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Old 01-01-2016, 11:11 PM   #1
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Fall in Colorado...

It was our first visit to Colorado in the Airstream, and in the fall. Wonderful time to go there!

Approaching Ouray on the Million Dollar Highway


Went Jeepin' for several days over the mountain tops, 13000' plus, above the tree line.


Telluride is a cool little town


Brown Dog Cafe in Telluride


GMC Sierra Denali HD with Duramax/Allison was the perfect dream of a tow machine. Awesome choice for a tow vehicle with the 30-footer, especially around the Rockies.


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Old 01-02-2016, 04:47 AM   #2
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Thanks for sharing the photos! We look forward to doing something similar once we retire.
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Old 01-02-2016, 06:28 AM   #3
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Spectacular photos!

Thanks for sharing.


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We want to pull our tradewind to Colorado. We have a few destinations in mind but aren't sure of where to stay the night. Did you guys stop at RV parks, state parks, Walmart parking lots? Or all of the above? We always checked trip advisor app for top ranking hotels near popular destinations. This time we have an airstream. Pulling an airstream to a hotel kind of defeats the purpose. Any RV related apps you guys use for finding places?
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OMG!!! These pictures are AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing!! We plan to leave Florida in September and head out west and Colorado is definitely one of the places we are dying to go!


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Very nice images, especially like the last two with your truck and trailer. (good looking rig) I noted what looks like some type of special bracket platform you have for your sat-dish. Would it be possible to get a bit of info on what you have done and how you like it. Maybe even a few close-up shots of the bracket and how you have attached it.
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Thank you guys for your kind comments and for appreciating the images!
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We just moved to Colorado 4 months ago. The aspens are pretty around our place, but I thought Minnesota fall colors were better. However, nothing as beautiful as your photos. Now I must get to Telluride to take a look around.

Your new Airstream and GMC are looking great together. Any trouble on tight mountain highways? Even our local switchbacks and downhills are pretty dicey with our 34'. I'm a flatlander and just not used to the mountain roads yet.

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We went to Rocky Mt National Park last late Sept and the weather was great and the Elk were in full rut. A huge meadow below the campground that was a gathering point for the Elk. Even seen 2 bulls fighting, up fairly close. Wonderfull trip

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Old 01-03-2016, 10:47 AM   #10
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We want to pull our tradewind to Colorado. We have a few destinations in mind but aren't sure of where to stay the night. Did you guys stop at RV parks, state parks, Walmart parking lots? Or all of the above? We always checked trip advisor app for top ranking hotels near popular destinations. This time we have an airstream. Pulling an airstream to a hotel kind of defeats the purpose. Any RV related apps you guys use for finding places?
Hey there. We usually stay in RV parks, sometimes State Parks. Most of our ring has been in our 44' diesel pusher, until this last summer when we downsized to the Airstream. So, we're more likely to stay in State Parks now than we were with the big rig. We've stayed in Walmart on a few occasions, but only when doing long day drives with same the next day. Typically, though, we only drive about 200 miles a day as we're not in any hurry to get anywhere.

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OMG!!! These pictures are AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing!! We plan to leave Florida in September and head out west and Colorado is definitely one of the places we are dying to go!


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Hey Laura... thank you for your kind words! I'm no Colorado expert, but I can definitely recommend a visit to Ouray/Telluride area.

And if you enjoy off-roading, the Jeeping in the Rockies in that area is spectacular! You can rent one, if you don't have one.

Our next trip there (fortunately it is close to us in Arizona) we will bring our Rubicon along. I'll drive the Denali/Airstream and the wife will follow with the Jeep.


I should mention that the Denali HD pickup (which is 4WD) did a great job of getting us around some of the not-too-difficult off-road trails in the rockies around Ouray. So, if your tow vehicle is a 4WD pickup, there's a lot you can do with those off-road, especially if you have some A/T tires on it. We saw quite a few 4WD pickup trucks on the upper off-road trails in the rockies!
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Very nice images, especially like the last two with your truck and trailer. (good looking rig) I noted what looks like some type of special bracket platform you have for your sat-dish. Would it be possible to get a bit of info on what you have done and how you like it. Maybe even a few close-up shots of the bracket and how you have attached it.
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Hey Doug... are you going to visit us in Scottsdale? I can show you the platform in person.

Our 30' International Serenity has two heat pumps, two skylights, and a roof vent, so there isn't a lot of real estate up there for the DirecTV dish. SO we did what some others have done and added an aluminum platform that sits flush on the roof at the center of the rig and is supported with legs on the outer (lower side) of the roof. Our dealership recommended the approach and did the work. Inexpensive. I'll shoot some pics to you.
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Telluride is an interesting little town that backs up into a blind canyon. Here is main street, looking into the blind end of the canyon.


The gondola is free to ride.
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We just moved to Colorado 4 months ago. The aspens are pretty around our place, but I thought Minnesota fall colors were better. However, nothing as beautiful as your photos. Now I must get to Telluride to take a look around.

Your new Airstream and GMC are looking great together. Any trouble on tight mountain highways? Even our local switchbacks and downhills are pretty dicey with our 34'. I'm a flatlander and just not used to the mountain roads yet.

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Thanks, David, for appreciating the images. I can't say that fall color in Colorado is as good as or better than anywhere else, but it is enjoyable. And the rockies are probably without compare elsewhere in the USA. Sierra Nevada range is incredible, as well. I just love being in these awe-inspiring mountain ranges.

We find the Denali/Airstream combo to be incredibly easy to drive and maneuver. Haven't had any issues with mountain highways. Of course, moderating speed and driving with cautious skill wins the day wherever you are.
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