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RE: Estes Park to Loveland

Should not be a problem, good road with turns but not to sharp. ^^^^^ This. After the 2013 Flood, much of the roadway, especially below Drake, was rebuilt. It was raised in places, and straightened out in places. Very good road surface. If you have the time, 2 places to check out: The Cherry Pie place just before you enter the Narrows on the eastbound side, has great cherry cider, pies, and jellies; and the Dam Store as you exit the Narrows and canyon, has a great view of a waterfall there and a gift shop.
Thom02099 05/06/21 06:44am Roads and Routes
RE: Route

I am planning to travel from Page, AZ to Durango, CO on May 5th, 2021. I am traveling in a 35 Ft Diesel Pusher Motorhome towing an SUV. I am planning to take Hwy 98 south from Page to Hwy 160 east to Durango. Has anyone been over this route in a big rig and is it okay for my set up. Thanks for any info you can provide. Don't have a big rig but applicable to anything travelling this route...there's little to no paved shoulders on AZ 98 or US 160 if there happens to be a need to pull off these highways. Shoulders didn't seem to be wide enough to get completely off he roadway, more like bike lanes than shoulders. The dirt/sand shoulders also have a slope downward. The roads themselves were fine; however in Colorado from US 491 to the state line, that stretch seemed to be rougher than in Arizona. Also be aware of few fuel stops. I know there's one in Kayenta on US 160 since I stopped there to top off my tank before proceeding to Page.
Thom02099 04/28/21 08:15am Roads and Routes
RE: I-25 in Colorado

Looking for recent info on travel on I-25. We’ll be traveling north from New Mexico through to Denver where I’d like to take I-76 northeast to I-80 and head east to Lincoln NE. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Dan There will be construction projects, large and small on I-25, particularly around Colorado Springs, from the Springs to Monument, Monument to Castle Rock, and Castle Pines north for about 10 miles. Since you would be getting off on I-76, the construction projects north of Denver won't be a factor. There is an alternative unless you have a compelling reason for wanting to stay on I-25. Take US 160 EAST out of Trinidad to US 350. Take US 350 toward LaJunta. Before you get to LaJunta, CO 71 intersects. That's the road you want to take, all the way to I-76. There's a bridge repair project outside of Rocky Ford just off US 350 but shouldn't impact much, with a detour posted. It's wide open travel and some say boring, but well worth it to avoid the circus that is I-25. Fuel up in Rocky Ford or top off your tank; it's about 90 miles from Rocky Ford to Limon with nothing in between. Proceed on north on CO 71 from Limon to Brush, again with not a lot in between, and about 75 miles. Pick up I-76 in Brush (US 34 east a few blocks to the entrance to I-76 east) It's a good state highway, but I cannot emphasize enough that it is a long, straight, boring drive. That said, I will take it over I-25 any time that I need to go from northern to southern Colorado.
Thom02099 04/24/21 08:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Park Reviews

Good Sam account representatives visit every Good Sam park every year. They do not 'review', they ' rate' based upon the 10/10/10 point system which is divided into 3 sections, that evaluate camp amenity, facility and sites. Usually when they arrive in camp its unannounced, except for an email up to a week before that they will come soon. They drive and walk the camp and rate based upon their observations. When this is done they sit down with management, present their rating, proceed to listing and advertising. In our 19 years, there was no discussion allowed on their rating. It cant be bought or altered. One year after we had done extensive upgrades to all 3 categories our rating jumped 6 aggregate points. Within a week Ed and Jan Thierfelder, Good Sams Quality Assurance team checked in unannounced rated the camp, to verify our 9.5/10/9.5 . Reviews about the camp on the GS link are from guests. Ratings amd Reviews are apples and oranges apart. Opinions about rudeness or some other slight may be construed differently. Some want to be led by the hand, some are offended if help is extended. The customer is not always right, its why businesses have the right to refuse service. Consider the region. being a extensively well traveled westerner, I would not call the New Yorker rude for being what is percieved for NYC. A New Yorker might be put off by the graciousness in the south, thinking it, intrusive. ^^^^^ This. There is a very big difference between a RATING and a REVIEW. Ratings takes a more objective view. There is a check list. Does the property have this? Does the property have that? Does the property have something else? A list of items to be checked off; the more checks, the higher the RATING. In a nutshell. A Review is much more subjective and in many cases more detailed. It is an opinion based on an experience and a first (or more) impression. When I do a REVIEW of a location at campgroundreviews.com I try to be factual about the amenities as well as giving an opinion about how those facts translate into an enjoyable camping experience. Having water/electric/sewer are factual; they either have them or they don't. How nice the site is, is more opinion based on expectations. I have a different opinion and expectation of a USFS or National Park campground versus a commercial campground/RV resort. Both can be highly favourable based on EXPECTATIONS and does the property deliver on that expectation.
Thom02099 04/17/21 06:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cortez, CO RV parks?

