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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
RE: Ridgway State Park to Leadville

This is easy. I've made it many times. You take US 550 north to Montrose. Very different from US 550 SOUTH from Ouray which is called the "Million Dollar Highway"--absolutely flat to Montrose. Then take US 50 E to Poncha Springs (near Salida). That will be over Monarch Pass. Clearly one of the major passes in Colorado, but a good highway. If you can't tow over Monarch you probably shouldn't be in Colorado. Just keep it slow going down and stay in your lane. Our rig is also a 34' fifth-wheel and a 2500 Chevrolet Duramax/Allison--single rear wheel. Many times over Monarch without a worry. At Poncha Springs take US 285 north to Buena Vista. So -- there is only one high pass and that is Monarch. I take it seriously but without anxiety.
padredw 02/04/20 06:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Niagara - campgrounds on the Canadian side

We have stayed twice at the Fifty Point Conservation Area on the shore of Lake Ontario. It is about 35 miles to the Falls, but we prefer to stay out of the tourist area. This is a peaceful campground with plenty of room between sites.
padredw 01/26/20 08:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Longhorn Ranch RV Resort

Dubois, WY is a good place to stop for the night BEFORE going on in to the Grand Tetons and/or Yellowstone. We did that several years ago and I believe it was in the park which has become since then "Longhorn Ranch." It was a great place to spend the night before going on to Yellowstone, but I would never consider it to be a base camp for a visit there.
padredw 01/25/20 12:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wolf Creek Pass vs. Coal Bank & Molas Passes

The difference to me is that Wolf Creek Pass is among the "normal" highway passes (such as Monarch) in Colorado. US 550 is more of an adventure--a great adventure. I had put off towing a fifth-wheel on the "Million Dollar Highway" until a few years ago. I thought I could do it, but I never really needed to as I always went back through Montrose and Gunnison. But that year we had no need to go back that way and I decided that now was the time. It was great! September and the Aspens were glowing. We had some "wintery mix" at the top of several of the passes. Unfortunately, I was 84 years old at the time and I should not have waited so long. But I'm glad I finally did it.
padredw 01/22/20 08:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Waco to Harlingen TX

77 will take you past Austin and San Antonio. The speed limit on 77 is 70 most of the way. You do have to slow down for the small towns. I get there faster taking 77 because you avoid all the traffic jams in Austin & San Antonio. It is a nice easy drive and has plenty of large gas stations along the route that accommodate RVs and travel trailers. We have taken this route many times. Agree 100%.
padredw 01/21/20 11:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Phoenix to Toronto, May 2020

I would agree with I70-I69 to Port Huron/Sarnia border crossing and then 402-401 to Toronto. 402 and 401 are virtually the same as any U.S. interstate highway. Once you get with a 30 mile radius of Toronto, highways are like any big city highway, busy and crowded about 20 hours a day. Agree. Have crossed at Port Huron/Sarnia the last two times into Ontario to near Hamilton. No problem and little delay at border.
padredw 01/16/20 12:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Flagstaff to Flaming Gorge UT or Cody WY to Red Lodge MT

I don't believe you'll find FHU around the gorge. Either south at Vernal or up in WY. We stayed at Vernal one time, may have been a KOA We stayed at the KOA in Manila, Utah and found it convenient to Flaming Gorge. We enjoyed a drive on a by-road called, "Sheep Creek Scenic Drive" just off highway 44. Many nice overlooks along this highway.
padredw 01/15/20 05:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: September 2020 Suggestions/Advice

Badlands/Blackhills; Great Sand dunes, Buena Vista area, Mesa Verde Colorado. I will make a few comments about this choice of routes as I have extensive experience with most of it. I'l give some specific possibilities. For the first days drive from central Texas you could go to either Caprock Canyon State Park (about 370 miles from Waco) or, if you only want an overnight convenient spot, to Ole Town Cotton Gin RV at Goodlett, Texas (about 290 miles). For the second day you could drive to Raton Pass, NM where there is a very nice overnight now called Raton Pass RV Park (about 350 miles from previous stop). Great Sand Dunes is only 128 miles from Raton Pass, but I would suggest the possibility that you leave early and make Sand Dunes a day stop and drive on to Buena Vista for a late afternoon arrive the same day. After all it is only 100 miles on from Sand Dunes--a couple of hours. Now, after Buena Vista I think you have to choose between Black Hills or Mesa Verde. They are opposite directions from Buena Vista. Either way is a good choice. If you choose Black Hills, I would certainly suggest that you make a visit to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. September is an ideal time as someone above has pointed out. Estes Park is an easy day's drive from Buena Vista and I can give you some suggestions about the route as I have made it many times. From Estes Park to Custer, SD and the Black Hills is just a bit over 300 miles which makes a good day's drive. Many good camping choices in the Custer State Park and surrounding commercial campgrounds. I think the Black Hills could be the terminus of a two week trip. Let's say 1 night at Ole Town, 1 night at Raton Pass, 3 nights at Buena Vista, 3 nights at Estes Park, 3 nights at Custer as an example, that leaves only 4 or 5 nights for return trip. And any one of those 3 night stays could easily be extended rather than adding any other stops. Anyway, I hope this will help you in making final plans. You do have to be specific about miles and nights. I could make just as good a case for going from Buena Vista through Gunnison and Ouray to Mesa Verde and back through Durango and Santa Fe. Just let me know by PM if you wish to see that possibility, or if I might answer any questions about either route.
padredw 01/13/20 07:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground on 78 between Memphis and Tupelo

I have not stayed at either, but I see two good possibilities that meet your desired location, both near Holly Springs, Mississippi. I was through there in October and stopped for fuel in Holly Springs, but it was too early in the day for me to stop. These two look good to me. Wall Doxey State Park Chewalla Lake Rec. Area
padredw 01/10/20 07:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Parks in southern Texas

We have always enjoyed Benson Palm Village RV Resort near Mission Texas. I would call this one "upscale". There is another with similar name not far away. Be sure to look at this one: Benson Palm Village
padredw 01/07/20 06:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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