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RE: T or C, NM to Bisbee, AZ via I-10 and Hwy 80

T H I S - Low Clearances might help. Says for AZ 80 in Douglas, bridge height of 12ft 10 inches at MP 366. If you're over, could probably find a means to get around that particular spot. ETA: That looks to be near the intersection of Pan American Ave S (US 191) and "G" Street (historic US 80) but I sure don't see any overpasses of any kind in that area.
Thom02099 01/17/22 06:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Route 160 in Colorado

There's a selection of videos you can watch on YouTube that will give you an idea about travelling up and over Wolf Creek Pass, including the CW McCall song about it...long before the improvements were made to both sides. September is a great time to be in that area of Colorado, was down there a few years back in late September and the colours were so vibrant. It's really not a difficult crossing any more. Even with the potential for snow in September, CDOT does a great job in keeping it open if it does snow, and that early in the season will likely melt off quickly. There's also N La Veta Pass west of Walsenburg, somewhat gradual climb for a bit then a gradual drop down into the San Luis Valley. The vistas of the mountains are breathtaking as you come down off La Veta; Blanca Peak, Mt. Lindsey and Slide Mountain all visible to the north of the highway, in stark contrast to the agricultural fields throughout the valley. If you get a chance, a side trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park would be something you won't see anywhere else -- sand dunes butting up against 14000 ft mountains. Worth a stop.
Thom02099 01/07/22 06:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: How to see grand canyon

Not sure but nearest fuel may be in jacob Lake don't recall gas station inside park but there may be one. There's fuel in the North Rim Campground (gas and diesel) as well about 7 miles north of the entrance gate to GCNP North Rim at the North Rim Country Store. It's across from the Kaibab Lodge and Demotte Campground. They had gas/diesel/propane there and their diesel was considerably cheaper than inside the North Rim Campground.
Thom02099 12/30/21 04:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How to see grand canyon

Since you are wandering, hit both the North and South rims. They are very different parks, being 2,000 feet different in elevation as well as having different views of the canyon itself. Do be aware that snows happen as early as late September even at the lower elevation of the South rim. Been there when it did. And absolutely make reservations at both as early as possible. They are popular places to visit, and fill up quickly. ^^^ This. Very different points of view on the Grand Canyon. Stayed at the North Rim Campground a few years back, on their final full week of operation. Not crowded at all in the campground, the North Rim Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Lodge was somewhat busier. Some great drives to give you different perspectives on the north side; the drive to Point Imperial and Cape Royal were outstanding. After the North Rim stay, moved around to the South Rim. Vistas and perspective are definitely different. Stayed at Trailer Village and that's an outstanding recommendation to stay there, as suggested get reservations early as possible. Shuttle bus stop right at their entrance, can take you anywhere you want to go on the South Rim. Doing both will give you a very satisfying appreciation of the magnitude of the Grand Canyon.
Thom02099 12/29/21 06:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best route from Salem, OR to Houston, TX

I have a 32' Grand Design 5th wheel being pulled by a 2012 F350 Super Duty 6.7 diesel. I'm looking for the best route from Oregon to Houston. I'll be traveling in spring March-April-May - so, I'm not worried about weather, but would like to avoid the really bad passes, the lower elevation, the better. I know my rig is just fine for just about any conditions, but the thing I like the least is steep grades. Thank you!!! For crossing the northern or central Rockies, consider I-80 as an option. The highest point on all of I-80 is outside Laramie, WY at ~9600 feet. Lots of rolling terrain across Wyoming coming out of Utah. Not aware of any passes of note beyond the Reno NV area (there's the passes around Tahoe area). There's some climbs out of Salt Lake City area and then a 7 or so mile climb out of Laramie to the high point. Once across that, it's down hill to Cheyenne area. From there pick a route south to Houston. OR...drop down through your favourite route in CA to I-40 or I-10 and then east. Advantage here would be less likely to have snow, whereas through Utah and Wyoming there would be more chance of snow in your March-April-May timeframe. March and April are the snowiest months, at least for CO and WY. So if that's an issue for you, heading further south may be your best option. I'm sure others will have other opinions and responses.
Thom02099 12/12/21 08:43am Roads and Routes
RE: Grand Canyon June 2022

