You will have a fantastic trip. Hope you can fit it all in, but if not, and you decide to stay longer at one stop and forgo another, you will still have a Fantastic time. The roads are all good, even the smaller highways from Durango to Monument Valley are comfortable to drive. DO NOT plan on taking the 550 (the Million Dollar Highway) over the mountains, rather head south on the 25 around Denver or before. This way you will miss the steepest climb around Eisenhower Tunnel and for sure don't drive the 550, listed on a TV show as one of the most Dangerous Roads. Durango, Mesa Verde, or Farmington are all good base locations for that area. Mesa Verde, and the Indian ruins are fascinating. Monument Valley is spiritual and lovely, camping at Goulding's is really the only game in town. At the South Rim of the Grand Canyon we have always enjoyed the Circle of Pines KOA, a large tree covered campground, with large sites, indoor pool, close to town, just really nice. Don't miss BearAzona animal park, in Williams. Fun for kids and adults alike. Personally, don't plan on more than 15 minutes at Four Corners. Lovely monument in the middle of nowhere Indian reservation, you pay to enter the area, a few stands sell Indian wears (they did have really good Indian Flat Bread being made fresh by a gal). In Las Vegas we stay at the Oasis RV park. Zion and Bryce are spectacular, but it has been years since our last trip there. The KOA in Salt Lake City is large, clean, and central to Temple Square, we are not Mormon, but the tour is interesting and the flowers and gardens are beautiful. The restaurant on the top floor is nice for lunch and has an excellent view. If you have time try to find Antelope Island. Only one small road across the Salt Lake to the Island, lots of Bison, birds, and history. Drive all the way to the end of the Island to the historical western ranch. As for your basic question, we went from Los Angeles to Yellowstone through Salt Lake City last year, we had the motorhome with toad, our friends traveling with us have a Ford light diesel pickup with a 34ft trailer. They had no trouble. I've taken these roads a few times in gas motorhomes with a tow car and never had any difficulty (with the exception of Colorado 550, which scared the heck out of me.)
Fill your tanks in Lenwood, just before Barstow. You will have a good choice of RV friendly stations on both sides of the freeway. When Leaving Las Vegas there is an RV friendly station on Blue Diamond, across from the Silverton Casino. If you need fuel before Lenwood there are a few good stations as you approach Victorville.
I tend to support Good Sam, only because they are probably as good as the other RV alternative CoachNet, and I had a similar poor experience with CoachNet. Still, 16 miles east of Fresno, a rather large small city? Assuming that Chily3 was on a paved road, it would be nice if the rest of us (your customers) would be given a better understanding of where the problem developed and what is or can be done to correct this problem. Sorry Good Sam, I understand the need for some private communications, but this situation does not give me a warm fuzzy feeling. I have noticed that often a more detailed explanation is offered when another company is being critiqued in the help section of Motorhome Magazine. Perhaps a bit of transparency on roadside assistance problem would be helpful to your membership.
Both Motorhome Magazine and FMCA Family Coach Magazine have annual towing guides which are published every December'ish. Back issues are available on-line. Generally Fords and GM products are towable 4 down. Previous year Hondas were towable. If you can find a good Saturn, they were wonderful towable cars. Towing flat (4 down) is really easier than using a dolly, I've done both, enjoyed both, flat is easier. Do get a supplemental braking system. Get the motorhome first, then the tow-car. You will need to know the GVCWR (gross vehicle combined weight rating) of the motorhome, then weigh the motorhome, anticipate your baggage weight, and you can have a better idea what you can safely tow. My experience is that you will want to look for a car with a curb weight of less than 4000 lbs. This might still keep you slightly above the recommended towable weight. My previous motorhome had a 5,000lb hitch but was only rated to tow 3700lbs. My current diesel has a 5000lb hitch but after weighing it with equipment I really should only tow 4,600lbs (my Ford Explorer tow car weighs 4,700 lbs with 1/4 tank of gas).
Just some fun things to think about.
My experience with Good Sam has been acceptable. By far better than my experience with AAA, which is why we left AAA years ago. I called for GS roadside service when my jacks would not retract on a county fairground. A dirt lot, private property, not a roadway. There was no hesitation about finding a "truck" repair service capable of correcting a hydraulic problem.
Now if you're on a "jeep" or donkey trail you might have a concern. Also many beaches have posting that roadside service will not assist you beyond "this point", but there are usually a few college kids with 4 wheel drives wishing to earn a few extra bucks. (a search of YouTube will give examples.)
Anyway, I've been satisfied with GS, if you search you will find many who have not. Usually because the contracted service facility screwed up.
