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Old 06-27-2015, 01:55 PM   #1
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Going to pick up our 1st Airstream

We fly out to Mississippi Thursday, July 2nd, to pick up our 2001 30' Excella, which my father-in-law scouted out and arranged the deal for us to purchase in Alabama 2 months ago.

We will spend 4 days learning about the AS and the Ram 2500 Diesel truck we also had my father-in-law find for us and then head out toward San Diego to bring her home.

Since July 6th is our 40th wedding Anniversary, and the day we will start home, we are detouring through New Orleans for a 3 day stay at Lake Pontchartrain Landing before heading west.

All of this is new to us, so any advice on the route from New Orleans to San Diego would be appreciated.

Right now the plan is about 300 miles a day, maybe Port Arthur the first day out from NOLA, then San Antonio, Ft. Stockton, Las Cruces, Tucson, then San Diego. But we are open to suggestions, tips, and ideas for a safe maiden voyage.

All of this is in anticipation to selling our home and traveling full time in our new rig sometime soon.

Since I have enjoyed this forum so much in the past few months, I am sure folks have all kinds of great advice for a newbie.

Thanks in advance!!

Jim and Carmen

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Old 06-27-2015, 02:03 PM   #2
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Congratulations Jim and Carmen . Sounds like you have your trip pretty well planned out already. I can't offer any route advice but check your tires, chains and hitch. Make sure the antenna is down and the stabilizers are up.

Happy trails and safe journey


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Old 06-27-2015, 02:08 PM   #3
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You have chosen an awesome, excellent, capable truck/trailer combination. You won't regret getting the Ram 2500 diesel pickup to tow that trailer with. I'll be surprised if somewhere in your travels (or LOTS of somewheres in your travels) you'll tell yourselves, "I sure am glad I have THIS truck!!!"

In your 4 days learning, practice as much as you can. Pull in/pull out of gas stations, neighborhoods, etc. Practice backing the trailer. Get a good feel for starting and stopping, turning... Remember that the trailer will track in a different path than the truck in a turn, so watch the curbs and other obstacles.

Then, have fun on your trip home!!
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Old 06-27-2015, 03:26 PM   #4
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Everyone who pulls a trailer eventually learns to think about how he's going to pull out of a place before he pulls in.

Apparently, some learn that faster than others.

Also, if something feels even a little unsafe, it probably is.
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Old 06-27-2015, 04:14 PM   #5
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Sounds like a most excellent adventure . Good luck and above all else have fun!
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Old 06-27-2015, 04:25 PM   #6
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Sounds like a fine route to me BUT I feel you you're not yet quite getting the timing.

The distances are mismatched, but the route is great! You'll find out that everything takes hours longer than anticipated, so have a shorter backup plan ready to go

Fort stockton is pretty close to san an compared to coming in from LA to san an, which is a pretty good trek.

Between fort stockton and las cruses is NOTHING, for a very very very long time... sleep up!!! cause you'll need it.

If you could stop in Alb. Great town.

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Old 06-27-2015, 05:26 PM   #7
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Instead of Ft. Stockton, check out Ft. Davis State Park for a night or two - very nice, full hookups, beautiful scenery (had lots of rain there recently). Follow I-10 to Balmorhea, about 50 miles further down the road from Ft. Stockton. Ft Davis is about 90 miles from Balmorhea on HWY. 17.

Just got back from Ft. Davis, took me about 6 hrs. from San Antonio. Have a great trip!
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Old 06-28-2015, 11:18 AM   #8
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2,2,2 200 miles, stop by 2m stay two days
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Old 06-28-2015, 11:41 AM   #9
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We also stayed at Ft. Stockton, and there's a decent RV park there. The catfish was surprisingly good.

If you get droopy between San An and Ft. Stockton, you may want to stop at Junction, TX. It's in the middle of nowhere, but there's a decent RV park and some good BBQ.

Our stop in Las Cruces:

Our stop in Tucson:

We cheated between Junction & Las Cruces by swerving wildly to the north to take in Carlsbad Caverns, NP. Maybe put that one on your list for next time. The Caverns are clear on the other side of nowhere, but they are spectacular and worth a visit when time permits.

Congratulations, and best wishes for a safe and happy journey.
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:50 PM   #10
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Balmorhea State Park is nice, and the swimming pool is a sight to see. Though I agree with Davis Mountsin State Park. There is a state park just north of Carlsbad, NM (on a lake) that's also nice and reasonable. Have fun and welcome to the club.....
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:52 PM   #11
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Between San Antonio and Las Cruces is a lot....just have to look for it !
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:53 PM   #12
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My husband and I bought our Airstream last year for our 40th and absolutely love it! Congrats to you. Sixty miles west of San Antonio on IH 10 is Kerrville Tx. I have included a link to a great RV park on the banks of the Guadalupe River that I think you would really enjoy. Safe travels!
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Old 06-28-2015, 05:46 PM   #13
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You are in for an adventure - If you have no hard deadlines at the other end, I would suggest 300 -350 miles, and two nights at most places. There are many opportunities for things to see and do, local food, always plenty reason not to hurry. I got my '76 Caravanner in 2011, and have put about 30k miles on it. Not full time, but have been out for 2 1/2 - 3 months. I usually leave by 0800, drive about 6 hours, arrive around 3 at my next stop. Two nights gives you time to relax and do any minor road issues/repairs, get supplies, and enjoy. I usually pick my next stop - 300 miles in the general direction of travel, I like to be by the water if I can, and something to do for a short day trip. I keep some grocery items, but prefer to shop as I travel, looking for local flavor. I will typically have 3-4 firm destinations along the way, and fill in the rest with random distances and places. I found it is mostly the journey more than the destination.
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Seems like you've got it all figured out.
My only advice is enjoy it and have fun.

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