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RE: Chaco canyon NP in NM ?'s

I have driven two 4WD pickups and a rental SUV into Chaco, but wouldn't take my car or fifth wheel on that road. On one of the pickup trips, I brought a tent, sleeping bag, food, and water and stayed at the park campground. The other trips, I have stayed in Bloomfield (closer than Farmington), and driven to Chaco from there. Once, I drove out late at night (after the Saturday night star party) and nearly hit a bull elk standing in the middle of the road just outside the park boundary. FYI, the really bad portion of the road is on the Navajo Reservation. And they apparently don't plan to improve it in the near future.
fanrgs 06/29/19 09:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: WI-FI in Canada

Subway shops in BC and Yukon generally have free WiFi and so does the Safeway in Smithers (ask me how I know!). As others have mentioned, nearly every visitor/tourist info center we stopped in also had at least very slow WiFi. But we were in no provincial parks in either BC or Yukon that had WiFi or good cell service, including Liard Hot Springs. Expect spotty cell service along any of the highways. Only in proximity to towns will you have fairly good service--in Canada or Alaska.
fanrgs 06/17/19 10:12pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Lake Superior Circle (September 2020) Reservations?

Last Friday, we returned from our Lake Superior Circle trip. We stayed at two Ontario provincial parks--Rainbow Falls-Rossport and Lake Superior--Agawa Bay. Both are right on the lakeshore and the views over the lake are superb. We enjoyed both and would definitely return if we ever go back to that area. Both campgrounds have some sites with electric hookups, separate potable water at the dump, and flush toilets, showers, and laundry. We had no cell service (one bar max) at either park and obviously no WiFi (we stopped at a Subway in Wawa to pick up five days worth of E-mails). The provincial parks don't start taking reservations until mid-June, so we obviously had no reservations. Agawa had huge trees throughout--so many that they were somewhat of an obstacle when trying to negotiate the campground roads and campsites. It does, however, have a number of long pull-thrus (we didn't unhook) and the spacing between sites is wide. In fact, our site was so wide that the shared electric post was farther than our 25' power cord would reach--we had to use our 25' 30A extension to reach it. One word of caution: Rainbow Falls has seasonal campers, so many of the electric sites may still be full during the fall. I would check the number of reservable sites still available just before you leave, then decide whether you need reservations. PS--We had absolutely no cell service or WiFi at the casino RV park in Grand Portage, MN. Or anywhere else in the town, the casino, the casino trading post, or the national monument. And we have Verizon!
fanrgs 06/17/19 09:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Roads south from Rapid City

If you are trying to speed your travel time up on your way back to SC, I would only take US 385 to US 26. Then take 26 to I-80 to US 81. US 81 is a very good four-lane highway all the way from York, NE, to Salina, KS. In Salina, you can choose either I-70 east or I-135 to I-35 to I-40, then east. We just used US 81 in NE last week and it is far and away the best N-S towing route in southern NE.
fanrgs 06/17/19 07:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing on Colorado hwy 149

No one has mentioned the fact that Lake City asked for volunteers to travel down there over Memorial Day weekend to fill sandbags to protect large parts of the town from flooding. So, I would highly recommend checking with Lake City government and CO 511 for flood conditions and road conditions before you go. If you need ideas on camping and sightseeing along US 50 or US 160, see my blog HERE. BTW, we have towed our fifth wheel over that route with no problems. But we do have the advantage of a diesel exhaust brake.
fanrgs 06/17/19 07:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cheap camping in Colorado!

Summer officially begins on Thursday, but we have had only a couple of days in the 80's so far. Still raining in the Denver area and A-Basin Ski Area just announced they are staying open until at least June 30. So, pack some warm clothes if you are camping in the Colorado Rockies soon. Snowpack is melting slowly this year, but Lake City now appears to be out of major flood danger. I would be very cautious about boondocking, or even designated campground camping, in the floodplain of any Colorado mountain stream until mid-July.
fanrgs 06/17/19 07:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheap camping in Colorado!

Sorry, image size was just a bit large. BTW, some areas of the Palmer Divide-Black Forest ridge along I-25 between Denver and Colorado Sprigs got 19" of new snow last night!
fanrgs 05/21/19 09:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheap camping in Colorado!

Spring has arrived! My back yard in a SW Denver suburb on May 21, 2019:
fanrgs 05/21/19 09:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado route 160

Hi fanrgs, I used to run a logging operation in Summit County. I worked for Arapaho National Forest as a road surveyor in 1967. Used to drive over both Berthoud and Loveland Passes each day when we were living in Hideaway Park and working near Dillon. Didn't have any choice back then because the tunnel wasn't opened until 6 years later!
fanrgs 05/20/19 12:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Denali Hwy vs Fairbanks?

It's been many years since I took the Denali Highway (did it because they were still completing the Parks Highway). But, despite its condition, the views were absolutely worth the slow pace. And seeing the huge Susitna River in a remote location with no houses or stores to mar the view was a reminder of how unpopulated much of Alaska remains. I spent a week in Fairbanks two years ago, but, with your rig, I wouldn't hesitate to miss it and take the Denali Highway.
fanrgs 05/19/19 09:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cheap camping in Colorado!

