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RE: South Dakota, July 2020

At Rushmore I understand there is some hiking you can do just out of the memorial itself which gives unique views and is very uncrowded. The main viewing area at Mt. Rushmore is indeed crowded, at least when we were there in August, due to construction. I do not know the expected duration of the construction job. I would not take a RV in there during the tourist season due to parking availability (lack of availability)
one_strange_texan 11/06/19 07:51am Roads and Routes
RE: South Dakota, July 2020

We want to see: The Badlands Wall, SD - Wounded Knee Museum Custer SP Mt Rushmore Crazy Horse Devil’s Tower Deadwood We went to SD this August and saw all these things except Wounded Knee (though we went by Wall since it is right by the west entrance to Badlands NP). We stayed in Custer (the town, not the SP) at an RV park and did day trips for all. I am not sure Devil's Tower is worth an overnight stay, unless you are hiking around the base. We stayed 6 nights at Custer. All of these are easily reached by drives from there. Devil's Tower consumed a day since it is about 110 miles from Custer. You might consider one relocation up to the Deadwood/Sturgis area to have a closer base for the Devil's Tower trip. Mount Rushmore is worth seeing, but does not consume an entire day. We saw it the same day as Crazy Horse. Given more time, we would have probably spent it at Custer SP or visiting one or more of the caves/caverns in the area. The wildlife loop, the Needles Highway (check tunnel clearances) and Sylvan Lake are the must see items, in my opinion. I admit my bias may be that I come from Texas where 100-mile each way round trips in a day are not out of the ordinary.
one_strange_texan 11/04/19 05:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route suggestions please!

Thank you all for the great information! Yes we will reserve a site at Davis Mountains State Park and visit all that was recommended. We do the stars!! Thanks again A piece of advice. It would be wise to stock up before arriving at the Davis Mountains. It has one small grocery, as I remember, for example. One of the best words to describe that part of West Texas is "remote." That is why the stars are so spectacular at night.
one_strange_texan 11/01/19 08:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-10 Thru Houston

According to the TV traffic reporters it can get bad in morning and evening rush hours. 146 south out of Baytown is about the best you can do if you're continuing west on 10. But if you're northbound out of Houston you could take 96/287 north out of Beaumont and then 190 west to 59/69. This is good advice. I would loop to the north of Houston if you are going anywhere north of, say, Austin, even if the bridge repair wasn't an issue. I live north of Houston and take TX-99 around to I-10 or US-290, even though it is a toll road, when going to places like San Antonio or Austin to avoid the heavy urban traffic due to previous incidents I have experienced. If you are going to south Texas, you are pretty much stuck. The TX-146/TX-225/I-610 option that others have suggested is probably your best option in that case. To clarify TxGearhead's directions, you would catch US69/US96/US287 north out of Beaumont, take US69/US287 north at the "Y" a little north of Beaumont in Lumberton, then take US-190 west at Woodville to US59/I69 and beyond, if necessary. These are all good roads though not always interstate specification.
one_strange_texan 11/01/19 08:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route suggestions please!

2) To the north a bit is Sonoma Caverns-its commercial right off I-10 3) McDonald Observatory if you like astronomy. 4) Ft Stockton-the old fort there. Just to avoid any confusion and to provide additional information: #2 I believe agesilaus is referring to the Caverns of Sonora, which is indeed private and close to I-10. I have visited. It is spectacular and there is a RV park there. Nothing fancy, but handy for visiting the caverns. #3 Reserve a slot for a "Star Party" at the McDonald Observatory (again, if you are into astronomy, as agesilaus says). It is held on certain evenings during the week. #4 Fort Davis is near the observatory and is a historic site. Both are near Davis Mountains State Park, a nice park which features full hookups and wifi. I would consider reserving the Star Party and a site at Davis Mountains ahead of time if you care to visit.
one_strange_texan 10/30/19 04:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: casino camping

Hollywood in Bay StLouis. Strange Texan hit most of the stops. Thumbs up. Hollywood in Bay St. Louis is our casino camping spot on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
one_strange_texan 10/02/19 07:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: casino camping

Vicksburg, MS has a casino with an RV park. Shreveport, LA has casinos and Natchez, MS has casinos. Marksville, LA has a casino with a campground and there are several in the Baton Rouge, LA area. Try this site: Casino Camper
one_strange_texan 10/01/19 08:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida in January

