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Old 11-07-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Home from 4-month adventure in Loretta

My wife and I, along with our 90-pound Rottweiler, have returned to Florida after more than 4 months and 14,000 miles in Loretta, our 1993 Sovereign 21. We began last April, driving straight across the country from FL to Arizona and then camped exclusively in primitive campgrounds (including some time completely off the grid ) in northern Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, northern California and finally Colorado. We spent our time hiking, climbing mountains, and road biking in all manner of remote places and had a wonderful time. This is our second adventure with Loretta - last year we covered 9,000 miles - and neither our trailer nor or Dodge 4x4 TV gave us a bit of trouble. Well, I really shouldn't say that - the trailer's awning partially collapsed once during a hail storm at a 10,400 ft. campground outside Lake City, CO. but that was my fault for not properly extending one of the supporting arms. I'll be writing more about our second trip real soon, but meanwhile, if anyone has any questions about the routes we traveled, campgrounds we stayed at, our equipment, etc. I'll be happy to share our experiences. Meanwhile, I want to send out a special thank you to our good friend and fellow Air Forums member Bob Saltzer who once again helped us considerably in our trip preparations, including the installation of a new converter, new power cord and new 7-pin trailer-to-truck cord.

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Old 11-07-2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

That's quite an accomplishment. Congratulations. We would love to hear more about your adventure and see some pictures.


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Old 11-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #3
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Thank you for the upbeat posting. I feel it fortuitous as we are soon to roll out on an odyssey to Ariz. in our 1993 Sovereign 21 !
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:42 PM   #4
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I'd love to hear about the primitive campsites that were your favorites and some of your favorite places. Sounds like a fabulous trip!
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:55 PM   #5
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What a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to read more about the trip and see some photos.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:26 PM   #6
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I would love to have more information! Sounds like a wonderful trip!!
Let the good times roll!! Laura
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:20 PM   #7
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We have a Colorado trip planned this summer - would love to know your favorites there - we are mtn bikers and kayakers so tips for where to do that in Colorado would be good
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:09 PM   #8
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I hope you don't mind if I jump in here Lois. We've had a home in Durango and consider it mountain bike heaven. Our o,dest son went to school there, still lives there and is a coach of the junior development team. Once you get through mud season there are dozens of great rides both in and around town. Many of the trails are well marked and there are always others out there as it is a jock Mecca. Our favorite rides are Horse Gulch and Hermosa Creek. As for your kayaks, the Animas River runs right through town. It moves pretty quickly in spring and summer, slower as the season progresses. A did I mention the four micro-breweries. Durango, Ska, Carvers and Steamworks. Great breakfasts at Carvers, great happy hours and food at Steamworks, great folks at Ska.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:19 PM   #9
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We will be traveling around much of the area you did in an upcoming 4-month outing. I would love to hear about some of the campgrounds you liked in lower elevations (our trip is January through May).

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Old 11-08-2013, 07:16 PM   #10
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Sounds like a great trip! We would love to do something similar, maybe not as ambitious as 4 months. Have read on here a lot of people worry about size of rig. If you had been pulling anything longer would it have been a problem? How did you stay informed about the location of forest fires of the west while off the grid? or have the local news people here overstated the problem?
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:54 AM   #11
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Exploring our beautiful country in an Airstream creates wonderful adventures. We're back from an adventure to the Oregon coast. This is an area we hope to visit again, one of my favorites.

What was your favorite location during your visit?


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