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RE: February Camping From Long Island?

5 hours puts you in Ocean City, MD or Washington, DC. Neither place will have much going on in February. Better bet would be a cruise out of NYC. Funny - I was going to make those two Suggestions - maybe add Rehoboth Beach - all are Fun and Have a LOT GOING ON. DC is never boring - in a lifetime of living near and visiting often we still go and still enjoy and Discover. The Beach has become a year round destination - lot fewer people but you will still likely need reservations to get a Campsite - I'd look at Indian River Inlet in Delaware - right across from the Beach and close to both Rehobothe and OC - :) We all see things differently - if you want to go go go DC might work if you want to sit back relax and maybe catch a good meal the Beach would work. Best of luck, let us know what you decide.
Busskipper 09/27/19 07:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Canyon 2020

Exploring trip to the area summer 2020. Here's what I know, or think I know. The South Rim is more commercialized than the North Rim, but does that mean that it's any less spectacular? The Grand Canyon is Spectacular, IMHO, every time I see it whether from the North or the South. Period. That said I do not enjoy crowds and have been to both multiple time - most of my better Memories over the last 50 years were from the North, just has more of what works for ME. On the South side you can come in from the East on RT 64 - much less traffic and it lets you sort of get into the park slowly - my feeling - before getting into the Heavy Commercialization and Crowds. We almost always come and go from this Entry - usually coming from Canyon de Chelly :) . The North Rim is higher elevation so the daytime temps will be more tolerable. Would be most interested in The NPS campground, and while they don't have hookups, there are generator hours. So, are daytime temps tolerable? Correct about elevation - BUT - in the hot season it is/can be still fairly Warm in the summer so to be Comfortable you May need a little A/C. That said in one of my visits when locating my son for a summer internship in Cali we hit Snow on the 2nd of June - it was Unbelievably Beautiful - and had all melted by 10:00, so just keep that in mind when deciding on where to focus your stay. You know what the say about the weather in the SouthWest - if you don't like it "Not to worry, it Will Change shortly" It will be easier/quicker to travel to Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend, Zion and Grand Staircase Escalante from the North side. Utah and all those Sites you wish to see are not that close - it will take Time and a Good Road Map with a smart Route. If you are trying to list sites you have left many out - :) - State Parks, need to be researched and included - IMHO - as many are just Great - Monument Valley - HorseShoe Bend - Page - Lake Powell - Rt 128 and RT 12 - Green River ........ It's roughly 225 ish miles from North to South Rim so I don't want to spend entire trip burning up the roads driving back and forth You have not mentioned the amount of time or the time of Year you are doing this trip, both are important considerations in the Plan;). If you have looked at the Map you will see some of the slot Canyons and Page and HorseShoe are all on the way to the North Rim - then if leaving the North Rim you could head to Zion - out the Tunnel do Bryce and Kodachrome/Escalante/RT 12 on the way to Goblins and Capital Reef I'm trying to balance the trip where it works best for all of us. I'm into photography so I could easily spend all day wanting to do my thing, but I also have a wife and son that don't necessarily have the same idea of my fun. What do they want to do - your part of the trip will likely Require you to be up before Sunrise and set up for Sunsets so you can still do things - Hikes and site visits - with them :) Look over Stan's images as they may help in deciding your stops - - you can also search the web as he has more on Utah in other websites. So Much to see - So Much to Do and Never enough TIME To get the full experience, how much time should I reasonably expect to spend on this trip? I will easily have 2 1/2-3 weeks for this trip, but is there enough things to do in the area to keep us captivated, or will we get bored after a week or so? Simple answer is there is Never Enough Time. So what to do? Do your Homework - learn a LOT MORE - Plan a lot More - I think if I were you I'd focus on one area for doing what you want - then just plan on driving through the rest to be able to plan for the Next 5 or so trips. Sorry but you can see it in three weeks but it takes a Lifetime to become immersed in the SouthWest, just too much of it to do in three Weeks, IMHO. So pick out the few spots you want to See/Experience/Photograph give yourself some time there and then plan to Drive through a lot of it to just see it so you can Plan to do what suits you. We have found that for the state of Utah we Enjoy it Most in the Winter, Late Fall, Early Spring - fewer People - Not Hot - and with the Sun Low in the sky Just Beautiful. Any and all suggestions or comments will be greatly appreciated. Not sure if I helped or not - tried to address all of your concerns, Biggest thing is there is no Right or Wrong way to do this - It's BIG and it Beautiful - and it is really Varied - and there is a Lot of It so hard to make a Bad Decision - Just Do It. Hope this helps, be sure to report back so others can learn from your decisions :)
Busskipper 09/27/19 06:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah National Parks: November? or April?

