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RE: Traveling I-40 west

There a lot to see along I-40. In Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Big Texan on Old Route 66. In New Mexico, Tucumcari still has dinners along Historic Route 66 and numerous murals painted on buildings plus other attractions. Santa Rosa is another Route 66 town and has the The Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground. In Albuquerque, the Pueblo Cultural Center and Petroglyph National Monument are worth visiting in my opinion. In Grants, there is the Mining Museum. Just South of I-40 going West from Grants are El Malpais National Monument, El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Acoma Sky City is said to be the longest occuppied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino. On the way to Flagstaff along I-40 are Petrified Forest National Park, Meteor Crater and Homolovi Ruins State Park. You can stand on the corner in Winslow Arizona. In the Flagstaff area are Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Sedona/Camp Verde/Cottonwood are about an hour South of Flagstaff with Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well National Monuments, Tuzigoot National Monument, Palatki and Honaki Ruins, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Verde Canyon Railroad, Fort Verde State Park, Cathedral Rock, Gold King Mine, Jerome State Historic Park in the area. All this before you even get to the Grand Canyon.
trailertraveler 01/27/15 03:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: Charleston & Savannah In April

... We know there will be a lot of walking so we are renting her a electric scooter...You will need to checkout the accessibility, but Charleston has some free trollies. Savannah has the Old Town Trolley and likely some others.
trailertraveler 01/27/15 10:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ocala, Fl to Yellowstone

A couple of potential stops to consider. Along I-90 between SD and Yellowstone, Devils Tower National Monument and the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. In the Santa Fe area in addition to all the historic things down town there are the Pecos National Historic Site, Bandelier National Monument, Tent Rocks National Monument, and the Turquoise Trail.
trailertraveler 01/26/15 06:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hwy 50 Colorado thru Kansas

...I'll listen to any suggestions you have and also looking for stops of must-sees along the route...We have driven US-50 through Kansas several times and several other parts of it across the country. I have found this US-50 website helpful. In Kansas, if you were a Gunsmoke fan, Dodge City is worth a stop. We really enjoyed the Middle of America in Kinsley. In Hutchinson there is the Cosmosphere and Space Museum and the Salt Mine Museum.
trailertraveler 01/26/15 04:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Trip to Yellowstone

...I am planning on a three months for this trip, with My D/W and me. Is this doable, in this amount of time, without being rushed...Three months may seem like a long time and will be enough time for the loop you are contemplating. However, you will not have enough time to visit all the places that have been mentioned so far and have time to really see them. We have been travelling from the East Coast to the mountain states for the past ten years. We have found that 200-250 miles per day is a nice pace for us. We generally travel from 10AM-2/3PM. We generally decide where we are going to stop about noon. We always check the brochure rack at the camprounds and visitor/welcome centers and ask the folks at the campground about local attractions. We have ended up staying a week when we thought it would be an overnight. As mentioned, much of Route 66 is now taken up by I-40 in New Mexico and Arizona. That does not mean that there is still not a lot to see. In Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Big Texan on Old Route 66. In New Mexico, Tucumcari still has dinners along Historic Route 66 and numerous murals painted on buildings plus other attractions. Santa Rosa is another Route 66 town and has the The Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground. In Albuquerque, the Pueblo Cultural Center and Petroglyph National Monument are worth visiting in my opinion. In Grants, there is the Mining Museum. Just South of I-40 going West from Grants are El Malpais National Monument, El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Acoma Sky City is said to be the longest occuppied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino. On the way to Flagstaff along I-40 are Petrified Forest National Park, Meteor Crater and Homolovi Ruins State Park. You can stand on the corner in Winslow Arizona. In the Flagstaff area are Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Sedona/Camp Verde/Cottonwood are about an hour South of Flagstaff with Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well National Monuments, Tuzigoot National Monument, Palatki and Honaki Ruins, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Verde Canyon Railroad, Fort Verde State Park, Cathedral Rock, Gold King Mine, Jerome State Historic Park in the area. All this before you even get to the Grand Canyon. We love Utah and have spent several months there over the years and still not seen it all. We have spent a couple of weeks just along the UT-12 Scenic Byway . Some of the attractions in Utah worth seeing are: Goosenecks State Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, Bluff Fort, South Fork of Mule Canyon and House on Fire, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Goblin Valley State Park, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Anasazi State Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, The Valley of The Gods, Edge of the Cedars State Park, Dinosaur Museum, Utah Field House State Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Sago Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Needles District, Newspaper Rock, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park. As I said, even with three months, you will have to pick and choose what you will have time to see.
trailertraveler 01/26/15 03:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Missouri Campground suggestions west of St Louis along I70?

