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RE: First Timer To Yellowstone

...We have a month so we can take our time...A month may seem like a long time, but a long RV trip like you are planning is a little different than driving in a car or just going for a week or weekend. You do not say where you are in Florida, but from the junction of I-10 and I-75, a round trip going through Colorado on I-70 to I-15 to Yellowstone and then heading back East on I-90 through South Dakota is just less than 5,000 miles. That's 10 days of just driving if you can do 500 miles a day, which I think is a lot for an RV. If you could drive 350 miles per day, it would take about half your time just driving. Just something to think about. When we head West from the East coast, we are usually gone for 80-90 days. We usually move about 250 miles on travel days and very rarely travel more than two days in a row. We have been to Yellowstone numerous times and never spent less than a week in the Yellowstone/Grand Teton area.
trailertraveler 05/28/15 08:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 3-4 week trip west... A little nervous!

....I think we are going to go for the bad lands first then to Yellowstone. From Yellowstone to Utah to explore. That's as far as I've gotten. Lol my 8 year is a dinosaur nut and I want him to see some of the things I've read about in Utah...How hard is the mountain driving going to be? How will I know what roads to avoid... As far as knowing what roads to avoid, I would start by getting the Mountain Direstory for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers. A lot is always discussed about the mountain driving in the West. If you have visited the Smokey Mountains, Kentucky or West Virginia; you have likely experienced some steep grades. An 8% grade is an 8% grade whether it is in the West or the East. The big difference is the altitudes which can affect the performance of some engines. For the dinosaur nut, there is the Dinosaur Museum in Thermopolis, WY. In Utah are the Dinosaur Museum in Blanding, Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal and Utah Field House Museum in Vernal. If your route happens to take you through New Mexico, there is the Mesalands Museum in Tucumcari and Dinosaur Tracks at Clayton Lake State Park.
trailertraveler 05/28/15 04:58am Roads and Routes
RE: RMNP Fee Increase This Year

Capitol Reef, Glen Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon and Zion will increase entrance and some other fees starting June 1. Grand Canyon will increase entrance and backcountry permit fees on June 1. No mention of changes to the Senior, Access or Military passes.
trailertraveler 05/27/15 01:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: !70 to I 71 south to I64 west. Gas locations

...I 70 you will have a FJ at Smithton, Pa...It has been a couple of years, but we stopped using this one. It is a station that they took over an existing site. At the time they really did not have designated RV pumps and the auto pumps out front were a little difficult to manuever a truck and trailer. I never tried the truck pumps even though we are diesel. You might want to check it out on satelite view. If you have a diesel, in the past year or so a lot of Flying J's have switched to biodiesel above the 5% recommended for some of the older engines.
trailertraveler 05/17/15 05:52am Roads and Routes
RE: New Mexico

...if you're going to be in the state for at least two weeks, I definitely recommend the NM parks annual pass: free dry-camping and only $4 for electric site...The New Mexico Annual Camping Pass is a good deal. It costs $100 for resident seniors, $180 for residents under 62, and $225 for non-residents; so the break even point for camping is 10, 18, and 23 days respectively. It also covers the $5 entry fees at all New Mexico State Parks so if you visit parks that you are not camping at every two park visits would reduce the camping break even point by a day.
trailertraveler 05/04/15 06:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Great summer spots to stay in New Mexico?

We're considering a summer trip to New Mexico (probably northern New Mexico, where summer temps will be more moderate). Are there places that you can recommend that we should visit in New Mexico? And, are there campgrounds that you would recommend?Elevation will be your key to cooler temperatures. Red River, Cloudcroft and Ruidoso were mentioned. You might also consider Eagles Nest, Angel Fire, Chama, and the National Forest areas Northeast of Silver City. Santa Fe and Taos will be warm to hot in the summer, but if you stay in the National Forest areas at the higher elevations near the ski areas you will have cooler temperatures. There are lots of nice campgrounds in the Apache-Sitgreaves, Gila, Carson and Santa Fe National Forests. We have stayed at a number of New Mexico State Parks and not been disappointed with any of them. El Vado Lake, Fenton Lake, Heron Lake, Morphy Lake, Eagles Nest Lake, Cimarron Canyon and Coyote Creek State Parks are all above 7,000' in elevation.
trailertraveler 05/03/15 06:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: possible transfer to Tucson, AZ, RVing?

