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RE: Indian Wells to Santa Fe then on to Houston

I was hoping folks on the boards with experience rv'ing in western states could help an easterner get around. I avidly read any posts about Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico trying to apply the info to our up coming trip. Thanks to posts on different topics we have a good portion covered. Being the tenderfeet we are we've decided to head back east to Phoenix and North by interstate to Flagstaff instead of heading north and hitting I-40 at Kingman. Of course instead of taking I-17 we can see the countryside on hwy 260. At this point we are planning on Phoenix to flagstaff. We now are plotting how to get from Santa Fe to Ft Worth. Roswell? Lubbock? Witchita Falls? As our waypoint. BTW, we spent several days in Lubbock last fall.
charming 02/09/19 09:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Beach front vacation ideas

we live in north carolina and fortunate to have the mountains and coast to enjoy. fall is great weather here. love the outerbanks and there are options for oceanfront but keep in mind there will be a large sand dune that will probably block a ground level view of the beach and surf. we stayed at koa cape hatteras last year with a site against the dunes and not only could hear the waves from the camper, was about a 30 second walk thru walkway over dune onto beach. in november the campground was maybe 1/4 full. outerbanks are great to get away and relax. very quiet and peaceful. myrtle beach area and south is different but good also. the private camgrounds will have close together sites but may not be bad in fall. myrtle beach state park and huntington beach state park just south of myrtle beach can't be beat. short walk to the beach from campsites. more to do in those areas away from the campground. book out several months if you can because these 2 parks are popular year round. snow birds... wife and i were at huntington beach state park 2 weeks ago for a long weekend and the park was probably 80 to 90 percent full. Good to know about the KOA. ^^ about Huntington being booked. We were trying to get a spot for a few days last spring and could not get into a full service space, that was before the new area opened at the south end.
charming 02/06/19 08:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: camping around Aiken County, SC

On another note, one of the reasons we left Aiken County was the taxes. Housing and other costs are reasonable, but property and vehicle taxes will eat your lunch. Check out Kiplinger's tax map and info for retirees. Rob Interesting, In looking at several states with supposedly lower taxes than SC, for example, Louisiana, which is listed as deep blue on the map, has slightly lower property taxes, but higher sales taxes and they tax food. All the other taxes are similar within a point or two. So, which golden state has much better taxes for home owners? I'm curious, a good number of my buyers move to SC because of our tax structure. In reading more closely the folks at Kiplingers has their thumb lighter on the scale for states that give preference to high wage earners. They don't seem to be overly concerned about the day to day taxes on foods and clothing. Kind of odd since it is a map for retirees and I suppose the retirees Kiplingers is interested in are more of the higher income bracket than I was. If you use Kiplingers, take note of the details, they do not emphasize sales and other regressive taxes we all pay and take a bigger chunk out of a fixed income pocket.
charming 02/06/19 07:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: camping around Aiken County, SC

That might not be a good idea unless you plan to go to the area very early or late in the month. Across the river in Augusta, GA the Masters is introducing a new women's tournament beginning April 6 and immediately following will be the practice rounds and the tournament itself through April 14. We know from experience that hotels in Aiken and beyond fill up, not sure about state parks and nicer RV Pars. btw, I don't think Aiken State Park is full service. In SC only a few have sewer hook ups.
charming 02/06/19 06:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New campgrounds by Myrtle Beach SC

I can’t ever imagine wanting to go to a place that large. Give me MBSP or HBSP any day. Lol, I was looking at parks in the Phoenix area, Quite a few have over a thousand spaces! I can't imagine.
charming 02/03/19 08:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida RV parks

I know many of your reservation problems are because of the popularity of Florida in winter. I lost out on the perfect spot for two nights in late April that I didn't grab the minute I saw it. It looks like the alternative I found is even better, Stephen Foster SP. Something interesting to see and do and not off our route. My thoughts are about how many moves you're making in a short period of time. I hope you have time to stop and smell the roses. Have a great shake down trip.
charming 02/03/19 08:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New campgrounds by Myrtle Beach SC

Yep, because Hwy 90 needs 2,000 cars and vehicles a day. I tracked down the location a couple of months ago. When I found it,meh, Not easy access to the beach. Easy shot to Conway or to the river.
charming 02/01/19 01:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Antonio

I continually hear people bad talking the Alamo. ------------------------------------------------ It is interesting but it is small. I was pretty burned on on travel and touring by the time we hit San Antonio. The Alamo was somewhat crowded that day and I just wanted out. Putting my feelings aside, it is very well done, they try to limit the number of people actually entering the building so it is not incredibly overrun. The interpreters are good and there are a number of interesting displays, exhibits, and films in the building and in the out buildings. There are also regular ranger talks on the grounds. I love museum gift shops, but I was disappointed in the gift shop at the Alamo, they were very proud of their merchandise (that is - very high prices for the items being sold). We stayed at Traveler's World RV Resort. A good location south of the city with easy access to the Missions and downtown.
charming 01/31/19 09:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Beach front vacation ideas

