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RE: Pre-planning for first long duration trip upon retirement

Alaska should be a month or so on its own. Alaska should be all summer - 3 months. Why rush? How often would you do the trip?
2g's 08/31/21 11:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: A cautionary tale... Pack a "Go Bag"

Another use for a 'Go Bag'.... As full-timers we naturally carried everything with us. We packed a backpack and kept it by the front door - easy to grab. It included our computer backups, financial info, a copy of our trust info, power of attorney, Do Not Resuscitate form, medical info, important ph. #'s, about $200 in cash, checkbook, etc. Do you realize how fast a RV can go up in flames? There's no time to gather things. A friend had a fireproof safe and after their fire they opened it and everything was ashes. At night we'd move the bag to the bedroom in case we had to make a quick exit through the window. When we had to leave the RV at a service facility for an oil change, etc., we took the bag with us. When leaving for the exploring or shopping we took the bag to the car. When you're in an emergency situation having all the information you may need right there saves some frantic phone calls, etc. Many full-timers do this. As to needed short-term prescriptions... your pharmacy/doctor can authorize an emergency refill.
2g's 08/30/21 11:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Roaches ugh!

... and you're actually going back to Florida? :)
2g's 08/30/21 10:51pm General RVing Issues

First, the wild coronavirus (the first variation) was what was used to produce the vaccine. Just to clarify this statement..... the virus was not used to produce the vaccine. https://insider.kaiserpermanente.org/covid-19-vaccine-facts-and-myths/
2g's 08/16/21 11:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Florida to Arizona Trip

We wouldn't travel over 300 miles/day on that long of a trip if you're retired and have the time. Working vacationers do more. Pull in early afternoon, relax, have a nice meal, maybe some siteseeing. You have 2000 miles which at 300 mi/day would be 6-7 days of travel. If planning to sitesee or spend more than an overnight at stops then add days. No need to make reservations enroute if you pull in early and stay away from major attractions. If worried then call early in the day or day before so you can better judge where you'll end up. If you're going after summer better yet. The Canyon is great in Sept/Oct. For Grand Canyon... have reservations.
2g's 08/14/21 01:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best route from Salt Lake City to Jackson, WY

I-15 to Idaho falls, then hwy 26 to swan valley, past Palisades res to Alpine, then Alpine to Jackson! Mostly flat and good roads! Not sure if there is any construction going on, probably! This is a fast, good route.
2g's 08/14/21 01:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pre-planning for first long duration trip upon retirement

