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QCMan

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Posted: 06/26/21 07:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As an add on, we have a reservation for every night we will be on the road and a plan b to deal with the unknown. Have a great trip!


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Posted: 06/26/21 08:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"When you look at distances, a good rule of thumb (and also easy math to do in your head) is an average of 50 mph. Not that you'll be driving that slowly, but once you figure in stops for fuel, food, bio, etc, it comes out to about 50 mph."

When towing at 60 I am right on the money at 50 miles traveled in one hour average.


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Posted: 06/26/21 08:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Going to be very difficult making reservations for every night with a trailer. 6-8+ weeks, especially if you only average 50mph and only drive 6-8 hours/day. wrote:



Once again I will disagree, we left north Florida and have made four stops and had no problem getting a spot. And spot number five is reserved. I don't expect a problem for our planned spot number six in Nauvoo Ill. We are slowly making our way to Rock Springs WY for the Escapade in the middle of July. We are right outside Mammoth Cave for four days right now.
I did have trouble making reservations for cave tours tho.

Now this does not apply to camps close to or in major National Parks, even so we made a three day stop 15 miles outside YNP last year with no prior reservations. But we know the 'secret' and can find a spot near most NP.

The CG overcrowding in my opinion occurs mainly in the NE lockdown states and maybe the West Coast. The SE and center of the country have plenty of free spots. For example we got a beach side spot on the FL panhandle a month ago, half the park was empty and before that a spot 30 minutes from the Gulf Shore beaches in AL and that park was 80% empty. So I have not seen the campground crunch. For private camps we call on the road or maybe the night before and once in awhile have to call our second choice.

As to how long you travel every day, when were were limited by vacation time we pushed hard for the first days of the trip 400+ miles a day until we got where we were going. But now as full timers we take our time. Not as much as many folks but still we meander along.


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From GA to the mountains in CO is 2 1/2 days for me easy, every time. From CT since you are a little further East already then 3 to WY. i-80 from the river west seems like it is all uphill, and very rough road.
Depends how long you drive each day. Mapquest.com will plot out your route and give you driving time. Add in stops to make a complete day.

I would go into WY and thats Yellowstone land, then into UT make a stop in SLC to see the salt flats if you like that, stop and swim in the lake if you have never floated in that much salt - Antelope Island has parking and beach showers. Then head east to Arches NP in Moab, UT. You can go south and there are many worthy NPs inclding Zion, but it will be hot hot in the summer. Anything under 95 degrees is not hot. Over 100 is hot since it is 10% humidity, not like the 90% humidity you are used to in CT.
Then into CO. Take the Million Dollar Highway drive if you can, that will drop you eventually to Grand Junction CO at i-70 then you can tour the high mountains where all the ski areas are. Ski area in summer have ample RV parking and some will let you boondock overnight, or some have parking for a small fee.
You won't be far from the North Face of the Grand Canyon if you go to Zion, so that is worth the trip down, getting to the South rim is a huge drive, but the N side will give you a great view.
There are yearly / 12 month National Park passes for $80 or discount for seniors that will get you into all USA parks, so this might be worth it. Not all NPs sell these so plan ahead.
Part of the fun for an East-coaster person is just parking for a few days in a spot and soaking in the beauty of such a different place. dont be in a rush to get to the next spot. I like seeing fewer spots spending more time in one spot rather than seeing a bunch of spots Griswald-style.
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Posted: 06/26/21 09:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are in the middle of a four month trip to the west coast out of MD. Feeling rushed for time already.


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Posted: 06/27/21 01:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for all the info everyone. This trip is a long ways off, but this gives us some basic info to start the planning process.


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