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Hey Elementies (that sounds wrong), I've been an Element owner for over five years now and Love my Element. I have finally decided to take her across the US and back and would like some feedback from the experienced car campers out there.
I would like to car camp as much as I can, partly to save money and partly because camping is fun and there are tons of great places in the US that are worth camping in. I will start in the pacific northwest, make my way down the west coast, head across the bottom of the US to Texas and eventually up and over to Maryland, and then back to the pacific northwest.
I drive a road ready (according to my mechanic) 2004 FWD EX. The only mod I have made so far is to tint all the back and side windows down to almost opaque from the outside. privacy.
Are there still places out there to camp in your car? is that even safe anymore? (I grew up in a time when people still hitchhiked without much worry).
Any and all road tips will be greatly appreciated.
 

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Now that the wife is retired we travel a lot in our Element towing our little trailer. I discovered an app for my cell phone that has become invaluable: RV Parky. Not only does it show you campgrounds but also Rest Areas, Military Campgrounds, Casinos, Walmarts, Cabela's, Cracker Barrels, Camping Worlds, Flying J's, Pilot Travel Plazas,TA Travel Centers, and more which let you camp overnight in their parking lot.

It has campground reviews as well.
 

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I'm gonna check out that app!! I envy those that have the ability to be traveling and camping,just 2 years 9 months and I'm in!!

I think if you have a handy app like Garys's and you are aware of surroundings, you should be fine! Always be prepared to leave if things don't feel right; check out the Yahoo group " Vandwellers" and their Facebook page. They cover topics such a safety, being stealthy, cooking,anything you might encounter.
 

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It's not completely clear to me whether you are willing to pay to camp at all…I found that using my telephone's web browser to locate local county camping parks often yielded cheap, nicely kept campgrounds with clean showers and toilets at less cost than state, federal, and private parks. In some surprisingly charming surroundings, too.
 

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GaryS - thank you for that app suggestion, RV Parky, it's great. It lists tons of RV campgrounds and even freeway rest stops! I had been looking for an app for that.
BuffyMoon - you're right about going with your gut, always. and Buffy, don't postpone
joy (too long).
JJJudy - it's not really a question of money for me on this trip, I just want to see more
of the country this time, nicely kept campgrounds with clean showers is Exactly what I am looking for. ttthanks.
 

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Sounds like an awesome trip. I am here in the Olympia area if you need any ideas of where to go.

There are plenty of threads on here of what to take while camping in the E. Platforms, storage, favorite things, and etc.

Something I have suggested to others before is to have emergency contact numbers printed out, because phones get lost or go dead. Also keep your phone on you and an extra key. (My element recently started locking its self when I didn't want it to. I am guessing it is an alarm issue.) Have someone you can check in with daily and let them know where you are.

Some friends of mine were camping Tuesday night at a state park when a drunk guy started beating the woman he was with. They kept the cell phone in the truck and were afraid to get out of their tent to call 911. After a few hours they were able to call and get help. Super scary for them and their boy.

We camped out of our E last year min 30 days. One thing I do is always have the driver's seat ready to go.

So be safe and stick to your gut feeling.
 

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Thanks for all the info. I'm going to need this when I do Rte 66 next year. Thinking of 3 weeks in May for the entire trip.

Feedback?

Etta
 

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I'm on a NA trip right now, from Boston to Los Angeles going across the South.

3 weeks sounds doable as long as it's one way.
 

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If you travel through Minnesota, let me know. I'd be happy to offer up a home cooked meal.

oh, and if you do take me up on it, let me know if there are any dietary restrictions.
 

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Its really a joy. Organization was our biggest pain point on our trip. I think we could have shaved an hour off our set up and breakdown (total, not each) if we'd been more organized. the E is a great car for it though. Clamshell doors make changing a breeze. Our next long trip will involve a car top box that I picked up to keep our inside less "stacked" though I suspect many of the platform/ hatch shelf ideas here would have solved that problem equally well.

Gary - Thanks for sharing that app. Would have come in handy (we just google mapped, and didn't have any trouble, but cut it close a few times. )
 
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