Keep in mind.... your forum name is 'Salty Dog' so be sure to go to Homer, Alaska and visit the 'Salty Dog' saloon.... fun place! First, you need to allow all summer for your Alaska trip. Go up to Alaska on the Alcan and return via the Cassier Hwy for varied scenery and also a stop in August at Hyder and watch the bears fishing for their meal. Fun to watch!!! Either travel across Canada or across northern U.S. and cross into Canada at West Glacier to get on 93 heading north. Fuel will be a LOT more reasonable in the U.S. than in Canada for that cross-country. We like to do Banff and Jasper on our way home because the trails are clear of snow. If doing them first thing in your trip you'll see lots of snow which is pretty buts depends if you just want to drive or stop and do things. Since you'll probably be leaving in spring some things along the Canadian route may not be open yet. You could head out via U.S. and do across Canada at the end of your trip. Many people doing the Alaska trip plan to cross the border toward the end of May. Crossing too early, the lakes could still be frozen and campgrounds not open. They start leaving Alaska mid-August or some, even later. There is a LOT to see in Canada and the Yukon before even getting to Alaska so don't pass things up. This is not a trip to rush. How often would you be doing it? Probably only once (although we did it 3x). Don't bog yourself down with reservations. The only ones we made were for Denali National Park and the July 4 weekend. Those we only made a couple weeks prior when we could better judge when we'd be in the area. As it turned out on one trip we were early for our Denali reservation so on a whim we boondocked nearby at a lovely spot and pulled into Denali early morning. We easily secured 5 nights in Riley Creek campground in Denali without reservations. Then we moved farther into the park to Teklanika campground for an additional 5 nights with our reservation. We saw 'THE' mountain 7 of 10 days. Many never see 'THE' mountain during their stay because of rain, fog, haze. We were so lucky. We also saw all the big animals; many more than once. We covered every part of the park that was available to us. I'd highly recommend getting the Milepost for history and maps. We took turns driving daily so that the other could read from the book aloud about things we were seeing and the other could focus on the awesome scenery rather than driving. Also get Mike and Terry Church's book 'Alaskan Camping'. It includes some of the U.S. near the border and Canada & Yukon. They lived in Fairbanks & traveled south yearly so they knew the spots. They give the RV parks and also beautiful boondocking areas... which you should think about doing at times. Keep in mind that with this year's closing of the border because of Covid things may have closed down because of not having tourists. Their season is short & they rely on tourists. Be flexible in your plans. Plan to take at least one glacier tour from Alaska. We did two - one from Valdez and one from Seward. It's not a hard trip but it is just long. Don't think of it as a whole. Break it down into chunks of distance. We didn't get any damage to our motorhome or our car during the trip. Drive more slowly than normal. When in areas of construction and gravel, you should be driving no more than 40mph, if that. If you see an oncoming semi truck pull way over to the right side and even stop, if possible. He'll be going fast and throwing rocks, most likely. As soon as you cross into Alaska you come to a stretch of highway that will have frost heaves. It'll only take the first one you cross at a high speed to know how to look out for them afterward! In the distance you'll see the road as 'wavy'. That's your clue. There are usually red cones or signs at these places but not always. Otherwise the roads from the U.S. border are good. Have fun planning! NOTE: There's also a 'Canada and Alaska' section on this forum for additional information.
2g's 08/14/21 12:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: First big road trip with 5th wheel - thru Wyoming

You mention Jackson and if staying there going through Yellowstone & Grand Teton is OK but it may be slow because of crowds. Another route would be West Yellowstone via Hwy 20 to Idaho Falls then 26 to Alpine and north to Jackson. There's a little shortcut from 20 to 26 via Victor but DON'T get on 22 between Victor and Jackson as a short cut - you won't like the steep Teton Pass. Instead, once in Victor take 31 to 26 to Alpine. If staying in Grand Teton then going through Yellowstone makes more sense. 387 to 50 into Gillette would also work. The other highways are good.
2g's 08/14/21 12:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling now with COVID 2.0 (Delta)

I would go before the seasonal flu arrives typically in fall as the arrival will bring strong lockdowns again. Last year the flu season wasn't bad at all because of masking and distancing for Covid. Plus, a lot more got the flu vaccine to protect themselves from yet, another issue. This year.... not so sure unless more people start being careful again. OP: As to travel in the Fall... no one can tell you what it's going to be like. If you're a worrier, stay home. If not, go, be vaccinated and take common sense precautions. I'd highly suggest both husband and wife learn to drive a RV; not just for now but at any time one of you could get sick or injured. Both knowing how to drive and do the connections puts you more at ease. We always took turns with every move during our 16 years of full-timing so we stayed comfortable doing it. Women are fully capable of driving even the biggest RV.
2g's 08/14/21 12:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jackson,WY

I'd highly suggest you skip staying in expensive Jackson and head into the park itself for the best overall experience. That's why you're going there anyway. There's Colter Bay RV park or Headwaters RV if you need full hookups. If you can manage dry camping for a couple days then there are other options. Our favorite is Gros Ventre campground. Be sure to check out the park's official 'nps' web site for lots of good information on things to do, where to stay, special alerts, etc. (The same for your Yellowstone stay) https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/camping.htm
2g's 08/14/21 12:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Down Sizing

