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RE: Monarch or Cottonwood

Which would be the easiest towing a36’ fifth wheel. Monarch pass or Cottonwood pass? The clear answer is: Monarch would definitely be easier for any RV. I would not hesitate to tow my 35' fifth-wheel over Cottonwood Pass, but Monarch is on US 50, has only a few switch-backs near the summit, has wide lanes and many passing lanes. Monarch is a major pass, but not a difficult pass. I consider it routine. And, BTW, I love Taylor Park and the Taylor drainage. I even loved the old unpaved road down from Cottonwood Pass. We have stayed on Spring Creek many times over the years. And edit to say, We will be coming through Wichita Falls on Saturday, July 4, on our way to Colorado. That is a well beaten path for us.
padredw 06/29/20 06:16am Roads and Routes
RE: free or low cost overnight near Spokane?

I don't know about the cost but we enjoyed staying at Riverside State Park right on the Spokane River a few years ago.
padredw 06/26/20 12:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How do you folks plan travel for long distances?

From Dallas to Amarillo is 365 miles. Many good campgrounds in Amarillo, plus the state park at Palo Duro Canyon. From Amarillo to Raton Pass is 219 miles. I have just made a reservation at "Raton Pass Campground and Cafe" because we always enjoy staying there. From Raton Pass to Cheyenne, WY is 312 miles. Many campgrounds between Loveland, CO and Cheyenne. From Cheyenne to Lander, WY is 272 miles. A couple of nice campgrounds in Lander. We have stayed in Sleeping Bear. From Lander to Yellowstone is 215 miles. Of course, this is only an example but I have just been planning two trips to Colorado and New Mexico and have been able to find campsites along the way. Let me know if I can help in a specific area.
padredw 06/19/20 12:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Road Conditions Utah rt 44

I'm not sure either where Elk Meadows is, but from Manila to Flaming Gorge on 44 is a good road and I have towed our 34' fifth-wheel along that route. We especially enjoyed staying at the Manila KOA and driving along 44, including a loop on Sheep Canyon, and stopping at all the roadside views. It is a beautiful area.
padredw 05/29/20 01:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route into Buena Vista Co. then to Wy.

We will do some hiking and just enjoy the area. We stay flexible on activities so we can see what the area offers and what looks interesting to us. You probably know that Buena Vista is a center for rafting on the Arkansas River. Lots of choices of outfitters and the level of "adventure" you want. From BV you can make a day of driving over to Aspen. After all you can't take your motorhome over Independence Pass anyway, but you can take your toad and enjoy the drive and the day. Among the many good drives I will mention only a few. You can drive over Cottonwood Pass into the Taylor River country and on over to Crested Butte. I understand the road is paved all the way now. For many years it was paved UP from BV to the pass but was gravel all the way down to Taylor Reservoir. Another drive is from Nathrop, south of BV and up Chalk Creek to the "ghost town" of St. Elmo. North of town, just before the turn off to Aspen there is a nice drive past Twin Lakes to other ghost towns such as Vicksburg (and I forget the other names). Trails all over the place. I have taken the trailhead for the climb up Mt. Yale--not the peak itself but the trail called "Denny Creek." You may have the vigor to make the peak climb. I was too old by the time I made the Denny Creek Trail. This is off the Cottonwood Pass road. Denny Creek is on the right (north) side of the road. There is another trail which I have taken which follows Ptarmigan Creek on the south side of that same road. Both of these are day hikes, but for those who desire more there are plenty of trails that could be used for back packing. I think you are going to have a great trip, and you have the right idea about gearing down on the descent from passes, so I don'think you will have any trouble. I will be up that way in July with our fifth-wheel. I am not quite as much into "adventure" at my age of 87 but we are going to be trying some boondocking on the river out near Johnson Village and the KOA.
padredw 05/21/20 10:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Route into Buena Vista Co. then to Wy.