...We would like to stay an hour or so west of St Louis...Kan-Do and Lazy Day campgrounds are in Danville about 60 miles west of St. Louis. Graham Cave State park is a little farther West. Any of the three would likely be fine for you for an overnight.
trailertraveler 01/25/15 03:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing from San Antonio to Taos, and back...

To visit Lubbock we stayed at Mesa Verde RV Park in Wolfforth, TX. Near Carlsbad is Brantley Lake State Park.
trailertraveler 01/21/15 05:02am Roads and Routes
RE: How to avoid FL Toll Roads

...they switch to that toll by plate which is no big deal. They just mail you a bill about a month later...I am thinking this could be a potential problem for those that use a mail forwarding service, don't check that often to see what is there and only get their mail forwarded occasionally. How long do you have to pay? Can you pay over the internet with a credit card? We have EZpass and that is replenished automatically from a credit card account. Even when the transponder doesn't work, they cross reference the plate to the account and the toll is just taken from the account balance. Do they do that with the Sunpass accounts? Is Sunpass on the EZpass system?
trailertraveler 01/20/15 08:10am Roads and Routes
RE: How to avoid FL Toll Roads

...Be on I75 from TN/GA. Heading By car to Miami Aitport Hilton...Map program routes me from I75 to I10 to I95 than to Hilton...The turnpike looks like it is the shortest route. Using FL-40 between I-75 and I-95 will add about 26 miles and if I remember correctly is mostly 2 lane. The I-10 route appears to be the longest.
trailertraveler 01/20/15 06:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Arches and Canyon lands nation park

A few places in the Moab area that I don't think have been mentioned are: Kane Creek Road, Potash Lower Colorado Byway, Upper Colorado River UT-128 Scenic Byway, Sago Canyon, and Newspaper Rock. If you are not aware of it, City Market is a Kroger company. If you have a Kroger, Smith's, Fry's, Dillion's, Ralph's, King Soopers, Fred Meyer or any of their other stores' loyalty card; the fuel points will be good at City Market and the one in Moab has a fuel station.
trailertraveler 01/20/15 06:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help on campground directories

Many printed campground directories are out of date by the time they are published. If you travel the interstates, you may find The Next Exit useful. They also have an online version you can buy. In my experience no single directory or website has a complete listing of campgrounds and RV parks. I use the following websites to find campgrounds along our route: RV Park Reviews Passport America Allstays RV Parky Woodalls Free Campgrounds Free campsites U.S. Campgrounds National Forest Campground guide Ultimate Public Campground Project Corps of Engineers Campgrounds I prefer the ones that are map based so you can easily find places along your route without knowing the name of a town. Some of them have data sets that you can download to a mapping program or GPS. The POI Factory and Discovery Owners Forum also have a lot of campground data sets and other Points of interest that can be downloaded to mapping programs or GPS.
trailertraveler 01/20/15 04:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Attractions between NJ and Yellowstone

...Make sure to take your toad over the Beartooth HWY from YNP to Red Lodge, MT. Awesome drive...memories are invaluable!The Beartooth Highway is definitely one of the great scenic drives in the lower 48. It is a pretty long day from either Fishing Bridge or West Yellowstone to Red Lodge over the Beartooth and back. If you do decide to stop in Cody, the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and Beartooth make a nice loop for a day trip in the toad with Red Lodge being convenient for a break before returning to Cody.
trailertraveler 01/19/15 03:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: High Level Q: TT vs FW for Full-timing?

A Hensley or Propride Hitch will eliminate sway as advertised. Those premium hitches will allow a TT to tow just as well as a fiver. I towed a 11K GVW 39' TT with a Hensley. It was rock solid in all conditions. My prior 39' TT towed just as well as my current 40' fiver. If I were to full time with a TT I would use a premium hitch. Yes Premium hitches are expensive. Yes premium hitches are superior and eliminate all sway issues. X2 on a quality hitch. It is my impression that most travel trailer owners that have had a bad experience do not or did not take the time to understand the relationships of tow vehicle wheelbase to trailer length and the need for proper tongue weight, weight distribution and sway control/prevention. We have had a Hensley for almost 10 years and have towed over 75,000 miles with it. Never even a hint of sway from passing trucks on two lanes or cross winds up to 40MPH (higher than that I'm off the road or don't even start). During that time it has been my experience that no one other than another Hensley or Propride owner even has a clue as to what it is. Even RV service centers and experienced RV technicians are not familiar with it. I have had to teach every service center I have visited how to connect and disconnect it. When I had it switched from one trailer to another, it was a good thing I still had the installation instructions, which are very thorough and simple to follow. I believe Hensley may offer recondition units, not sure about Propride.
trailertraveler 01/18/15 03:42pm Full-time RVing
RE: Visiting Monument Valley