skip CA with that amount of time and focus on seeing sites between your home and GC. Including Sedona. + Lord only knows what fuel will be in CA by then, it's $5/gal now might be $7 or $8 by then. And to think, I was getting diesel for just over $2 a year ago. I won’t lie lol. Gas prices have me also planning a trip to Colorado as a plan B. 1400 miles to Denver vs 2500 miles to la area. I know we could spend couple weeks in Colorado and enjoy it. If you're thinking about the Denver area, also think about making reservations now. In checking, for example, Cherry Creek State Park, they still have some full hookup sites for the weekend of the 10th and 3rd, which are the busy times, and during the week should be less of a problem. Also, in checking Chatfield State Park, they also have FHU spots available for both weekends so again the weekdays shouldn't be much of a problem. Both state parks are very nice, and FHU would be desirable, particularly having water and electric. H E R E is the link to the reseervation page for both of those, as well as any other State Parks in Colorado. All Colorado state parks are reservation only now, there's no first come/first served. IF you're thinking about RMNP for a stay, if you want inside the park, again make reservations now as these fill up very quickly. Two campgrounds in the Estes Park side, Glacier Basin and Moraine Park. They had restrictions on loops available last year due to the pandemic, but those loops have been re-opened for the 2022 season. Also keep in mind that RMNP has timed entry again this year for the 3rd season in a row. One must have a reservation to enter the park during a specific time window. If you are camping in the park, then you don't need the timed entry reservation, but you do need proof of reservation at one of the campgrounds. There are private RV parks in the Denver area, but for the money you would do better with the state parks. Estes Park private RV parks will be way overpriced, the cheapest being Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake for $47/night for W/E sites. Other prices will be more in the $60-$80/night range for FHU sites. If USFS campgrounds are something you would consider, you will again need to make reservations now. The popular ones for the weekends of the 3rd and 10th of June are likely already completely booked, at least up here in my neck of the woods in northern Colorado. For the weekend of the 17th, the reservation window thru Recreation.gov opens on 12.17.21 at 10am EST/8am MST. Weekdays will be less of an issue.
Thom02099 12/12/21 08:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado Springs to Taos New Mexico

Planning a trip next summer to Colorado Springs than on to Taos, New Mexico.Will be towing a 40' 5th wheel.What would be best route to take If you're not pressed for time and want to do some sightseeing along the way, you could take US 24 west out of Colorado Springs to the junction with US 285 and then continue south over Poncha Pass (a very easy pass) and on into the San Luis Valley. Just south of Villa Grove take CO 17 south to Alamosa and pick up US 285 again in Alamosa. Stay on US 285 into New Mexico and at Tres Piedras take US 64 into Taos. Alternatively, you could take CO 115 south out of Colorado Springs to US 50 in Penrose and head west on US 50 to Salida, where you pick up US 285 and then follow the routes above on US 285 south. Two routes that would give you different and interesting views of Colorado. For me, while CO 17 is long, straight, and boring drive, the views of the mountains that surround the San Luis Valley make up for it.
Thom02099 11/27/21 08:08am Roads and Routes
RE: General Question on Discounts

A lot depends on the trailer(s) that you are interested in. Are they popular models with popular floor plans? Are they "orphans", models that are being discontinued? You said cash. Money talks. In the past, one could start with a larger discount in mind, more along the lines of 30-40% off the MSRP. Plenty of folks have done that...in the past. That was then, this is now. Does cash/money still talk? Start with a bigger discount off. The worst they can say is No and make a counter offer. Be prepared to walk if they are not willing to negotiate. Search here for previous threads about what folks have paid in the past. And consider buying at the end of the month and if possible late in the day at the end of the month. Quotas may still have to be met and I've used this tactic for buying cars in the past and getting a better than average deal.
Thom02099 11/13/21 11:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: What time of day recreation.gov release their campsites?