What is a good road to follow to end up on I-80 some where between say Rawlins and Green River? Google shows U.S. 24 to I-70 to RT. 131 Any way out of Buena Vista to the north will require climbing a pass. I've been over US 24 many times from Leadville over to I-70. The alternative is over Fremont Pass on CO 91 to I-70 Copper Mountain. I don't have an exact measure of this choice, but I don't think Fremont Pass would be any easier--maybe more difficult. (Though I would not hesitate to go over either, but I have a lot of experience with Colorado Passes.) You could stay on I-70 to Rifle and take CO 13 to Meeker. We enjoy staying in Rifle Gap State Park. At Meeker you could take CO 24 to Dinosaur then US 40 on to Vernal, UT. Dinosaur National Monument is worth a stop and I especially recommend spending some time at Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area. Well, that's enough for now. I think you will have a wonderful trip. Buena Vista has been a favorite of ours for years, the other stops I've mentioned have been more recent discoveries.
padredw 05/19/20 10:51am Roads and Routes
RE: Route into Buena Vista Co. then to Wy.

Any opinions on a park to stay at would be a help. We have stayed in several of the RV parks in Buena Vista over the years. Our preference is either Arrowhead Point, north of town; or the KOA south of town. We prefer either of these over parks right in the town of Buena Vista. But, you have lots of choices.
padredw 05/19/20 10:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Route into Buena Vista Co. then to Wy.

U.S. 50 and U.S. 285. I am wondering how that road is and what I can expect for climbs.Would it be better (Easier) to go to Pueblo and take U.S. 50 in to B.V. I imagine there will be some climbing either way but I would prefer the easiest route. This is the route we normally take from Walsenburg to US 50. It is a state highway and has only one gradual climb between Gardner and Westcliffe. It is narrow and winding at times, but I always take this route pulling a 34' fifth-wheel. Some avoid this route because of the charistics of the road, not because of steep climbs or descents. In fact, we take CO road 1A directly into Cotapaxi rather than going on to Texas Creek, but I would not advise that for anyone not familiar with that steep descent into Cotapaxi. If you do go on to Pueblo and take US 50 to Salida, you will go through more of the very winding canyon along the Arkansas River. It is a beautiful drive, but very slow going. You will have some of that from Texas Creek on into Salida. Just take it easy and enjoy the scenery.
padredw 05/19/20 10:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Arkansas State Parks to open...

Some weeks ago ALL COE parks were closed and I have not heard of them being opened. I agree, they are a great choice.
padredw 05/01/20 04:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Arkansas State Parks to open...

Not good for us neighbors from Texas! Have appreciated Arkansas state parks for many years, but got cancelled for May 11 because I am not from Arkansas.
padredw 04/29/20 06:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: St George, UT to Cannonville, UT (Bryce Canyon Trip)

Route A) North on I-15 to Hiway 20, then East to Hiway 89 at Bear Valley Junction We made this exact route several years ago from near Los Angeles to St. George and then on to Bryce. I had good reason then to think that 20 was a better route than 14. We were towing a 34' fifth-wheel with a Chev. diesel 2500 and had no trouble at all with the route. I'm not sure how it fits into your route but our favorite part of the trip was towing over Utah 12 from Bryce to Capitol Reef. It is a beautiful drive.
padredw 02/24/20 07:23am Roads and Routes
RE: getting trapped inside a park

Almost -- twice. About ten years ago in California, Valley Center, Woods Valley campground. This time my fault: one wrong turn took me into a portion of the campground with no exit for my 34' fifth-wheel. Fortunately residents of that area stopped me just before point of no return and helped me to back out--long way! Two years later, Stone State Park near Sioux City, Iowa. Had reservations but found no campsite adequate, proceeded to a loop at the end of the campground--loop too small and tight with a small tree right in the center. Took much hemming and hawing but I did just barely get out. Went on to a KOA across the river in South Dakota. Finally did get a refund because there was no one on duty to assist me at the state park. These are the campground close calls. Many others on the road. Once near Brandon, MS went to visit a friend in a retirement center pulling the fifth-wheel (on the way to Florida). No parking at all, but I turned down the residential street across from it. It turned out to be a cul de sac. It was a narrow street with mailboxes at driveways. Would not want to do that again. Almost destroyed a mailbox and had to back into a very busy boulevard. A thread like this excites us all and brings back memories mostly of narrow escapes which are our victories.
padredw 02/20/20 03:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trip Through Arkansas June 2020

