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Campground in or near Las Vegas
« on: March 29, 2012, 09:43:55 AM »
Hi Guys
I will be coming back in June to spend another 6 months in your lovely country 8). I have left my RV in Sacramento and will be traveling East, there are 2 places on our todo list that I can't get good information on, they are,  the best campground in or near Las Vegas ( don't want expensive ) perhaps something with a shuttle to the strip, and secondly best place near the Grand Canyon  to camp and  best view without being ripped off

Thanks in anticipation

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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 10:08:44 AM »
 If you want to stay right on the strip Circus,Circus has a campground ( really just a asphalt lot )run by KOA. It's kind of expensive but it might be worth it for the convenience - http://www.circuscircus.com/las_vegas_hotel/rv_park.aspx

 Main Street Station in downtown has a RV park (asphalt lot again) that is inexpensive ,under twenty dollars the last time that we stayed there and free if you play in the casinos a bit. The freeway passes close by so it's a little noisy but otherwise isolated from the rest of downtown and a good place to stay cheaply. There are shuttles to the strip. The RV park isn't mentioned on their website but you can call and make a reservation or just check in at the hotel desk after parking at the park - http://www.mainstreetcasino.com/

 We always stay at the national park campground at the Grand Canyon.

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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012, 10:15:00 AM »
You really should rethink going to Las Vegas in June. The heat in an RV would be terrible. The average daytime temp there is 100F. You might want to consider staying in a motel while you are there.

There are three options for staying at the Grand Canyon. If you don't want hookups and are 30 feet or shorter then Mather Campground is the best bet. If you want hookups then Trailer Village is located inside the park and Grand Canyon Camper Village is located just outside the park. Both are around $40 per night. All three are located on the free shuttle route so you don't need to worry about getting around in the park.
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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2012, 01:13:46 PM »
Pay attention to what Tom said. You do NOT want to stay in Las Vegas in June (or July or August or September). The campgrounds are mostly asphalt parking lots and the sun and the heat off the asphalt will be nasty. You'll have to have electric hookups and the A/C will run 24/7.
 
Grand Canyon will be much nicer than Vegas. The campgrounds in the park are where you'll want to stay but you'll need reservations if you're going in June, it's the busy season. And none of the campgrounds at Grand Canyon have a "view" of the canyon, too many trees. Of course, if you stay in the park, you'll be able to ride the free shuttle over to the rim and sit and enjoy the view.
 
Have you thought about going north from Sacramento where you'll find cooler temperatures? Oregon and Washington are beautiful.
 
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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2012, 02:15:45 PM »
Thanks for all your replies, Wendy as we started in Florida last year we have done the upper states and Canada and down into Washington and Oregon so our route is now East to do the lower states, did think about the temp. but thought we could cope

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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2012, 02:36:02 PM »
Loddy, in adddition to the high temperature, the relative humidity will be very low. As I always tell our UK visitors, be sure to drink lots of fluids. One of our relatives, a very fit soccer player, collapsed in a casino in Vegas. Paramedics arrived and took him to hospital. Diagnosis - dehydration due to not drinking sufficient fluids (other than a few pints), although we'd warned him on many occasions.
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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2012, 03:02:44 PM »
  did think about the temp. but thought we could cope

Loddy,

Yes I  think you can cope.  You will just need to run the AC all the time.  We were married in Las Vegas on July 4 ( 1997) and had a wonderful  Las Vegas  stay at Silvertons RV Resort and Casino. Sadly the RV park is not there any longer but there is a big Freeway interchange and a Big Bass Pro Store. We had our 36 foot motorhome with  2 air conditioning units.  Just keep doors closed window blinds pulled and then run into the VERY air conditioned casinos where you may even need a sweater!

  Las Vegas is a city not to be missed when touring our country.  A social phenomenon I think about how many people come to such a desert location for the bright lights and gambling.  We don't gamble but  to walk the Fairmont Street area is so much fun and to  look a the  lavish hotels is amazing.  Have fun.
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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2012, 05:13:42 PM »
I have used Sam's Town RV park when I have been in Las Vegas.  Rates were reasonable and they have a shuttle service to the strip.

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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2012, 06:14:32 PM »
A small correction to Betty's comment.  The I-15 & NV 160 interchange does not have a Cabellas.  It does have a really neat Bass Pro Shops with great wildlife displays and gorgeous waterfalls and it's at the Silverton Casino.

Speaking of the temperatures - have you given any thought to visiting Utah?  It's a fabulous state with many national and state parks that are fun to visit.  Their advantage is that many (Zion, Cedar Breaks, Bryce) are at higher altitudes so it's not as hot.  If you visit Las Vegas or any of our southwestern hot destinations, please do heed Tom's advice and drink plenty of liquids.  I know it sounds a little obsessive, but never go anywhere without a bottle of water!