I went to Florida in February on short notice (tried to book ~2 months ahead of time) and had a lot of difficulty finding spots. I am sure January would be even worse. I was told everything was pretty much booked south of Orlando, especially on the coasts. I was able to secure spots for short stops (1 to 4 days), but it took some calling around and planning my itinerary around the availability of sites. Apparently, it really starts clearing up after the first of March.
one_strange_texan 09/16/19 12:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-10 in Louisiana

I bypass I-10 in LA from Baton Rouge (just west of the Mississippi River) all the way into Texas at Vidor by using US-190, LA-12 & TX-12. Good Cajun food available along this route as well.
one_strange_texan 09/16/19 12:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Custer SD to Fort Worth TX by car and Return by Motorhome

Toll on the Kansas Turnpike from the OK-KS state line to Wichita towing a double axle fifth wheel in August was $4.20. Fortunately my TXTag (Tex-tag) was good in the express lanes. We mimicked your return trip since we were going to Custer from the Houston area. I-35 to Wichita, I-135 to Salina, I-70 to Hays, KS, US-183 north to I-80, NB-71 to Scottsbluff area, US-26 to Lingle, WY, US-18 into SD & the Black Hills area.
one_strange_texan 09/07/19 12:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Southeast Texas to the Smoky Mountains

I have to mention too, go see the Hermitage while in Nashville, Thomas Jefferson's home. The museum is very interesting if you enjoy history and the house tour is neat to see. Not much to see on the grounds even though Jefferson's grave is in the garden area. Glad to help with any other questions for this area. I, too, would recommend the Hermitage. I did see that Nashville site when I was there on a short visit (not camping). However, to set the record straight, it was Andrew Jackson's home, not Jefferson's. Jackson came a few Presidents after Jefferson. Jefferson's home is in Virginia, Monticello.
one_strange_texan 08/14/19 03:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: Those with 50 amp 5er's

After a trip where I had to situate my trailer in a less than ideal location 2 different times in order to reach the power pole, I got an extension and have carried it ever since. Don't underestimate the wide range of possible layouts at various RV parks. If you want to be sure you can put your trailer exactly where you want it, get an extension. I don't use mine a lot, but still have to on occasion, on about a once every 2 or 3 year frequency.
one_strange_texan 08/12/19 10:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Diesel fuel stop on I25 between Cheyenne Wy. Casper Wy.

My POI listings for truck stops/big rig fuel options concurs with Bionic Man; two fuel stops in Wheatland, Pit Stop & Wheatland Travel Center and one in Glendo, Howard's General Store. The singularity of the one in Glendo probably explains why it is more expensive. The one in Douglas is the Broken Wheel. There is a both a Flying J and a Love's at exit 7 right south of Cheyenne, as Bionic Man said.
one_strange_texan 08/12/19 09:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Southeast Texas to the Smoky Mountains

Hello all! We just purchased our first RV! A 24 foot 1991 Ford Ultra Class C. We have taken it out on a couple small trips and worked out some kinks. We have also totally remodeled the interior and had a blast doing that. Now I need your help and sage advice. This Christmas we are heading to the Smoky Mountains from Brenham, Texas, meeting our friends from Minnesota in Nashville and caravanning together from there to the Smokies. They have a 29 foot class C of some sort but I forget exactly. We can leave on Friday the 20th when my husband gets home from work around 6PM or we can leave bright and early on Saturday the 21st. We need to be home by the 1st as my husband has to go back to work the next day. Ideally we would like to make a loop and not come home the same way we get there. I've looked at Tom Sawyer in the Mississippi as a possible stop over for Memphis. I am intrigued by the barges coming by. I haven't a clue where to stay in Nashville or what part of the Smokies. We'd like to spend Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after in the Smokies at least. I have no clue about routes back and forth. What roads are good? Do we stay on interstates the whole time? How do we sight see in Nashville? Is our 24 footer small enough to drive and park? We want to tour Ryman and the Country Music Hall of Fame. It will be my husband and I (in our 40s - I am in very fit and active and he is slightly less so), our daughters 23 and 16 and our son 7 years old. Our kids are used to super long days in the car so shorter days and on board ammenities are going to be a treat. All the kids are nature and history lovers. Hiking, biking, very active out door type kids usually up for anything. We will also have our dogs with us and if you have a recommendation on a doggy day care for Nashville I'm all ears. So basically I need information and your expert advice on routes, campgrounds and any interesting activities. I know you guys are a wealth of good infomation. I will leave the Nashville suggestions to someone else. I have not stayed there in an RV, just passed through. Visited years ago on business. As far as the loop, I'd take a direct route to Nashville to get there: Texarkana, Little Rock, Memphis. You don't have to take interstates in Texas, you can take a more direct route (and avoid Dallas) on US and Texas state highways. After Texarkana, it will be interstate all the way until just a few miles from the Smokies. You can take a different route by coming back through Chattanooga, Birmingham, and at Meridian decide if you want to come back on I-20 or I-59/I-10. Winter weather could possibly be a factor at the time you are going, especially in Smoky Mountain National Park due to its elevation. As far as camping in the Smoky Mountain area, it really depends on your preferences on amenities, RV park or more primitive campgrounds. There are plenty of RV parks to choose from. We chose to stay in Townsend, since it has nice RV parks but much less tourist traffic than Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. We drove over to see Gatlinburg and just passed through Pigeon Forge, which mainly seemed to be tourist shops and you-know-who's amusement park. Again, it depends on what you want to do while you are there. I suspect most of the towns right by the park in Tennessee will be fixed up for a "Smoky Mountain Christmas," so it should be fun. Hiking is available in the National Park, but maybe less so in the winter. In terms of historical sites, I'd choose my stops on the way based on the trip schedule. In that region and especially near the Smokies, historical sites are all around. See what is available near the sites where you decide to stay.
one_strange_texan 08/12/19 09:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-20 in Mississippi

