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Old 10-08-2007, 09:02 PM   #29
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Hey Rodney guess what Donna said? "That's exactly what I was thinking" I told you that you two would get along great. Somehow the long winter seems easier to take knowing We'll be streaming soon....
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Old 10-08-2007, 09:59 PM   #30
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Our GC trip 2007

We just made that trip your planning for next year. In fact we met with the Lewis's while camped in Trailer Village at the Grand Canyon.

I had 3 weeks of vacation and wanted to see as much as possible. Our children are too young yet to venture down the trails on mules but we can always go back and do that another time.

We live in western NC and knew it would take 4 days to get out and back. That was driving 500 mile days. Having a new 08 F250 Crew Cab with DVD entertainment system made the difference for the yahoos in back.

We drove out I-40 and made it to the west side of Albuquerque on the 3rd day. On the 4th day we had time to drive through Petrified Forest before arriving that evening to Meteor Crater just west of Winslow. That next morning we toured the crater and that afternoon made it to Trailer Village, Grand Canyon.

We spent 3 nights there and then moved on to Zion, Bryce, Arches/Canyonland, and Monument Valley before heading home.

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Old 10-08-2007, 10:25 PM   #31
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If you opt to take Hwy 160

Consider taking a few days to stay in a National Forest Service site or Boondock in south west Colorado. It will be good for the head (esp after your transcontinental drive) cool, dry, and well its the Rockies for petes sakes, enough said. It will also be distinctly different from the trip from the east as well as where you will be spending the bulk of the trip (ie desert).
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Hey Rodney guess what Donna said? "That's exactly what I was thinking" I told you that you two would get along great. Somehow the long winter seems easier to take knowing We'll be streaming soon....
I think shes my kind of people
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:32 AM   #33
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Great pics Duane!! You guys have me hooked now you're just reeling me in!! And yea Rodney I think she is your kind of people, I better watch out...
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:42 AM   #34
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I took 11 trips to the southwest with my brother.

There are still many many places that I wanted to go that I haven' been to. I am a planner too, my brother is not. My plans often did not pan out. Spontaneous change of plans was the norm.
Here is my advice......
1. Read and learn as much as you can about towing. Ask. Ask. Ask.
2. Towing takes more concentration than normal driving. 10 hour days
might be pushing it, BUT it's about a 40 hour drive, and the first 30
showed little change of scenery along the I-70 route. Consider a
southern and or northern route.
3. Kansas is in fact flatter than a pancake. ( easy on the tow vehicle )
4. I would stay away from big cities while towing.
5. When you get to the four corners area, plan on unhooking and taking
side trips. The unpaved roads require more clearance than a trailer
would have.
6. Water is scarce valuable commodity in the desert.
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:59 AM   #35
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Great pics Duane!! You guys have me hooked now you're just reeling me in!! And yea Rodney I think she is your kind of people, I better watch out...
If you want to stay in the Grand Canyon park I would follow Mike Lewis's advice and book early, especially the time of year you're planning to go. We were there in September after the public schools were back in session and it was full. We booked a couple months in advance and were lucky.

Link to Trailer Park reservations:

Grand Canyon hotel, lodge, camping, vacations. Mule ride tours. - Trailer Village

There are a lot of Europeans that are renting class c motor homes after flying into Las Vegas and the other nearby big cities to see our country. Of course they get a month off or more in the summer and are taking advantage of the currency exchange rates with the dollar at 1.42 to the euro the US is a bargain to them.

To help out with your travel dates I would use Google Maps as a starting point. Here is our route using Google Maps:

from:Home @35.148161,-82.726493 to:US-51/Navy Road, Millington, TN to:240 S Air Depot Blvd, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma 73110, United States to:I-40/Eubank, Kirtland AFB, NM to:I-40 W/Purple Heart Trail @35.094430, -110.930600 to:S Entrance Rd

Then you can get a better idea on dates to reserve campgrounds. Also, we used GoodSams travel planning site which will include gas stations and Good Sam RV campgrounds along your route. Their routing also includes cumulative mileage and times. A big help in fuel planning and places to stay enroute.

Good Sam Club | Travel Planning

As earlier stated Kansas may be flat but standby for winds. I'm sure Kansas won't be much different than traveling across Oklahoma and on our way home we had a solid day of 30-35 mph 90 degree crosswinds. Fortunately, with the 3/4 ton truck and the Hensley Hitch we only noticed the wind when we got out to take breaks and to fuel.
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:08 AM   #36
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Been there - done that...

DPANDORF is in the game! We live in Tempe (next to Phoenix) and did the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Monument Valley and Meteor Crater this year. North Rim was excellent, Bryce was okay Zion was spectacular. I would plan three days at Zion. Ten days doing the circle from Grand Canyon (two-three days), Bryce (two days), Zion, (at least three days lots of really nice hiking and in-park shuttles take you everywhere), Monument Valley (one day), Meteor Crater (one day with lunch in Winslow at the Railroad Station on Route 66).
One caution - June and July are hot months and even though you will be in cooler areas except for Monument Valley and Meteor Crater it will be hot for you. Be sure to have a source of power with you (Honda 3000 chained into your TV would be good) we needed it at North Rim and Bryce in the afternoon.
Each of the spots I mention are about 3-4 hours apart and the scenery is worth the sightseeing on state roads.
There... that's my story and I'm stick'n to it!
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:44 AM   #37
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Well we caught Alluminitis a few months back, ordered a new AS and it's due in by month's end. I've gone crazy researching everything I can from tow vehices to hitches to everything else you can imagine and it's been a bit hectic. Thank god for this forum!! Here's the problem, I haven't even towed one time and my wife has begun a full assault on planning for a trip to the GC!!!!!! Are we{she} nuts??

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Our new 30' Classic should be at the dealer at the end of the week or early next week. Our new Ford F250 FX4 should be at the dealer next week as well.

We have hauled boats before and in a previous life (30+ years ago) I had a p-cup with a camper.

But we have NEVER towed anything as big and heavey as the Classic will be.

So, if you two are nuts I guess we are are certifiable as well!

Oh, did I mention that we will have to drive our new truck from the west coast to the east coast to collect the new Airstream? The best price we could get was $8,000 better than anything we were offered locally so we jumped on it. Given that we will be full timing our departure will really be the start of yet another adventure; just as soon as we get back to the US - this post comes to from Germany.

Best of luck...

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Old 10-09-2007, 10:22 AM   #38
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Duane thanks for the great links. Donna and Mike we appreciate your recent experience. Thos etimes sound very doable. A little concerned about heat but what can we do. We have no other alternative. Jim good luck with the new AS. What a great first trip, pick up then go cross country!! Yea you are certifiable, ain't it great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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