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Posted: 02/17/21 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On the stocking of supplies and clothing. Stock food and clothing as you would for that period of time if you were at home. Since you are going to Colorado be sure to include some cool weather clothes, even in summer. Plan to use one day per week for grocery shopping, laundry and housekeeping.

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If you enjoy your dogs on short trips, you’ll enjoy your dogs on longer trips IMO. Just follow campground and trail rules as I’m sure you do now.


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Nice trip. As mentioned,be sure your rig is road ready. Good tires and a good tool kit are always handy. A Roadside Assistance program might come in handy too. We have 2 small dogs that we always take. They travel very well and don't bark when we are off on a short hike. However we always have to keep our hikes and side trips to 3 or 4 hours max because we have to check on them. Let them out and just making sure the A/C on the rig is ok. I don't know about your rig but in the Summer heat my rig can turn into an oven quickly. Some of the private campgrounds have pet sitters or can recommend one for you. We did a trip similar to this a couple of years ago. We made our way to Hannable Missouri and took US 36 from there. Headed south at some point to visit Marshall Dillon and Kitty in Dodge City then southwest to La Junta Co and on to Durango Co. So many great things to do in that area. We limit our daily drives to 200 miles or so and try to be in our campsites by 2pm. We avoid the interstates. So much to beauty on the "back roads". Being from the East coast these huge open areas take our breath away. I don't know what your time frame is but taking my time and enjoying sights and places I might never see again is what it's all about.


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Nancy,
You did not say what the RV is and what your starting point will be. We live near Detroit and for us to go to Durango is 1600 miles and that has to be four road days. If you avoid blue roads (like we do), this will be longer. Make plans for stops. If you are self contained, these can be anywhere. (Anywhere with grass for the dogs.)

If you have stayed one side of the strait, you were restricted to about 300 miles. That would only be a part of a days run with this plan. This can be wearing. The non-driver should post as navigator. This unloads a lot of the stress on the driver. If you are AAA members, have them send you the maps for the six states you have to cross (at least).

I suspect that you will also want to take on provisions enroute. Off blue roads, this is easier. We discovered so really neat little town markets. During the season, watch for the local farmer's markets.

We travel with two dogs. The old one is too old for hiking now and does not mind telling us so, but early on we bought a portable dog waterer (a bottle with and attached tray) and both have been grateful.

About halfway across Nebraska is the Archway museum. It is actually across I-80 near Kearney. You have to plan carefully to get there from the interstate. At exit 284 from I-80 is the I-80 Truck Stop. You don't need it, but the museum next door is really great.

Most of all, enjoy the journey.

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What’s the difference?
Isn’t it just more gas ups and more grocery store trips?
Strange question....unless there are more specific questions, some of which answers and cherished stories of days past have already been provided, albeit not expressly or implicitly asked for.


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By all means take your dog. We toured the PNW in 19 and traveled 7600 mi. Our Goldendoodle is a great traveler. When we went someplace he wasn't allowed, restaurant, aquarium, museum or hiking at Mt Rainier we left him in the truck with his bowl of water. He's content to stay in the truck without whining or barking, he was 4 yrs old at the time. As been said have your RV ready for a longer trip than normal and carry some repair items and tools





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It's interesting to me that so many are focusing on the dogs.

But since everyone else is, why not join the fray?

We take our dogs everyplace with us when we're camping. They enjoy the trips as much as we do. Luckily they're content to hang out in the trailer and goof off while we go out and play. If we're going hiking, we take them whenever they're allowed (no national parks, etc.). We keep them leashed in places where we'll run into other humans and animals.

When we camp in the boondocks though, we always leave them free to roam while we're in camp. When we go for long rides, we leave them inside with food and water.

As for your longer trips, be flexible and be relaxed. Do all of your maintenance up front so your rig will be safe and roadworthy, and then you won't have to sweat it while you're driving.

Bring tools, but don't go nuts. Tires seem to be the neediest part of the rig for us, so I always bring a good compressor (not a little 12v one), a tire gauge, and a plug kit. If you've never plugged a tire, watch some Youtubes so you don't have to figure it out on the roadside.

Take a minute to figure out the things that you really need, and then figure out if they're a necessity or a hassle for traveling. I love to grill and I absolutely love my travel grill, but it's kind of a pain and I have to be honest with myself and decide whether it's worth setting it up and tearing it down for a couple burgers. Are there any favorite foods or adult drinks that might be hard to find on the road? If you can't live without them, stock up before you leave.

We travel a ton, and the one thing that always cracks me up is just how much food we unload from the trailer at the end of a trip. It always feels like we're bringing the bare minimum, but then we get home and there's all sorts of stuff we never touched. I didn't even know we brought half that stuff.

I agree with 50 mph as a good estimating tool for distances, mostly because the math is simple. If we're going to drive 300 miles in a day, we'd better leave in time to allow for six hours on the road.

If you're traveling during busy times, make reservations in advance. Reservations suck, but being stuck like Joseph and Mary going from inn to inn looking for a stable to camp in sucks even worse.

Figure out what you want to listen to and queue a bunch of it up in advance. And by "you", I mean the driver. A happy driver makes all the difference. There are tons of interesting podcasts nowadays, so load a bunch of them up beforehand. Find some quirky ones too. I couldn't care less about Richard Simmons, but Missing Richard Simmons was fascinating. And if you can select something relating to the locales you'll be visiting, that's even better. We used to listen to a lot of Tony Hillerman stories driving through the southwest. And my wife found a freaky series about mormon murders and played that for us in Utah (it's not for everyone, but it was pretty fascinating).

Anyway, I'd make a mental list of categories, and then start filling those categories with prep tasks and items to bring.

Safety & Maint:
- Tools
- Preventative maintenance
- Daily pre-drive quick inspections
- Smallish (2.5 gal) jug of diesel or gas, just in case
- Similar jug of old nasty diesel for starting campfire

Food:
- Meals
- Coffee
- Snacks
- Road drinks (tumblers, favorite ice, favorite drinks)
- End of day post-road drinks

Activities:
- Things to do in each of the stops, time permitting
- Evenings: videos, OTA TV channels, internet solution (bringing your own hotspot works great if you're someplace with cellular signal)

Dogs:
- Leashes
- Dog blanket for the rear bench seat
- Designated dog canteen and collapsable bowl
- Tennis balls and launcher (no kidding, my wife got tennis elbow from playing fetch with our dogs on a 3 month trip)

Tech
- Charge cables
- Portable power bricks
- Bluetooth speaker(s) if nobody is around


You get the idea...


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Make sure your tires are not out of date. They may have tread but be ready to come apart from age. Anything over 4 years old is suspect.

Also keep tires properly inflated. They will get hotter in the summer, and low pressure makes it worse, leading to blowouts.


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Lots of doggie poop bags. Rare to find an RVer that uses them, but you should bring them anyway.

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Thanks everyone. We have a new(going to pick up April 1st), KZ Connect C231RBKSE, and will be towing it with a 2020 1500 Dodge Ram. Well probably leave the dogs home . Not sure, though, they’ve been camping all their 11 years. We are in Mid-Michigan. Do you just use Something like Apple Car Play for Maps? Not sure when we’ll go, maybe mid September

I think I’m most worried about is timing, getting there the day, not a day early or late. We will probably stay out there about 5 days and then drive home, not sure, don’t want the drive time more then the camping time.

I appreciate all in advice, tips and information.

BTW, we always seem to bring too much of everything, food, clothes. I agree never seems like much till you unload it lol

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