Well, I spoke too soon. On Monday and Tuesday of this week, 10 to 20 inches of new snow are expected to fall all across the Colorado Rockies, with the highest amounts along the Sawatch Range (Leadville to Salida) and in the San Juans of SW Colorado. Even Denver may see a little snow on Tuesday. And it is now doubtful that Trail Ridge Road in RMNP will be open for Memorial Day weekend. A photo in the Denver Post showed snow drifts still completely burying the visitors center near the top of the pass. So, summer may be on hold for a while yet in the mountains!
fanrgs 05/19/19 09:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado route 160

Heh don't take that song too literally. There are suspicions that the songwriter never went down that road. In the 1960's, when US 160 was just two lanes all the way across Wolf Creek Pass, there were more curves, fewer guard rails, no shoulders, and no avalanche sheds. At that time, the song was actually pretty accurate. C.W. McCall may never have driven it in a truck, but someone who gave him the idea for the song had. And there really were commercial chicken houses in Wiggins back then too! Drive US 6 over Loveland Pass in a 40' motorhome sometime and you will have a better idea what Wolf Creek Pass was like 50 years ago.
fanrgs 05/17/19 07:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado State Park Advice

When we camp at Ridgway SP, we have always stayed at Elk Ridge. Just electric, not FHU, but the nicest spaces at the park. It is our favorite state park because it is within easy driving distance of Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride. I have not stayed in Estes Park since 1957 and don't intend to any time soon--too "touristy", too crowded, and way too many traffic jams for such a tiny town. When we go to RMNP, we stay at the USFS Stillwater campground just south of Grand Lake. Electric hookups, water, and a dump for a reasonable daily rate, with a 15-minute drive to RMNP West Entrance. Park the trailer there and drive the Ram over Trail Ridge Road to the east side of the park. But DO NOT leave the park! That way you don't have to sit in a traffic jam trying to get back to Grand Lake from the East Entrance in Estes Park. Note: We have the same truck-trailer models that you do and love both of them!
fanrgs 05/17/19 07:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheap camping in Colorado!

I think spring has finally arrived! We have had several 80 degree days along the Front Range and the mountain snow is beginning to melt. Only 1 ski area is still open and the trout fishing is really picking up in those streams that are not too muddied from runoff. We have to see if the NPS can get Trail Ridge open by the Friday before Memorial Day.
fanrgs 05/15/19 03:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping in the upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Copper Harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula, Keweenaw National Historic Park (copper mining), Apostle Islands and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores, and the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee near Marquette. You can also take a ferry from Copper Harbor all the way out to Isle Royale National Park. There hiking trails and boat rentals (but no cars) on Isle Royale that can take you all around the island.
fanrgs 05/13/19 11:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2019

Would you send me through Prince George or Grand Prairie?If you are going to Flathead Lake AND Jasper, I personally recommend going from SD directly to Banff-Jasper-Grand Prairie on the way north and the Cassiar Highway, Prince George, and Flathead Lake on the way home. And be sure to make the side trip to Stewart-Hyder! That way, you are not repeating the route up and back and will see considerably more of western Canada.
fanrgs 05/09/19 07:37pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Estes Park to Moab

Does Google show the route as west on US 34 or through Denver. Both routes meet I-70 at either Silverthorne or Denver. US 34 is 12,000' high Trail Ridge Road, which is NOT recommended for motorhomes driven by less than VERY experienced mountain drivers. If the route is through Denver, you need to leave Estes Park very early (like 4:00 am) to beat the rush hour traffic. Personally, I would recommend going south from Estes on CO 72/119/US 6 to meet I-70 just east of Idaho Springs. That way you avoid both Trail Ridge and Denver.
fanrgs 05/09/19 07:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: FL to Yellowstone 10 weeks out west what to do?

Be prepared for weather changes. We consider June 1st the “safe” date for no more hard freezes, but we’ve seen snow in June. In fact, it’s 30 degrees F now. Light snow, but not sticking to the pavement. Back in the 60’s in a few days. It has been snowing at our house in Denver (elevation 5,900'), since last night and more is predicted for the middle of next week. And we have had snow in Denver on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends during my 56 years in Colorado. So, I am with those who suggest staying either in the Southwest or delaying higher elevation camping until June, unless you really enjoy winter camping! If you need some route, campground, or sightseeing info for Colorado, see my blog HERE.
fanrgs 05/09/19 11:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: US 40 thru Colorado

For campgrounds and sightseeing along that route, see my blog HERE.
fanrgs 05/09/19 11:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Routes north from Denver

Have you driven I-25 south during Renaissance Festival weekends? Northbound I-25 doesn't hold a candle to that jam, especially now that they have started new construction at Larkspur. We are using CO 67 to CO 105 and CO 83 when towing our fifth wheel south just to avoid that Castle Rock to Monument stretch!
fanrgs 05/09/19 10:53am Roads and Routes
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