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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

love your app. just downloaded. Here's the vw shop in my area:

Hampton's Garage
2486 Hwy 72 W
Greenwood, SC 29649
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

SO FUCKING COOL!
It could use some work, but this is such an awesome start.
If I can make some suggestions..
Perhaps I'm not using it properly, but I think user input is necessary for this to become a truly functioning tool. I would love to post suggestions and comments of where I've safely stayed and I would love to read the same coming from others.
Also, a personal map of my travels, stops, tips/comments.. etc for myself to view as well as others.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:48 am    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

LivinInnaVWBus wrote:
SO FUCKING COOL!
It could use some work, but this is such an awesome start.
If I can make some suggestions..
Perhaps I'm not using it properly, but I think user input is necessary for this to become a truly functioning tool. I would love to post suggestions and comments of where I've safely stayed and I would love to read the same coming from others.
Also, a personal map of my travels, stops, tips/comments.. etc for myself to view as well as others.


yea we have an area where members can leave feedback/comments on all of the items such as camp sites, repair shops and driveway camp hosts etc. When looking at the specific listing page there's a comment bubble on the upper right, click that. You can see the bubble on the third phone image from the left below...

We're currently working on a new listing format that will make that bubble/comment section more readily available and easier to pick up on.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

Gwdghiaguy wrote:
love your app. just downloaded. Here's the vw shop in my area:

Hampton's Garage
2486 Hwy 72 W
Greenwood, SC 29649
864.229.7400


Added thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

HoustonPhotog wrote:
LivinInnaVWBus wrote:
SO FUCKING COOL!
It could use some work, but this is such an awesome start.
If I can make some suggestions..
Perhaps I'm not using it properly, but I think user input is necessary for this to become a truly functioning tool. I would love to post suggestions and comments of where I've safely stayed and I would love to read the same coming from others.
Also, a personal map of my travels, stops, tips/comments.. etc for myself to view as well as others.


yea we have an area where members can leave feedback/comments on all of the items such as camp sites, repair shops and driveway camp hosts etc. When looking at the specific listing page there's a comment bubble on the upper right, click that.

We're currently working on a new listing format that will make that bubble/comment section more readily available and easier to pick up on.

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I see that, but there are so few campgrounds, boondocking sites, rest areas.. etc in my area, I'd like to add the ones I know exist.
Currently, the nearest site to me on your app (in the Chicago suburbs) is 83 miles away, when I know there is a Walmart within 10 miles I can camp at, and another in the opposite direction which I cannot camp at. The largest camp site within hundreds of miles, Starved Rock/Matthiessen state park are not listed.
I feel the users who know their area best, who have experienced these ares should be able to post recommendations, photos.. etc easily.
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Funny you should mention hippies. Bumped into a bunch of them when camping in Tofino. When they saw the bus it was like moths to the light. I had to beat them off with my yoga mat.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:21 pm    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

LivinInnaVWBus wrote:

I see that, but there are so few campgrounds, boondocking sites, rest areas.. etc in my area, I'd like to add the ones I know exist.
Currently, the nearest site to me on your app (in the Chicago suburbs) is 83 miles away, when I know there is a Walmart within 10 miles I can camp at, and another in the opposite direction which I cannot camp at. The largest camp site within hundreds of miles, Starved Rock/Matthiessen state park are not listed.
I feel the users who know their area best, who have experienced these ares should be able to post recommendations, photos.. etc easily.


We're in the process of adding every state park in the country that allows camping. we have about 600 completed and about 1800 left. we'll have them all in soon... the time consuming part if manually locating the entry gate/pay stations since one of my pet peeves about google maps and gps units is they hardly ever really tell you where to go. Some take you out to the middle of nowhere and thats annoying when youre on the road and trying to find a place to call home for the night. Its time consuming but itll be worth it.

if you have places (other than state parks since we're adding them) you want to submit, use the ADD CAMP button and all any and all you'd like to share. i'll enter them into the database...

as a crowdsourced app we rely on those key places locals know in their area... that helps out a ton!

you can see the ADD CAMP submission form here

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if you have several you want to add and want to make the process easier, you can also submit them on your desktop through the web app. might be quicker.

http://m.vanalert.com
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:26 pm    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

NICE!
I see the options now, I didn't realize you could swipe the screen.
I'll be adding in my area, thank you sir!
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Funny you should mention hippies. Bumped into a bunch of them when camping in Tofino. When they saw the bus it was like moths to the light. I had to beat them off with my yoga mat.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:27 pm    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

LivinInnaVWBus wrote:
NICE!
I see the options now, I didn't realize you could swipe the screen.
I'll be adding in my area, thank you sir!


if you have several you want to add and want to make the process easier, you can also submit them on your desktop through the web app. might be quicker.

http://m.vanalert.com
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:35 am    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

Another successful VanAlert Driveway Camp experience! Thanks Jason & Kim (https://www.instagram.com/mimzy_travels) for hosting Nate & Britt (https://www.instagram.com/myboxonwheels)!

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Be sure to sign up to be a Driveway Camp Host within the VanAlert app in order to give some like minded VW Vanagon/Bus travelers a safe place to camp for a night while they pass through you town. Good times indeed!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

I'd kinda think this would be a sticky or at least a locked post of the VanAlert and what it's about, where to get it, etc. Confused

Very cool app! Love it Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:27 pm    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

Cool app, I downloaded it last week. I could see this being useful for a lot of folks!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:31 pm    Post subject: Re: VanAlert App for Vanagon/Bus Owners Reply with quote

cmonSTART wrote:
Cool app, I downloaded it last week. I could see this being useful for a lot of folks!


Sweet.. help spread the word to other bus guys as we need more resources in regards to repair shops and rescue squad members... Thanks!
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