I don't think you would have any difficulty on either of these routes. Both are US highways. They will not be straight and level, but I've never found any problem in towing a 34' fifth-wheel on either. I have found the state highways in Arkansas to be very "wind-ey" and a good bit of up and down. I just decide to enjoy the journey and know that I cannot make the kind of time that I would on a freeway or even on a US highway. To your question: I've been over much of US 270 and US 71. Mostly 2 lane and helps not to get behind a log truck, but I don't see any reason for concern--no switch backs; no really steep grades. Now if you go up to Queen Wilhelmina State Park on Rich Mountain near Mena, you can find a bit of both.
padredw 02/19/20 05:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Death ValleyCA->Chicago: sights? boondocking. in April.

Assuming your route to include Pie Town and Magdalena, agree with possibility of Sedona before those stops. After Magdalena I also agree to scoot up I-25 through Albuquerque to Santa Fe. There are several Forest Service campgrounds around Santa Fe, and one of the nicest COE campgrounds at Cochiti Lake (between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, but closer to Santa Fe). In the Amarillo area there is Palo Duro State Park which would be a nice place for a stopover.
padredw 02/18/20 06:10am Roads and Routes
RE: Phoenix to ALBQ to CO Springs to Leadville CO (at capacity)

I put Raton Pass in the "easiest" pass category. I always tow over Raton on my way to anywhere in Colorado.
padredw 02/06/20 09:41am Roads and Routes
RE: spring chickens...

Is not getting on the roof that is the issue, it is the transition from the roof to the ladder to get back down!!!!!! You are absolutely right about that. Maybe just a bit of video cheating: I actually used the RV ladder at the rear (obviously not part of the edited video). The extension ladder had more to do with holding my hose as I recall.
padredw 02/05/20 07:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: spring chickens...

These are encouraging words--and the skies are not cloudy all day!:C All you young folks are giving us hope for the future! For me one of the warning signs will be when I can no longer crawl around under the trailer to do some of my own repairs and when I no longer feel safe to work on my roof. Such as this
padredw 02/05/20 12:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Land Between the Lakes

We have stayed several times in this general area but always at the north end. I will mention some of the campgrounds: Kentucky Dam State Park. Older park, service connections farther back than most. Nice, quiet park. Would definitely go back. Hurricane Creek, COE on Barkley Lake. Very nice COE park. Some beautiful sites overlooking the lake. Would definitely go back. Canal COE. Another good COE park. Busier than Hurricane Creek. Lots of "old timers" who come back each year. Near to nice little town of Grand Rivers, KY. Handier to town than others. Would definitely go back. Since I would go back to all of them??? Well, that depends on how they might fit into my trip. None of them were my destination, but that doesn't mean they would not qualify for being so. There are many other campgrounds in the general area that would be just as acceptable. These are the ones I have stayed in.
padredw 02/05/20 09:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: spring chickens...

. . . fortunate couple. Being able to do what you both enjoy, able to live your dreams, in your later years, is something most are unable to achieve, as a couple. Thank you both for your responses. I posted in the light hearted manner appropriate to the way the thread had developed, all good . . . But at a deeper level I know how fortunate and blessed we are. As another minister, one far greater than I, said, "If I boast let me boast in the Lord." Our ability to enjoy our RV travel, and many more important things, is not something we have achieved and not something we deserve. We do not take it for granted. In fact, we stand amazed and full of gratitude to the Lord. This I needed to say, but I trust now that the thread will continue in the light hearted good will in which I originally posted, and in which this whole thread began.
padredw 02/05/20 07:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: spring chickens...

Well, I can't resist. She is still a great looking woman although she ain't no spring chicken--and, for sure, neither am I. Our daughter took this photo last month (January, 2020) on a trip to Natchitoches, Louisiana. I turned 87 in October, the "no spring chicken -- good looking woman -- turned 84 the same month. And we are still towing our 34' HitchHiker fifth-wheel. Just got back yesterday from Tyler State Park. And celebrated her birthday in North Carolina in October on a 2250 mile RV trip of three weeks. http://dwilliamson.com/Nac.JPG width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum width.
padredw 02/04/20 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
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