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RE: 5050 miles in 9 Travel Days

I'll be taking a 5300 mile trip this year, but it will be a 31-day trip. On the "big" driving days, we're limiting ourselves to no more than about 400 miles. We have a couple of those planned. Most days are 300 to 350 miles. I've found that I can reliably figure on an average of 50MPH, counting all stops and traffic issues. So, a 6-hour to 7-hour day is a chore, but not usually too much of a challenge. Then of course there are the vast majority of days where we either stay put or just tour around the area we're exploring. Everyone is different, aren't they? -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/13/21 11:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Reservations at Zion - South Campground

Well, I was able to get a site. It was competitive, but not nearly as competitive as Florida State Parks. I had a list of a dozen or so sites that I knew would accommodate our size trailer and were going to be released. I avoided the lowest-numbered and highest-numbered sites on the list. I selected three sites near the middle of the list, and started with the first of my three. It was already claimed at precisely 10:00 Eastern. I went to the second one on my list, and it was available! So - bottom line - lots of demand, but manageable. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/13/21 11:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway info??

The guy has 47,000 miles towing, and he lives in Northern Idaho. I seriously doubt he'd find driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway a white knuckle experience. LOL! -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/12/21 02:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway info??

We drove almost the whole length of it back in 2007 and I completely loved it. If you stay on the Parkway, after about the third day of it you begin to feel completely disconnected from the "outside world." The slow pace, the views, the peace and quiet, the historical sites, the primitive (dry) campsites, all of it combine together to give you a new perspective on things. I highly recommend it. We found Rose Houk's book, The Blue Ridge Parkway Road Guide, to be well worth the money. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/12/21 08:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How to get a loan for RV

Seems Et Cetera has left the building. I have to wonder if he was just pulling a few peoples' chains here; having a bit of fun with us. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/11/21 05:30am Beginning RVing
Reservations at Zion - South Campground

I am interested in making a reservation for a couple of nights fairly soon. The system allows for reservations at the South Campground 2 weeks in advance of the stay. I discovered today that the "window" for making those reservations opens at 10:00AM Eastern time each day. Here's my question: Is this such a high-demand campground that all available sites will get snapped up within seconds at precisely 10:00AM Eastern? I know that's how it is with Florida State Parks, and I've pretty much given up trying to get reservations that way for those parks. But what about Zion South? Thanks in advance. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/08/21 06:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for SUV recommendation

Thanks again everyone. Looking at the SUVs that are capable of safely towing our trailer, we have decided to just get a midsize truck. While I still like the use ability of an SUV (interior space for groceries etc as we live in a climate that gets lots of snow) it is nothing that a tonneau cover couldn’t assist with and would be more useful for camping etc. Love SUVs but do NOT want a massive SUV with three rows. Those things are giants so will opt for open truck bed space again. I ended up in the same place. Bought a "super crew" cab, which had as much or more seating space as a 2-row SUV. And the utility of a pickup bed turns out to be great: firewood, yard and garden "stuff", gravel, furniture, etc. You won't be sorry. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/05/21 01:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Emerald Coast Florida, campground advice

We love Topsail, but you need reservations 11 months in advance it seems. Recently, we booked Emerald Coast RV Park in Panama City FL. Yes, 50 miles east of Destin but still sort of on the panhandle. Looks like its very popular and well received. FHU all day long. Your 36 foot 5vr should fit fine.Looks like a nice place - however, on their website it states: "guests arriving with travel trailers or 5th wheelers cannot be accommodated and will be turned away." True? Can't imagine what it is that you are looking at. Unless it's something new related to COVID. We camped at Topsail in 2019 in a 23-foot travel trailer and there were many travel trailers and fifth wheels throughout the campground. Or were you referring to the Emerald Coast RV Park?? -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/02/21 03:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for SUV recommendation

Found a bunch of nice ecoboost expeditions(2016+) between $20-25K, 50-80K miles for most of them. All with the tow package, integrated trailer brakes, etc. Very nice trucks, and I like my GM trucks. I thought they felt smaller from the drivers seat than a tahoe as well, although physically they are the close in size. That would tow the trailer you a describing with no problem. And they were priced around $10K less then tahoes/suburbans with the same year/mileage around here. Most of the tahoes didn't have the tow package and had really terrible tow ratings. My daughter and s-i-l bought an Expedition last year. They are not towing anything (yet!?), but it is a well-equipped, very capable vehicle. I like it a lot. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/02/21 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for SUV recommendation

