While it probably is not the fastest, from Neptune to Darlington is 590 miles taking the Ferry to Lewes and then US-13, US-58 and US-258 connecting to I-95 around Rocky Mount North Carolina. This avoids the Philadelphia/Wilmington area, Baltimore, D.C. and Richmond. To me it is a lot less stressful drive than I-95 and all the beltways, but we are never in a hurry.
When looking at travel trailers, I have been more concerned about the cargo carrying capacity, tire ratings and axle ratings than the amount of storage space. I don't think there are many that have so little storage that they can not be overloaded. Remember also that a travel trailer carries the propane bottles and batteries on the tongue rather than in a fairly large storage compartment. It may also be possible to mount other items like a generator, fuel cans or bicycle rack on the tongue.
One of the things we like about travel trailer layouts is that you can get models with two doors and not have to depend on a window in the bedroom as a fire escape. If age has you thinking about steps, give thought to getting out a window 5-6 feet off the ground.
It looks like we may do a trip to Colorado next summer. More than likely a 2 week trip and probably to the southern part. Looking at Durango and Ouray area.
Any recommendations of other places to see, stay, eat or do?It probably is more than enough for two weeks. Our last trip through Colorado started in Manitou Springs and a visit to the Garden of the Gods. Next stop was Buena Vista and the Collegiate Peaks area where we visited the re-inhabited Ghost Town of Saint Elmo. From there we stopped at Montrose and visited the Museum of the Mountain West and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. From Montrose, we went South to Cortez and visited Mesa Verde National Park. Our last stop in Colorado before heading South into New Mexico was Durango with a side trip to Silverton.
Lots of good comments so far. I did not see any mention of the added insurance cost for the MH versus the trailer.
As has been mentioned, the power train maintenance on a MH can be substantial. Will it really be worth it for the limited use you plan?
Hard to say whether changing to a lighter trailer or more capable tow vehicle would be more economical and best suit your need for space in the RV. You did not say what about towing with the suburban you are not that satisfied with. Have you explored any upgrades to the suburban such as a Banks system, changing the rear end or better weight distribution/sway control system that might improve the towing experience?
If you do not need hookups, take a look at Bonito Campground North of Flagstaff just outside of Sunset Crater National Monument. Easy to visit Wupatki and Walnut Canyon National Monuments from there also.
Dead Horse Point State Park in Cottonwood is nice. There are also a number of other decent RV parks in the Cottonwood and Camp Verde area including a former Thousand Trails Park that participates in a number of discount programs including Passport America.
If you are looking for things to do, consider the Verde Canyon Railroad.
Both Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake have Winery tour routes. If you want to visit more than one of the Finger Lakes, you could move to another New York State Park. Toughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls both have campgrounds and I am sure there are probably others in the Finger Lakes region.
Having driven US-191 from Alpine South, I would not recommend driving it with your Motor Home pulling a toad. If you want to pick up I-10 near Wilcox, take US-180 from Alpine and NM-78 back to US-191 at Three Way. We drove US-180 recently from Deming to Reserve and portions are a little rough. If you are headed East on I-10, US-60 from Springerville to I-25 at Socorro is a great drive and a pretty good road.
If you like State Parks, New Mexico has some nice ones. Try City of Rocks as mentioned, or Rockhound State Park near Deming. Bottomless Lakes is just outside of Roswell. Brantley Lakes is about 35 miles North of Carlsbad. You can see a complete List and Location at this website.
You will need to check on the Gila Cliff Dwellings and Valley of Fires area as they were closed due to the government shutdown as of last week. Also the Catwalk Recreation area near Silver City has been closed due to the severe flood damage caused by the storms in September.
I'm guessing that the not to be named campground was an unstaffed campground either on National Forest or BLM land and since you did not mention being locked in there was no gate.. We have visited several National Forests and BLM areas since the beginning of the shutdown. Some are closed. Generally, those with gates. Some are just posted. Some are open with the buildings locked. Some roads are blocked with temporary barriers. We have talked to several Forest Service and BLM Rangers. They said to just follow the signs. If the roads are open and the area is usually open to dispersed camping, they said go ahead and do what you always do. We have seen a number of hunters setup on the Forest Service and BLM backways and even in some of the ungated campgrounds.