Most of Mississippi is OK (a few bad spots here and there). I-20 through Louisiana, especially around and through Shreveport, is one of the worst roads in the country. I-8 across southern Louisiana is about the same, too. Rob I agree with most of what you said, except for the part about I-8. Interstate 8 is in Arizona & California, connecting the Phoenix area to San Diego as I-10 bears off to the northwest to connect to Los Angeles. I believe it is I-10 in Louisiana you are referring to. I think it Is rougher than I-20, especially around Lake Charles, not to mention the construction on the long Atchafalaya bridge.
one_strange_texan 08/10/19 05:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Where do you Post Campground Reviews?

I continue to use Campground Reviews, the now more commercialized version of the old RV Park Reviews site. I am comfortable with their rating system, realizing that different people have different standards in their expectations for an RV Park. I have noticed they seem to have less features in their search functions, as others have noted. I swear I could used to call up all the RV parks within a specified number of miles from a given city or town. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but I don't seem to be able to call that up any more. Do you use campground reviews to just READ reviews or do you also POST on campground reviews? I use them and post there on occasion as well.
one_strange_texan 08/04/19 02:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where do you Post Campground Reviews?

I continue to use Campground Reviews, the now more commercialized version of the old RV Park Reviews site. I am comfortable with their rating system, realizing that different people have different standards in their expectations for an RV Park. I have noticed they seem to have less features in their search functions, as others have noted. I swear I could used to call up all the RV parks within a specified number of miles from a given city or town. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but I don't seem to be able to call that up any more.
one_strange_texan 08/04/19 07:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Disney Fort Wilderness Site selection and other questions

Just my own opinion, if anyone is interested. We have stayed with our grandchildren the last 2 times we have been to Fort Wilderness. We stayed at loops 600 and 1200 in proximity to the campfire show and found that really enjoyable. As to the buses vs. driving around Disney World, I kind of enjoyed letting someone else do the driving. It was worth the few minutes extra it might have cost. That being said we had to meet the grandkids' parents on a couple of occasions for a dinner at one of the resort restaurants. We drove to meet the schedule, but if you show your resort card you can park in the lot of the resort in question.
one_strange_texan 08/01/19 09:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I10 Fl. to Ca.

The Lake Charles I-10 bridge was built in 1952 by Earl Long's administration. Earl was the younger brother of Huey P. Long. It is narrow and steep and not built to interstate highway standards. I would suggest going around it due to the those conditions as well as the general curviness of I-10 going through Lake Charles proper. However, the alternate, I-210, is disadvantaged by widening on the Calcasieu River bridge, which has it down to 1 lane each way. Highway construction in Louisiana proceeds at its own pace, which I liken to the movement of a glacier.
one_strange_texan 08/01/19 09:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Fifth-Wheel Longevity?

Having owned two fifth wheels now and also full timing for the last 18 months, I would say the rule of thumb is 10 years, but there are so many variables you cannot boil it down to a single number. How much maintenance you are willing to do yourself or pay for, aesthetics, new features being offered on the newer models, rough use, workmanship of the manufacture, etc., etc.
one_strange_texan 08/01/19 08:56pm Fifth-Wheels
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