The stuff we put in storage was originally intended to go in the MH. Now that I see how much it is we will take what we need and get rid of the rest. We won’t be leaving anything in storage. OK... you have that figured out! However, if you have a storage unit and everything was planned to take it all along then you definitely have too much in that storage unit. Clothes - Keep your thoughts on layering then they can serve double purpose. No winter coats. Keep shoes to a minimum.. a pr. of tennis shoes, hiking boots, a pair of good-looking shoes (no real dressy shoes). Kitchen - think dual purpose. You don't need all those appliances. We just carried a crockpot. We used the convection oven and a BBQ (almost daily). You don't need a lot of glassware. Get coffee cups that don't require saucers. You can always pick up cheap things that are needed later on. Tools - We full-timed 16 years with only a small tool bag. Of course, we didn't do major repairs. Momentos - Allow a large tub and store them with family or even a good friend. Christmas decorations - if needed, you only need a small tabletop tree and perhaps a couple extra decorations. You'll be amazed at what you really don't need! I would highly advise you to weigh your RV after you've packed it up and include a tank of water and fuel. Some weights given from the manufacturer don't even include the awning. It's just a bare bones weight. You'll be amazed at how things add up..... including your fishing flies! Have fun! It's an awesome lifestyle... not a one regret here.
2g's 08/14/21 11:51am Full-time RVing

The thing is.. for these big groups/rallies ... is that people don't just come from that one city. They come from all over the country & carry the virus back to multiply. There was contact tracing done after last year's Sturgis rally and cases were carried to many states. The SD Governor is so adamant that the rally didn't cause much but she didn't include other states.
2g's 08/12/21 10:38pm Around the Campfire

Looking at this makes me sick! https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/kirstenchilstrom/lollapalooza-crowds How will we ever get out of this?
2g's 08/09/21 10:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: Fishing Bridge (Yellowstone) Reservations

Do a Google and you can find out easily: https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/summer2022reservations/
2g's 07/31/21 11:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping at Petersburg, Alaska

Not many choices: https://www.campgroundreviews.com/regions/alaska/petersburg Are you going this year? Are you touring Alaska? I highly recommend Mike and Terri Church's book, 'Alaskan Camping' which includes Canada, Yukon and the border states of the lower U.S. They lived in Fairbanks and traveled to the lower 48 all the time so they know the campgrounds and boondocking spots. Due to Covid you may find campgrounds and fuel stations out of business. They've had a tough time staying afloat without travelers. Always drive on the top 1/2 of your tank and don't plan to shop for good prices. Get it when you see it.
2g's 07/23/21 11:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Open in August 9th

This is the official site Canadian Govt Note: "and who qualify as fully vaccinated travellers," Did you take the time to open any links on the page I supplied and read them? Click on this link under the heading ( Check if you qualify for the exemption) or the page that Steve so kindly opened. It’s pretty straightforward Soup. YES, I READ THE LINK..... and that's why I was suggesting that folks make Note: "and who qualify as fully vaccinated travellers," meaning..... they need to read who qualifies. Yep... my reply was pretty straightforward
2g's 07/21/21 11:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Open in August 9th

This is the official site Canadian Govt Note: "and who qualify as fully vaccinated travellers,"
2g's 07/19/21 10:51pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Salt Lake City to Reno Nevada

You have another post going on this subject. Be sure to check it. It's 518 miles via I-80 and you'll have some 4-6% grades. Not bad... just like most highways in the West. Have a good trip!
2g's 07/19/21 10:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Central Missouri to Colorado Springs

Head to Boulder and take 36 into Estes. No problems. Your big issue is getting through I-25 to Denver - slow, traffic, construction
2g's 07/19/21 10:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Benchmark atlases or ???? Hiking trails on something else?

Benchmark is so much better than Delorme. It's super easy to read details and shows public lands good. We love them. Nothing can compare if you're an explorer. https://www.benchmarkmaps.com/atlas For hiking you need a hiking map. https://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/trails-illustrated-maps
2g's 07/18/21 10:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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