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Old 10-07-2007, 06:44 PM   #1
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Ok so my wife is applying full court pressure!! I'll elaborate. We have had a MH for years and traveled a pretty fair amount with it. The trip of a lifetime came a couple of years ago going from RI to Yellowstone and back. It was awesome. We had never been west before and we were in awe. What a country!! Sorry got a little off track while reminiscing. Anyway we took no trips this past year while privately selling our motorhome and my wife retreated into a mood I can only describe as somber. {For those of you who have ever been stripped of your ability to camp you know what I mean} Well for my wife it's 10 times worse!! I mean she lives for planning trips. You should see her, it's like watching picasso paint!! She should start a service!!
So where does the Grand Canyon figure into all of this. 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?? And if not here's Donna's questions, how many days needed for a great trip from RI to GC? What's the best route and best campgrounds? What things should we see that we don't yet even know about? And finally if I decide to do this does anyone have the name of a good shrink?
Brian
PS My wife is absolutely the best person I've ever met, is the love of my life and she just wants to make sure we have a great time streaming. I didn't want you all to think she was a lunitic or something
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Old 10-07-2007, 06:58 PM   #2
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Ok so my wife is applying full court pressure!! I'll elaborate. We have had a MH for years and traveled a pretty fair amount with it. The trip of a lifetime came a couple of years ago going from RI to Yellowstone and back. It was awesome. We had never been west before and we were in awe. What a country!! Sorry got a little off track while reminiscing. Anyway we took no trips this past year while privately selling our motorhome and my wife retreated into a mood I can only describe as somber. {For those of you who have ever been stripped of your ability to camp you know what I mean} Well for my wife it's 10 times worse!! I mean she lives for planning trips. You should see her, it's like watching picasso paint!! She should start a service!!
So where does the Grand Canyon figure into all of this. 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?? And if not here's Donna's questions, how many days needed for a great trip from RI to GC? What's the best route and best campgrounds? What things should we see that we don't yet even know about? And finally if I decide to do this does anyone have the name of a good shrink?
Brian
PS My wife is absolutely the best person I've ever met, is the love of my life and she just wants to make sure we have a great time streaming. I didn't want you all to think she was a lunitic or something
I went to the Grand Canyon a few years back, and found a full hookup site just outside the entrance gates. It was a hu-hum park, but everything worked, and there were Elk hanging out with us, which was very cool indeed.
The Grand Canyon, of course, defies all explanation. Got to see it, can't really photograph it, i found out.
We came from CA, but did not make reservations anywhere. Just drove a while each day, and called ahead, using a Trailer life or Goodall's guide, and a map. Never did not have a place to stay at.
We chose the full hookup site due to the fact that we travelled in May, and it was still below freezing nights at the GC. There is also a no-hookup campground within the GC park. It looked neat, with some sites well spaced for privacy.
We went to Lake Powell and the Utah Canyons from there, which was a very nice trip.

I would think the best route depends n the time of year. Head south during fall and winter, and stay north in the heat of summer. GC is at elevation, so it does get snow and ice during the winter.
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OK, take a deep breath and step away from the map

Lets start with some framework issues.
1. How long can you devote to the trip?
2. How far do you like to drive in a day?
3. Are you two laners or interstate types?
4. Do you stop to see the road side historical markers, world largest ball of string, and deepest hand dug well when you see them?
5. Are you committed to one time of year over another?

I am sure there are tons of other questions, but from a trip planning perspective it is a place to start. Some general observations:

1. Plan as long of a time as possible.
2. October is a tremendous time of the year to go to this area. If you can do it during October, I recommend it
3. If you are coming this far, the big ditch is just the start of things to see. Plan on seeing Santa Fe and the area, the four corners region (monument valley, on up to Arches), several national parks in the area.... you get the picture. If you have months to spend in the area you will not run out of things to do.

So there are some things to think about. I look forward to watching this trip unfold. Many of us here love that area and will be chiming in to give more thoughts and details.
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I noticed that no one asked you and you didn't provide what type of tow vehicle your using? So, What type of tow vehicle are you using?

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Old 10-07-2007, 07:13 PM   #5
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OK Rodney let me give you some frame work. We have kids in school still so fall is out of the question. It will have to be in June into July. I know I'll have a little tow experience by then but it still seems daunting. With my work schedule I could probably only commit 20-30 days for the whole round trip. With time restraint the interstate is probably our best bet and 9-10 hr days driving are ok. We don't need to see every ball of twine but if something cool is close by while passing we'll stop. The destination and surrounding area are what's most important to us. I guess what we'd be looking for are things in the Canyon area that are cool and are not days and days away. I too am interested in watching this develop!
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Old 10-07-2007, 07:18 PM   #6
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Hey Safari Rick I'm using an 03 Avalanche 2500 8.1L with 3:73 rear end. Just bought it Friday. It's loaded, very clean and has only 53,000 miles. Been driving it around this weekend and it's like new. Will tow an 08 Safari 27FB SE and use the Equalizer hitch.
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OK, well that is going to be plenty of time. How many days you will need for transit is an empirical question that is going to be determined by family dynamics. Taking several trips before the grand journey will help with the towing. One thing that will help is routine. Make sure everything has a place, everyone knows their jobs, and morning break down and camp setup have a flow. This will save you hours every day, I promise.

I will get out my map and ponder points of transit later (I'm a trip planning junkie too) after I eat and get back with you. Im excited for all of you. OH YEAH, how old are the ankle biters?
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Old 10-07-2007, 07:33 PM   #8
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There is a full hookup campground inside the park on the South Rim. The park tram is at the campground entrance.

If possible, you should try to see both north and south rim. North rim is about 1000 feet higher and all the campgrounds are no hookups. The north rim is closed during the winter and not as touristy. Not a problem with a trailer.

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Old 10-07-2007, 07:36 PM   #9
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Another trip planning junkie! You and Donna are going to get along great!! We love your name and are going to adopt it. From here forward this will be known as the "great journey". Have a great dinner and get looking at those maps! And the kids are 16 yr old boy and 12 year old girl. Not exactly still ankle biting age but still love camping, road trips and seeing the country.
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Thanks for your help so far
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Old 10-07-2007, 07:46 PM   #10
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Rodney, Donna and I just took a trip through your photo file. Wow!! they're great and some look familiar like the Tetons. We noticed you're from Oklahoma. I would like to visit OK some day but we can save that conversation for another time. One trip at a time.
Boomer Sooner!!!!
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Old 10-07-2007, 07:57 PM   #12
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brian---i'm sitting at trailer village in the park {grand Canyon south rim}and have been here workamping since may 1. --we pull out nov 1 to places south and warmer for the winter but plan to return next summer--can't answer questions about route here but can fill you in on this park and Arches where we were campground host last summer ---- pieman
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Pieman, We're very envious!! You're definately living the life!!! Feel free to fill us in
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Rodney, no not big history buffs...
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