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RE: Baltimore to Oakland and back again

We are 70 and 61 and just retired in October. Howdy, Neighbor - Congratulations! on the retirement - the main effect is that now you really will "Have time to ENJOY the Drive" ......... Planning our first long trip from the Baltimore area to Oakland to visit our two daughters and 4 grandchildren. Is there a Better reason to travel than to enjoy the Grands.....Not IMHO. We plan to leave in mid April, take the Southern route for 14 plus days, spend 5 or 6 days in Oakland, then take about two week to come home by the northern route in May. Leaving in Mid April, just before the Dogwoods Bloom, might just head as far south as say Ashville/Lake Toxaway and enjoy the Spring a little more, sorry I start day Dreaming.......So the "PLAN" is to do this in 5 weeks. First really Long trip - and - 6,000 miles - 35 days - Yes it is a doable "PLAN" but as hard as it is to Imagine, YOU have no Real Time Line - you're retired, so this Could be more FUN? Just some food for thought. We have all kind of maps of where the national parks are, but not a lot of information on other things to see or do along the way each way. Really need to gather more info - not on the National Parks but on YOU. What do you ENJOY? - Other than seeing the Grands - do we have a Second Mission? Might try to narrow this part down just a bit......It truly is a BIG Country, so might be a little difficult to point you in the Direction that you want without knowing what YOU Enjoy.............. My suggestion is to pick one area you might enjoy and try to get to it - see - explore - touch - learn - and then be able to say you've Done It not just Seen It. Our only tips so far were from a friend who told us that the Alamo was just a tourist trap in the middle of a large city and the OK Corral was an interesting side trip close to I-10. While the Alamo is not that great - River Walk is to be seen and enjoyed - IMHO, have dinner there and then get to the Hill Country - Texas is a big state with much to see and do but ........if I had the limited time you have I'd focus on the SouthWest - Utah - Colorado -Arizona - New Mexico - Or Just on California - if you flew out to Cali and only had 5 weeks you would only see a Small Portion of the state. Now that you've driven 3,000 miles it might just make sense to see what's out there, maybe steal the Grands and enjoy a few side trips with them????????? So, we are wide open for any suggestions that we can investigate for planning our trip. Just a Guess...but I think you have pretty much mapped this all out and are hoping to find some confirmation for your Plans :-) - Just my Guess.......But If I were you..........I'd just get on I-70 to I-68 to Morgantown up to I-79 to I-70 - then on to Hannibal, MO - Take RT 36 to Denver - 1,750 miles + - I can give you a map - but you need to get to the Rockies - the world you are looking for STARTS THERE! We plan to travel about 500 or 600 miles a day, about 6 or 7 days on the road and another 7 days stopping to visit the various areas. Great Plan .....but........or maybe......BUTT...... Trust me I speak from Experience - 12-14 hours on your BUTT is a challenge - doable but not a lot of FUN. My Grands are in Colorado - so with maybe 20 + trips on the Ground and another 20+ trips in the Air I have made these long - LONG trips and my BUTT knows the time that it just wants to stop....... but you will learn :-) Only question is what are the best places to visit? No need to suggest anything east of the Mississippi since those are places that are close enough to visit later. As I've said Either the SouthWest or California, and the Coast, it's a long, long, long Drive take advantage of it?????????? Thanks in advance for any suggestions. The idea behind the 500 to 600 miles, 10 hours was to get up early, hit the road, travel the full day, pull in later and have dinner at a new campground. Then spend the next day or two touring the new location before taking another travel day to the next location to tour from. This is our first major trip. If this were me - and I had no real deadline, I'd stretch this out for Months not Weeks. It's a Really BIG Country, why waste the drive to the Coast - See It NOW. Tried to answer your questions - Hope I gave you a few things to digest - IMHO April is a GREAT time to drive through Colorado and Utah so no need to stay South - see some of the best of the US on the way Out and Back.......BUTT .....might just save some time and see the West Coast now, as it is just hard to make that drive.........while I will guess you will return often, Let's see some of it NOW. JMHO, Best of Luck
Busskipper 12/24/17 07:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Eastern Ontario, Canada, to LRGV in January

