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RE: I-10 in Louisiana

Yes, we have never had any difficulty in that regard. This prompts me to say that we always use "regular" service stations and not the big truck stops. We tow a 34' fifth wheel and the secret is to "scope it out" before you pull in. I've had to back out a few times, but not many. We just got back from an RV trip to Santa Fe, NM and found diesel at every point we needed it. We have had four fifth-wheels. Our first was a "well used" Prowler. On one of our first trips we stopped for fuel in a small Central Texas town. Everything seemed fine until that night in the state park where we were setting up camp I rounded the back of the trailer and saw the back cap pulled away from the side wall. I could tell a long, long story here but need only say that I will able to make pretty good repair and continued on our say to Colorado. NOW -- I still cannot be totally sure, but I finally came to believe that I snagged one of those low posts at that gas station. I heard nothing, saw nothing, felt nothing, but that is the only reasonable explanation. From then on I have been very conscious of making wide turns and watching the trailer wheels come in very much from the truck wheels. We have never had any difficulty finding fuel along that route I suggested. We just made the portion from Mount Pleasant to Amarillo last week, as we were going to Santa Fe and not to Colorado on that trip. EDIT TO ADD. We made our first camping trip to Florida in 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis. We spent our first night in what was then Fort Picken State Park. We've been back many times -- staying in St. Andrews as well as Fort Pickens (when it was possible to get a campsite just by driving up and selected it -- that will be hard for many to believe. Oh, that first trip was with a tent not an RV but we've been back many times with an RV.
padredw 09/16/19 02:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-10 in Louisiana

We make the journey to Florida often--and also to Colorado. Since we live in the middle I will dare to make a suggestion: At Mobile take US highways through Alabama and Mississippi to Jackson, MS and pick up I 20. Take the loop around Shreveport (and slow down on the short rough section just before the loop.) Watch for Exit 628 soon after entering Texas. Exit there and take US 80 to near Marshall, TX but watch for loop 390 which will take you around the town to the north--hardly a slow down. Exit the loop onto US 59 toward Texarkana, but exit at Jefferson onto TX 49. Follow TX 49 all the way to Mount Pleasant, TX where you will pick up US 271 north to Paris Texas. Take the loop south around Paris (again no slow up) From the loop around Paris pick up US 82 West. Follow 82 all the way to Wichita Falls where you will join US 287 to Amarillo. Watch for the loop around North (it's Loop 335) to pick up US 87 N to Dumas, TX and on through Dalhart to Raton, NM where you will join I-25 on over Raton Pass into Colorado. I know it seems complicated but it is a route with which we are familiar--every mile. Best of all it completely avoids DFW and the traffic there. US 82 follows the Red River (near the Oklahoma line) and we have found we have to go that far north to avoid Dallas/Fort Worth.
padredw 09/16/19 12:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV Parks near Crater Lake National Park

diamond lake rv park is hard to beat. This is where we stayed and found it to be exactly what we wanted.
padredw 09/11/19 03:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need advice from local Texans

Good you see you on this forum, Scott. We are old friends on the NuWa forum. Hope all is going well with you. God bless. David We had just made most of that route a couple of weeks ago so it was fresh on my mind. Much of it we travel many times a year.
padredw 09/08/19 10:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Custer SD to Fort Worth TX by car and Return by Motorhome

A suggestion for your consideration: Turn off I-70 onto US 83 -- follow all the way to Childress, TX to pick up US 287 which will take you through Fort Worth to go on to Cleburne. I am not familiar with the northen portion of this route, but it avoids OK City and toll roads, and I am very familiar with US 287.
padredw 09/07/19 05:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: Need advice from local Texans

You have asked for comments from Texans. While there are several alternate routes I will simply comment on the one shown on the Google map posted above. You will turn off I-20 at Greenwood, LA on US 79 to Carthage. There is a loop around Carthage and while it is longer it surely will be quicker. Go around the loop to TX 315 to Mount Enterprise to pick up US 259 S. As you approach Nacogdoches watch carefully for the intersection with US 59. You will be turning R from the overpass. This is the end of US 259 which is an alternate of US 59. You will be going around Nacogdoches to the West. Watch for turn onto TX 7 toward Crockett. There is loop around Crockett follow it around to TX 21 toward Madisonville. We did find some construction on this section of TX 21 on a recent trip. There is no loop around Madisonville, you will have to drive through town. Follow highway signs. There you will pick up US 190 to Bryan.
padredw 09/07/19 05:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Winter Route to South Texas

We go down the east side of TX , cut over to Waco and down 77 to Victoria. From there either over to the coast, or continue south on 77. We miss the traffic in all the large cities. I have lived in East Texas all my life. The above quote is good advice in my opinion. We go often to the Texas Valley in Winter for a few days and we often follow the route above. I can give several possible routes through East Texas, but right now we are in New Mexico so I won't go into that detail
padredw 09/04/19 06:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado 114 from Sillsville to Saguache

I have to admit I've never heard of "Sillsville" but I have towed from Gunnison to Saguache several times. I consider it one of the easier passes in Colorado. From US 50 to the the pass you go through a very pretty canyon--twisting roads but no problems for RVs. The trip down the pass toward Saguache is a long straight descent, not too steep. It is a good route.
padredw 08/31/19 07:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-20 in Mississippi

The two spots that trouble me are in Jackson, MS and in Shreveport. Knowing that, I just slow down. that means that 99% (a figure of speech, obviously) of I-20 is fine through Mississippi and Louisiana. There is a good bypass around to the north in Shreveport. I think it better than going straight through.
padredw 08/10/19 11:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Does Your Bed Cover, Cover Your 5'ver Hitch

