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Elkhartjim

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Posted: 06/26/09 06:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anybody have experience with putting your RV on a barge on the Mississippi River.


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Posted: 06/26/09 06:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many years ago, we cruised around the Sacramento Delta region on a barge with our 19ft TT. The business didn't last long because too many folks with much larger RVs had little grasp of what happens on the Delta when the tide goes out. Need I say more?? By the way, we had a great time!!

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Posted: 06/26/09 07:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RV on Barge for a Mississippi River Adventure - NO MORE!!
RV on Train Flat Car for Coppor Canyon - NO MORE!!

If you did not get to experience these two GREAT trips - I'm sorry, but in the words of a popular New Orleans ditty - 'Ain't der no mo!'

Why you ask?? - the US Coast Guard 'improved' regulations made it simply financially impossible to continue the RV Barge trips on the Mississippi River.

As for Copper Canyon, my 2nd hand hearsay information is that some RV's had damage from rocks thrown by children and the RVers sued for repairs and as a result the Mexican Government simply stopped the service. It seems a real shame to abandon the special infrastructure for the Copper Canyon RV tours as well as the income to the communities along the route. But that's the way it is!

* This post was edited 06/26/09 07:36pm by ccxnola *


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Posted: 06/26/09 07:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No more passenger barges OR steamboats on the Miss. River either- other than small local ones that offer dinner cruises or 1-2 day trips. Both companies have gone out of business.

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Posted: 06/27/09 07:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well thanks folks. Again, our government and the lousy economy rears its ugly head. Wait'll the energy bill gets going.

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What a great trip - cruise the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers! Alas, that was discontinued the year we looked into reserving space on the barge!

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Posted: 06/27/09 02:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In December 2001 we went on Camping World Tours “2001 Christmas On & Beyond The Mississippi” I took lots of video and we had a great time a trip to remember. We only traveled during the day and tied up some where at night. There was two barges for the 22 RVs with a party barge between them being pushed by tug Miss Georgie. Sorry they don’t have them anymore, here is a short day by day of the trip.

Day-By-Day, December 2, 2001 - Rendezvous at New Orleans East KOA. We'll have a get-together in the evening.

Day-By-Day, December 3, 2001 - Rendezvous at staging area by noon and load barges. Welcome dinner in the "Party Barge". Tonight you will hear the sounds of the Bayou.

Day-By-Day, December 4 - We cast off and begin cruising westward along the famous Gulf Intra-coastal Waterways through Houma, Louisiana where seafood sandwiches will be catered on board. (Beef sandwiches also available.)

Day-By-Day, December 5 - Enjoy a swamp ride into the Louisiana Bayou today with local entertainment. We continue on towards Morgan City, We pass through the Bayou Boef Locks and cruise the Port Allen Route. Stop below Bayou Sorrel locks.

Day-By-Day, December 6 - Early AM locking through Bayou Sorrel Locks cruising through the heart of Louisiana Bayous towards Baton Rouge. Arrive Baton Rouge in the pm after locking through the Port Allen locks into the Mighty Mississippi River. This evening enjoy a Cajun Dinner.

Day-By-Day, December 7 - Spend the morning in Baton Route. Tour of the USS Kidd and Museum. Depart downstream on the Mighty Mississippi heading for New Orleans.

Day-By-Day, December 8 - Afternoon arrival in New Orleans. Pass to visit the spectacular Aquarium of the Americas and the new Entergy IMAX Theatre. Overnight docked at the River Front near the fabulous French Quarter.

Day-By-Day, December 9 - Continue the cruise to our point of origination to disembark. We will be ashore by early afternoon.

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Posted: 06/27/09 06:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dicknellen, that sure sounds like a good time could be had by all. It's a shame about all these types of tours, I think some would have been very interesting. IIRC the last wooden steamboat was recently docked due to new USCG Regs that prohibited wooden ships from traveling the Mighty Miss and other areas. A shame, it'll probably just sit in a port and rot away and in a couple years no one will remember any of these things. Progress?

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Well, maybe not gone and forgoten. The Delta Queen is now open as a floating Hotel. Still a sad day.


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