Travelers World. Take the bus to the river walk. This is also where we have stayed for visits to San Antonio, though we did not take the bus. We drove downtown and parked in a lot, but I hear the bus is convenient. Mexican restaurant across the highway. In case you might want to visit the Texas Hill Country (Fredericksburg, Kerrville, etc) there is a big RV park out north of San Antonio at Boerne (pronounced BURNey). I believe it is "Alamo RV." Since you are staying in San Antonio you can probably drive right on down to the Valley, but we often bypass San Antonio and stay at the Choke Canyon State Park (Callaham Unit)--lots of wildlife and on a lake.
padredw 11/04/17 08:26am Roads and Routes
RE: San Diego to Texas in December

- Are there any areas of Texas we should avoid in general due to weather or recent natural disasters? The Upper Gulf Coast (Houston to Corpus Christi) was heavily affected by the hurricane, Harvey. The Lower Rio Grande Valley and South Padre Island were much less impacted. Your route does not seem to be within the area affected. As for weather, see below. - Where are good places to rest/dump/fuel there and back? - What is a realistic number of miles to drive per day? I'm familiar with long restless drives (Minnesota) in a car, but I realize more rest will be needed. This is a very personal matter. My own range is from 250 to 400 miles per day, preferring around 300 to 350. I like to start early in the day and stop for lunch--outside the RV, usually in a restaurant--then try to arrive around 3:30 in the afternoon. - Where is a good place to ride the quads? - Any weather concerns? Texas is a big place with many climate environments, but one thing can be said for the entire state: December weather can be all the way from shirt sleeves and sunshine to snow and ice--and it can go from one to the other in a matter of days. I remember one Christmas when there was snow in Corpus Christi and we had none up here in Northeast Texas. But most Christmas Days I can remember from my boyhood involved playing outside in pleasant weather. This is something that can not be predicted, only to be prepared for. - Good sites to see? I have mentioned Carlsbad Caverns below. I would add Big Bend National Park and Davis Mountains in far West Texas. The Hill Country around Fredericksburg as well as San Antonio would be near I-10. The problem is the time you have if you are going on down to the Rio Grande Valley or South Padre Island. You won't be much over half way of your trip when you get to El Paso. - Texas/Arizona driving laws/habits we might not know? For example, in CA it's right lane 55 max. In Texas we drive right along with the automobiles, showing good sense and courtesy but not much restricted by law. Here is a trip we took a few years ago from East Texas to the San Diego area. Of course, your plan would be to head much more southeast once in Texas, but this is just an example of miles and stops: Weatherford, TX === 1 202 ... Serinity Ranch RV Midland, TX === 1 283 ... Medissa Oil Patch RV Carlsbad, NM === 1 149 ... Carlsbad RV Park Deming, NM === 1 261 ... Little Vineyard RV Eloy, AZ === 1 275 ... Desert Valley RV Boulevard, CA === 1 298 ... Sacred Rocks RV Valley Center, CA=== 2 85 .... Woods Valley RV The second column is the number of nights we stayed. I would not advise such a schedule, but our goal was California. We did work in a very nice tour of Carlsbad Caverns on the afternoon we were there. The second column is the miles between stops.
padredw 10/20/17 12:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Texas with a 30' 5W

The best times to explore Texas is any time other than the middle of summer, at all costs avoid Texas from July - September when depending on the year it can be 100+ in the daytime and still in the mid 90's at 3 am in much of the state. Texas can be highly variable in the winter months, particularly from January - March, Texas is also BIG, so covers a number of types of climates. You have wide open plains in the panhandle and much of north Texas, where the wind can really blow particularly in the winter and spring. You have high desert in the western part of the state where it is possible to see 70+ degree F temperature swings between night and day. Then of course you have the Rio Grand Valley, and gulf coast, the hill country, and the piney woods of east Texas. The temperature around the state can be highly variable in the winter, the warmest areas will be along the coast and down in the RGV, though freezes are still possible even there, though 80 degree days and 60 degree nights are also common in January. Having said that, 15-20 years ago I found myself camping (in a camper van with no furnace) in the Davis mountains in west Texas at an altitude of about 5,000 ft, it was the first of May and the low the first I was there night was 13 degrees F. (-10C)
Isaac-1 10/15/17 11:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV Trip Wizard