Your profile doesn't show what you're driving. Guess I am also a novice since I've only had the diesel for over a year. I was told not to bother turning the exhaust brake off. I always drive with it on, and I find that it decelerates the rig when I ease off the gas even before I press the brake. Makes my drive very comfortable. Out here we have lots of mountains and hills, and if I keep my speed around 45mph going down the mountains (truck speed posted at 30 to 35 mph) I seldom have to touch the brake peddle as the engine brake slows my speed nicely.
I've gone that route twice in two different 38ft motorhomes towing a car. First time because I didn't know better, the second time many years later because I forgot! It is beautiful, but scary and dangerous. Going north you are on the mountain side, rubbing up very close to the cliffs, and quite a few really tight turns. It makes it hard to drive and enjoy the scenery. With a 38ft rig and trailer the turnouts are not really an option. Few are large enough to enter safely and be clear of the road, and if there are cars in the turnout it becomes out of the question. Going South on the ONE puts you on the drop off cliff side, often without any significant guardrail. Sure, maybe a wooden rise, but nothing that would stop your travel down a 100 feet or so. The real danger comes from those trying to pass or those coming at you and over-riding the center line. Do realize that plenty of delivery trucks, box trucks and larger routinely travel highway one in the course of every day business. If you are really experienced with a box truck, and you will only be 26ft or even 28ft the drive would not be much different than taking a large van. It all depends on your true ability. It is a beautiful scenic road, and should be on the must see list.
There are probably two circuit breakers on the generator body. As mentioned above, someone may have hit the 12v isolation switch, often located by the entry door where it can be easily thrown in error. It is also possible (I learned from experience) that an error shorting out the battery while cleaning up could have blown the two 20 or 30amp fuses located on the inverter. In that MH the inverter was located under the kitchen cabinet way in back partially covered by the frig. Changing the fuses required laying down, squinting a bunch, and using a long needle-nose plier, but I got the job done.
Also, it is possible that your generator is plugged into the motorhome, not completely hard wired, in that case the plug may have come loose. Also in some motorhomes, rather than a transfer switch you must plug the generator into the motorhome, or plug shore power into the motorhome (haven't seen that for a while). Good Luck.
Mostly situational awareness. In 40+ years of vacation RVing I've never had anything taken from my campsite. However, there are always signs around warning to lock your valuables, so I guess some have been less fortunate. My son did have a spare tire stolen from his boat trailer at the lake.
A good bike lock and chain will probably keep honest people from procuring something they need. A thief will find a way to take what they want.
Good Luck, and Happy Trails.
Yeah, straight down the 101. It's doable. If you have a lot of time and are really San Francisco reluctant, you could take the 20 around Clear Lake and pick up the I-5 to Sacramento. Then head south of the 5 and cross back over to the 101 going to San Jose. Only worth while if your planning to spend a few days checking out Napa or Sacramento area. Otherwise, just take the 101.
I purchased clear round corner protectors which I glued to the front TV cabinet to protect my head. This might work on the door, if you trim it and use an auto adhesive. However: TRAIN THE DOG. We lost our dog and good friend in Salt Lake City when fireworks went off and the little dog bolted out the door, down the roadway, to be hit by numerous cars and trucks on the busy highway.
Train the dog to "stay", "wait", "OK go/come".
Options: We really enjoyed our recent stay at KOA West Yellowstone. Grizzly RV in West Yellowstone is also lovely, we've stayed there before, but I prefer access to the indoor pool and spa and the larger sites at the KOA.
I had my Winnebago Adventurer 38ft gas for 11 years. It was an excellent coach and we made many great memories together. We traded for the Allegro RED, a great coach, but I know that someone else will enjoy the Adventurer, it still had a lot of life in it.
I have a ladder that compresses into a 4x4x5' beam. They have them at camping world. It has been useful for many years, although now I no longer get up on a ladder so it is stored in the garage. It worked well in the past.
You eating a garlic sandwich or what! When I go to my local CW for a few supplies, which is not often, there is always a gal at the insurance desk to great me. Walking the short isles (your right) I'm usually asked if I need assistance. And if I hang around long enough a bored salesperson will start a conversation regarding my rig (trying to break the ice to see if I have an interest). For CW readers, the local store is Valencia.
Reads like the location manager doesn't have his staff organized.
Happy Trails, and good luck with your search.
We always chose the campground. We receive a safe clean campsite with other RVers around to share conversation. By hooking up to campground power we are comfortable using all the goodies in the RV. Often, if just for one night, I will not bother with the dump. I do hook up to water, as we travel with only about 1/4 tank of water, why carry the extra weight. Basically it is a matter of safe and secure.
JMHO, Happy Trails.