Well, we ended up doing it in the opposite direction, starting in Silver City. US-180 West of Silver City had some pretty rough patches. Because El Moro National Monument was closed, we took NM-12, NM-32, NM-36, NM-117 to Acoma. The Catwalk was closed indefinitely due to flood damage from the heavy rains in September. The state highways were in pretty good shape. It is a beautiful no stress drive through wide open country.
It is a National Forest Campground. It will be closed during the government shutdown. Not sure you can even get anybody to answer the phones if you call the Apache-Sitgreaves NF or one of their ranger districts. The website says they are closed.
Don't just drive UT-12 between Torrey and Bryce. Take time to explore it. Calf Creek Falls and the Burr Trail were mentioned, but there are many other great places along UT-12 and other Scenic Backways besides the Burr Trail. Also check out the Fishlake Scenic Byway just West of Torrey.
Well we took the advise here and drove east on US36 out of Denver into Missouri.
Nice road and I expect we will drive it again.
Note: There is not many campgrounds along this road in Kansas...I guess many is a term subject to interpretation. When we last drove it in 2012; there were city parks that allowed camping in St. Francis, Atwood, Oberlin, Phillipsburg, Kensington, Mankato, Courtland, Belleville, Washington, and Marysville; commercial parks in Oberlin, Phillipsburg, Smith Center, and Seneca; and State Parks near Norton and Hiawatha. Some of the city parks were free some charged, some had hookups others not.
...We have a Frys card which is Kroger and includes Fred Myers. We got 30 cents/gallon discount on 35 gallons and 5% cash back with PenFed. Then pumped again and got the default 3 cents/gallon and 5% cash back with PenFed. This station had the lowest prices before the discounts and was only 2 blocks off of I5 in Medford, OR...The Kroger card also works at Smith's, Dillons, City Market, Baker's and their convenience stores which include Turkey Hill, Loaf n Jug and others. Their fuel stations are usually very competitively priced even before any discounts.
If you look at the current information on the Penfed website, the 5, 3, 1 point is now a limited time offer: https://www.penfed.org/uploadedImages/Content/Products/Credit_Cards/_images/vpsmaintable.jpg
*For a limited time until 12/31/13, enjoy 5 points for gas paid at the pump, 3 points for groceries, and 1 point for all other purchases. Get more for your membership
Still a good deal, just not as good. For now there are some cards from Visa and Discover that give 5% cash back on fuel once or twice a year for a three month period. The same cards sometimes give 5% on groceries. In the past, one of them gave the 5% on lodging and many campgrounds seemed to fall into that category.
The fact that having a Flying J/Pilot card gives you the cash price when using a credit card was mentioned. However, many of the loyalty cards like the Kroger Card do the same at their stations and you also can earn several cents/gallon discount based on the amount of your purchases. In the Southeast, Winn Dixie has a similar program, but since they do not have fuel stations, the discounts are at participating Shell stations.
LOL.. must be very seeeerious hunters...lol
^Yep, it's the second pro-type "Duck Dynasty Edition" by Redneck RV. The first pro-type was featured on the show and placed in the trees as a duck blind. I heard a rumor that Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy are the primary stock holders.
If you have not been to Moab, I would take I-15S to US-6 to US-191. In the Moab area there is Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Sago Canyon, Upper Colorado Scenic Byway, Potash-Lower Colorado Scenic Byway, and Kane Creek Road.
Continuing South on US-191, I would stop in Bluff. From there you can visit Goosenecks State Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, Bluff Fort, South Fork of Mule Canyon, The Valley of The Gods, Edge of the Cedars State Park, Blanding Dinosaur Museum, and Monument Valley.
Continuing south on US-191 you could visit Canyon de Chelly National Monument or take US-160 and US-89 to the Flagstaff area where there is Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Sedona is not far south of Flagstaff and has Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well National Monuments, Tuzigoot National Monument, Palatki and Honaki Ruins, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Verde Canyon Railroad, Cathedral Rock, Schnebly Hill Road and the Town of Jerome. Continuing East into New Mexico on I-40 is Acoma Sky City.
You could probably do the massage thing out of your RV at truck stops and/or rest areas....:B:B:B.....DennisI remember stopping at a truck stop and asking permission to overnight in the truck lot in the RV. The manager said that they and the police did not allow RV's in the truck lot because of all the rolling brothels and drug dens. He showed me where to park in the back of the car parking lot across multiple spaces parallel to the curb.
I would think having customers coming and going from an RV would draw attention pretty quickly.