Arizona allows camping on their Public Trust (School Trust) Lands with a permit. You can see the locations on this webpage. If you click on the land ownership icon at the top right of the page, it will show lands owned by BLM and other agencies.
trailertraveler 05/02/15 06:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help with traveling the Beartooth Highway

We also have driven the loop of the Chief Joseph and the Beartooth a number of times. It is about a 176 mile loop. Red Lodge makes a good stop for a break and something to eat if you are so inclined. Going to Cooke City adds a little less than 30 miles to the trip.
trailertraveler 04/17/15 10:36am Roads and Routes
RE: Del Water Gap Campgrounds

Thank you for the reply. I will check them out. I would like to see if there are any first hand experiences or recommendations.We have stayed at Delsware River Family Campground with our family several times. They have raft rentals on site. They drive you up river and drop you off. You float down and take out right at the campground. There is a launch ramp at the campground if you have your own boat. I am not sure if they will transport you and your own rafts up river to a dropoff point.
trailertraveler 04/16/15 06:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: National parks visited?

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trailertraveler 03/22/15 06:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best route from NM to PA, staying away from big cities

We have travelled US-54 several times going East from New Mexico. It will take you South of Kansas City. US-50 will take you to I-44 just West of Saint Louis and get you to I-64 via the Southern bypass around St. Louis. Take I-64 East to I-79 North to I-68 East to I-70 East to I-81. Or, Stay on I-64 to I-81. I-64 has less traffic than I-70 and in my opinion the road surface is better, especially through Indiana.
trailertraveler 03/20/15 02:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: Advice for Colorado /nm/ Arizona

...Advice on roads/places to stay/sight seeing would be greatly appreciated ...In addition to the downtown areas of Taos and Santa Fe, here are a few places we enjoyed. In Santa Fe check out the Galleries on Canyon Road. Take a drive up Hyde Park Road (NM-475) to the Ski Basin. When the Aspens are turning, it is a great drive. Pecos National Historic Park is not far Northwest of Santa Fe on I-25. Drive the Turquoise Trail(NM-14) and visit the shops in Madrid where the movie "Wild Hogs" was made. Tent Rocks National Monument is not far South of Santa Fe. Drive up to the Veterens Memorial for a view down into the tents. In Taos visit the Rio Grande River Gorge, Kit Carson Home & Museum in Taos, and Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. In the Sedona/Cottonwood/Camp Verde area are: 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 the town of Jerome the town of Sedona, and Schnebly Hill Road. In Tucson, the Pima Air and Space Museum and the Titan Missile Museum are a change of pace from the natural history/desert attractions.
trailertraveler 03/14/15 11:59am Roads and Routes
RE: Another Capital Reef Question

If you have not been there, Goblin Valley State Park is not that far from Capitol Reef. In my opinion there is more than enough to see in the Capitol Reef/Torrey area for ten days. There is the Fishlake Scenic Byway and other Scenic byways and backways. There is lots to explore on the Eastern end of the Ut-12 Scenic Byway. There are numerous hiking trails in the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument. We have spent considerably more than ten days in the Torrey/Capitol Reef area and have not seen it all. Just depends on what you want and like to do.
trailertraveler 03/11/15 05:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jacksonville, Fl - Moab, Ut.

Here are some links to places to see that we have visited and enjoyed. Moab area: Kane Creek Road Potash Lower Colorado Byway Upper Colorado River UT-128 Scenic Byway Sago Canyon Dead Horse Point State Park Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park Needles District Newspaper Rock Monument Valley/Bluff/Blanding Area: Monument Valley UT-261 the Moki Dugway Goosenecks State Park Hovenweep National Monument Natural Bridges National Monument Bluff Fort South Fork of Mule Canyon and House on Fire The Valley of The Gods Edge of the Cedars State Park Dinosaur Museum Utah 12-24 area: Ut-12 Scenic Byway Fishlake Scenic Byway Scenic Backways off UT-12 Burr Trail Hiking Cedar Breaks National Monument Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Kodachrome Basin State Park Anasazi State Park Calf Creek Falls Hells Backbone Capitol Reef National Park Bryce Canyon National Park Goblin Valley State Park Other Utah attractions: Zion National Park Utah Field House State Park Dinosaur National Monument Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park Here are some for Arizona: Flagstaff Area: Sunset Crater National Monument Wupatki National Monument Walnut Canyon National Monument South of Flagstaff in Sedona/Cottonwood/Camp Verde: 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 the town of Jerome the town of Sedona Schnebly Hill Road Other Arizona attractions: Pipe Spring National Monument Hubble Trading Post Historic Site Saguaro National Monument Canyon de Chelly National Monument Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Pima Air and Space Museum Titan Missile Museum Going East on I-40 toward Oklahoma from Flagstaff are Homolovi Ruins State Park near Winslow where you can stand on the corner. Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest National Park are not far from the New Mexico Border.
trailertraveler 03/06/15 08:56am Roads and Routes
RE: Annual cost to fulltime

