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RE: North Toledo Bend & South Toledo Bend State Parks Louisiana

I would recommend going over to Natchitoches LA though. Cool old historic town. I wholeheartedly agree with this recommendation. I will also add that there is one of the nicest RV parks just a few miles north of the city of Natchitoches called "Grand Ecore". It is one of the best laid out campgrounds we have ever stayed in. Grand Ecore RV Park
padredw 09/18/20 08:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CO 14/Poudre Canyon Closure-09.07.20 Update

This photo taken last Saturday, September 5. At first I thought this was a most unusual sunset. On the Bear Lake Road in RMNP. http://dwilliamson.com/fire.JPG
padredw 09/10/20 02:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mosca CG aka San Luis State Park CO

Delete Don't know why the photo appears so large.
padredw 09/09/20 08:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mosca CG aka San Luis State Park CO

Here is where we stayed a bit over a week ago. It is BLM dispersed camping just off the road from US 160 up to GSDNP. Called "Sacred White Mountain Camping"http://dwilliamson.com/BLM.JPG
padredw 09/09/20 08:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Hauling generator on upcoming trip

I like the ramps. This generator is a two person job. Also note: I do have a cover and use it, just removed for the photo.
padredw 08/29/20 08:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hauling generator on upcoming trip

This is strictly for the OP and not for argumentation. I have almost exactly the setup he is considering and have made several trips to Colorado without any problems. I do use the generator to cool off the trailer for about half an hour before lunch stops and night time stops, and I do use the generator for brief periods of time in off-grid campsites. To OP: note the 30 amp connection from our home base and the comparable 30 amp cables on the hitch carrier. Note how short and direct a distance I can connect from the generator into the 30 amp connection to the trailer. I bought this used generator, the hitch carrier, and the wiring from a friend with the same trailer model as ours when he stopped RV travel. http://dw4u.net/Gen.JPG width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum, width.
padredw 08/28/20 07:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: S. Florida to S. California

from Dallas to Amarillo on Rt 287 I make this route from Wichita Falls to Amarillo several times each year. In fact, will be doing so day after tomorrow. Nothing to worry about. The only adjustment I would make on this part of your route would be to avoid Dallas/Ft. Worth. Several good ways to get up from I-20 to US 82. One I will be using tomorrow will be US 69 from I-20 up to Bells, TX near Sherman. Then US 82 west to US 287. I've also made the route from Mobile up to I-20 many times. There are several good possibilities--such as up to Hattisburg and on to Jackson. Well, I better leave others to fill in the details from Mobile to I-20. I'll stick to my comments about US 287.
padredw 08/28/20 01:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route advice.

Buena Vista to Walsenburg. I’m pulling a 34 ft 5th wheel. We also have a 34' fifth wheel and the above route is the one we always follow. I've lost count of how many times we've made this route. We always use the Cotopaxi short cut instead of going on to Texas Creek, but you might not be comfortable with that short, steep, narrow, and not well surfaced road. But it is better now that it once was. We are comfortable with it, so at least I mention it. We always enjoy going through Westcliffe and a few times have stayed at the Grape Creek Campground. We also usually stop at the divide between Huefarno County and Custer County. Sometimes we have seen a large herd of Bison very near the road there. Possibly a part of Wolf Springs Ranch. It is not the best road in the world, but we always enjoy it and the portion between US 50 and Westcliffe is very scenic.
padredw 08/20/20 07:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Nice COE campgrounds

Full disclosure: I did not take this photo, but got it off the web site for the Paris civic center. I did crop it to focus on the tower and the veterans' memorial. The COE at Airport in Waco is one of our favorites. We have two full service COE campgrounds on Lake 'o The Pines: Brushy Creek and Buckhorn, both near the dam. We prefer COE if they can fit into our timeline and itinerary for a trip. For a visit to Natchitoches, Louisiana there is a wonderful new campsite called Grand Ecore, north of town which is one of the best. It is not exclusively a COE, but under the Red River Authority. Here is their website: Grand Ecore
padredw 08/16/20 08:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nice COE campgrounds

Agree completely about COE. We have stayed in a couple of these mentioned. Just thought I'd document the Paris/Eiffel Tower with a photo: (Veteran's Memorial on the right.) http://dw4u.net/SFS/SFS12.jpg
padredw 08/14/20 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne Mountain State Park

