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This is all great information. We are pretty careful types, so we'll check all the usual stuff. My husband grew up in that area, so he knows the effects of the AZ weather on vehicles. We'll try to balance reasonable preparation with play it as you go in terms of supplies. We aren't delicate or divas, and can do without! We're mainly looking forward to the journey.

Any tips about actual travel? Etiquette we may not know about? I saw a trip planner on the KOA website that laid out their sites all along the way so we could sort of plan where we might stop - are KOA's ok? I've never used one before.

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Some KOAs are fine, others not. Don’t be afraid to dry camp at a local, state or federal park/forest.


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You basically have I-40 to come back on. You surely have some kind of time frame to hold to I assume so the meandering of the back roads especially through AZ and NM would be, lets say difficult. The issue of possible mechanical problems might make you stay closer to the interstate and larger towns in case help is needed. Tires will be the weak link. Are you ready to spring for new ones to get home on? If those tires have been baked in the AZ sun and are old to boot be prepared to put new ones on. Setting up and breaking down is not that complicated but don't forget the things like the TV antenna, don't leave it raised up when you depart the campground. Stow things well to keep them from moving around in the trailer when on the road.


Should you have questions at a campground there are plenty of helpful fellow campers that would gladly help you. Don't be shy, campers are a friendly lot. Google Maps and Trip Advisor are very helpful to find things to do along the way. Do get off the interstate when you can and have fun. There is quite a lot to see that isn't that far off the interstate.


RVPARKY app for your phone is great for locating campgrounds along your route. I would not worry about reservations. We start calling about 2pm with a good estimate of where we want to stop at around 4pm. We call the campground and check if they have a site for one night and then we will have them hold it for us. We have never been shut out with no place to stay.


Good luck and have a great time.

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KOA just so you know is on the pricy side of CG . BE SAFE ENJOY THE TRIP.

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Old trailer tires? I'd get new tires before that long trip.

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Can't emphasize enough the other posters advice on getting new trailer tires. Unless the current tires have been put on new within the last couple of years, you need to replace them before leaving Tucson.

And even if they are new within the last couple of years, you still need to examine them closely to make sure they haven't developed cracks in the tread or sidewall.


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Atlee wrote:

Can't emphasize enough the other posters advice on getting new trailer tires. Unless the current tires have been put on new within the last couple of years, you need to replace them before leaving Tucson.

And even if they are new within the last couple of years, you still need to examine them closely to make sure they haven't developed cracks in the tread or sidewall.


Thanks Atlee, the tires are the main thing we're concerned about. I'm told they are "new" within the past year, but we don't believe it until we see it. We will have the ability to purchase tires, so that won't be a barrier.

I'm in Glen Allen, so you're not to far from us!

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Atlee wrote:

Can't emphasize enough the other posters advice on getting new trailer tires. Unless the current tires have been put on new within the last couple of years, you need to replace them before leaving Tucson.

And even if they are new within the last couple of years, you still need to examine them closely to make sure they haven't developed cracks in the tread or sidewall.


Thanks Atlee, the tires are the main thing we're concerned about. I'm told they are "new" within the past year, but we don't believe it until we see it. We will have the ability to purchase tires, so that won't be a barrier.

I'm in Glen Allen, so you're not to far from us!

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Atlee wrote:

Can't emphasize enough the other posters advice on getting new trailer tires. Unless the current tires have been put on new within the last couple of years, you need to replace them before leaving Tucson.

And even if they are new within the last couple of years, you still need to examine them closely to make sure they haven't developed cracks in the tread or sidewall.


Thanks Atlee, the tires are the main thing we're concerned about. I'm told they are "new" within the past year, but we don't believe it until we see it. We will have the ability to purchase tires, so that won't be a barrier.

I'm in Glen Allen, so you're not to far from us!

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Atlee wrote:

Can't emphasize enough the other posters advice on getting new trailer tires. Unless the current tires have been put on new within the last couple of years, you need to replace them before leaving Tucson.

And even if they are new within the last couple of years, you still need to examine them closely to make sure they haven't developed cracks in the tread or sidewall.


Thanks Atlee, the tires are the main thing we're concerned about. I'm told they are "new" within the past year, but we don't believe it until we see it. We will have the ability to purchase tires, so that won't be a barrier.

I'm in Glen Allen, so you're not to far from us!

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