traveling during the day but may be able to open up the windows at night and cool off.  Get an early start and get the A/C running before the RV heats up again.

The only downside to opening the windows there is the Barstow KOA is close to I-15 and there is a lot of traffic noise.

And as Tom points out, drink a LOT of water while in the desert.  More than you think you'll need.  Several quarts a day is not unusual if you exert yourself at all.
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2007, 11:44:29 AM »
Thanks for the advice.  Will take good heed of it.

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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2007, 11:56:32 AM »
Solly,

Hope we don't appear to be scaremongers; Just want to be sure you're prepared.
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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2007, 12:46:58 PM »
Remember to drink BEFORE you're thirsty. If you wait until you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated.

Turn off the A/C when climbing hills....you'll see signs on the highways advising to do this.

It will be hot in the RV when the sun shines on it but it is usually pleasant sitting outside in the shade.

Don't go hiking.

Have lots of sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat handy.

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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2007, 08:03:04 PM »
Personally, I would recommend not drinking just pure water -- also drink something like Gatorade to replenish minerals.  Lots of plain water can flush minerals out of your body and leave you susceptible to cramping or worse.
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2007, 08:25:28 PM »
If you're not doing anything...hiking, running, jumping around like a crazy person....water is just fine. The most important thing is to DRINK BEFORE YOU'RE THIRSTY.

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« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2007, 08:30:44 PM »
Mike, the retired NPS ranger sitting next to me, is telling me that when he took Desert Survival in Death Valley, they said WATER...those other liquids have sodium and other minerals in them that increase dehydration.

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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2007, 08:26:01 AM »
Is the tap water ok to drink.  Just asking because in some places in Europe you're advised to buy bottled.

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« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2007, 09:24:56 AM »
Depends on the tap :)  We found the water at the KOA in Barstow was ok for drinking.  It's all well water there, and the wells are usually deep.
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2007, 09:29:02 AM »
We don't drink water from any campground and we sure wouldn't drink water that came out of the fresh water tank or the water hoses of a rental RV. Although we regularly sanitize the fresh water tank on our motorhome, we carry bottled water for drinking, irrespective of whether we're hooked up to campground water.
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« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2007, 09:31:39 AM »
We usually buy a couple of gallon bottles of water to keep in the motorhome to use for drinking water if the tap water in a campground doesn't taste good. We also keep a couple of empty gallon bottles to fill up if we're somewhere with good tasting water.
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« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2007, 09:35:52 AM »
All of our incoming water is run through a particle filter, and the drinking water is further purified with an Everpure drinking water filter.  In 10 years, we have never had any problems attributable to campground water run through those filters.  Of course, if the water is at all suspicious, we won't even hook up.  If the water is especially good, we'll put it in the tank.

Now, the water in Yuma leaves a lot to be desired :)  Fortunately, our landlord there has an RO unit and we use that for our drinking water.
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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2007, 09:38:28 AM »
Now, the water in Yuma leaves a lot to be desired :) 

Must be a southwest Arizona thing. I remember the water at Buckskin Mountain tasted like it came right out of the Colorado River. And if you've ever looked closely at the things floating by in that river, you'll never drink anything that might have come out of that river.
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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2007, 09:46:40 AM »
Bottled it is then :)

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« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2007, 09:50:20 AM »
Must be a southwest Arizona thing. I remember the water at Buckskin Mountain tasted like it came right out of the Colorado River. And if you've ever looked closely at the things floating by in that river, you'll never drink anything that might have come out of that river.