BTW, Cheyenne Mountain is our favorite place to stay in the Springs. Ours too, for sure! We were just there in July and now we plan to be back in September. We have always stayed "at the top" in Raptor's Glen. We often plan trips to Colorado around when we can get 3 or 4 days at Cheyenne Mountain. This time we were able to get these days in Cheyenne Mountain and in Glacier Basin in RMNP. Thanks to all for the help about the route. I think we will make it now.:)
padredw 08/04/20 03:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Glacier national park campgrounds

We had a particularly good experience at Mountain Meadow in Hungry Horse on the west side of Glacier National Park. So good in fact that we would definitely go back there on any visit to Glacier. We liked the layout of the campsites and the fact that we could hike a bit up the hill from the campground.
padredw 08/03/20 05:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Just be aware that I25 from Castle Rock to Monument is still in major reconstruction. Narrow lanes and lots of lane movement. But is there any reasonable alternative when towing a 34' fifth-wheel? I can't seem to find one on the map.
padredw 08/03/20 01:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Thanks, Thom. As always, your knowledge of the roads and routes of this area provides the guidance I was seeking. I have saved these notes for my trip planning. Now. . . let's just hope this trip holds together. I have had reservations for Glacier Basin for months. I have received alerts and warnings but, so far, no cancellation. I will try to be prepared for either outcome: the trip as I am planning or no trip at all this year. We have visited Rocky Mountains National Park many times but have always stayed in Estes Park, either in an RV Park or in a small cabin. This will be our first time to stay IN the park, so it is a "big deal" for us. Thanks, again, for the very help I was looking for.
padredw 08/03/20 05:42am Roads and Routes
Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne Mountain State Park

We will be leaving mid-day on a week day to move from Glacier Basin Campground in RMNP to Cheyenne Mountain SP. I am familiar with the Peak to Peak Highway down to I-70 and to Loveland to pick up I-25 S. I am less familiar with US 36 through Boulder. I am just wondering if someone with more local experience might give me some suggestions about the best route. Maybe I am just lucky, but I have never had any difficulty driving right through Denver on I-25. I am not so sure about Boulder. Thanks for any comments or suggestions.
padredw 08/02/20 09:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Winnemucca to Klamath Falls on 140

We made that very route a few years ago, towing a 34' fifth-wheel. I remember it as an interesting route and we encountered no problems whatsoever. Just know that it has some long, lonely stretches so be prepared with fuel. I would not hesitate to take that path again.
padredw 07/30/20 05:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Portable Gas Heaters

Thanks to both responders. Yes, we do have 200 watts of solar (portable and movable) and 200 Ahs in 2 lithium batteries, so maybe we have nothing to worry about. Thanks for responding.
padredw 07/29/20 04:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Portable Gas Heaters

We have a trip planned for early September, 2020, inside the Rocky Mountain National Park which is at an altitude of over 8000 feet. I have been considering a portable propane heater to supplement the furnace (to save battery) but note that there are alerts about them not working above certain altitudes. For example the Mr. Buddy or Big Buddy. Do any of you have experience using such heaters at high altitudes? I will appreciate your comments. I know we will need heat and wish to conserve the batteries as much as possible
padredw 07/29/20 03:36pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Leadville to Estes Park CO

You can trust in Thom. He has helped me out with some details of route before and he knows the area as well as anyone. This note is just to say that this is my preferred route from Buena Vista to Estes Park. We have made it several times, and I am a "flatlander" from East Texas where our local mountain is 356 feet above sea level. Not only that I am an old timer getting dangerously close to 90 years of age. This route is know as the "Peak to Peak Highway" and we will be taking it again in September if we don't get cancelled by Rocky Mountain National Park. We have been "warned" but not cancelled yet.
padredw 07/28/20 09:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: front jacks

Here is a YouTube on this very question: HitchHiker Front Jack Lube I did it much simpler. I just used "foam pipe insulating material"--cut it lengthwise and put some lube grease inside and pushed it up into the landing leg screw. Hope this makes sense!
padredw 07/26/20 09:42am Fifth-Wheels
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