Rug - sounds like a winner. We've stayed at Coffee Creek several times while raiding the Hill Country. I'll check the rally site. GM
Grey Mountain 09/27/17 05:41am Roads and Routes
RE: When to RV in Texas

Last January, we went to Big Bend for a week and the weather was beautiful--sunny every day and highs in the mid-70s. Perfect weather for camping and hiking. We also visited Ft. Davis NM and the McDonald Observatory, where it was a little windy, but otherwise nice. Several winters ago, we camped in Texas for a month during late January and early February. The Hill Country around Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Junction, and Uvalde, where we stayed at South Llano SP, Garner SP, and the city campground in Kerrville, was cool, but sunny. We loved the bird watching at South Llano, kayaking at Garner, and visiting the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific in Fredericksburg. We also stayed on the coast at the North Padre Island NP cg and Goose Island SP near Rockport. Weather at NPI was cool, cloudy, and very windy, but the weather turned really nice when we visited Aransas National Wildlife Refuge while the whooping cranes were there. Lot to do in that area beside wildlife viewing, including the aircraft carrier Lexington in Corpus Christi, boat tours to Matagorda Island, fishing in the lagoons, buying fresh shrimp and fish right off the dock in Rockport, etc. We have lived in Texas in the past and do not like the summers anywhere--too humid. But we find the late fall and winter to generally be nice in the southern and far western parts (except during hurricanes!) and spring in the Hill Country (except during long rainy periods) to be very nice. For the rest of the year and the rest of the state I much prefer Colorado. Guess that's why I have lived here for 54 years.
fanrgs 09/25/17 12:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: When to RV in Texas

fifthwheeleroldman inspires me to respond. I will be 85 in October and ALL of it in East Texas except for years of study and months of travel. I think Spring is a great time to visit Texas. Here in East Texas we have the beautiful azaleas, daffodils, and wildflowers; great lakeside campgrounds such as Caddo Lake State Park, Tyler State Park, COE parks on Lake 'o The Pines. April would be ideal. And then one could move on down to the Hill Country around Fredericksburg, Kerrville, with a visit to San Antonio. The wildflowers down there are different than those "up here" in East Texas. We have to admit that the Texas Bluebonnets greatly prefer the Hill Country. One could start even earlier out in the Big Bend country. To sum it up: the answer to your question is Spring or Fall would be the best time to visit Texas. Summer? only with two air conditioners and a place to park in the shade. Winter? in THE Valley--lower Rio Grande Valley.
padredw 09/24/17 07:38am Roads and Routes
RE: When to RV in Texas

In general after 30+ years of camping in Texas, we prefer to not plan on extensive trips between May and October. Now that we are full-timers, we don't have the flexibility to stay home. The TT is home. Depending upon where you are - most of the state will see temps hitting the 90s by early May, and 90s and higher temps into October are very common. There will be occasional cool weeks as a front comes through with temps dipping into the 80s at any time. But you cannot plan in advance as to when those will be. Daytime temps into the high 90s and 100s can occur any time between early June and mid-September. The real rough days are those where the LOW temp at night is 80 degrees or above. The coastal ranges and east Texas might not get that hot, but the humidity will be higher and the muggy feeling isn't pleasant. In 2016 we spent the entire summer in Texas, mostly in the Hill country, but some weeks around Dallas and others in East Texas and north of Houston. # of 90+ high temp days we saw were Apr - 3 May - 9 Jun - 22 Jul - 31 Aug - 22 Sep - 26 Oct - 6 100+ days Jun - 1 Jul - 9 Aug - 13 Sep - 3 But remember that's one recent year, the next year could be vastly different. Personally, we find anytime from the second week of October until mid-April to be great camping weather in most of Texas. During the colder months, getting south of I-10, or at least close to I-10 provides nice weather. Not shorts and no shirt weather, but comfortable for being outside. My method to winterize my rig is to head south of I-10.
PawPaw_n_Gram 09/24/17 04:56am Roads and Routes
RE: When to RV in Texas