US-89N, US-160E, US-163E, US-191S, US-64E, US-491S, I-40E will get you from Flagstaff through Monument Valley to Albuequerque. You could also stay on US-64E to US-550E/S to I-25S to Albuquerque. I don't consider any of them to have any stretches of real mountain driving. It has been a while since we have travelled some sections of this route, but the US highways have always been in reasonable condition when we have. You can use the state department of transportation websites to check for construction projects. Arizona DOT, New Mexico DOT, New Mexico Road Advisories, Albuquerque Road Construction.
trailertraveler 01/18/15 12:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Western National Parks

Our favorite is the one we happen to be in at any point in time. If my count is correct, we have been to 86 National Park Service managed locations. Have not been disappointed in any of them. Guess we are just too easy to please. Based on the ones that we have visited the most often, I guess you could say that Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Moab/Arches/Canyonlands would be our favorites.
trailertraveler 01/18/15 06:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Question about roads inside Yellowstone

... Can we get from Fishing Bridge to Grizzly through park loop roads with MH? How much time should we allow for travel? and what roads are safest?...As said, yes you can travel all the major park roads in a MH. Some of the scenic loops and access roads are closed to large vehicles. Here is an interactive map that shows the distances of the various road segments. This webpage shows the status and condition of the roads within the park. The shorter route from Fishing Bridge Campground to West Yellowstone is a little over 56 miles. With the 45MPH speed limit, animal jams and slow traffic it can take a couple of hours. In my opinion, the road between Tower and Canyon over Dunraven Pass is the least RV friendly, but is still very doable and many RVs travel it every day that it is open. It is a very scenic drive and if you are not in an RV, you can drive the gravel Chittenden road up to a parking lot from which you can hike to the fire lookout tower on Mount Wasburn.
trailertraveler 01/18/15 06:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Attractions between NJ and Yellowstone

With kids that age, you might want to stop at one of the State Fairs for a day along the way. The Indiana State Fair is August 7-23. Illinois is August 13-23. Iowa is August 13-23. Nebraska is August 28- September 7. Depending on your route, there is the The Great Platte River Road Archway Museum and Fort Kearny State Park along I-80 in Nebraska. There are a number of other museums and things to do in Kearny that could make a day or two stop including a Cabela's. The original Cabela's in Sidney, NE has a campground. If you do go to South Dakota, Devils Tower and the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monuments are potential stops along the way to Yellowstone. If you go through Thermopolis, WY; there is the Dinosaur Museum, Hot Springs State Park and Legend Rock Petroglyph Site. Cody, WY has the Buffalo Bill Center Museum Complex, Old Trail Town and nightly rodeo. In Yellowstone, the kids might like the Chuckwagon Cookout. Hope you have a Great Trip!!
trailertraveler 01/18/15 12:23am Roads and Routes
RE: High Level Q: TT vs FW for Full-timing?

You might be interested in this topic by folks that fulltime in travel trailers.
trailertraveler 01/17/15 06:27am Full-time RVing
RE: High Level Q: TT vs FW for Full-timing?

A couple of items that I don't think have been mentioned. Most travel trailers have a box length of 32' or less, while there are numerous 5th wheels longer than that, some up to 45'. So how much space you want/need will to some extent affect your possible choices. As stated in the previous post, a travel trailer and tow vehicle will be several feet longer than a 5th wheel of the same box size due to the hitch and where the trailer connects to the tow vehicle. The majority of travel trailers are built for the weekend/vacation users. The price point and the quality of materials and workmanship reflects that. There are a few brands/models of travel trailer that are built for four season and fulltime use, but in my experience there are more choices in 5th wheels. If you are considering buying new, be aware that some brands/models of either will have a statement that the warranty does not cover fulltime use.
trailertraveler 01/17/15 05:04am Full-time RVing
RE: Utah Itinerary

...Should I stop for a day or so along Rt 12, any good hikes?...There are several places worth stopping along the UT-12 Scenic Byway. The Calf Creek Falls are one potential hike. Here is a description of some other hiking trails. There are also hiking trails and campgrounds in the Dixie National Forest along UT-12. Single Tree Campground in the Fishlake National Forest is nice and not too far from Torrey. We have spent weeks in this area of Utah. I don't think you will run out of things to do and see.
trailertraveler 01/15/15 06:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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