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Old 12-31-2014, 05:17 PM   #15
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Wow, I have read some good memories, I love the VW bus, my wife and I had a pop up. Loved it, had trouble keeping engines in it. I traveled the old highway in the 60's. At least there are still parts of it a person can travel. Some in SE Kansas and MO. Travel safe.
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:17 PM   #16
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Great reading! Thanks all. I want to do 66 before it completely disappears. I was never on it before, but the call is there. I remember the TV show, at least.

Our experience in the area was in 1970. I was a new 2LT in the Army and had orders to Korea. On leave we tent camped in the Gila Wilderness and at the Grand Canyon. Visited the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest on the way. We recently retired and are itching to get back out west in our Airstream.

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There is a campground at Meteor Crater. Two Guns is one exit west which is an abandoned Rt 66 tourist stop. You probably could dry camp there and explore. There is even a cave.
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Old 12-31-2014, 08:42 PM   #18
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This is the best site I have found on 66.
The Mother Road: Historic Route 66
Go to the "Turn by Turn" sectioin and pick a state. You pick your segment in Arizona (e.g., Seligman-Toprock) then use the landmarks for your maps or GPS.

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Old 12-31-2014, 09:02 PM   #19
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I can't help you with the camping but I do have to put down a RT 66 story for you and others.

It was 1962 and I was in College. My parents had a new VW bus and we drove to CA from NY on a winter trip. My dad had to stay in CA, mom and I took a plane back after New Years. It was my first trip west. We drove old 66 most of the way. Max speed with the bus was 60 mph, flat out. All 36 hp. We enjoyed the trip a lot.

Fast forward to 2008. Parents both gone now. I winter in the PHX area. Took a ride up to the Petrified Forest National park in AZ. In driving the N-S road through the park there is a pullout where old 66 crossed the park but the actual road is obliterated now. I 40 is visible about a mile from that spot. There was no one around at all. I pulled out and got out of the car. I looked down the scar where the road had been, and suddenly I saw in my mind the red and white VW bus chugging along with the three of us in it. I waved, my younger self and parents waved back. I watched the VW drive out of sight. It seemed so real, so magic. Tears are running down my face as I type this. It was 50 years ago, that trip. I was 22, now I am 72.

It is sad that so few people will have any road trip experiences like this. Get that Airstream out and be sure to make them while you can.
Yep.....Painted Desert.....Petrified Forest, We stop there probably on the that 'scar' of the old road that you saw. Our travels to California was a move....we never returned to Michigan. Mom found books on what sights we may stop at. The big disappointment was we did not visit the Grand Canyon. I resolved that with a visit to there I 1982ish with my wife and 2 kids.

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Old 12-31-2014, 09:31 PM   #20
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You are correct Higgins Trailers were sold by Sears. However friends of my parents owned a Buick dealership and sold Higgins as a side line and Dad bought it from them.
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I feel like I am highjacking the thread as I have no advice on where to camp in the areas mentioned in the original post. I see lots of folks telling of their Route 66 adventures, though, so here goes.

We tackled about 250 miles of Route 66 from Illinois to Indiana in 2010. This was in my 1962 Corvair Greenbrier camper van "on the way" to the Corvair national convention in Cedar Rapids.

We enjoyed lots of awesome sights and experiences and I was thrilled to drive those miles on the Mother Road in a true vintage vehicle. We did camp one night in Illinois and enjoyed the monotone voice of the weather radio all evening as there were tornadoes touching down in every county around us. Good times!
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Wish I had taken more pics the last time that I was on Rte 66.....1952. We
(parents and brother) were traveling from Michigan to California. Our 26' foot trailer had no waste tanks so it meant searching for a trailer park with overnighter hookups. No Good Sam or GPS back then. One night we staid at the rear of a gas station with electric extension cord and used the station restrooms.

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I had a question to the set of wheels seen between the car and trailer, 'is that a WD devise?' Sort of...it is a dolly to relieve much of the tongue weight. These were available back before the WD we have today. The similar devise was called slimp wheel which was a large dual 'caster'. The advantage to the slimp was you could back up the trailer with it...not so with the dolly. Dad had to buy the dolly by the time we reached Texas as the trailer weight (5k dry) was getting too unwieldy. The slimp wheel was far more expensive. The dolly did it's job but dad had to be careful not to get into a situation to where e had to back up......which did happen in LA.



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Tucumari NM has some nice campgrounds on old 66. We stayed in one last summer, don't remember the anme of it though but it was sort of hippie... old school.
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We've done Rt 66 twice in a Corvette, so we could stay in the old hotels, and eat in the old cafes and resturants. It gets better each time as they restore more and more of the "Mother Road" and the old art deco buildings.

We start at the beginning on Lakeshore Drive, and end up at the end on Santa Monica Pier.

Back in the '50s the family would take 66 to Southern Califoria to see my aunt and uncle, and their kids. My dad had Buick convertibles back then. So many great memories.

We'll do it again in a few years, just to see all the newly restored stuff. For us Rt 66 will always be a Corvette trip, just like Buzz and Todd.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:32 PM   #26
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Camping memories.

I enjoyed reading this thread that started out as a where to camp question. Looks like a new topic is needed. Childhood camping/Travel Memories. We never made any cross country trips when I was a child but did a lot of "up north" camping in Wisc. Not sure how to insert an image. As winter grips a lot of the country I have more time to sit in front of my computer and read. I am new to this site but have enjoyed it thus far. I have family camped or camped with the boy scouts for the last 40 plus years. I made sure my kids were able to have a similar experience. Fun to visit them now and they recount one of their favorite camping travel memories. Dad remember when.............. Bill
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Old 01-17-2015, 02:03 PM   #27
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Maybe we should get together and make kind of a rally out of Rt 66, or at least a part of it.
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What a great idea - maybe TBRICH or someone else from the 4 Corners Unit?
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