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When to put a State sticker on the map


There is no wrong answer to this question but I am fascinated by how different the answer is from person to person.  We bought ones of those state sticker maps and starting talking about what would qualify us to put a sticker on.  Lee and I were very different (no shock) so we started to poll folks at the rally.  Answers ranged from a tire hits the state to must stay 3 days.  What are your thoughts ??  Btw we landed on must stay overnight and do at least one state specific activity... Going to lunch doesn't count lol

Where do you fall on the spectrum??? 

 

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-- Edited by Lee and Trace on Wednesday 7th of May 2014 06:33:29 AM

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I prefer to put one if I did "tourist activity" within the state such as landmarks , beaches or overnite.....if you come to new england you could pass thru 6 states in a day....and you haven't really experienced the states if you didnt mingle with their culture & history in some sort.

you really haven't been there if you just passed thru!!biggrinconfusebiggrin    each place has a story to be passed on!!



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We say we have to at least camp in the state before we mark the state on our online map (Don't have one on the rig yet).

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I would have to agree with everyone.  I get really excited when we pass into a new state and I want to put the sticker on right away but we need to stay and do something like Mike said, something "touristy".  Buying gas and eating don't count even though our feet hit the ground.   smile



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We are not out there yet, but to me it would be at least a week and do several activities in that time. I think that you could not say you 'visited' a state without staying at least a week.

People in the S&B world generally say they have visited say California if they went on a weeks vacation. If they say just went to Chicago for a weekend they would say we 'went to Chicago' for the weekend. New England and/or Rhode island might be the exception, but I still bet there is plenty to see if you stayed a week.

We plan to only move every week or two and then only move 200 miles or less. That way we can thoroughly see every thing in an area. Take your time. You never know what cool thing may be down that country road. Just be careful of 'Banjo's' in the south I can say that because I can actually show you hollers that every mailbox has the same last name.

As always just my opinion.

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Our rule is having stayed at least one night... and had sex in the state :)

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Technomadia wrote:

Our rule is having stayed at least one night... and had sex in the state :)


 That is fantatsic and damn you I know Lee is going to add that to the requirements lol. :).   Well I do love those state stickers!! 

 

Trace



-- Edited by Lee and Trace on Wednesday 7th of May 2014 08:41:26 AM

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Oh boy this thread has taken a twist....but I must ask.....what if you travel alone?? 



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bigredoes wrote:

Oh boy this thread has taken a twist....but I must ask.....what if you travel alone?? 


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I agree with the comments so far. I would add the notion that in addition to staying overnight at least one night and visiting a state specific "touristy" item or activity could also include something that requires you to get out of your campsite and actually interact with the local culture.  Take in a local little league game, volunteer some time at a worthy local charitable event or activity, pick up trash at a beach, pay forward an act of kindness you received etc. Doing these kinds of things add "street cred" when you're around the campfire telling of fond memories of your journey.

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Agree with the idea that you have to "do something" in that state, for us we do count it if we've spent a few days even if we don't do anything touristy, but it was a work week.  Example, we spent 5 nights at Utah Lake State Park just outside of Provo, we did have a couple of evening bike rides and one night out at a local restaurant to celebrate our anniversary.  It was a work week, no time for much touristy activities and we used it as a stopover between CO and CA as we were making a push to get back on schedule after some unexpected delays and get to the West Coast.  However, we spent 2 nights in Nevada on the way between UT and CA and I still don't count that.  We were just "driving thru" and boondocked at WalMarts on the way through the state of Nevada.  So, Nevada is not on the list of states we've RV'd in yet.

So, along this line, do you count places you RV'd in before going FT?  Or are you starting the map over with the FT destinations?



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NWescapee wrote:

So, along this line, do you count places you RV'd in before going FT?  Or are you starting the map over with the FT destinations?


 I'd be inclined to count pre-FT RV camping.  We rented a Class C to attend Cindi's family reunion at Lake Texoma for 8 days and second reunion a few years later somewhere else in OK  I think.  Also camped for a week in a rented pop-up in WI and took in many local attractions.  Not sure if tent camping counts in our/my situation as they were generally only for W/E's and only stayed in the campground or park.



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Im thinking it would be more fun to take red pin-striping tape and mark travel routes thru them until it looks like an airline flight map!!!!!

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Technomadia wrote:

Our rule is having stayed at least one night... and had sex in the state :)


 Now you know what all those RVs are doing stopped  at Visitors Centers of small states.  biggrin

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lol.  New rules for stickers!  hahaha!!



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Jesse says, "It's our map and we'll do what we want with it!" 😄 But he really liked Chris and Cherie's rule !

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Let's keep it clean, everyone.

Right at the moment, I can "tolerate" what has been written, but if that changes, I will delete comments.

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To me, if you have been in the state a sticker goes on. Time spent there is not relevant.

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I know some people that the rule, "don't put the sticker on until you have had a repair in that state", would handle most states and provinces.

Our rule is we stay the night in our RV in the state. We don't disclose anything else.

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We have to stay two nights or one night along with doing something interesting or important while there. We did add one for a family trip we took years ago in our first rv.

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WestWardHo wrote:

Jesse says, "It's our map and we'll do what we want with it!" 😄 But he really liked Chris and Cherie's rule !

Sherry


 Jesse told me if even the tire hit the state he was putting a sticker on...and more power to him :)



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Lucky Mike wrote:

Im thinking it would be more fun to take red pin-striping tape and mark travel routes thru them until it looks like an airline flight map!!!!!


I like that idea. 



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I don't know about all these rules. We are not full timers, but we have all 50 stickers on our map. In 49 of the states we had our RV with us. The 50th, the big island we flew to still I put the sticker on. Its your map so put the sticker on when you think you qualify. LOL

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Billy Bob wrote:

I don't know about all these rules. We are not full timers, but we have all 50 stickers on our map. In 49 of the states we had our RV with us. The 50th, the big island we flew to still I put the sticker on. Its your map so put the sticker on when you think you qualify. LOL


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We are not up to the state map yet, but we have a Florida County map on the refrigerator in our TT. I color in the county when we have slept there in the New TT. My hubby asked why not add the ones from the old TT. I told him that this one is the retirement home so I am counting those...the otherTT was with kids...need i say more?

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I need to buy a map..lol.
Will order one on ebay today.

Driving through I don't think will count for me.I could just cover the map, before I started.. mostly... Nor over night stays..

I think a week will do.. and some tourist activities..That knocks it down alot.

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I'm thinking of making it really complicated, yellow if we just drove through, blue if we stayed over night, green if we stayed more than a week, and, because our goal is to visit every state capital and get a photo on the steps of the capitol, black if we met our goal. Black means we never have to return. JK

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