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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2012, 06:18:02 PM »
While it isn't within shuttle distance (55 miles north), on your way out of Vegas check out Valley of Fire State Park.  Even if you don't stay at one of the campgrounds, the drive through the park is beautiful.

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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2012, 06:48:38 PM »
A small correction to Betty's comment. 

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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2012, 08:22:42 PM »
My "drink lots of fluids" caveat for visiting Brits stands. When you live in a country where the RH is much higher, it can easily and quickly catch you unawares, as evidenced by my "very fit soccer player" example.

FWIW in our part of the UK, we used to joke that it rained 365 366 days a year  ;D   Loddy comes from a different part of the UK, but they don't have that many more dry days.
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2012, 09:32:23 AM »
Thanks Guys

Yes Tom we were over there in the heatwave last year ( cattle dying in the fields ) and my partner Estelle got caught out with a UTI because she was dehydrated and ended up in Roanoak (spelling) hospital.

Thanks for all the advise

Only across the Bristol channel Tom, we can see the motherland

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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2012, 10:02:04 AM »
Quote from: loddy
Only across the Bristol channel Tom, we can see the motherland

We used to have a saying "when standing on one end of Swansea Bay, if you can see the Mumbles (at the other end of the bay), it's going to rain; If you can't see the Mumbles, it's already raining". On very rare occasions, we could see the West Country; Then we knew for sure we were in a drought  ;D
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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2012, 10:53:53 PM »
We satyed in the casino carparks for 2 nights...no problem...but that was in March.
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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2012, 12:24:08 AM »
Thanks Guys

Yes Tom we were over there in the heatwave last year ( cattle dying in the fields ) and my partner Estelle got caught out with a UTI because she was dehydrated and ended up in Roanoak (spelling) hospital.

Thanks for all the advise

Only across the Bristol channel Tom, we can see the motherland

Loddy

If that was Roanoke, you were in Virginia which has singularly unpleasant summers -- temps in the 90s and humidity in the 60/70% range.  Sticky and cloying.   
 
However, the Southwestern low deserts, where Vegas is has temperatures in the 110/120s and humidities below 10%.   Those ranges are deadly.   The low humidity sucks a person dry before they realize that it is happening.  Salt and other electrolytes are stripped out of your body and need to be replaced -- especially salt tablets and such.   With the dehydration your body temperature regulation starts to go haywire and heat exhaustion quickly sets in.  This can grade into heat stroke, a genuine medical emergency.   I have seen it happen.
 
If you must go to Vegas in the summer, plan on staying in a large hotel.  Leave the motorhome in the parking lot.  As others have said, RV AC has a hardtime beating the heat and sun of Vegas.
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« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2012, 04:10:21 AM »
Thanks Carl
yes it was Virginia, end of the Blue Ridge, thanks for the info

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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2012, 10:57:50 PM »
Hi

We left Vegas about 2-3 weeks ago now, having delayed going until it "warmed up"! We stayed back in the Yuma area and California for a few more weeks. We stayed on the Main street Station Site. somewhat noisy, with a Fire/ambulance Station across the road!!. Its a short walk to the Bus near Fremont Street which for a $7 daily ticket gives access to the strip. We paid about $17 per night for a FULL hookup. and access to the Laundry etc. It`s clean, Patrolled by Casino Security, Good Value, during late March. We where advised that from end of MAY onward it is REALLY HOT. We are currently on site Near Fort Worth (Texas) to visit the Stockyards Area and Poss; Dealey Plaza (where Kennedy was shot) in Dallas?. Having "done" parts of Route-66  and Lake Havesu before Easter along with the Painted Dessert, Sedona, and the Petrified Forest, now en-route back to Houston, to put the r-v into storage. and Home in May.

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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2012, 10:16:19 AM »
We will be in Vegas TOMORROW and are leaning towards staying at Sam's Town Hotel/RV and Casino.  Looks to be $25 a night with full-hookups for rigs over 30ft.  We have 2 small kids need a place that is somewhat quite at night and safe.  Beyond that, I wanted access to the strip for a day visit and the hotel pool sounds like a fun day for the kids as well. 

If anyone would advise against this place or for another, please let me know ASAP!

On a side note, we are also looking for a drop-in style child care facility in Vegas, in hopes of getting a date night.  Anyone have any tips on that? 

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« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2012, 12:05:12 PM »
Sam's Town is a nice campground but it's nowhere near the Strip. They do, however, run a shuttle to the Strip. And you might want to take a run out to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. The KOA at Circus Circus is right on the Strip but is essentially a parking lot with hookups and a swimming pool. It is right there at the Circus Circus Casino which has some cool things for kids. Main Street Station is downtown and is cheap but is extremely noisy (fire station across the street, freeway right next door).
 