We stayed at the campground inside Mesa Verde National Park. It was a very large campground but there were only 15 or so full hookup sites. Does the lifetime senior pass still get the 50% off sites, inside the National Park? No discount at the Morefield Campground in the park. Under a private concessionaire operation. Also, fuel up outside the park and have a full tank when going in. The fuel inside the park is significantly higher than outside. Best bet is to fuel up in either Cortez or Mancos. The stations outside by the entrance are also much higher in price. You'll be doing a lot of driving inside the park as it's deceptive the distances between the cliff dwelling sites.
Thom02099 04/17/21 06:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What must we do in Colorado?

In normal times, I would recommend checking out the northern Colorado area, places like Red Feather Lakes, Poudre Canyon (CO 14) from Fort Collins to North Park/Walden area, then exploring the North Park area for it's isolated beauty. But these are not normal times. Why? H E R E Colorado Fires is a map that shows the 2 biggest fires ever in Colorado, that finally came to an end last year with continuous snowfall. The Cameron Peak Fire burned a lot of territory in the area between Red Feather and the Poudre Canyon, particularly from Rustic up to Cameron Pass, as well as a lot of area south of the Poudre Canyon. Miraculously, only 1 campground (Jack's Gulch) was damaged by the fire. The East Troublesome Fire initially was a huge fire in the Grand Lake/Granby area, but it JUMPED the Continental Divide and destroyed a lot of area in RMNP east of the Divide and west of Estes Park. The maps show that it was dangerously close to Estes Park and areas in Rocky, around Moraine Park and the Fern Lake/Cub Lake trails area was impacted. There could have been some damage to the D loop of the Moraine Park CG. With the now on-going spring snowmelt, we will have a clearer picture of what these areas look like, particularly in the Poudre Canyon. I'd like to be optimistic about the recovery for both of these fire areas, recognising that it will take a long time for recovery. Now, mudslides and flooding become an issue. Avoidance of these areas for any camping would probably be warranted, for safety reasons, at least for now. The areas impacted by the fires are some some of my favourites, for the beauty and solitude and the "real" Colorado experience. Huge forests just waiting to be hiked and explored. BUT...safety considerations must prevail. At least until we have a clearer picture of the extent of devastation.
Thom02099 04/11/21 08:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Amirillo to Denver via 87-25?

We have traveled 287 in the past. But instead of getting on IH-70, in Limon, we drove north on highway 71 to Brush. We then traveled west on highway 34 toward Greeley, then on to IH-25 north. We avoided the Denver area. (Greeley has many, many cattle pens so roll up your windows!) Or....you could follow the advice about going up to Limon and then getting on CO 71 BUT no need to get off on US 34. Stay on CO 71, it continues north into Nebraska where it is still 71, and intersects with I-80. Avoids Denver AND all the smells of the feed lots outside of Greeley, and minimal traffic as well.
Thom02099 04/07/21 10:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing up grades with "M" and 1 gears