I've found that for RECREATION.GOV the reservation window for the places I want to go is 180 days prior to arrival date, and 10AM eastern time/8am here in the Mountain Time Zone. This would include the National Parks here in Colorado and USFS sites in Colorado and Wyoming. For RESERVEAMERICA.COM and for Colorado State Parks (which all require reservations) it's the same 180 day window, but it opens at 12am/MIDNIGHT Mountain Time for the arrival date.
Thom02099 10/22/21 06:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Trip to Colorado from Minnesota

Never been to Colorado and considering making a trip in few weeks. Looking to rent a drivable RV (off RV Share) and do not want to get in over my head as I have never driven anything larger than a standard pickup truck. I have two dogs (40lbs ea) so will need something with a bit more space and I do not want to travel too far or deep into Colorado but close enough to get a feel for it. Certainly no mountain/pass driving. Perhaps that will limit me forsure. Looking for suggestions of places to stay or visit that this time of year would be good, have room and maybe dog friendly (i.e. dog parks, etc). Thx. Not wanting to drive in the mountains or passes pretty much limits you to the eastern plains and foothills area along the I-25/Front Range corridor. Think Fort Collins area down to Denver to Colorado Springs to Pueblo. And even in these areas there's going to be limitations on where you can stay. USFS campgrounds are not an option, since they are mostly in the mountains and closed/closing for the season. Rocky Mountain National Park also not an option as you have to drive in the mountains to get there and then the best part of the park -- is the mountains. And the main campground there, Moraine Park only has one loop open since Glacier Basin has closed for the season. Probably your best option would be Colorado State Parks at this CPW link. From north to south, consider Boyd Lake State Park in Loveland, St. Vrain State Park outside Longmont, Cherry Creek and Chatfield State Parks in the Denver area, Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorodo Springs, Mueller State Park west of Colorado Springs (a bit of a drive in the mountains but certainly not at all difficult), all as options. All of them have at least one loop still open/open all year. BUT -- COLORADO STATE PARKS REQUIRE RESERVATIONS. There are no first come/first served in any of these parks. The website above will provide information on reservations and you can search to see what might work for you. Aside from the state parks, there's also some commercial rv parks to consider, mainly in the area around Golden (just west of Denver) and in the Colorado Springs area. Here - Campground Reviews is a good place to start. As to the RV rental you're considering, keep in mind that you may have to pay a pet premium to rent something, and there's going to be limitations on where the fur friends can accompany you. State Parks again are a good choice, as there are only the usual pet restrictions,(must be on a 6ft leash, can't be left unattended). Weather is also a factor to keep an eye on. For the next 2 weeks, at least along the Front Range/I-25 corridor, current forecast is for highs in the 60s/lows in the 40s generally, but that can change dramatically. Last year we had a huge snowfall in October so it's something to be aware of. Forecast for the mountains calls for a huge storm possible in the mountains that could dump FEET of snow.
Thom02099 10/09/21 08:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I'm actually in favor of high cancelation fees....

I have accepted that "gaming" the system is not going away regardless of penalties imposed. There will always be someone who does not care about the impact of their gaming the system and reserving blocks that they know they will not use. It helps level the playing field some to know when the reservation window(s) open on the various reservation systems. Recreation.gov system for USFS and National Parks (for the ones locally that I want to reserve), the window opens 180 days prior to the date one wants, at 10am Eastern time/8am in Mountain time. For ReserveAmerica.com, the system for all Colorado State Parks, the window is also 180 days, but the time is at the stroke of midnight on that 180th day for Mountain time. I had to look through all of the fine print at the CPW website to find that information; I had wondered about that, thinking that it was also 8am mountain time for Colorado State Parks. Couldn't figure out why I wasn't able to reserve spots at the stroke of 8am when I should have stayed up and done it at the stroke of midnight. Not going to solve the core problem of this discussion topic, but does give a bit of advantage in knowing and using the exact times that the scammers are using.
Thom02099 09/28/21 07:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Two part ??? - Has your camping reservation been cancelled?

Had that problem last year, with the massive fires in northern Colorado from the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires. Several of my reservations at USFS campgrounds were cancelled and refunded. Also had one State Park cancellation and 1 RMNP cancellation. And in September 2020, when the Cameron Peak fire was producing massive amounts of smoke, I camped at a state park about 90 minutes EAST of where I live and the smoke was so bad we hardly left the trailer. Cleared out some on the Sunday we were returning home.
Thom02099 09/05/21 11:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheyenne WY to Glenwood Springs CO

