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RE: spring chickens...

Well, I can't resist. She is still a great looking woman although she ain't no spring chicken--and, for sure, neither am I. Our daughter took this photo last month (January, 2020) on a trip to Natchitoches, Louisiana. I turned 87 in October, the "no spring chicken -- good looking woman -- turned 84 the same month. And we are still towing our 34' HitchHiker fifth-wheel. Just got back yesterday from Tyler State Park. And celebrated her birthday in North Carolina in October on a 2250 mile RV trip of three weeks. http://dwilliamson.com/Nac.JPG width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum width.
padredw 02/04/20 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ridgway State Park to Leadville

This is easy. I've made it many times. You take US 550 north to Montrose. Very different from US 550 SOUTH from Ouray which is called the "Million Dollar Highway"--absolutely flat to Montrose. Then take US 50 E to Poncha Springs (near Salida). That will be over Monarch Pass. Clearly one of the major passes in Colorado, but a good highway. If you can't tow over Monarch you probably shouldn't be in Colorado. Just keep it slow going down and stay in your lane. Our rig is also a 34' fifth-wheel and a 2500 Chevrolet Duramax/Allison--single rear wheel. Many times over Monarch without a worry. At Poncha Springs take US 285 north to Buena Vista. So -- there is only one high pass and that is Monarch. I take it seriously but without anxiety.
padredw 02/04/20 06:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Niagara - campgrounds on the Canadian side

We have stayed twice at the Fifty Point Conservation Area on the shore of Lake Ontario. It is about 35 miles to the Falls, but we prefer to stay out of the tourist area. This is a peaceful campground with plenty of room between sites.
padredw 01/26/20 08:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Longhorn Ranch RV Resort

Dubois, WY is a good place to stop for the night BEFORE going on in to the Grand Tetons and/or Yellowstone. We did that several years ago and I believe it was in the park which has become since then "Longhorn Ranch." It was a great place to spend the night before going on to Yellowstone, but I would never consider it to be a base camp for a visit there.
padredw 01/25/20 12:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wolf Creek Pass vs. Coal Bank & Molas Passes

The difference to me is that Wolf Creek Pass is among the "normal" highway passes (such as Monarch) in Colorado. US 550 is more of an adventure--a great adventure. I had put off towing a fifth-wheel on the "Million Dollar Highway" until a few years ago. I thought I could do it, but I never really needed to as I always went back through Montrose and Gunnison. But that year we had no need to go back that way and I decided that now was the time. It was great! September and the Aspens were glowing. We had some "wintery mix" at the top of several of the passes. Unfortunately, I was 84 years old at the time and I should not have waited so long. But I'm glad I finally did it.
padredw 01/22/20 08:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Waco to Harlingen TX

77 will take you past Austin and San Antonio. The speed limit on 77 is 70 most of the way. You do have to slow down for the small towns. I get there faster taking 77 because you avoid all the traffic jams in Austin & San Antonio. It is a nice easy drive and has plenty of large gas stations along the route that accommodate RVs and travel trailers. We have taken this route many times. Agree 100%.
padredw 01/21/20 11:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Phoenix to Toronto, May 2020

I would agree with I70-I69 to Port Huron/Sarnia border crossing and then 402-401 to Toronto. 402 and 401 are virtually the same as any U.S. interstate highway. Once you get with a 30 mile radius of Toronto, highways are like any big city highway, busy and crowded about 20 hours a day. Agree. Have crossed at Port Huron/Sarnia the last two times into Ontario to near Hamilton. No problem and little delay at border.
padredw 01/16/20 12:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Flagstaff to Flaming Gorge UT or Cody WY to Red Lodge MT

I don't believe you'll find FHU around the gorge. Either south at Vernal or up in WY. We stayed at Vernal one time, may have been a KOA We stayed at the KOA in Manila, Utah and found it convenient to Flaming Gorge. We enjoyed a drive on a by-road called, "Sheep Creek Scenic Drive" just off highway 44. Many nice overlooks along this highway.
padredw 01/15/20 05:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: September 2020 Suggestions/Advice

Badlands/Blackhills; Great Sand dunes, Buena Vista area, Mesa Verde Colorado. I will make a few comments about this choice of routes as I have extensive experience with most of it. I'l give some specific possibilities. For the first days drive from central Texas you could go to either Caprock Canyon State Park (about 370 miles from Waco) or, if you only want an overnight convenient spot, to Ole Town Cotton Gin RV at Goodlett, Texas (about 290 miles). For the second day you could drive to Raton Pass, NM where there is a very nice overnight now called Raton Pass RV Park (about 350 miles from previous stop). Great Sand Dunes is only 128 miles from Raton Pass, but I would suggest the possibility that you leave early and make Sand Dunes a day stop and drive on to Buena Vista for a late afternoon arrive the same day. After all it is only 100 miles on from Sand Dunes--a couple of hours. Now, after Buena Vista I think you have to choose between Black Hills or Mesa Verde. They are opposite directions from Buena Vista. Either way is a good choice. If you choose Black Hills, I would certainly suggest that you make a visit to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. September is an ideal time as someone above has pointed out. Estes Park is an easy day's drive from Buena Vista and I can give you some suggestions about the route as I have made it many times. From Estes Park to Custer, SD and the Black Hills is just a bit over 300 miles which makes a good day's drive. Many good camping choices in the Custer State Park and surrounding commercial campgrounds. I think the Black Hills could be the terminus of a two week trip. Let's say 1 night at Ole Town, 1 night at Raton Pass, 3 nights at Buena Vista, 3 nights at Estes Park, 3 nights at Custer as an example, that leaves only 4 or 5 nights for return trip. And any one of those 3 night stays could easily be extended rather than adding any other stops. Anyway, I hope this will help you in making final plans. You do have to be specific about miles and nights. I could make just as good a case for going from Buena Vista through Gunnison and Ouray to Mesa Verde and back through Durango and Santa Fe. Just let me know by PM if you wish to see that possibility, or if I might answer any questions about either route.
padredw 01/13/20 07:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground on 78 between Memphis and Tupelo

