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Old 12-10-2017, 12:01 PM   #1
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Charlotte > Scottsdale > Las Vegas in February

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We are planning a trip out west for family and to hit a business meeting in February and wanted suggestions of places to stay along the route. We plan to take our time and spend two weeks on the road. Any suggestions of where to go, what to see, must see and must avoid?
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Old 12-10-2017, 12:23 PM   #2
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Not along your route but a couple of thoughts for places to stay at your destinations. In Vegas, we typically stay at Oasis RV Resort. It is close to everything, has decent pools/hot tub, and good security. It has normally worked out fine for us but last time we were in-between a couple of really inconsiderate people.

For Scottsdale, we enjoy staying at Usery Mountain campground. It is not too far from Scottsdale, decent hiking trails, and overall a relaxing place to stay.
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Old 12-10-2017, 01:29 PM   #3
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Carlsbad Caverns is amazing! A little north of I-10 and Van Horn Texas which has a good campground [former KOA] mentioned in a recent thread.

Are you prepared for freezing weather which may require winterizing your plumbing system on the road, without much notice?

Have a great trip!

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Old 12-10-2017, 02:37 PM   #4
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I would take a southern-ish route, rather than northern, and keep a close eye on the weather as we have blizzards in the Midwest which you will be traveling thru.

If you are running heat every night, the usual precautions with water and pipes in cold weather should keep everything running smoothly until you are in warm weather where freezing isn’t a concern.

Have a great trip.

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Old 12-10-2017, 02:47 PM   #5
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PS — The following post will lead to that recent thread about the Van Horn CG, Carlsbad Caverns, etc.:

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We stayed there in the 90's when it was a KOA. Decent Mexican restaurant/cantina in town, which was a favorite of John Madden apparently [the football commentator] on his cross-country RV/bus trips. Still there?

You going to Carlsbad Caverns? An easy day-hop north from Van Horn on a decent two-lane road. They can board dogs, which is what we did, during the 3-4 hours you need there. Recommend the side tour of a cave where they turn off all the lights, and ask everyone to remain perfectly silent.
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PS -- Looks like that cantina is still there:

http://www.chuys1959.com/history.php
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Old 12-12-2017, 08:57 PM   #6
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in Vegas stay at the Oasis RV park. Really nice people, excellent security, clean and well maintained.
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Old 12-13-2017, 05:52 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the ideas, we are still debating whether to take our A/S or just drive a car and stay in hotels, we are definitely fair weather campers.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:28 AM   #8
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Definitely be ready for a sub-freezing surprise. Ensure your heater(s) is/are in good working order.
Carry chains, but don’t travel when you need them unless there’s literally no other choice.
Take routes that both steer south quickly and stick to lower elevations.
Include buffer time in case you see weather ahead that makes it unwise to travel until the roads are clear.
On good weather days, grab as many miles as you can to either build or maintain that buffer.
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I agree with Maggie: Drop down to the south and jump onto I10. Follow it all the way to Arizona and then head north. That will expose you to the least hazardous weather on average. And always, always keep an eye on the weather forecasts.


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I would take a southern-ish route, rather than northern, and keep a close eye on the weather as we have blizzards in the Midwest which you will be traveling thru.

If you are running heat every night, the usual precautions with water and pipes in cold weather should keep everything running smoothly until you are in warm weather where freezing isn’t a concern.

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And if weather allows, I wouldn’t even go as far south as I10, because of the insane traffic you can run into along there.

Watch the weather, and plan accordingly.

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Here in the southwest, the problem is that there is a fairly major difference in elevation between I10 and the next Interstate north of there, I40 and, heaven forbid, I70.

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And if weather allows, I wouldn’t even go as far south as I10, because of the insane traffic you can run into along there.

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If you should be pulling the AS on I10 through Toosawn I'd recommend staying at either Catalina State park(and stay 2 days if you have time) or a little further north at Picacho Peak which is right off the freeway.
As for hotels here, blah..pick one they're all the same, unless you want a resort like Westward Look.
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Here in the southwest, the problem is that there is a fairly major difference in elevation between I10 and the next Interstate north of there, I40 and, heaven forbid, I70.

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I was thinking of Baton Rouge, actually, not so much all the way into Arizona...avoiding elevations should, of course, be a major consideration.

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If you should be pulling the AS on I10 through Toosawn I'd recommend staying at either Catalina State park(and stay 2 days if you have time) or a little further north at Picacho Peak which is right off the freeway.
As for hotels here, blah..pick one they're all the same, unless you want a resort like Westward Look.
If you want to visit and tour the Tucson area, inexpensive camping with full hookups is at the Pima County Fairgrounds - exit I-10 at Houghton Rd. They have all the brochures for the area (Old Tucson movie studio, Titan Missile Museum, the Air Museum, etc.).

If you need any AS service, Oasis RV is a good authorized repair center and AS parts store in Tucson.
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