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RE: Buffalo Bill State Park

We stayed several years ago out at Island Park, Idaho. In fact, we have stayed there on two different occasions: once at the Red Rock RV park which is a commercial campground with full hookups, the other time at Henry's Lake State Park. I can highly recommend both of them. It is about 20 miles into West Yellowstone, but the area is worth a visit. We enjoyed the drive in and back each day.
padredw 04/21/21 05:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to stay near Johnson City TX?

Our first choice when staying in Fredericksburg is the KOA. We are not prejudiced one way or the other about KOA. We never choose a park BECAUSE it is a KOA, but some, like this one, we know and prefer. It is about 5 miles East of Fredericksburg toward Johnson City, so that may be an advantage to you.
padredw 03/18/21 07:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Would you do it?

I guess I'd have to say, I'm doing it, but I'm not telling anyone else to do it. Your weights are very close to mine. I have been towing this 34' HitchHiker II for 14 years (see my travel map). We have towed over most of the passes in Colorado and many others in the western states. Two times in emergency situations we have had to tow without trailer brakes--once over Monarch Pass. The other time we had to tow back home from Coastal Georgia to East Texas (weekend and need to get home. No repair available). I would never advise to tow without trailer brakes, but I can say (like the Bumblebee) I was able to do it when I had to. We have a 2017 Chevrolet Duramax diesel. We have actually been towing with a 2500 diesel with 4 different fifth-wheels for over 20 years, but we have towed this HitchHiker with the Chevrolet 2500 for over 100,000 miles. I have never felt any lack of control or stability on the highway or over high mountain passes. Of course I'm pretty experienced: almost 200,000 miles of fifth-wheel towing and 88 years of age! :R :B
padredw 03/17/21 06:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bryson City NC to Knoxville TN

If I wanted to see the park or Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, I would take 411. If I just wanted to get to Knoxville, especially on a weekend, I would take I 40. If you have not been through the park this would be a good opportunity to enjoy it. Just don't be in a hurry and consider it a visit to a very popular National Park.
padredw 03/16/21 05:49am Roads and Routes
RE: "Waxing" a fifth wheel camper

I am in agreement with you, just passed 70 and my body still works well, and keeping it working helps. I also like the results water still beads like the day I waxed it. You don’t stay young sitting on your butt. Glad to hear you youngsters are keeping at it. I turned 88 in October and still try to take care of my 14 year old HitchHiker II. I have used the three stage kit from Meguiars. I focus on the front cap as the cost/benefit in terms of my energy compared with the results is far greater there. Mequiars
padredw 03/09/21 08:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Traveling from Bryce Canyon to Moab

But if you want scenic take 12 east to Torry then 24 to I-70 and 191 to Moab. IMO 12 scares more people but it is a decent road, you just need to drive it. Couple of hard short climbs. Lots of RV's of every size on it. You won't sent any speed records om it. From Torry on it is just another road. Agree with both previous posters. Utah 12 from Bryce to Torry remains one of our favorite routes.
padredw 03/06/21 06:03am Roads and Routes
RE: Tyler Texas area dry campoing

You might contact the Lions RV Park which is near Lindale, TX and not much further than Tyler State Park to the city. My point is to ask if they might have some arrangement that would fit your needs. We have stayed there and found it to be a very nice park. They are small and private and might be willing to accommodate. https://lionsrvpark.com/
padredw 02/27/21 06:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help! Nu Wa manual desperately needed

Some of us go regularly to Chanute for service. Daryl has always been willing to help over the phone with things I can do--or have to do in an emergency. I'm posting this just to say: let's give them as much of our service business as possible. That will enable them to stay in business. I can usually schedule a visit to Chanute as part of a trip I'm planning.
padredw 02/25/21 09:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help! Nu Wa manual desperately needed

Old biscuit is entirely correct about the NuWa manual. I have the same year and model HitchHiker as he. The manual I have is largely composed of manufacturers' manuals of individual components such as refrigerator, oven, television, furnace; I could go on. There is only some very basic information about the trailer as a whole. This is not to say that the information contained in the "manual" is not important, it is and I have made use of it over the years I have owned this trailer, but it is to recognize its limitations. IN specific response to the original question of this post, one thing you will not find among these documents is a "wiring diagram". It does not exist and never existed. There is an active Forum for NuWa owners and there are many members who are willing to help new owners. http://nuwaowners.org/forum/ Edit to add: Where are you in Texas? Send me a private message. I may be able to help.
padredw 02/23/21 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Durango, Colorado or Shiprock, New Mexico.????

Heading south out of Pagosa Springs toward New Mexico on 84 means you'd miss Wolf Creek Pass I don't mind Wolf Creek Pass as I have towed over it several times. BUT . . . the drive on 84 from Pagosa Springs in a beautiful drive, and it is the one I would choose.
padredw 02/04/21 08:17am Roads and Routes
RE: Texas/SE NM during Spring Break - just getting our trailer

You mentioned Central Texas. There is no better time to visit, especially around Fredericksburg than April. We prefer the KOA at Fredericksburg. Inks Lake State Park is ideal but may be difficult to get a reservation even now. I often try for a couple of weekday nights then supplement with something like the KOA. There are also some nice choices around Kerrville. You might enjoy a visit to our part of the state--Northeast Texas. Springtime is also a beautiful time to visit here. There is Tyler State Park, Daingerfield SP, Bob Sandlin SP, and Atlanta SP. Again, it might be difficult to get into Tyler SP, but my comment above also applies here--try a couple of weekday nights. It would be worth it. There are two COE lakes which have excellent campgrounds: Lake 'O The Pines with Buckhorn Campground and Brushy Creek Campground. There is also Wright Patman Lake with my favorite, Spring Creek Campground. Atlanta SP, mentioned above, is on Wright Patman.
padredw 01/31/21 09:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: vallecito res. colorado

