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RE: Route into Buena Vista Co. then to Wy.

Any opinions on a park to stay at would be a help. We have stayed in several of the RV parks in Buena Vista over the years. Our preference is either Arrowhead Point, north of town; or the KOA south of town. We prefer either of these over parks right in the town of Buena Vista. But, you have lots of choices.
padredw 05/19/20 10:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Route into Buena Vista Co. then to Wy.

U.S. 50 and U.S. 285. I am wondering how that road is and what I can expect for climbs.Would it be better (Easier) to go to Pueblo and take U.S. 50 in to B.V. I imagine there will be some climbing either way but I would prefer the easiest route. This is the route we normally take from Walsenburg to US 50. It is a state highway and has only one gradual climb between Gardner and Westcliffe. It is narrow and winding at times, but I always take this route pulling a 34' fifth-wheel. Some avoid this route because of the charistics of the road, not because of steep climbs or descents. In fact, we take CO road 1A directly into Cotapaxi rather than going on to Texas Creek, but I would not advise that for anyone not familiar with that steep descent into Cotapaxi. If you do go on to Pueblo and take US 50 to Salida, you will go through more of the very winding canyon along the Arkansas River. It is a beautiful drive, but very slow going. You will have some of that from Texas Creek on into Salida. Just take it easy and enjoy the scenery.
padredw 05/19/20 10:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Arkansas State Parks to open...

Some weeks ago ALL COE parks were closed and I have not heard of them being opened. I agree, they are a great choice.
padredw 05/01/20 04:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Arkansas State Parks to open...

Not good for us neighbors from Texas! Have appreciated Arkansas state parks for many years, but got cancelled for May 11 because I am not from Arkansas.
padredw 04/29/20 06:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: St George, UT to Cannonville, UT (Bryce Canyon Trip)

Route A) North on I-15 to Hiway 20, then East to Hiway 89 at Bear Valley Junction We made this exact route several years ago from near Los Angeles to St. George and then on to Bryce. I had good reason then to think that 20 was a better route than 14. We were towing a 34' fifth-wheel with a Chev. diesel 2500 and had no trouble at all with the route. I'm not sure how it fits into your route but our favorite part of the trip was towing over Utah 12 from Bryce to Capitol Reef. It is a beautiful drive.
padredw 02/24/20 07:23am Roads and Routes
RE: getting trapped inside a park

Almost -- twice. About ten years ago in California, Valley Center, Woods Valley campground. This time my fault: one wrong turn took me into a portion of the campground with no exit for my 34' fifth-wheel. Fortunately residents of that area stopped me just before point of no return and helped me to back out--long way! Two years later, Stone State Park near Sioux City, Iowa. Had reservations but found no campsite adequate, proceeded to a loop at the end of the campground--loop too small and tight with a small tree right in the center. Took much hemming and hawing but I did just barely get out. Went on to a KOA across the river in South Dakota. Finally did get a refund because there was no one on duty to assist me at the state park. These are the campground close calls. Many others on the road. Once near Brandon, MS went to visit a friend in a retirement center pulling the fifth-wheel (on the way to Florida). No parking at all, but I turned down the residential street across from it. It turned out to be a cul de sac. It was a narrow street with mailboxes at driveways. Would not want to do that again. Almost destroyed a mailbox and had to back into a very busy boulevard. A thread like this excites us all and brings back memories mostly of narrow escapes which are our victories.
padredw 02/20/20 03:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trip Through Arkansas June 2020

I don't think you would have any difficulty on either of these routes. Both are US highways. They will not be straight and level, but I've never found any problem in towing a 34' fifth-wheel on either. I have found the state highways in Arkansas to be very "wind-ey" and a good bit of up and down. I just decide to enjoy the journey and know that I cannot make the kind of time that I would on a freeway or even on a US highway. To your question: I've been over much of US 270 and US 71. Mostly 2 lane and helps not to get behind a log truck, but I don't see any reason for concern--no switch backs; no really steep grades. Now if you go up to Queen Wilhelmina State Park on Rich Mountain near Mena, you can find a bit of both.
padredw 02/19/20 05:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Death ValleyCA->Chicago: sights? boondocking. in April.

Assuming your route to include Pie Town and Magdalena, agree with possibility of Sedona before those stops. After Magdalena I also agree to scoot up I-25 through Albuquerque to Santa Fe. There are several Forest Service campgrounds around Santa Fe, and one of the nicest COE campgrounds at Cochiti Lake (between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, but closer to Santa Fe). In the Amarillo area there is Palo Duro State Park which would be a nice place for a stopover.
padredw 02/18/20 06:10am Roads and Routes
RE: Phoenix to ALBQ to CO Springs to Leadville CO (at capacity)

I put Raton Pass in the "easiest" pass category. I always tow over Raton on my way to anywhere in Colorado.
padredw 02/06/20 09:41am Roads and Routes
RE: spring chickens...

Is not getting on the roof that is the issue, it is the transition from the roof to the ladder to get back down!!!!!! You are absolutely right about that. Maybe just a bit of video cheating: I actually used the RV ladder at the rear (obviously not part of the edited video). The extension ladder had more to do with holding my hose as I recall.
padredw 02/05/20 07:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: spring chickens...

These are encouraging words--and the skies are not cloudy all day!:C All you young folks are giving us hope for the future! For me one of the warning signs will be when I can no longer crawl around under the trailer to do some of my own repairs and when I no longer feel safe to work on my roof. Such as this
padredw 02/05/20 12:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Land Between the Lakes

We have stayed several times in this general area but always at the north end. I will mention some of the campgrounds: Kentucky Dam State Park. Older park, service connections farther back than most. Nice, quiet park. Would definitely go back. Hurricane Creek, COE on Barkley Lake. Very nice COE park. Some beautiful sites overlooking the lake. Would definitely go back. Canal COE. Another good COE park. Busier than Hurricane Creek. Lots of "old timers" who come back each year. Near to nice little town of Grand Rivers, KY. Handier to town than others. Would definitely go back. Since I would go back to all of them??? Well, that depends on how they might fit into my trip. None of them were my destination, but that doesn't mean they would not qualify for being so. There are many other campgrounds in the general area that would be just as acceptable. These are the ones I have stayed in.
padredw 02/05/20 09:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: spring chickens...

. . . fortunate couple. Being able to do what you both enjoy, able to live your dreams, in your later years, is something most are unable to achieve, as a couple. Thank you both for your responses. I posted in the light hearted manner appropriate to the way the thread had developed, all good . . . But at a deeper level I know how fortunate and blessed we are. As another minister, one far greater than I, said, "If I boast let me boast in the Lord." Our ability to enjoy our RV travel, and many more important things, is not something we have achieved and not something we deserve. We do not take it for granted. In fact, we stand amazed and full of gratitude to the Lord. This I needed to say, but I trust now that the thread will continue in the light hearted good will in which I originally posted, and in which this whole thread began.
padredw 02/05/20 07:23am Fifth-Wheels
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
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