A Toyota 4Runner might work. Most likely not. My "mistake" SUV was a Toyota 4Runner. My 6-cylinder 2013? was not able to use a weight-distribution hitch. Older 8-cylinder models could, however. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/01/21 01:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Emerald Coast Florida, campground advice

I can second Topsail. Excellent resort, even though it is actually a state park. As far as reservations go, just monitor reserveamerica daily and look for cancellations. They happen all the time. We've been camping in FL state parks for a couple of years now just using cancellations. It's a lot easier than the 11-month in advance system that they have in place. Not easy to get long stays through cancellations, but you can generally get lucky enough to get a stay for less than a week, if you are persistent and patient. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/01/21 09:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for SUV recommendation

There are a lot of small SUVs rated for about 5,000 pounds towing. I would stay away from most of them. They are unibody which means no actual frame. Some may not allow the use of a weight distributing hitch which you will need. They are not really meant for regular towing, their rating is largely just a marketing tool. I would look at a Tahoe or Suburban from GM or an Expedition from Ford. A Durango might be good too but I've never like Chrysler automatic transmissions. What KD4UPL said. Particularly about the weight-distribution hitch. I got myself into a situation a few years back where I had the wrong SUV for the towing I was doing, and I had to trade it in and get a pickup. Been happy with it ever since, but it was a big surprise. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/31/21 09:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Leave TT Unhitched?

Speak, which area of Utah are you focusing on? Let us know, and we can give you some general hints about where to look for potential boondocking sites! Southern Utah - the "Mighty 5" national parks as well as a couple of notable state parks. At this point our boondocking plans are in the area around Zion and again in the area near Capitol Reef. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/28/21 10:22am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Murphy bed pros/cons?

There are Murphy beds and there are Murphy beds. They are not all designed the same way. We have a Flagstaff with a Murphy bed that I like most of the time. I've seen a Murphy bed in a Palomino that I wouldn't touch with a 39 1/2 foot pole. You mention the mattress "bending" or folding? Ours does not. The one in the Palomino was actually in two or three separate mattress segments that you had to assemble each time you brought it out. No thanks. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/28/21 06:37am Travel Trailers
Leave TT Unhitched?

I've never had the opportunity to camp (boondock) on BLM land. We have an upcoming trip to Utah, and will be interested in doing some BLM camping. My question is for those who RV in travel trailers or 5th wheels. Is it safe to unhitch and leave the rig while you go exploring the area? I'm not talking about just hiking around in the area you're camped in, but actually leaving in your tow vehicle and driving around. With no established campground and no one keeping an eye on things, do other people respect your stuff? Thanks in advance, -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/28/21 05:21am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Toyota Sequoia vs Chevy Surburban

After having been a Toyota-fan-club member for over 30 years, I've come to the conclusion (through experience) that for muscle (towing) Toyota is not the best choice. They're still my unshakable choice for a sedan, but not for anything heavy-duty. Nope. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/22/21 11:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Water Filter Cartridge Replacement

OP here. Thanks for all the insights and contributions to this thread. After all is said and done, I've decided to just not get a filter cartridge this year. I'm just going to leave it out and go with unfiltered water. We don't drink the water from the system anyway (we use only bottled water for drinking when we're on the road). So for washing dishes, taking showers, and using the toilet we don't need filtered water. It will be interesting to see if the flow improves without a cartridge in the filter system. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/18/21 02:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mather Campground with a 23' trailer

On recreation.gov, the site where you make reservations at Mather, once you are looking at a specific site there is a link that says "allowable equipment." Click on that link and you'll see the maximum trailer length allowed on that site. It's interesting, and a little frustrating at times, because they'll sometimes list a longer limit for an "RV" than for a trailer. I presume that's to allow for space to park the tow vehicle, but I don't know that for sure. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/17/21 10:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dutch Oven Sweet Biscuits (Scones)

SpeakEasy 03/15/21 07:43pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: GPS rerouting due to accident

I've been burned WAY too many times by GoogleMaps' re-routing. Every time I'm on a road trip I tell myself to ignore its advice about changing routes. I am an easy sell, however, when they tell me that they've found an alternative route that is 20 minutes shorter. ARGH. I feel like Charlie Brown and Lucy with the football. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/13/21 04:46pm General RVing Issues
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