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RE: Central Missouri to Colorado Springs

From Columbia, MO to Colorado Springs you have a straight shot on I-70 across Kansas to where it intersects with US 24 to take that highway into Colorado Springs. You will be lucky to find a hill along this route. At this stage, you would be extremely lucky to find a site in Cheyenne Mountain State Park, but it is certainly worth a try. You need to call this very minute to see if there has been a cancellation as the park remains fully reserved through the Summer. I would take I-25 straight through Denver. Maybe we have been lucky but we have never had a significant slowdown going North or South, of course avoiding rush hour traffic times. And I would go on up to Loveland and take US 34 into Estes Park, a nice drive in itself. Commercial RV parks in Estes Park are also likely to be near full. We have always stayed in Spruce Lake, but there are several choices. I think I would try for Mary's Lake at this stage. Again, you need to call immediately to find what is available in Estes Park. You are not likely to find a site within the National Park, but it will not hurt to call to see if a site you will fit in may have come open. I have been over all these roads several times (except for the eastern section of I-70) and if you take your time in the canyon I don't see any part of the route that should cause you any difficult driving. Good Luck and welcome to Colorado. (We just returned from Silveton and the Million Dollar Highway.) EDIT TO SAY: I was typing while Thom was posting, but I was thinking of him. He has helped me several times as I planned routes in the area. I defer to his judgement (but I seem to concur with it anyway!:)
padredw 07/20/21 06:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Thru Amarillo - south to north

When we travel "north" we are usually going up through Dalhart. If that is the case for you I recommend traveling west on IH-40 and then take highway 385 north. We always take this route, by far better than going on through town. This advice also applies to Dumas. Occasionally, we drive on I 40 to the Bell St. exit and go up to FM 1061 by the Cal Farley Boy's Ranch. This route bypasses Dumas but goes on to Dalhart. 1061 is a Farm (or Ranch) Road. It is a bit shorter but it is narrow and follows the contour of the land (up and down). I do not advise it, but I do often follow it myself as an alternate to Dalhart.
padredw 07/06/21 10:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Ute lake or Conchas Lk Stae Pks, New Mexico?

We will be staying at Conchas Lake for our first time in June. It will be on our way as we will go on up to Las Vegas, NM and Taos before going on to Vallecito Campground and Silverton. We have passed by Conchas a few times on NM 104, but not in the last few years. I recall 104 as a pretty "lonely road."
padredw 05/25/21 03:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hwy 115 north from 50 in Colorado

Best way to come up to Cheyenne Mountain SP. I have done so several time and will be doing so in July, 2021. You will not encounter the Colorado Springs traffic as you will enter the state park well south of that. Also, you do not go "through" Fort Carson, but "by" it, and the main gate will be directly across from your entry into the state park. Cheyenne Mountain is one of our favorite parks in the entire country; hope you will enjoy it. You are fortunate to have reservations. Note: the closure of US 50 is between Montrose and Gunnison. We are having to revise our route from Silverton to Cheyenne Mountain because of that closure. We will come back around to Durango rather than going on up to Ouray and Montrose. EDIT TO ADD: That link given by agesilaus above confirms what I have said about traffic on week-ends and also has an excellent chart of all the traffic/closure times. I read some time ago that traffic may be permitted on week-ends. That wouldn't work for us, but you may want to check that out. Also that there were certain hours each day that would allow traffic. Check it out if your intended route is from Montrose to Gunnison.
padredw 05/25/21 03:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: ★ Signon on via Chrome (Workaround)

This behavior is NOT specific to Chrome. Microsoft EDGE had exactly the same problem. The good news? The work-around does solve the problem for me.
padredw 05/18/21 09:26am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Rv Park with Pine trees

It may be too far this time, but East Texas has some really nice parks with plenty of pine trees: Tyler State Park Daingerfield State Park Bob Sandlin State Park Atlanta State Park Brushy Creek, COE, Lake 'o the Pines Buckhorn, COE, Lake 'o the Pines 2 nice COE campgrounds, Wright Patman Lake And these are just those in the very Northeast corner of Texas -- about 150 miles east of Dallas. Most not far off I-20. For what it's worth, east/west around Dallas is easy on I-20. I usually tow at highway speed with no slowdown. I must admit I've never encountered an accident; that would surely cause a slow-down.
padredw 05/14/21 10:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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
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