I-80 to Laramie, then WY 230 to CO 127 etc. to Walden. CO 14 to US 40. You'll join US 40 near the top of the passes there. It's a fair drop down into Steamboat Springs but just use your gearing. Lots of RV's do it every day. Then west on US 40 to Craig and south on CO 13 to I-70 etc. When you get to Rifle, take a left on Railroad Ave. at the three way intersection just past Wing Nutz. If you stay on CO 13 you may hit a back up because they are making people exit the highway at Rifle. When you get to the frontage road, stay on Railroad and cross the Colorado River and get on I-70 there. Things change day to day and they may make you detour on the frontage road. If so, head west on the frontage road to Silt and get on I-80 eastbound there. Except for I-80 and US 40, these are all lesser travelled roads but scenic in their own right. Wave at us when you get to GWS! And if you follow this excellent suggestion, make sure you fuel up in Laramie. There is no diesel available that I'm aware of between Laramie and Walden. It's 65 miles from Laramie to Walden and another 60 miles on to Steamboat Springs. There are 2 stations in Walden that both have diesel, neither of them are ideal for trying to get a truck/trailer combo in to fuel. They are right across from each other so if you need to fuel up there, you can choose the one that is less busy. Also be aware there is a goodly climb from Woods Landing-Jelm up to Mountain Home and the WY/CO state line. Doable certainly, but just be aware of it. WY 230 turns into CO 127 at the state line and is mostly down hill until you get to the junction with CO 125 in North Park. Relatively flat across North Park to the climb up to Rabbit Ears Pass on CO 14, which you'll pick up in Walden.
Thom02099 08/09/21 06:47am Roads and Routes
RE: Westbound to Leadville

I’m pulling a travel trailer to Leadville, CO in August. I’m looking for advice on the best path to take. Most recommendations have been to come in I70 to 91. I was wondering if anyone had thoughts if it would be an easier tow to coming in from the south. I know it would be longer, but I’m looking for something that might miss some of the steeper climbs. If you are traveling westbound on I-70, one alternative would be to get off in Limon and on to US 24 to Colorado Springs, and stay on US 24 thru the city. It continues westbound thru Woodland Park and on up to Antero Junction where it meets US 285. Stay on US 24/285 to Johnson Village, where you'll split from US 285 and take US 24 up to Leadville. Gradual up hill for most of the drive, a beautiful drive from Johnson Village thru Buena Vista and on up to Leadville. There is nothing overly steep about this route. Yes, you'll have some ups and downs, and some curves and one pass (Wilkerson Pass) which, for Colorado passes is ho hum barely noticeable. Biggest obstacle is the traffic in Colorado Springs, but no worse than what you'd have going through Denver on I-70. EDIT: Just saw the above responses as I was typing this. You could still follow this suggestion, with this added suggestion. Take I-80 to I-76 and get off I-76 in Brush and take CO 71 south to Limon where you would pick up the above suggestion. Yes, it's a longer drive, but you'll avoid several steep climbs this way.
Thom02099 07/30/21 06:43am Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado, I70 and 160 to 285 advice

For the tail end of your trip, to RMNP and Moraine Park, there are a couple of options. On US 285 when you get to Aspen Park, shortly thereafter there will be a long downhill through Turkey Creek Canyon, but it is 4 lanes and a good road. Just watch your speed -- gear down and keep it at or under the speed limit. Town of Morrison PD is aggressive in enforcing the speed limit. When you get to CO 470, head north toward I-70. Once you get to I-70 you have a choice. Stay on CO 470 and go into Golden where it intersects with US 6. Take US 6 into Golden where it meets CO 93. Take CO 93 through the remainder of Golden and stay on it all the way up to Boulder. In Boulder CO 93 becomes Broadway/CO 7 through the city and CO 7 intersects with US 36 north of the city. US 36/CO 7 north to Lyons, then in Lyons stay on US 36 up to Estes Park. Alernatively -- instead of going into Golden and the traffic of Golden and Boulder, where CO 470 intersects with I-70, get back on I-70 and head WEST to the exit for US 6. Make sure you are in the right lane down a ginormous hill and watch for the US 6 exit as it can sneak up on you. Take US 6 east to CO 119 and then take CO 119 north toward Black Hawk and stay on it all the way to Nederland. In Nederland pick up CO 72/the Peak to Peak Highway and stay on that until the intersection with CO 7. Make a left and go through Allenspark and Meeker Park and on in to Estes Park. IF you miss the US 6 exit, not to worry. You can get off I-70 at the Central City Parkway and take that up to Central City/Black Hawk. Just follow the signs through both towns for CO 119 where you pick that up in Black Hawk and follow the directions above. As you come in to Estes Park on CO 7, watch for Mary's Lake Rd. Make a left and take it down to where it intersects with US 36/Moraine Ave. Make a left on to US 36 and you'll be just about to the Beaver Meadows entrance to RMNP. There's a good visitor's center there. At the entrance gate let them know you have a reservation in Moraine Park; that will be your timed entry into RMNP. Print out a copy of your reservation confirmation before your trip as added proof of your reservation. Turn off US 36 on Bear Lake Rd and stay on that to the entrance to Moraine Park. None of this is difficult towing. Many folks at various experience levels do it all the time. Just take your time and enjoy your visit!
Thom02099 07/22/21 07:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Central Missouri to Colorado Springs