Aren't campground prices crazy? It makes it hard to guess-ta-mate a budget when prices very between $13 and $44 a night.This is so true, we have paid as little as $3/night for electric and water at a COE park in Kansas after Labor Day and $50/night for full hookups in the small town of Red River, NM in early September.
trailertraveler 03/05/15 02:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: RVing versus hotels for a trip out west fromVA

Read this thread for a lot of suggestions of places to see in New Mexico.
trailertraveler 03/04/15 02:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: Roads within Yellowstone okay for towing travel trailer

...We'll be coming in from the north and leaving to the south. We pull a 29' travel trailer with our Suburban, what are acceptable roads for pulling a travel trailer within Yellowstone? Do we need to avoid some?...As stated, the roads in Yellostone are in two loops. Here is a map of the park roads. Speed limit in the park is 45MPH or less. All of the roads are travelled daily by all types and sizes of RV. You will go up and down several times and likely cross the continental divide more than once as you tour the park. In my opinion, the road from Tower to Canyon over Dunraven Pass (8859') has the steepest grades. It is a beautiful drive and one that you will want to take during your visit. If you do it without the RV, you can drive the Chittendon Road to a parking lot most of the way up to the Fire Lookout at the top of Mount Washburn. From the North Entrance to Fishing Bridge it is 4 miles shorter to through Norris than Tower and I don't think the grades are as steep.
trailertraveler 03/04/15 05:47am Roads and Routes
RE: Change Residency but keep Vacation Home?

...retirement (at age 60 or 62 for me, 62 or 64 for her) and expect to full time for a couple of years...If you really are only going to fulltime for a couple of years, where do you plan to settle after that? In my opinion, you need to figure in the cost of changing everything over and then again after a couple of years. Things like wills need to be in the state that you want them probated in. If you are going to retire before you are eligible for Medicare and do not have employer provided health insurance, you will need to make sure that you can get coverage that will let you travel. Right now, I think it is still difficult to get health insurance that travels well for those under medicare age in South Dakota. While many focus on the state income tax, there are states that give substantial tax breaks to retirees/seniors. Many states do not tax Social Security. Some like Pennsylvania do not tax traditional IRA distributions. Others like NJ give an exemption of a substantial amount (NJ is $20K at age 62 or above). If you will have a pension, some states allow you to reclaim your contributions in the first 3 years rather than a little at a time over 30+ years. I don't think anyone can really tell you what will work best for you. You need to do the research and decide based on the best information that you can get that applies to all your needs.
trailertraveler 03/03/15 10:09am Full-time RVing
RE: See the USA with our Chevorlet

Here is a list of links to places in Utah that we have visited and enjoyed. Scenic Byways & Backways (not all recommended for travel in the RV): UT-12 Scenic Byway Scenic Backways off UT-12 Calf Creek Falls Hells Backbone Burr Trail Fishlake Scenic Byway Kane Creek Road UT-261 (the Moki Dugway) Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway Potash Lower Colorado Byway Upper Colorado River UT-128 Scenic Byway Attractions: 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 Sago Canyon 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 Blanding Dinosaur Museum Utah Field House State Park Dinosaur National Monument Monument Valley Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park Needles District Newspaper Rock Capitol Reef National Park Bryce Canyon National Park Zion National Park
trailertraveler 03/03/15 05:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suggestions for trip to Grand Canyon & Arches?

Here are some links to places to see. Moab area: Kane Creek Road Potash Lower Colorado Byway Upper Colorado River UT-128 Scenic Byway Sago Canyon Dead Horse Point State Park Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park Needles District Newspaper Rock Flagstaff Area: Sunset Crater National Monument Wupatki National Monument Walnut Canyon National Monument South of Flagstaff in Sedona/Cottonwood/Camp Verde: 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 the town of Jerome the town of Sedona Going East on I-40 from Flagstaff are Homolovi Ruins State Park near Winslow where you can stand on the corner. Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest National Park are not far from the New Mexico Border. If you head Northeast from the Grand Canyon there is a lot to see in the Monument Valley/Bluff/Blanding Area: Monument Valley UT-261 the Moki Dugway Goosenecks State Park Hovenweep National Monument Natural Bridges National Monument Bluff Fort South Fork of Mule Canyon and House on Fire The Valley of The Gods Edge of the Cedars State Park Dinosaur Museum In Nebraska, Fort Kearney is worth a visit in my opinion. There is also the Great Platte River Road Museum on I-80.
trailertraveler 03/02/15 06:06pm Roads and Routes
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