Has anyone stayed at any of the national forest sites on vallecito res. Are they doable for a class A Hi neighbor, I have reservations in June, 2021 for the "Vallecito Campground" which is a national forest campground. I have never stayed there in an RV, but did so when we were backpacking. I think there may be a few sites that could accommodate your rig but you would have to be very selective. You also would need to reserve for a site in that campground. I do not know about any of the other NF campgrounds in the region. I have stayed in the Blue Spruce commercial campground which is just around the corner from the Vallecito Campground. They usually stay pretty full during the Summer and a reservation would be essential to stay there. Both the Vallecito NF campground and the Blue Spruce RV Park are at the end of the trail (highway) and beginning of the trail (hiking into the Wemenuche Wilderness trailhead). Here is a valuable YouTube video of the Vallecito NF Campground: Vallecito NF Campground We spent 7 happy years in Henderson while I was pastor of the Methodist Church there.
padredw 01/31/21 07:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado Springs big rig RV park?

For sure, if you can get into Cheyenne Mountain State Park that is not only the best in Colorado Springs, it is one of the best anywhere. But IT IS HARD TO GET A RESERVATION! And you have to have a reservation. I stayed there twice last Summer and was lucky enough to get a reservation in July, 2021. Now, the KOA at Fountain is far better an any of the campgrounds in Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs--in my opinion. Most of the campgrounds in town are packed in. At least the campsites at KOA are reasonably spaced. I stayed in the KOA last September until my sites at Cheyenne Mountain opened up. This was because the September snowstorm ran us out of Rocky Mountain National Park. So here is a clear recommendation: Cheyenne Mountain if you can get a reservation, otherwise KOA at Fountain. EDIT to say: forgot to add, I did not notice road noise at all at the KOA.
padredw 01/30/21 03:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fredericksburg Tx

I agree completely with IDman. The KOA in Fredericksburg is our first choice--in the back of the park down in the trees. He said it first; he said it right; I just agree.
padredw 01/16/21 05:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: August cammping

I am already finding it much more difficult to find sites to reserve in Colorado in July--September. We used to travel there without concern about finding a campground with open sites; now we have to be fast on the draw when the six-month window opens up for state parks and national forest parks. As for Texas in August, I'm with Paw Paw. The best place to camp in Texas in August is in Colorado!
padredw 01/04/21 07:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Western Washington to Nashville

What do you think about taking I-20? Thinking maybe we could visit White Sands NP again (weather should be fine) and then head East on I-20 through Dallas (or possibly drop down to I-10 and visit family in San Antonio, Houston). Since you asked about I-20 I will comment about that portion of your contemplated route. From Dallas to Nashville is about 665 miles. One good thing: from west to east I-20 is an easy route south around Dallas/Fort Worth on the south. I have towed my fifth-wheel on this route several times and have never had to slow down. April is a beautiful time in East Texas as the wildflowers are blooming and the temperature/humidity hasn't reached Summer's awful highs. There is a super fine state park at Tyler just off I-20, but the park is popular and would require advance registration. The direct route to Nashville from Dallas is to take I-30 to Little Rock and I-40 on to Memphis and Nashville. (the interchange from I-20 to I-30 would be on the east side and still avoid much of the city traffic.) You have mentioned the alternative to drop south. If so, you would stay on I-10 and not take I-20. In April this would take you to the Texas Hill Country and such towns as Kerrville and Fredericksburg as well as to San Antonio. It would be a great time for a visit to Fredericksburg, a quaint town with German heritage. The bluebonnets would likely be near their peak. To really enjoy this area would require staying over for a day or two at least. You may take an entirely different route, I am commenting only on the portion of I-30, I-30, and I-10 within Texas. I know these routes well as I live just 20 miles north of I-20 not far from the Louisiana state line. Let me know if I can help.
padredw 01/04/21 07:32am Roads and Routes
RE: Rving coming to an end

Sorry to hear about Diana's illness. Have always appreciated your posts on this forum. Will pray for you both.
padredw 11/03/20 02:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: A Month in Brownsville TX, Jan 2021??

You may want to consider the entire Lower Rio Grande Valley--all the way from Brownsville up to McAllen and Mission. Many good RV resorts along this entire route. From Alamo to Mission there are so many parks that you can choose your activity every day of the week by visiting neighboring RV resorts.
padredw 10/28/20 10:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fire in Grand County CO - 10.31.20 update

Thanks, Thom. We are following these fires with great concern and sorrow. We camped at Glacier Basin campground in September and had to leave early because of the September snowfall. Now we are thankful for this snowfall and hope that it will be enough to at least help the firefighters. Please continue to keep us posted.
padredw 10/26/20 09:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Albuquerque to Tallahassee

Would Hwy 190 E over to I-12 a good road to miss the construction? Yes, that is what I meant in an earlier post as an alternate: Turn at Opelousas onto 190 rather than going on to Lafayette. I often choose to go that way.
padredw 10/26/20 09:06am Roads and Routes
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