November is a perfect month to visit Big Bend NP. And Christmas in San Antonio or Fredericksburg is a treat. The hill country can get cold at night in winter--well below freezing at times--but the weather is pleasant for the most part. Big Bend and the Rio Grande Valley are both excellent for birding. Big Bend has some of the best hiking anywhere. Texas is home to several climates, wonderful roads and is a great state for RVing.
mockturtle 09/23/17 10:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route for California to Texas travel in early April

I'd go on I-10 all the way to say Kerrville, Texas, and then up to Fredricksburg and over to Austin, Texas. You'll be in the Hill Country.
Captain_Happy 04/04/17 07:01am Roads and Routes
RE: Houston to Amarillo

Well, first of all, I would swing a bit west and visit the Texas Hill Country, probably Fredericksburg and/or Kerrville. I would avoid Austin unless you really do want to visit our state capitol, but you could include San Antonio unless you have recently been there. The bluebonnets are expected to be early this year and that would make a visit to the Hill Country especially desirable. We always stay at the KOA out of Fredericksburg. From there you could go on up to San Angelo or over to Abilene. There are many good state parks where you could spend a day or two along the way, such as Brownwood, San Angelo, Abilene; and up nearer to Amarillo: Caprock Canyon and Palo Duro. March should be a great time to visit any of them.
padredw 03/07/17 12:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Denver to San Antonio

through the Texas Hill Country. Be sure to stop in Fredericksburg. Yes, just what I was thinking. You may be very lucky: the bluebonnet season is starting early and should be good at the time of your trip. DON'T MISS IT!
padredw 02/26/17 07:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Denver to San Antonio

Be sure to go to San Antonio through the Texas Hill Country. Be sure to stop in Fredericksburg.
ng2951 02/26/17 05:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best Route from FL to the GC

Time of year? Spring, summer, fall 2017 will be a poor time to visit Arches due to road work inside the park. Such a trip can take a few days in the interstates at 6-8 hours driving a day. Or a month at a better pace of five hours driving per day. You will see more variety of scenery moving you route north. Though Texas is long and the western half of the state can seem like just miles and miles of miles and miles. Natchez MS Nacadoches, LA Hill Country of central Texas - Fredericksburg, TX Carlsbad Caverns White Sands Grants, NM or Mesa Verde NP Walnut Canyon near Flagstaff is a half day stop We loved Zion, Cedar Breaks, Capitol Reef, Arches/ Moab, Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley this past Oct & Nov. Spent five weeks in Utah. Also loved Valley of Fire State Park a bit north of Las Vegas. Frankly with the ages of the kids, I'd recommend the Tennessee / NC mountains, maybe as far west as the Mississippi River if making the trip after school is out. The younger one is going to get tired of moving and sightseeing every day of two. The older one will likely want something like an amusement park or water park a couple times. The older one will likely go into withdrawal since her phone won't get a signal at many of the national parks and monuments in the west, or for hours of driving off the interstates. Get the older kid involved in planning the trip, and even daily navigation. Use the excuse that they will need to know how to do this in a couple years when they get a drivers license. Kids like trips more if they get to pick a stop or three, and do s little research on what there is to do/ see.
PawPaw_n_Gram 02/23/17 05:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Eastern Texas places and campgrounds not to miss

We enjoyed the state capitol, grounds and museum. Also, the bats coming out from under the bridge just south of downtown Austin. All were free! We can't get enough of the hill country!!
navybanker 02/20/17 06:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Eastern Texas places and campgrounds not to miss

Where ya at now? If you're still looking for something around Houston check out Brazos Bend State Park. With all due respect to Wichita Falls I wouldn't go there and Oklahoma on my way to NM. Find something in the "hill country" and buzz into San Antonio for the river walk and Austin for whatever. Maybe work your way down the coast and check out N. Padre Island. Then Big Bend and something out west. Balmorhea SP is cool this time of year. Hit Hueco Tanks just before you leave Texas. add: If you're in San Antonio Feb 23-March 6 they probably will be doing something special to commemorate the Battle of the Alamo.
TxGearhead 02/19/17 06:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Eastern Texas places and campgrounds not to miss