Love it or hate it, the Grand Strand of SC has some great ocean front RV resorts and State Parks. Unlike Hilton Head, we like our visitors. (I have friends on HHI they understand the rivalry.)
charming 01/31/19 05:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Antonio

We spent five nights in October and that was about right for us. Much of what we did was south of the city so we did not have to spend a lot of time driving. We took our bikes and did the three Missions south of us and we drove up to the mission closer to town. We did the River Walk (not impressed) and did the boat ride (city needs to seriously clean the river) the restaurants in the River Walk area are all tourist oriented. We visited the Alamo and toured the area around it. We met up with friends so we did not have time to go to the Mexican Market or the Buckhorn Hall of Fame.
charming 01/31/19 05:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Indian Wells to Santa Fe then on to Houston

Thanks for all the great suggestions for our trip west. After we leave Indian Wells on 3/11 we have until 4/4 to get to Houston. We plan to head north (we may or may not visit relatives in Gilbert, AZ) to Santa Fe, NM before working our way to Houston. Heading north is it better to take I-17 up to Flagstaff then head west or to go east on I-10 then take I-25 north at El Paso? I wish we had time to go to the Grand Canyon again, it's been years since we've been there, but we will have to save somethings for another day and time. When I put Santa Fe in my Good Sam trip planner it sends us up hwy 87 through AZ. On our Fall trip we visited Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo, Fredericksburg, and San Antonio, so we are open to routes up to Santa Fe and then over to Houston. I hope we won't be too late for the Blue Bonnets and we will try to find time to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the U. Texas at Austin. Plus, DH really wants to see a rodeo and I want to spend a day or two in the Waco area. A lot to see and do in a short period of time. So many questions, so many things to see and do, so little time!
charming 01/30/19 12:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: San Antonio to El Paso

Thanks for all the great advice. We have settled on sticking to I-10, mostly. After San Antonio we're going to detour north to San Angelo for a couple of days before heading to Ft. Stockton then on to El Paso for two or three days. I would have loved to do the southern route, but I became worried about how early we would have to leave home to get to Indian Wells on time.
charming 01/30/19 11:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Huntington Beach State Park SC area questions

Check out Groupon for a discount to Brookgreen. Saved us a significant amount on admission. This was a couple years back. New one just came out. Tonight is the Super Bowl, a big fundraiser for Georgetown county's Habitat for Humanity. About 40 restaurants will be serving soup in hand decorated bowls. Tons of fun. It is not far in Pawleys Island.
charming 01/26/19 06:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travel thru Birmingham Bad construction downtown area

We went through on I-20 in September and it was not easy. In December we went south of the city on 65 and 459 with no problem. When we headed back north and west on I-20 a few days later we had no issues, but it was very early on a Sunday.
charming 01/26/19 06:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Huntington Beach State Park SC area questions

Don't worry about restaurants in Murrells Inlet, we don't really have an off season. Brookgreen has a number of different programs, check Groupon, they're running one of their specials. Right in the park is Atalaya, The Huntington's summer home. There are frequent guided tours. The park rangers have many different programs year round. If you go south to Litchfield, swing by Kudzu bakery, you will be glad you did.
charming 01/25/19 08:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: COE Campgrounds

We stayed at one over New Years in Alabama and we haven't made reservations yet, we plan to be back in February.
charming 01/21/19 01:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Antonio to El Paso

Great information. The driver was concerned about the elevations if we took Hwy 90 all the way to Van Horn, so we will probably head back up to I-10 at Fort Stockton.
charming 01/13/19 02:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: San Antonio to El Paso

Thanks, Doug. My plan is to pick up Hwy 90 at San Antonio and returning to I-10 at Van Horn. We try to do 300 miles or less per day. On this trip we're allowing two weeks to reach Indian Wells. Normal for us is two days driving and two days camping. At this point we plan San Antonio as an over night stop. We don't have any reservations until we reach Kartchner Caverns. I think we can make an exception and stay at Seminole Canyon State Park for two nights.
charming 01/12/19 02:58pm Roads and Routes
San Antonio to El Paso

We are leaving in mid February from Myrtle Beach to Indian Wells, CA. We have planned out much of the route to and from California. My question at this late point, I've read where some posters really dislike I-10 through much of Texas. I was having trouble finding potential campgrounds along the way and started looking at Hwy 90. Thoughts, concerns? I've not done any serious research yet, so getting ideas.
charming 01/12/19 02:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Edisto beach

Givhans Ferry is closer to Charleston and if I recall, has full service lots. When we go to Savannah we stay at Skidaway Island State Park.
charming 01/11/19 08:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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