That 7% grade will frequently be in combination with a lot of twisties and turnies. To expect to maintain a certain speed, either up hill or down hill, is not realistic. Having to drop down to the 25-30MPH range (or maybe even slower) would be prudent. In my set up with a 2007 "classic" Sierra 3500 with the Duramax/Allison combo, I almost always use both tow/haul and M. I prefer to select the gear I want to be in and know my truck well enough that I know the gear that will allow me to use the brake pedal at a minimum. Let the engine/tranny do the work. Here in Colorado, that 7% grade will likely be for a lot more than 4 miles. Throw in the usual canyon curves, or hairpin curves and being more in control of your truck can be essential. One of my favourite examples is going up the South St. Vrain between Lyons and Allenspark CO. A lot of steep (7-15%) grades, a lot of curves and a few downhills thrown in. I always use the M and T/H mode combo. For ME, that is the safest way to do this stretch of highway. Did the same with Wolf Creek Pass, Cameron Pass, Slumgullion Pass and a whole lot of canyons. Others may have a different opinion and that's OK. Pick what works best for YOU and your comfort level for safety.
Thom02099 04/04/21 07:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Reservation Entry RMNP 2021

As the article quoted points out, the hours where a reservation are required are not as restrictive as in 2020. For general entry into Rocky, reserve entry is between 9am and 3pm, with the Bear Lake Road corridor 6am to 5pm. This is an improvement over last year. The capacity for parking lots and the shuttle system has also been increased. In spite of the reservation system, Rocky still remains a popular destination. The system was put in place in 2020 in response to Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines. They are continuing those restrictions, albeit not as restrictive, again this year. And as the year progresses, it could be that the restrictions are evaluated on a rolling basis and some changes may occur. Personally, I didn't have a problem getting a reservation for the times that I wanted to get in last year. And if you want to beat the system altogether, just go in prior to 9am. That's a good suggestion anyway; in a normal year the lines would be long at 9am, so get up earlier and beat the rush.
Thom02099 04/03/21 07:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Reservation Entry RMNP 2021

Looks like Rocky Mountain National Park is going to re-institute the reservation system for timed entry again in 2021. This time with 2 tiers - One for the entire park and one minus the Bear Lake Road corridor. H E R E Estes Park Local Newspaper is the most recent information provided. Starts May 28, 2021 for the Memorial Day weekend and runs thru October 11, 2021.
Thom02099 03/31/21 06:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Storms and Tornados

Also, know what county you are in. Many areas, if not most, post warnings by county. That is the best advice! We have been in areas where we do not know the county and there are weather watches, never warnings so far. However....don't rely on technology alone. You could be an area with spotty (or no) service when you arrive, never mind if a storm is approaching. Carry a good old fashioned map book. I've always had a Rand McNally map book of the USA in my tow vehicle as a backup. It will show the counties and their borders. Also, train yourself to be an observer. Most counties do have border marker signs when you're entering a new county, some will also have a "leaving" sign on their side of the "enter" sign of the other county.
Thom02099 03/25/21 06:33pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Hwy 36 across Kansas

This has been a go to route for me for several trips from CO to IN. I prefer the drive versus I-70 or I-80. Small towns every 30 or so miles apart, don't really slow you down that much and provide break stops when needed. I have also stayed at Prairie Dog SP for an overnight, it's a really nice park and campground with several sections. Had a FHU site in a new section with nice views of the lake. I've also stayed at Lovewell Lake SP, which is a bit further off US 36 but worth the detour. Also a very nice SP, with several different sections. Stayed in a section with a lot of big trees for shade and FHU pull thru sites. Both of these state parks were reasonably priced. If you (or anyone else) has the need to continue on, US 36 across Missouri is also worthwhile compared to the I's. Four lanes all the way across; still some towns to go through but like KS, provides good stopping/stretching/fuelling points.
Thom02099 03/22/21 06:44am Roads and Routes
RE: CC&R dated 1973 says no RVs, trailers, boats can be stored

