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RE: Colorado - Wyoming - Montana - Idaho

I have been told that mid-July thru August is the best time due to weather for 7 weeks in those states. Do you agree? If you are coming from East Texas as we are, this would be an ideal time to get away from our heat and humidity. I would not limit my travel to the Rocky Mountains to these dates, but I expect they may ideal for this whole range of states. We just got back from Colorado (early September) and, if anything, felt that was a bit early.
padredw 10/14/20 08:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Later and Later Check-in times

All this in good will. Threads have a way of their own. But since I created this thread and have found that my concerns are pretty widely shared I have some hope we can address those concerns helpfully. I will quote below a message I sent to Campendium and TheDyrt. Maybe others will join me in making this a constructive crusade to persuade COE (and maybe some others) to rethink these extremely late check-in times. 6:00 pm is near dark and night time. I am accustomed to check-out around 11:00 am and check-in around noon or 1:00 pm. Anyway here is my message: Thank you for a very useful website and a virtual community. In planning for an RV trip up into Arkansas next week, I ran into, what is for me, a problem. Two of the COE campgrounds had a check-in time of 6:00 PM (and a check-out time of 4:00 PM). I have been traveling all across the United States in fifth-wheel trailers for over 20 years. This late check-in time seems completely unreasonable to me and out of line with my experience over most of those years. So why do I write Campendium? 1. I would like to know when and why COE management began these very late check-in times. Such a virtual community that you represent might be more likely to get a straight answer than I could get as a single citizen. 2. I would like to see if there is anything we can do to reverse this change in COE policy. Again, such a virtual camping community that you represent may be able to have more influence than I ever could as a single respondent. 3. On the other hand, I do want to do what I can so maybe you can tell me the most effective office or person with whom to communicate in the Army Corps of Engineers to express my concerns.
padredw 10/10/20 02:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Later and Later Check-in times

Are the check-out times later too? Yes, on these parks I'm dealing with. Check out still about an hour (some 2 hours) before check-in time. We booked a spot at Rend Lake this past summer in Southern IL. Arrived at Noon on SUNDAY -- thinking the weekenders would be gone by then. Check out time was 4pm We had a similar experience at Rend Lake. In fact, this was one of the first times I noticed such a late check-in time. That was more than a year ago but now two of the COE campgrounds where we are planning to stay in Arkansas (Old Cowhide and Denby Point) have check-in at 6:00 pm with check out times of 4:00 pm. Other than this we often prefer COE parks, but 6:00 pm is beyond reasonable to me. Wonder how this trend got started???
padredw 10/09/20 02:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Later and Later Check-in times

I have just noticed as I plan for a trip that the COE parks (and some others) are having a later check-in time: many at 4:00 pm and one, at least, with 6:00 pm. These are all in Arkansas, but I think it applies more broadly than that. That certainly does not fit my usual pattern of moving around noon. Have you noticed this, and what can we do about it? I know that what suits some may not suit others, so I know this is a personal opinion.
padredw 10/09/20 09:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: US 84 New Mexico

My map shows 84 between I 40 and I 25 and extends beyond both. Yes, indeed. US 84 N turns off from I-40 just west of Santa Rosa, NM and joins I-25 just south of Las Vegas, NM. So it definitely connects I-40 in the south to I-25 in the north. US 285 also connects I-40 and I-25 further west--from Clines Corner to near Santa Fe. Either one will work depending on where you are going.
padredw 09/28/20 07:30am Roads and Routes
RE: US 84 New Mexico

I probably should not answer for the reason that it has been several years since we have made this route, but we have made it several times and I do not recall any problem whatsoever. It is for the most part (maybe entirely) a two lane road and mostly flat. In more recent years we have gone up US 285 because Santa Fe was our destination. I hope others with more recent experience will add to or correct my post.
padredw 09/25/20 04:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: Portable Gas Heaters

We have a trip planned for early September, 2020, inside the Rocky Mountain National Park which is at an altitude of over 8000 feet. I have been considering a portable propane heater to supplement the furnace (to save battery) but note that there are alerts about them not working above certain altitudes. For example the Mr. Buddy or Big Buddy. Do any of you have experience using such heaters at high altitudes? I will appreciate your comments. I know we will need heat and wish to conserve the batteries as much as possible I am quoting myself the OP in order to report. We did make the trip as planned. We took a catalytic heater Wave 6 which we already had for in-home use. It worked fine and was enough, though I will have to say we were having unusually warm weather UNTIL ... the September snow storm hit. We solved that problem by "getting out of Dodge!" We left RMNP 2 days early and scooted down to Colorado Springs where we did, indeed, have snow. We were probably being extra cautious but we did not want to get stranded in a high altitude campground without any hookups or access to propane. We had a wonderful trip and thanks to all who responded to my request for advice.
padredw 09/24/20 03:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: North Toledo Bend & South Toledo Bend State Parks Louisiana