Inks Lake State Park Fredericksburg and the WWII Museum LBJ Ranch Caddo Lake State Park Hamilton Pool Travis County park near Austin The Texas Hill country - west of I-35 between US-90 and I-20 is beautiful in the spring, which starts in a couple weeks in Texas. Headed west, I strongly encourage a visit to Big Bend National Park. My preferred route west is US 90 from San Antonio to Alpine the north to Carlsbad, New Mexico. Not much farther than I-10 but a much better drive.
PawPaw_n_Gram 02/16/17 03:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Advice needed-Western US summer trip

Ok everyone I'm back with an update. I think we have a pretty firm route now and about to start making reservations, so I want to run this route past all of you and see if it seems doable, and will miss most of the high passes and difficult trailering. I'm also looking for any suggestions as to things to do and good campgrounds in these places. So here goes... Day 1 Central Florida to Marianna FL spend a full day here to enjoy the caverns and start out slow Day 3 Marianna to Lafayette La overnight only Day 4 Lafayette to Austin visit DW's family, 3 days there Day 8 Austin to Carlsbad NM. This day looks a little long, maybe a stop halfway? Then a full day at the caverns and stick around to see the bats Day 10 Carlsbad to Albuquerque 2 full days here Day 13 Alb to Durango 7 days total in Durango (5 full days) to include the railway, Telluride, and maybe a side trip to Moab with the bike one day Day 19 Durango to Santa Fe One full day here for whatever??? Day 21 Santa Fe to ??? Somewhere about halfway to Dallas area. Amarillo is almost halfway, but maybe a little east of there Day 22 Wherever to Dinosaur Valley SP near Dallas My 10 year old has wanted to be a Paleontologist since he was 4, so a full day here Day 24 Dinosaur Valley to Shreveport, overnight only Day 25 Shreveport to Jackson MS, overnight only Day 26 Jackson to Gulf Shores for two nights, finally back at the beach... Day 28 Gulf Shores to Tallahassee, the DW's alma mater Day 29 Tallahassee back home (actually to Wekiva Falls, where we put the trailer for the month of July every year.) IF we stay on schedule we will be able to spend 2 nights at Wekiva Falls before I have to go back to work on July 4 (yep, that sucks) but if we have some hiccups along the way that gives us a few "make-up" days that we can still get home by the 3rd if something goes wrong. Ok sorry if it was long, but I'm really interested in everyone's opinion. Any special favorite campgrounds on the route? Or things just outside the route that would be worth checking out. FWIW we are definitely outdoors people and plan to do a lot of hiking, biking etc. although most of the "off-road" type biking I will be doing by myself. I would like to get in a total of 4 to 5 half days of riding scattered throughout the trip. Looking back, it seems we may want a stop between Austin and Carlsbad? 500 miles through hill country seems a long day. I may need to pull a day from somewhere else?? And finally, I-40 going west into Albuquerque, is that going to be a problem? Looks like its going over the range, is that correct? Ok, thanks for all the help and let it fly!
Chromedome 01/29/17 04:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Advice needed-Western US summer trip

Air bags will help you balance the rig side to side and so on but they don't add one ounce to the carrying capacity, indeed they reduce it by whatever they weigh. I would go easy on a tuner and would be concerned about blowing something up on that engine which will be overstressed on any grade. The Texas hill country west of San Antonio will provide a taste of a stress test for you. They are nothing compared to something like Hwy 12 in Utah but they killed the transmission on my Suburban, which was slightly older than your vehicle is now. And you can imagine how easy it is to find a mechanic in Ozona on a weekend. Disasters always happen on weekends, right after the repair places closed. Fortunately the local auto parts place recommended some gunk to pour into the transmission and amazingly that got us home and it kept the transmission running for months afterward. I could never find the stuff again in Florida and I've forgotten the name of it now.
agesilaus 01/26/17 08:32pm Roads and Routes
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