As previously suggested, it would be worthwhile to consult with the municipal zoning/code enforcement office. Since there is no HOA in existence, there could be some sort of statute of limitations on enforcement in lieu of no HOA to enforce, that the neighbour may not be aware of. There may also be municipal ordinance(s) that address the temporary loading/unloading situation. Many municipalities will give a resident 24-48 hours to have a vehicle at the residence for that purpose. It also could be that the CC&R is not enforceable, since there is no active agent (HOA) to initiate action. In addition to consulting local authorities, consult a civil contracts law attorney. First consultations are usually free.
Thom02099 02/22/21 06:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas Credit Cards

With any credit card, it is all about US as consumers managing the credit card, not letting it control US. With any good credit card, one can go into SETTINGS and then ALERTS and set up whatever they offer in the way of alerts. A text message or email with every purchase, same for any purchases over a certain amount or international charges, a text message or email with a reminder of your payment due date (I have mine set for 10 days before the due date), and a host of other alerts. One can also set up automatic payments of either the minimum payment due (to avoid late charges) or pay in full balance. One can also pay weekly if you'd prefer, or however frequently you'd like. The point is to pay off the credit cards in full before any interest is added. There are exceptions but that's not for this discussion.
Thom02099 02/20/21 09:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Couple of Routes in Colorado

We are planning a trip around Colorado this spring/summer and have questions about taking a class A motorhome towing a car on a couple of roads. How is the State Route 50 from Montrose to Canon City, Colorado? Dangerous or doable? And from Estes Park down Highway 7/72/119 to get to Interstate 70? Advice is appreciated. Both are very doable. US 50 from Montrose to Canon City is a beautiful drive with only Monarch Pass in between, not a difficult pass by Colorado standards. Climb lanes make it even better. At the top there is an aerial tram that you can take to the ridge (this is assuming it is open in this pandemic era) with vistas that are what Colorado is all about. CO 7/72/119 also very doable and highly recommended, also known as the Peak to Peak Highway. Coming out of Estes Park on CO7 there is a goodly climb out of the valley but it is not difficult and you are on the "inside" of the climb, no drop off shoulders or anything like that. It has also been recently repaved so that is an added bonus. The road is a bit narrow until you get to the Larimer/Boulder County line, where it improves. There's ups and downs and curves, as one would expect in Colorado but nothing is daunting. Most of the route also has wide shoulders/bike lane and there WILL be bicyclists, so be aware of that. This is also a favourite route for motorcyclists, so also heads up for groups of them either coming at you or behind you, ready to pass when possible. Some great places along the route to pull off for photo ops. If you have time, a side trip to Brainard Lake Recreation Area just outside of Ward is an incredible view of the wilderness area and the mountain peaks that are up close. At an elevation of ~10500 feet, there's some good hiking in that area as well, but be prepared for sudden weather changes and keep water with you if you decide to hike. Nederland is a funky little town, some touristy places there if you're so inclined. From Nederland to Black Hawk/Central City, there's going to be curves and lots of them, and ups/downs, but again it's all very doable. Good roadway, wide shoulders the entire way. The entire length of the Peak to Peak, there's no big dramatic drop offs, no shelf roads, no roadways without guardrails like other places in Colorado. It's a very popular route because it is so easy and doable and scenic. If you get a chance, take a look at Google Earth, you'll see what both routes look like, what you'll encounter. It's a good representation of both drives.
Thom02099 02/12/21 07:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Craig Co. to Canon City Co

Best route in August pulling a 38' fifth wheel. Alternative to prior suggestions - US 40 to Steamboat, then south on CO 131 to I-70 at Wolcott. I-70 east to US 24, then south on US 24 through Leadville to Buena Vista, picking up US 285 to Salida then US 50 on to Canon City. Only pass of any consequence is Tennessee Pass before you get to Leadville and it's not difficult, with just a couple of switchbacks, certainly not daunting.
Thom02099 01/31/21 10:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Is 70 to old to travel with a RV

Why 70? It's just an arbitrary number. There are folks that are fit as a fiddle at 70 and beyond (as witnessed by a bunch of folks on here). And there are folks that probably shouldn't be driving anything at 40. Depends on one's health, both physical and mental. THAT should be the determining factor, not some random number.
Thom02099 01/09/21 12:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: What is the most efficient way to bypass Chicago?