I would recommend going over to Natchitoches LA though. Cool old historic town. I wholeheartedly agree with this recommendation. I will also add that there is one of the nicest RV parks just a few miles north of the city of Natchitoches called "Grand Ecore". It is one of the best laid out campgrounds we have ever stayed in. Grand Ecore RV Park
padredw 09/18/20 08:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CO 14/Poudre Canyon Closure-Cameron Peak Update 10.18.20

This photo taken last Saturday, September 5. At first I thought this was a most unusual sunset. On the Bear Lake Road in RMNP. http://dwilliamson.com/fire.JPG
padredw 09/10/20 02:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mosca CG aka San Luis State Park CO

Delete Don't know why the photo appears so large.
padredw 09/09/20 08:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mosca CG aka San Luis State Park CO

Here is where we stayed a bit over a week ago. It is BLM dispersed camping just off the road from US 160 up to GSDNP. Called "Sacred White Mountain Camping"http://dwilliamson.com/BLM.JPG
padredw 09/09/20 08:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Hauling generator on upcoming trip

I like the ramps. This generator is a two person job. Also note: I do have a cover and use it, just removed for the photo.
padredw 08/29/20 08:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hauling generator on upcoming trip

This is strictly for the OP and not for argumentation. I have almost exactly the setup he is considering and have made several trips to Colorado without any problems. I do use the generator to cool off the trailer for about half an hour before lunch stops and night time stops, and I do use the generator for brief periods of time in off-grid campsites. To OP: note the 30 amp connection from our home base and the comparable 30 amp cables on the hitch carrier. Note how short and direct a distance I can connect from the generator into the 30 amp connection to the trailer. I bought this used generator, the hitch carrier, and the wiring from a friend with the same trailer model as ours when he stopped RV travel. http://dw4u.net/Gen.JPG width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum, width.
padredw 08/28/20 07:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: S. Florida to S. California

from Dallas to Amarillo on Rt 287 I make this route from Wichita Falls to Amarillo several times each year. In fact, will be doing so day after tomorrow. Nothing to worry about. The only adjustment I would make on this part of your route would be to avoid Dallas/Ft. Worth. Several good ways to get up from I-20 to US 82. One I will be using tomorrow will be US 69 from I-20 up to Bells, TX near Sherman. Then US 82 west to US 287. I've also made the route from Mobile up to I-20 many times. There are several good possibilities--such as up to Hattisburg and on to Jackson. Well, I better leave others to fill in the details from Mobile to I-20. I'll stick to my comments about US 287.
padredw 08/28/20 01:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route advice.

Buena Vista to Walsenburg. I’m pulling a 34 ft 5th wheel. We also have a 34' fifth wheel and the above route is the one we always follow. I've lost count of how many times we've made this route. We always use the Cotopaxi short cut instead of going on to Texas Creek, but you might not be comfortable with that short, steep, narrow, and not well surfaced road. But it is better now that it once was. We are comfortable with it, so at least I mention it. We always enjoy going through Westcliffe and a few times have stayed at the Grape Creek Campground. We also usually stop at the divide between Huefarno County and Custer County. Sometimes we have seen a large herd of Bison very near the road there. Possibly a part of Wolf Springs Ranch. It is not the best road in the world, but we always enjoy it and the portion between US 50 and Westcliffe is very scenic.
padredw 08/20/20 07:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Nice COE campgrounds

Full disclosure: I did not take this photo, but got it off the web site for the Paris civic center. I did crop it to focus on the tower and the veterans' memorial. The COE at Airport in Waco is one of our favorites. We have two full service COE campgrounds on Lake 'o The Pines: Brushy Creek and Buckhorn, both near the dam. We prefer COE if they can fit into our timeline and itinerary for a trip. For a visit to Natchitoches, Louisiana there is a wonderful new campsite called Grand Ecore, north of town which is one of the best. It is not exclusively a COE, but under the Red River Authority. Here is their website: Grand Ecore
padredw 08/16/20 08:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nice COE campgrounds

Agree completely about COE. We have stayed in a couple of these mentioned. Just thought I'd document the Paris/Eiffel Tower with a photo: (Veteran's Memorial on the right.) http://dw4u.net/SFS/SFS12.jpg
padredw 08/14/20 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne Mountain State Park

BTW, Cheyenne Mountain is our favorite place to stay in the Springs. Ours too, for sure! We were just there in July and now we plan to be back in September. We have always stayed "at the top" in Raptor's Glen. We often plan trips to Colorado around when we can get 3 or 4 days at Cheyenne Mountain. This time we were able to get these days in Cheyenne Mountain and in Glacier Basin in RMNP. Thanks to all for the help about the route. I think we will make it now.:)
padredw 08/04/20 03:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Glacier national park campgrounds

We had a particularly good experience at Mountain Meadow in Hungry Horse on the west side of Glacier National Park. So good in fact that we would definitely go back there on any visit to Glacier. We liked the layout of the campsites and the fact that we could hike a bit up the hill from the campground.
padredw 08/03/20 05:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Just be aware that I25 from Castle Rock to Monument is still in major reconstruction. Narrow lanes and lots of lane movement. But is there any reasonable alternative when towing a 34' fifth-wheel? I can't seem to find one on the map.
padredw 08/03/20 01:46pm Roads and Routes
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