On Line RV and Camping
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TABLE OF CONTENTS.
1 Advertising on the net
2 Related news groups ,
and email lists
2.2 Email lists
3 WWW and INTERNET resources.
3.1 RV and Parts Dealers
3.2 RV Loans
3.3 RV rentals
3.4 General Camping Supllies
3.5 What RV Parks are on the Net?
3.6 RV Manufacturers
4 Other resources and selected personal home pages
5 Net Resources on the Road
1 Advertising on the net
While there are few rules in Usenet,
posting an ad for an unrelated>
product to a newsgroup is a certain way to
make enemies. I can say for certain that as of this writing (two weeks
after the creation of rec.outdoors.rv-travel) one persons un-related ad
to rec.outdoors.rv-travel has cost him his net access. I can and will
complain to the site admin of any poster that sends out an unrelated
ad. Many providers cancel accounts for this activity.
I will include
pointers (email or a URL) for related businesses in the FAQ. In addtion
there is a newsgroup made just for marketing your outdoor related item.
2 Newsgroups, e-mail and we-based forums (BBS in "old" speak)
- The following newsgroups are available, they can be found
your newsprogram or Google Groups at this
- Yahoo-Groups has a number of e-mail lists, an index for many of
- Glendale has a Yahoo Group here
- The AGI Corporation (Camping World, TrailerLife, MotorHome,
GoodSam, etc) sponsors an RV forum at this location
- SunnyBrook Trailers sponsors a forum here.
- Northwood, builders of Nash, Arctic Fox and Desert Fox has a
3.1 RV and Camping Parts Dealers
3.1.1 RV Dealers & Builders
Dealers and Manufacturers with on-line
3.1.2 Parts and Accessories
3.2 RV Loans
3.3 RV Rentals
3.4 General Camping Supllies
3.5 RV and Camping Parks
3.6 RV Manufacturers
4 Other RV and Camping information and selected personal
4.2 Government Links
4.4. Other Misc pages
4.5 Other Commercial
5 Net Access on the Road
On The Road
by: Janet (email@example.com) Wilder, The Road
E-Mail On The Road
are for laptop owners only. If you insist in traveling with only a
desk-top, I can't help you. Get a laptop, even a used one with a 14.4
modem to use for connecting. The places I am listing will work if you r
provider has an 800#. If they don't, change providers. I use America On
Line and it costs me 10 cents a minute for the 800#. They have a
for $4.95 per month that gives you 3 hours with a charge of $2.50 an
For e-mail retrieval it is fine. I can download all
e-mail and read and
respond off-line. My bills run about $6 to $8 per
month including the cost of the 800#.
Here's a list of places
where you can use your laptop and modem:
Using these methods will not all ow you to surf the
net for hours on end. We hook up to retrieve e-mail and check the bank
account. Many Thousand Trails/Naco campgrounds are providing modem
for their members. You can find a local access number and surf away.
Always be polite. No one owes you a phone jack!! Nasty RVers make it
tough on the rest of us.
- Truck stops with table
phones. Order breakfast (anytime of day) and plug in. The phones are on
jacks and can be disconnected until you are done. They only work on
800#s. The food is good, too. A copy of "The Truckers' Friend"
(available in most major truck stops) lists tru ck stops with table
phones. The "RVers' Friend" does not list them. If there are only
portable phones available, ask the manager. Sometimes they will let you
connect where they keep the bases for the portable
- Staples, Office Max, Office Depot. They have fax service
computers where you can design your
own business cards that are hooked to modems. Ask the manager for
permission to hook up your modem for two minutes. Just go for the
download it and read it off-line. Send the answers off another
- Hotels. The ones that cater to traveling business folk
have lobby pay phones that are desk models and will have modem access
ports. They may have jacks that come out so you can plug in and use the
800#. Can sit he re in a nice chair and surf the net or crawl the web.
Get a drink from the bar or coffee from the coffee shop and make
- Airports. Airports in most major cities have pay
phones with modem ports.
- Kinko's, Sir Speedy and other copying
centers often have phone jacks for use with 800#s. Kinko's will charge
hourly fee for net access. If you have your own laptop and want to just
use the phone jack, they usually waive the fee.
- Mail Boxes
stores, and other pl aces that will send faxes for you have dedicated
lines to which the fax machines are connected. They are only used for
outgoing messages. Give them the cost of one page of fax and they'll
- Desk-style pay phones. Found one of the se in a
laundromat in Indiana and haven't found one since. It had a jack plug.
took it out and plugged in the modem. I held the handset of the dead
phone to my ear so that passersby would think I was on the phone (which
- Campground o ffices. You have to ask the manager and you
have to be really, really nice. More and more campgrounds recognize
their guests have this need and will allow you to use the phone for a
minutes. If there is only one line, understand that they are running a
business and can't afford for you to tie up their only line. If they
have a credit card machine, point out that it is a separate line
and ask if you can use that. If the campground allows you to use the
jack, always ask when it is a good time for them.
- Computer stores. Go in and ask nicely. They
usually will accommodate you.
- Public Libraries with computers
that have internet access. Ask the
librarian if you can connect through
the jack if you cannot get your mail throug h the
- College Libraries. See Public Libraries,
- Visit a friend or relative. Ask permission before you
hook up. It helps to have one of those little connectors that you can
plug a jack into each end. Unhook the cord goi ng into the phone and
it in one end. Put your modem jack in the other end. This saves having
to crawl on the floor to find the phone jack. The connector is sold for
few dollars at Radio Shack.
- Factory Outlet Malls. If they have
an administrative office, ask if you can get your e-mail with an
- Courtesy Phones. Waiting Rooms in doctor's offices and
repair facilities often have courtesy phones. Disconnect the jack and
Note: This information appeared in "The
Road Princess Gazette" in 1997. For subscription info. Write: Janet
Wilder, 101 Rainbow Dr., #198,
Livingston, TX 77351
Hope this is
more concise. It also carries some cautions and protocol advice.
some of the types now visiting the newsgroup, it may be wise to include
5.2 Other info
Choosing a provider:
thing to re member is that it's not going to be as cheap or good as
home to your local connection. As far as I'm concerned there is not
`right' answer, and only maybe `wrong' answers.
You can continue to
get service from your current provider. Most of the large national
providers have local numbers in most urban areas,
however only a few rural areas are covered. This certainly mean a long
distance call to your `national' provid
er when you are staying at Snow
You could also call your current provider long distance
via a number of plans. All three of the `biggies' offer long distance
discount plans, one where all calls to a particular town (say where you
live and your service provider is) could be a good idea.
good idea is the personal 1-800 numbers. These can be set up to call
number you chose, like your providers. You certainly want one where a
or password is required.
Of course, there is Satellite service, at this writing the equipment
runs about $4500, plus a $1000 for instalation, plus about $100 per
month. See the Data Storm users at DataStormUsers.com