Depends on how you define "efficiency". Are you looking for a more leisurely route? Do you have the time to go a bit further out of the way in order to avoid Chicagoland? Not a fan of driving through any part of the Greater Chicago area. If it were me, I'd take I-39 south to US 24 east all the way across Indiana to Fort Wayne, I-469 around Fort Wayne and then pick up US 24 again to I-90 and on to Sandusky. While I've not done this route as a continuous trip, I've done most of this in segments, from point A to point B. US 24, for me, was a good alternative to avoiding both Chicago and Indy. Only portion I've not done is in Ohio, but I suspect it's not a lot different from the Indiana portion.
Thom02099 01/09/21 12:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Grand Canyon RV parks

H E R E - Trailer Village is the place to be, for what you're looking for. Inside the park, full hookups, within walking distance to shops and restaurants, and a shuttle stop at the entrance to get you any place you want to go in the South Rim area. Park and forget about having to drive anywhere. Shuttle can do it and there's no charge. Make reservations as soon as you have a firm date of arrival, and do that as soon as possible, to make reservations NOW so you're more likely to get spaces that are in close proximity. Thanks for the info. My next question is...are there plenty of things do if we stay for a week or are we going to be bored after 2 or 3 days? Trying to decide if we want to stay a week there or stay a few days and then move on to a different location like Bryce National Park. Full disclosure...the time of year that I was there was in October. Started out on the North Rim camping there, on the last full week that it was open, then moved around to the South Rim. Depending on fitness level and interest in hiking, one thing that would take up 2 days would be to hike from Rim to Rim. I had family members who were staying at the South Rim, take a shuttle around to the North Rim, spending the night at the Lodge at the North Rim. Early morning departure from the Lodge, hiking down into the canyon, and staying overnight at the Phantom Ranch. Meanwhile, I was moving the trailer around from North to South Rim, as I didn't join the hike. Early morning the following day and hiking out of the canyon to the South Rim. This would take up 2 of the days of your time there. IIRC, you would need reservations for the overnighter at the Phantom Ranch. Alternatively, there are rafting trips that can be taken through the canyon, starting in the area of the Navajo Bridge just below the Lake Powell Dam. There's also camping that can be combined with these trips, but again IIRC reservations need to be attempted (there's some sort of lottery system used for camping reservations - perhaps others can clarify). If any of your group is adventurous, there's also helicopter trips that one can take. And I believe there are trips that can be taken over to the west side of the Grand Canyon to the Skywalk. If that's of interest be prepared to pay a lot for the privilege. In October, the weather was very pleasant...on the tops, North and South. At the Phantom Ranch, the temperature was about 20 degrees warmer, since one is dropping significantly in elevation. In July, the temps down in the canyon will likely be in the 100s easily. That could be discouraging, depending on how much of a challenge your group is willing to take on. One word of advice wherever you are during your stay...HYDRATE!!! Keep copious amounts of water available.
Thom02099 12/02/20 09:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Canyon RV parks

Looking to make our first trip next summer to the Grand Canyon area. My 3 adult kids and their families will be going with us so we will have a total of 4 trailers and 6 grandkids. Prefer to have full hookups, but am open to ideas. Anyone have any recommendations they could share. Thanks! H E R E - Trailer Village is the place to be, for what you're looking for. Inside the park, full hookups, within walking distance to shops and restaurants, and a shuttle stop at the entrance to get you any place you want to go in the South Rim area. Park and forget about having to drive anywhere. Shuttle can do it and there's no charge. Make reservations as soon as you have a firm date of arrival, and do that as soon as possible, to make reservations NOW so you're more likely to get spaces that are in close proximity.
Thom02099 12/02/20 06:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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