Mine exactly the same as Rob. No interference with the hitch. I have a BakFlip F1 folding cover and a B&W 16K hitch. When hooked up, I can keep the tonneau section closest to the window closed so I can keep an eye on things. When not towing, I can close the tonneau fully. There's no contact with the hitch. If I need full access to the bed, the tonneau opens all the way and rests against the back of the truck. I hope this is what you were looking for. https://bakindustries.com/bakflip-f1
padredw 08/09/19 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

Here is a possible return trip (assuming Tyler State Park your farthest south) Mountain View Arkansas 350 miles. Mountain View is down home Ozark country music. The Folk Folklife State Park is there with theatre performances and there is "pickin and singing" down around the courthouse. Folk Life Center An alternative to Mountain View is Branson, highly commercialized but if you haven't been there worth a trip--about 400 miles from Tyler. By now your two weeks is just about up. An overnight in the vicinity of Springfield, IL (about 350 miles from Mountain View) would leave you only a bit over 200 miles back to Chicago. This allows 2 nights at 3 of the stops and 3 nights at 2 of the stops with the one night in the Springfield, IL area. This time of the year you might "play by ear" and see how to allot those nights. I've just tried to plan an atual 2 week trip through the Arkansas mountains to beautiful East Texas. I can answer questions about every campground I've mentioned--we've been there.
padredw 08/07/19 03:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

We tend a lil bit different than your choices. About 300 maybe 350 miles and stop for at least 2 nites before moving again. From Chicago, maybe to the Ozarks, down into hot springs Arkansas and further south if you wish. November would be an ideal time to travel south. Here is one possibility: Chicago to Land Between the Lakes (Kentucky/Tennessee) We have stayed at several campgrounds here, most recently Canal COE. But also at Hurricane Creek COE. about 365 miles. At least 2 or 3 days here. Land B. the Lakes to Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. About 360 miles. Arkansas has some great state parks, this is one of them. You could also move on down to Hot Springs/Little Rock. Maumelle COE near Little Rock or Lake Catherine State Park near Hot Springs are good choices. About 60 miles from Petit Jean. In November the leaves will start turning color (depending on the year the quality of the color will vary.) You could even come on down into East Texas. Such as Tyler State Park or Caddo Lake State Park. ~ 170 to 225 miles. These are just to get you thinking. The weather can turn quite cold even in November, but most years there are many day of pleasant temperatures in Arkansas and East Texas.
padredw 08/07/19 02:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Getting an error

Service Temporarily Unavailable! The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later. Has there been any response to this? I am getting this message frequently over the past week or so. Sometimes I can try the same link a few times and it will finally open, sometimes I just give up. I'M GETTING THIS NOW TRYING TO POST. I WILL TRY AGAIN.
padredw 08/03/19 06:55pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: I-40 West of Memphis

This is a route we take several times each year as it is our gateway to anywhere northeast of home. Yes, the truck traffic is heavy both on I-30 to Little Rock and on I-40 on to Memphis--sometimes trucks in both lanes of the highway, but . . . I, too, have found the drivers to be courteous and careful as they can be under those circumstances. The bottom line is that I can travel at my own speed almost without exception and feel no hesitation to use this route. The surface is better than on many other Interstates. WITH ONE EXCEPTION: If it is raining I will try to find any alternate I possibly can. The spray from the trucks makes driving for me very dangerous because of decrease in visibility. That would be true of any highway with much truck traffic.
padredw 08/03/19 06:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Recommendations needed for a nearby anniversary trip please.

You can't beat Santa Fe and we always stay at Santa Fe Skies RV Park. Taos should also be considered. We stay at Taos Valley RV Park. We will be going back to Santa Fe in early September, and I'm sure we will include a trip to Taos on the old High Road to Taos. Edit to say, Sorry, but I don't see any cool mountains any closer to Oklahoma!:R Not much further to Estes Park. I still recommend Santa Fe.
padredw 07/22/19 03:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Louisiana State Parks

It depends on which way you will be crossing Louisiana. But I will mention a couple of the parks where we have stayed. These would be just off I-12, north of New Orleans and east of Baton Rouge: Fairview/Riverside S.P. Fountainleau S. P.
padredw 07/22/19 03:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bedroom AC?

It really depends on your trailer whether it is ducted or not. As for ours, we are with Gearitis: Mine is not ducted. So we place a fan and blow it down the hall and stairs. Makes a BIG difference.
padredw 07/19/19 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Buena Vista CO area

The two I would suggest are Arrowhead Point about 5 miles north of town and the KOA just south of town at Johnson Village. I have stayed at both multiple times. I don't often recommend KOA, but this is one that I do recommend. These two are at the top of my list, and we've been going to Buena Vista for over 50 years (not always in an RV!:)
padredw 07/19/19 06:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Glacier National Park

if i needed hookups, Mountain Meadows would get my business. X 2
padredw 07/19/19 11:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Driving from Albuquerque to Orlando in October

We came across US 82 from AL to US 287 in TX west of Dallas last month. 82 is good until you get east of Paris TX where it degrades. So that is a bypass around DFW keeping that in mind Another DFW bypass is get off 287 at 380 to Greenville then 69 to I20. There is a lot of traffic early /late but divideded most of the way to Greenville & good road all the way to I20. By all means use US 82 and not US 380. 380 not only has congested traffic but many traffic signals. US 82 is a very acceptable highway. Some slowup going through Gainesville, but you can keep highway speed all the way through Sherman. US 69 is a good way to get down to I-20 but there are several other ways.
padredw 07/15/19 04:28pm Roads and Routes
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