Wendy

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« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2007, 09:51:47 AM »
Understood Ned, but you know the components and history of your water system. Who knows if or when the hookup hose or internal plumbing on a rental unit will have been sanitized. I don't have any idea if they provide particle filters or have additional onboard filters/purifiers. It's easier and safer buy bottles of drinking water at a supermarket.
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« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2007, 09:53:38 AM »
I don't think I'd drink anything that came out of a rental unit's tank or ran through it's pipes.
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« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2007, 09:56:46 AM »
You're correct for a rental, it probably doesn't have any filters.  Bottled water is the solution in that case.
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« Reply #27 on: March 22, 2007, 10:43:20 AM »
Just because it's a rental, doesn't mean he can't sanitize it.  Buy his own hose and in line water filter.  In the long run I think it would be cheaper to go that way, than buy bottled water.  We've used a Mark IV brand in line filters for years, with no problems. 
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« Reply #28 on: March 22, 2007, 11:20:28 AM »
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Solly and her husband are coming to the U.S. on a short (1-2 week) vacation. Having to deal with buying filters and hoses and sanitizing an unknown system might not be worth the effort for the relatively small amount of money they'll pay for drinking water. There will be lots of other adjustments they'll need to pay attention to, such as driving on the "wrong" side of the road, navigating to/through strange places and dealing with the potential heat issues at that time of year.
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« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2007, 07:42:45 AM »
Tom, You've summed it up well.  Definitely bottled water for us!

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« Reply #30 on: March 23, 2007, 09:56:28 AM »
And while I find something inherently wrong with paying for water, it's not all that expensive if you're not buying the designer waters. Plain drinking water is 50-cents for a gallon bottle at Wal-Mart and most other stores and many places have machines where you can fill your own water bottles for about a quarter. So hang on to a couple of empty bottles.
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« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2007, 10:58:54 AM »
Wendy,

Your suggestion of Gallon containers of water is right on. We've found them to be both economical and easy to store.

Reminds me when we were in AZ last year. Chris bought a gigantic plastic water container which she/we somehow filled with water from one of those quarter machines. The darn thing was so heavy and unwieldy that I gave up trying to use water from it. We dragged that thing (full of water) all the way home and I eventually dumped the water. The container sat in our garage until Chris eventually gave it to someone.
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« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2007, 11:03:28 AM »
We buy the 2.5 gallon water containers, then cut a hole in the top to refill them.  Not too big to handle, they have a convenient spout, and don't have to be refilled as often.  2 of those can get us through a week at QZ.
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« Reply #33 on: March 23, 2007, 11:04:23 AM »
And while I find something inherently wrong with paying for water....

How would you feel living somewhere with one of the highest rainfalls in Europe, paying high taxes (including a water tax), having your water rationed while water in your local reservoir was piped to another country. Now that I found inherently wrong.
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« Reply #34 on: March 23, 2007, 11:38:29 AM »
We have one of those giant blue water jugs that Mike used to fill to use as a weight on the internet tripod. I think he used it this year on the Dishnet tripod. We never use the water from it because it's just too darn big to pour from. I believe it's sitting in the RV shower now.
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« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2007, 11:41:01 AM »
How would you feel living somewhere with one of the highest rainfalls in Europe, paying high taxes (including a water tax), having your water rationed while water in your local reservoir was piped to another country. Now that I found inherently wrong.

I suspect I'd be rather unhappy...what country are we talking about?
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« Reply #36 on: March 23, 2007, 11:43:37 AM »
OK, Tom!  >:( Where is that happening? If I'm going to be goaded to anger, I want to be angry with the right countries!  :-\ That is an abomination!  >:(

Who dunnit?  ???

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« Reply #37 on: March 23, 2007, 12:10:26 PM »
LOL you folks obviously haven't read my prior rants. The two countries are Wales (wet and thirsty) and England (dry, but not thirsty). The story is true and it's additional fodder when I get to tease Englishmen about exploitation of the Welsh labor force by the wealthy English coal mine owners  ;D
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« Reply #38 on: March 23, 2007, 12:11:33 PM »
I figured it was the Welshman angry at the English. Of course, we Irish aren't too happy with them either.
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« Reply #39 on: March 23, 2007, 07:13:18 PM »
Of course, we Irish aren't too happy with them either.

But at least you're not joined at the hip  ;D
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« Reply #40 on: March 24, 2007, 09:54:26 PM »
BTW Solly, on the subject of water, don't forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth and buy ice cubes from a supermarket.
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