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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2012, 03:10:00 PM »
Sam's Town is very tight with neighbours barely an armspan away.  Mostly gravel and asphalt with no picnic tables.  The public facilities are good; pool, hot tub, decent showers, excellent 24 hour laundry.  Hookups are good, though the sewer is a bit different.  The Gambling Hall at Sam's Town has 5 restaurants, 8 fast food places, a theatre, a bowling alley, a bingo hall, and many other amenities and shops (as of early 2011).  It is about 5-6 miles from The Strip but, as mentioned, there is a shuttle service.  Being on the east side of town, travel to Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the new commemorative bridge is a little easier if you're driving a toad or rental car.  It was fairly quiet at night when I was there in February 2011, though it is right on the Boulder Highway.  I'm not sure if it would be an interesting place for young kids but it was a good base for my solo adventures around Las Vegas.  I paid $28/night with full hookups for my 32' Class A.
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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2012, 03:39:32 PM »
Loddy -

Given the June temperatures and the fact that Las Vegas is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, you might consider making Las Vegas a separate leg of your trip, flying from your entry port directly to Las Vegas and spending several days there, then flying to Sacramento to pick up your RV. 

There are lots of bargain flights if you can book two weeks or more in advance.

There are also real bargains to be had for accommodations during the week - you can be right on the Strip Sunday-Thursday in a perfectly good room in one of the major casino hotels for $30-40 a night, especially if you can book a week or two in advance.  Friday and Saturday nights are when the prices double or triple.  Just check the websites and book online.

Last week I was in Las Vegas for a major convention, when hotel prices are higher than normal, and I was able to get a nice room in the CircusCircus tower, overlooking the parking lot they call a KOA Kampground for $45 a night.   Versus $80 a night to stay in my RV in that parking lot ... er, Kampground.

Imperial Palace, Tropicana and Stratosphere are others on the strip with good rates (Stratosphere is actually a little north of the strip).

Public transit in Las Vegas is very good.  There's the double deck Deuce bus that runs up and down the Strip and to Downtown.  Drops you off right in front of all the hotspots, instead of having to find a parking spot in a garage that may be at the other end of the property, a long way from the action.

Even if you rent a car (again, book in advance for the best rates) your trip may wind up costing less than staying in  the motorhome.  Southwest Airlines has great fares in and out of Las Vegas and has a handy car rental section on their website that compares rates from all the major companies.  You can use it even if you don't fly with them.
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« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2012, 05:46:26 AM »
Thanks everyone
very good advise

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Re: Campground in or near Las Vegas
« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2012, 01:52:08 AM »
We arrived at Sam's Town in Las Vegas today.  Seems okay so far for only $25 a night.

I would heed the advice on coming in summer.  It's April and 101 in the heat of the day!
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« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2012, 09:48:57 AM »
Just to make everyone feel better, we used to stay at Sam's Town in the mid-1980s when we were working in Death Valley and it was $5/night and you got funbooks that included free buffets and free ice cream. Life Was Good :)
 
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« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2012, 10:16:48 AM »
I would heed the advice on coming in summer.  It's April and 101 in the heat of the day!
Yeah, but it's a dry heat. ;)
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« Reply #26 on: April 23, 2012, 07:04:51 PM »
Yeah, but it's a dry heat. ;)
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« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2012, 05:56:42 PM »
Wendy,

How far is Death Valley from Sam's Town?  I looked it up at one point and it said it was over 2 hours away!  Would love to go there on a day trip!
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« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2012, 06:28:14 PM »
Wendy,

How far is Death Valley from Sam's Town?  I looked it up at one point and it said it was over 2 hours away!  Would love to go there on a day trip!

Depends on where in Death Valley you want to go. A lot of people do day trips from Las Vegas but it's a long day, about 125 miles each way from Sam's to the visitor center at Furnace Creek. Doable, but long. If you had a couple of extra nights, you could drive to Pahrump and stay there 2 nights and do the day trip to DV. That's a better trip.
 
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« Reply #29 on: April 25, 2012, 06:39:22 PM »
I'm going to jump in here.  It's 135 miles from Las Vegas to Death Valley.  Add 5 miles from Sam's Town which is on the east side of LV.  I don't think a day trip is all that reasonable.  The problem - aside from the 270-280 miles round trip just to get to and from DV - is that you wouldn't have time to see much once you get there.  Death Valley National Park covers 200 square miles (larger than Delaware) and driving distances between sites within the park are quite large.  For example, it's 41 miles from Badwater at the south end of the park to the visitor center and most attractions are north of the visitor center.  Scotty's Castle requires at least four hours to see.  And then there are all the hikes and drives to various viewpoints.  We "do" the south end one day, the middle one day, and the north end a third day - and still haven't see everything!  Death Valley needs several days minimum to explore, so trying to do a day trip would be doing yourself a disservice in my opinion.  See their web site at http://www.death.valley.national-park.com/

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