I have not stayed at either, but I see two good possibilities that meet your desired location, both near Holly Springs, Mississippi. I was through there in October and stopped for fuel in Holly Springs, but it was too early in the day for me to stop. These two look good to me. Wall Doxey State Park Chewalla Lake Rec. Area
padredw 01/10/20 07:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Parks in southern Texas

We have always enjoyed Benson Palm Village RV Resort near Mission Texas. I would call this one "upscale". There is another with similar name not far away. Be sure to look at this one: Benson Palm Village
padredw 01/07/20 06:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Break away cable

I'm entirely with "Old Biscuit" and have been following his procedure for 23 years.
padredw 01/02/20 06:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hard tonneau covers and 5er hitch

My long bed has a 4 piece unit that folds up and snaps at the front of the bed and we have no problems with it being present Exact same experience.
padredw 12/30/19 12:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What happened to STREET VIEW in Google Maps?

I just tried it and they changed how yo get to street view. I use to be able to click on a location and scroll in and it would switch to street view. Now I have to click on the little man to get the street view to come up. I liked the old method better. Exactly my experience and opinion. Today is the first time I've ever had to use the "little man" method. I, too, like the old method better. But I thank everyone who helped me to solve my problem.
padredw 12/13/19 06:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: What happened to STREET VIEW in Google Maps?

Thanks, everyone. Here is the situation: I was at a place where I had used street view before, so I knew that the data had been there. In the past all I had to do was go to satellite view and keep zooming in and street view would automatically open up. I had NEVER used the "little yellow man" in the past. But it seems to only work that way now. I just tried it and all of you are right. I went right back to that same place and put the little yellow man to work -- BINGO, street view works. I must say, I like the old way better, but this way works. Problem solved. Thanks.
padredw 12/13/19 11:24am Roads and Routes
What happened to STREET VIEW in Google Maps?

I used "street view" in planning routes. Just this week I tried to use it and I cannot get street view to work at all--NO street view. Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone know what to do about it? I can't find anything through online search or Google help. I hope this does not represent a permanent change in what was a helpful planning tool.
padredw 12/13/19 08:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Flattest, warmest route to Las Vegas in January from NC

Consider dropping down to I-20 and follow it to I-10 in west Texas. That route will be flatter than I-40, and shorter than an all I-10 route. Then keeping an eye on weather forecast. If winter storms are forecast for any where along I-20 then there are many places to drop on down to I-10. Exactly what I was thinking.
padredw 12/10/19 03:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Shelby, MT to Cardston, AB via MT-213

We also crossed at Sweet Grass and found it good. We were headed to the town of Claresholm where we stayed in their "Centennial Park" and traveled on to Banff the next day. We chose to go through the mountains rather than through Calgary. All the roads were good. We were coming from the South so I have included these notes as well. These are the notes I use for driving. L means "turn left" and R "right"; bcms = "becomes"; sht or shrt = "short--to next turn" I print directions onto a shirt pocket sized card. To Claresholm, AB Back on US 89 N. L on US 87/89 @ Great Falls, R merge I-15 N To Sweet Grass bcms AB 4 to Leithbrdge L on AB 3 W R on AB 23 sht to L on AB 519 R on AB 2 L on AB 520 R on 4 St. W to Centennial Park on R 334 mi To Banff Back to CA 2 N. L on AB 540 R on AB 22 L on AB 541 Cont onto AB 40 N. L onto Can 1 Exit toward Banff L onto Banff Ave shrt L onto Tunnel Mt. Road R into Tunnel Mt. Trailer Park 4 + hours 198 mi
padredw 12/01/19 05:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Help and Advice on a badly placed 5th wheel

This does not sound like a bad idea. But could your "table" be built under the frame? Would not need to be near as tall. Short and sturdy is easier than tall and sturdy. Exactly. But it can be done even with the legs down. How do I know? Several years ago we had a severe failure with the suspension of our fifth wheel in Dalhart, Texas which required our trailer to be "carried" to Amarillo on a low-boy trailer. The driver used boards under the landing gear and very carefully, very slowly, winched the fifth-wheel up onto his trailer. We still have that same fifth-wheel. No damage in that loading just using the landing legs (set at lowest point) The "table" would add some protection, but we were on the road and could not await such construction.
padredw 11/15/19 09:27am Fifth-Wheels
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
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