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Manfred

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Posted: 05/14/20 09:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all, we need to get to the Las Vegas airport 6/24/20 to complete an interview for a Global Entry application with the Trusted Traveler Program. We're not too excited about flying so thought we would take a road trip with the Northstar camper. Thought is to drive day one, spend night in the camper about halfway down, drive second day and spend night close to Vegas and make our appointment on the third day. Question - for those of you who have made this drive, which route would you suggest considering availability of gas, camping/RV park. Thanks


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Posted: 05/14/20 09:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ironic. Any way, I’d find out what campgrounds will let you camp, and then decide the route.


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Just came back to WA on US-93, more to look at than US-95. Gas in Nevada can be a challenge which ever way you go if you push your luck. Just keep the gague on the top half and all should be good.


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Last year, on our Alaska trip we took 2 different routes in this directions.
From central Oregon down to Vegas you'll be driving via mostly deserts, so not much differences. Scenery was nice, but after couple of days become boring.
Icing on the cake was running into Hot Springs camp in So Oregon than hitting Death Valley with 124F.
We took advantage of cheap RV parks at casinos, but who knows if they will open by then.
If you like ghost towns - Goldfield is 1 of the best.
Than Rhyolite
"Shady Lady " is no longer in business.
Driving via Idaho will give you more green landscape and rivers, but for additional 200 miles.

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Posted: 05/14/20 10:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not a lot of time for the distance. I would haul straight down 5/99/58/15 and locate some RV parks accordingly. Rest stop or truck stop if needed. Best of luck.


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Posted: 05/15/20 06:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I suspect if you wait a few weeks you can get that interview near your home.


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Posted: 05/15/20 06:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the thoughts/suggestions. I'm a bit concerned about the availability of gas and places to stop for the night if I take the shortest google maps route - I5-58-95S. We had an interview scheduled in April at SeaTac airport but the feds cancelled, no interviews available at SeaTac or Blaine WA due to COVID. We need to get the interview completed by Sept. or we have to start over and pay another 200. If we make the road trip, I'll definitely need to do some good planning and recon to make sure places are open and accepting travelers. Strange times...

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Posted: 05/15/20 07:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Manfred wrote:

Thanks for the thoughts/suggestions. I'm a bit concerned about the availability of gas and places to stop for the night if I take the shortest google maps route - I5-58-95S. We had an interview scheduled in April at SeaTac airport but the feds cancelled, no interviews available at SeaTac or Blaine WA due to COVID. We need to get the interview completed by Sept. or we have to start over and pay another 200. If we make the road trip, I'll definitely need to do some good planning and recon to make sure places are open and accepting travelers. Strange times...

This route will work just fine. There's gas and diesel everywhere.
There's only one spot on a section of Hwy 95 where there is no gas for 100 miles - and your route does NOT take you there.


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x2 on fuels everywhere. This is not Yukon. I drive diesel and even not all stations had it, plenty to choose from. Good idea to check with gasbuddy as some stations charge at premium, but then some on Indian reservations have low prices.
Some small stations have tanks sitting on the ground, so in June the fuel might have 130F. You better have thick glove to hold the nozzle.
For your last stop I think Beatty would be good. Being Death Valley junction they have plenty of campgrounds, hotels and casino for good prices. Than 2 hr drive to Vegas.

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Posted: 05/15/20 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Utah is open and so are the State Parks.
Camping and fuel is not an issue here.
Don't expect to see people wearing masks.


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