If you want to avoid traffic (and there will be traffic in Boulder), stay on I-25 northbound to the CO 66 exit for Longmont. Take CO 66 west to Lyons and pick up US 36 there in Lyons. US 36 is not a difficult drive between Lyons and Estes Park but you will be climbing. There are periodic climb lanes on that route. You could also continue further north to the Loveland exit for US 34 and take US 34 west up to Estes Park through the Big Thompson Canyon. Not a lot of steep, but a lot of curves and a few climb lanes as well. "The Narrows" at the entrance to the canyon is impressive and you'll need to take your time; you'll know you're out when you reach the Colorado Cherry store about 7 miles up. Hopefully you already have a reservation for a place to stay in Estes Park. Finding an opening without will be a challenge. Most of the commercial campgrounds are likely booked completely and inside RMNP some of the campground loops have been restricted once again this season, making finding a place to stay very difficult.
Thom02099 07/20/21 06:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Cripple creek/Pikes Peak

Manitou Cliff Dwellings Cave of the Winds Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Seven Falls (does involve hiking/climbing stairs) Will Rogers Shrine Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
Thom02099 07/17/21 07:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What's up with Rocky Mt. National Park entry?

If one has a reservation for camping inside Rocky, the confirmation of the camping reservation is required to show proof of reservation and the $2.00 reservation fee doesn't apply. Buried deep within nps.gov/romo: Visitors with campground reservations and wilderness camping permits will use those permits as their timed entry reservations. You may enter the park on the first day of your camping reservation. Entrance fees apply and can be paid at the entrance station. Visitors must have these camping permits in advance. There will be no same day sales at the park’s campgrounds. Visitors must have their camping reservation confirmation visible.
Thom02099 06/10/21 06:52am General RVing Issues
RE: I-70 vs I-80 road condition, which is better.

I have somewhat the same question. How do road conditions between 70 and 80 compare between Indiana and Denver. We just came back from a trip out to Denver without the 5th wheel on I80 then 76 into Denver to 70. I80 had some terribly bumpy areas in multiple areas. One in the Chicago area could probably launch you into a low earth orbit if conditions were just right. 76 in Colorado had its issues as well. We are heading out in August with the 5th and wondering if I70 might be worth a thought. Once again only very recent experiences not years ago. Have travelled back/forth between Colorado and Indiana several times, destination in NE Indiana (Fort Wayne area). Using that as a marker, I take US 24 west to I-57, I-57 south to I-72. I-72 turns into US 36 at Hannibal, MO and I stay on US 36 across MO and KS, and on in to CO where it meets up with I-70. Particularly on US 36, this is a much better route IMHO. The road surface is better, the traffic issue is a non-issue and for me, it's just a better experience. Small towns (especially in Kansas) about 30-40 miles apart, doesn't slow you down that much and gives a good leg stretching break or fuel stops.
Thom02099 06/01/21 06:47am Roads and Routes
RE: From N. Platte, NE to Breckenridge, CO

Leaving N. Platte, NE to Breckenridge, CO, West bound on I-80 to I-76, RV Trip Wizard continues on to I-70 thru Denver. GS Trip Planner routes the same but exits I-76 before Denver on West Stoneham and onto S I-25 north of Loveland and the onto W I-70. I drive a 36' motorhome towing 4 down. Why the 2 variances in routing between RV Trip Wizard and GS? Have no idea where/what West Stoneham is, north of Loveland to I-25, but that trip planner obviously doesn't know about any of the construction that's been going on for I-25 in the Loveland area. Best to avoid that and, as recommended stay on I-76 to I-70.
Thom02099 05/25/21 06:33am Roads and Routes
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