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RE: Colorado campground for next summer

Also agree with my friend, BB_Tex about those areas he mentioned.
padredw 10/30/19 10:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado campground for next summer

I would concur with the suggestion of Arrowhead Point RV Park just north of the town of Buena Vista. We have also stayed in the KOA just south of town. We do not usually choose KOA parks, but this is one which we have enjoyed. I also think that Buena Vista is a good choice and you have good access for day trips to Gunnison, Crested Butte, Canyon City, Leadville, and Aspen (NOT with an RV in regard to Aspen) -- to name a few. There are many possibilities for hiking--short trails, long trails, difficult trails and some easier trails. Also Buena Vista is noted for river rafting on the Arkansas during the summer. All in all a good choice.
padredw 10/30/19 10:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

Good advice and good question. Our route TO Sevierville will likely be on slow roads so, on the day we drop the clock back to standard time, we will leave early and plan for an arrival around 11:30. Our route FROM Sevierville will be on Interstate all the way and just over 50 miles so our plans are to stay at the Melton Hill Dam Campground just past Knoxville. Figure we'll get out of the crowd for the night! Am considering an alternate route following US 411 to TN 168 to US 129 to pick up I-140 over to I-40 W. The other would be straight through Knoxville which we have done a few times.
padredw 10/19/19 06:42am Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

Hope I'm not carrying this too far but one question does remain. One other reason for stopping at the Apple Barn is that it looks like they have plenty of parking for a truck and fifth wheel. What about the Five Oaks? Would they have such parking? We often stop at Cracker Barrels just because they usually have parking for us.
padredw 10/18/19 07:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

Thanks, Ken for the congrats and the suggestion about restaurant. We have what may be a bad habit of wanting to go back to places that we have enjoyed so much at earlier times--when we were younger. There are two problems with that: 1> You can't go back! It is never the same and usually not as good as we remember it, and 2> You miss some new places that would be good experiences and form new memories. But we are creatures of habit and I'm not sure it would not mean more to my wife for us to go right back to the Apple Barn --- But I'm keeping that door open for now. Have you ever been down to Shatley Springs, NC?
padredw 10/18/19 06:21am Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

Ken, we stayed in Panther Creek State Park at Morristown a few years ago. Sounds like you might be familiar with that area. As you see, we are stopping for Sunday dinner at the Apple Barn in Sevierville. That's all, we will be continuing on our way -- on the Interstate in the afternoon.
padredw 10/17/19 08:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

Thank you, Ken and Jayco. Just what I needed. I will be pulling a 34' fifth-wheel with a 2500 Chevrolet Duramax. We are not in a hurry and I've been towing rigs similar to this for 20 years. But I have never been on any of these routes I mentioned before. Unless there is an actual obstruction or an unpaved road (though I've been on a few of these) I'm pretty confident we can make it. We're going back to Shatley Springs for the second time. It has been years since the only time we were there and we had not even started towing an RV at that time. We will also stop by the Apple Tree (?) or Apple Barn restaurant in Sevierville. I was trying to avoid a long drive on the Interstate. Oh, by the way, I just celebrated my 87th birthday yesterday:C I know, I ought not to be driving much less towing a fifth-wheel;)
padredw 10/17/19 08:43pm Roads and Routes
North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

We will be staying at New River State Park in North Carolina. From there we start home via Tennessee. Google maps shows the quickest route to be US 58/NC16 North up into Virginia to connect with I-81 W and on down to Sevierville, TN. An alternate route would follow US 88/NC 167 to US 421 to US 321 to I-26 to I-81. One reason Google Maps would suggest the route through Virginia is that provides for much more freeway driving. But I will not average that much more because I will NOT be driving the speed limit on the Interstate. I have not given all the connecting roads on either of these routes but anyone who could respond helpfully would know the basic differences in the choice between them. I am not anxious, but if anyone is really familiar with these routes I'd be glad to hear suggestions. I don't generally avoid mountain driving but most of my experience is with Colorado and points north in the Rocky Mountains. I've been over most of those passes.
padredw 10/17/19 06:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 181

Don't think he needs the tunnels on the Parkway. It's the bridges going UNDER the BRP he is asking about. Yes, Terry is exactly right. I don't think I have anything to worry about in that regard. We are not traveling extensively on the BRP. Maybe I should have started a new topic about the route FROM New River State Park. But, again, I don't think I have anything to worry about, just looking for local reassurance.
padredw 10/16/19 02:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 181

OK, I think I will piggy-back on my own post to ask about routes. We will be staying at New River State Park in North Carolina. From there we start home. Google maps shows the quickest route to be US 58/NC16 North up into Virginia to connect with I-81 W and on down to Sevierville, TN. An alternate route would follow US 88/NC 167 to US 421 to US 321 to I-26 to I-81. One reason Google Maps would suggest the route through Virginia is that provides for much more freeway driving. But I will not average that much more because I will NOT be driving the speed limit on the Interstate. I have not given all the connecting roads on either of these routes but anyone who could respond helpfully would know the basic differences in the choice between them. I am not anxious, but if anyone is really familiar with these routes I'd be glad to hear suggestions. I don't generally avoid mountain driving but most of my experience is with Colorado and points north in the Rocky Mountains. I've been over most of those passes.
padredw 10/15/19 07:35am Roads and Routes
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 181

