I think the funniest part of owning a camper is the freedom. We drive till we get tired or something along the way interests us. We have found some of the neatest camping spots by doing this. In June of 2016, we went on our first long trip in the Vengeance and we were heading to Colorado. We got out of Coeur d’Alene late afternoon, but we thought we would try and get to Missoula.
Once we made it over Fourth of July Pass, we were pretty tired. We saw a sign for a campground in Montana and it took us through a rest area. This was the Quartz Flat Campground. It said it was open, but the gate was closed. We were sitting in the road trying to decide what to do, when the camp host came out to talk to us. He was very nice and apologized for the confusion. They were just getting themselves set up and the bath houses were not ready yet. We said that was fine, we had our own. He said pick a spot and that is was $10 a night. We were so excited to have the entire place to ourselves! We made dinner, watched TV and went to bed.
On other trips to Colorado, we have stayed at the Costco parking lot in Missoula. Security just asked us to leave before they opened the next day. It’s nice to have so many apps that help travelers find places to stay. Good Sam and KOA are our first choice, but we also use these; ParkAdvisor, Boondocking, the dyrt and so on. Sometimes, just reading the signs on the road works great!
Bulleit rides in the truck with us. At first, we felt that him being in a kennel worked best, but he couldn’t really see out and he kept reaching through the bars, tapping the passenger on the shoulder.
We found that he is pretty happy stretching out in the back seat, or on the passenger’s lap. There have been times we needed to focus on the road, so we put him in the back seat in his carrier that is buckled into the seatbelt. He seems to be ok with this.