Thanks, friends, looks pretty good. We will be leaving on Monday, October 21 and will be up toward the BRP a bit over a week later.
padredw 10/15/19 07:18am Roads and Routes
Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 181

We will be traveling on NC 181 N. in a couple of weeks. We would like to turn off from 181 onto the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few miles and then back on 181 (near the Camp Creek Parking Lot). I see these stone arch bridges at each entrance/exit. I have a 12' 9" high fifth wheel. Will I have any problem with the arches?
padredw 10/14/19 07:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Carlsbad Caverns NM

My experience is a few years old but I will share anyway. I would not stay in White City if it is anything like what I saw on our last visit to Carlsbad. We decided to stay in town. No, it's not a resort and pretty typical of older parks with permanent residents, but we found it so much more conveniently located than KOA. I would not hesitate to stay there again unless it has really declined.
padredw 10/11/19 03:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boston Ma. to San Antonio Tx.

My previous post concerned only the portion of the trip inside Texas. Here is a part of EastCoast original post: Bluegrass Pkwy. down to Nashville to 40 to 30 Many people are not familiar with the Kentucky system of Parkways. I have been using them for years. Some of them are destined to become part of the Interstate Highway System. I have found them to be excellent highways. In this instance you could take the Bluegrass Pkw to Elizabethtown and then take the Western Kentucky Pkw to connect with I-155 to I-55 down to West Memphis, AR and avoid both Nashville and Memphis. That is the route I take all the time to Lexington, KY. Lots of good campgrounds in the Land Between the Lakes Area just off this route. Also the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington. Just some more ideas for consideration.
padredw 10/10/19 09:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Boston Ma. to San Antonio Tx.

Take 271 south at Mt. Pleasant to hwy 31 to Waco then 84 to 281 and San Antonio. Avoid I-35 traffic, just another plan Excellent suggestion from Camreal. I have another suggestion which will avoid not only Dallas but also Austin which is worse for RV driving than Dallas. So here goes. As above take US 271 at Mt. Pleasant. You have a good new bypass now around that town. BUT at Gilmer take TX 155 through Tyler to Palestine, TX. You will have a loop around Tyler and also at Palestine. @ Palestine take US 79 and follow it all the way down to Rockdale to take US 77 S. At the intersection with TX 21 take 21 through Bastrop to San Marcos where you will pick up I-35 Not everyone will prefer this route since there are many 2 lane highways, but I like to avoid the traffic in Dallas, Waco, and especially Austin. Lots of good places to overnight along this route. I will only mention Tyler State Park and Bastrop--either Bastrop State Park or the LCRV (Lower Colorado River Authority) on Lake Bastrop. At least you have some good choices.
padredw 10/09/19 07:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Toronto Canada to Corpus Christi have 25ft travel trailer

I will confine my remarks to the route within Texas as I am very familiar with these highways. I will assume a starting point of Texarkana, Texas. Look for the US 59 exit from I-30 indicated "Houston" @ Marshall take Loop 390 around Northwest of Town to TX 43 @ Henderson take US 79 (loop around Palestine) all the way to Rockdale then take US 77 US 77 will take you all the way to the vicinity of Corpus Christi. Good commercial campground at Shady Pines, Texarkana (bit out of the way) Good State Parks at Caddo Lake and at Tyler, require small modifications in the route above. Slight modification allows visit to Bryan/College Station and the George W. Bush Presidential Library. I could give many other alternate routes, but this is one for a start.
padredw 09/30/19 09:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

You asked about experience with towing with 2500 2 wheel drive. I have been towing for over 20 years and over 180,000 miles (4 different fifth wheels) all with 2500 2 rear wheel drive. The last several trucks have been diesel but we started out with gasoline. In all these 20+ years I can only remember one time when 4 wheel drive would have made any difference. After a sudden rain in Florida many years ago the ground became slippery. Within minutes a park ranger had come to help us out. That's it. Not one other time we could have used four wheel drive.
padredw 09/29/19 11:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: States Visited Map Rules

Very few states are in any doubt for us. Only two: we have "rolled across" and stopped in Vermont and New Hampshire. All the others "filled in" we have spent at least one night in the RV. I don't know whether we will ever fill in these: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware. I think these are the only states not filled in on our map.
padredw 09/21/19 08:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Texas

Very good suggestions above. Just be sure to extend your "part of April" to include the blooming of the Bluebonnets.
padredw 09/17/19 08:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling on I-70 West to Monument Valley to Zion

I think we are talking about US 160, not I-60. The part I am familiar with in Colorado runs from Walsenburg (intersects with I-25 there) to Durango in the west. As has been said LaVeta is one of the easiest passes in Colorado and Wolf Creek is up a notch, but so much better now than the first time I drove over it in the 1960s.
padredw 09/17/19 08:06pm Roads and Routes
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