On my bucket list is a trip to the national parks in Utah. First off You will love it - How long can you take for this adventure? When you add all the other attraction in the southern part of Utah, State Parks and other stops, you will likely need a little more time than most think. We have some limitations on the time of year we can go there. IMHO it is smart to avoid the crowds - with Thanksgiving in the end of November you might need to keep it in mind and try to locate yourself in an enjoyable spot for TG - We have visited Utah in every season, but I can't remember ever doing Thanksgiving in Utah, Christmas - Winter Spring and Fall with just a few times in Summer, as it can be really hot:) What's the weather like in November? Fairly mild - cooler and a lot less crowded - some places even close up for the Winter - North Rim, which is often tied into Utah Trips, closes mid October and while access is still allowed they do not Plow the roads during Snow events so you need to be Weather Smart. November would be MY Choice and because you are looking for suggestions mine would be November. What about April? April would be Good as it is still cooler BUT it is starting to get crowded in some of the more popular spots - things have already started to fill up and I think you will likely run into more people and need more reservations at most places. My brother did April last year and said he needed reservations and that if he got a little elevation he still ran into snow outside Moab:) He was there early and scheduled around the Rallies that start in April. Is one of these months better than the other for any reason? IMHO - as I suggested November would be my Choice. We have had one of our best trip ever in Late December - Hiked to the top of Angels Landings in shorts and T shirts - then drove to Bryce for a Snow Storm and 10" of snow only to have the skies clear and get some unbelievable Photographs of the Sunset with the HooDoos covered in snow - OH How Lucky we were. Next day most of the snow evaporated and it was Beautiful. The main reason for the November recommendation is we love the cooler weather - so much easier to get out and hike then - fewer people, sorry but IMHO These Wild and Beautiful Places just are better with Fewer or NO people. If so, why. Which would you choose, and why? Think I pretty much answered these question above, I love these places in the winter - IMHO if you are Lucky you get a little Snow - Red Rocks look Great with a White contrast :). Having done Utah in almost every month I can say it is always Beautiful - BUT - just more fun with fewer people, and in November there are fewer People. Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! -Speak If/When you go be sure to seek out and include State Parks - and other spots of Interest - Page - Monument Valley - Lake Powell - Antelope Canyon - Goosenecks - Green River - RT 128 out of Moab - Dino NM - ................on and on............................. Hope this helps
Busskipper 09/26/19 07:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone - Spring or Fall?

Planning a trip to YS and would like opinions on the best time to visit. IMHO Both are GREAT times! Do both and let us know what YOU think>-:) Fact is in the dozen or so times I've been to Yellowstone - we NEVER had a Bad Time. It's an amazing place, just be sure to Include the Tetons. Enjoy.
Busskipper 09/22/19 10:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: States Visited Map Rules

Let's look and see ?
Busskipper 09/20/19 05:58am Roads and Routes
RE: Southern Utah in late June?

We are wondering how brutal southern Utah is in late June? We have been to all of the major parks there at other times of the year, and have family members who really want to see the area. Late June is our only time available. We know elevation is key to temperature, and think Bryce Canyon would probably be fine. We are seeking advice on whether this can be an enjoyable trip, and what specific parks/areas can be comfortable temperature-wise. We are okay into the lower 90's, but hate the thought of much higher temps. Mainly, we would be sightseeing, driving, and taking short hikes. Would driving Route 12 then be pleasant or too hot? What about Capitol Reef? We are planning to go to Yellowstone prior to Utah to avoid the crowds there, and want to see Colorado after we leave Utah. We will be towing a fifth wheel. Please give us your recommendations and suggestions on whether this area can be enjoyable then. Thanks. Doable sure just requires planning - early before Hot/Heat - late when it cools down - after 7 usually till Dark - Drive Car/Toad/Truck in the heat of the day between spots - IMHO Hiking is not fun in the Sun with no shade. How much time do you have - to do all of the trip? Bouncing between Colorado and Utah might also work as you will be able to get some Cool to go with the Heat:) Also the distances are not too bad so it could be that you could get back and forth with some good planning - we have done it before - but usually three days is pushing it in the Summer for Utah, JMHO. Where will you go in Colorado? Lots there and much of it will be Hot and Crowded if not well planned. One last thought is to not try to just check Boxes and to Go Where All just Enjoy and Have FUN! (Easy for me to say as I've checked almost all the Boxes:S) Best of Luck you can do it - and it will be FUN!!!!
Busskipper 09/16/19 10:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Newmar Sold

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Busskipper 09/16/19 10:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Plan B ..January travel thru the South

No. ^^^^^^^^I Agree^^^^^^^^ Not an issue.
Busskipper 09/16/19 08:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: School me in public parks camping...

I'm woefully embarrassed to admit that, after 10 years of camping, we have extraordinarily minimal experience with county/state/national parks. We've always done the 'rv park' thing. The kids are older now, however, and the activities and attractions of the commercial park doesn't have the same draw. So, I'd like to begin broadening our exposure. I am, however, utterly ignorant in the matter. How do you find out what hookups they have and if they take reservations? Does any of this happen online, or is it all still a phone call? Is it realistic to look for parks with full hook-ups, or are those pretty few and far between? Where do I start when I know what area I want to hit? Is rvparkreviews good for these as well, or am I better off looking at other resources? Don't shame me, it's just not been our bag to date, and I'd like to learn more. I don't even know what I don't know so, please, tell me! Lot of good advice here; We learned long ago to not be concerned with hookups in public parks. If the issue is hookups, we chose our unit with high capacities, or figureded out a way to maximize them such as more batteries, genny, waste tote, inverter. You must add, NO change your habits to conserve your power and water useage. Sure, we own and operate a commercial camp with all the frills you needed for the family, Thank you for patronizing private camps when it was your need. Now its time to cut or at least slim the cord and experience the many other offerings of outdoor hospitality travel. Most public parks do not offer full amenity, limit length of stay, may require purchase of a pass in addition to site fee, and many other variables. Might not be less costly or up your alley if your unit does not have larger tanks, one battery, etc. The world is now your oyster IF you are the more adventurous and proactive type. Look at the websites. Call for availability. Best yet, head out to the national forests and BLM lands, any federal land, find a spot. You can stay 14 days free. Check it out come to us to refill, dump, launder and shower, perhaps be our guest for a pampered night before or after the experience. This will require more thought and effort on your part; Why be so concerned with hookups? My wife enjoys camping, but has no interest in going without the comforts that hookups provide - the toilet and shower being at the core of that. Thom gives more good advice; A lot of good advice given with prior posts. A couple of things to add: ** As mentioned about state parks, check the state park website. You may find that some state parks are reservation only. That has become a trend here in Colorado that a goodly number of state parks require reservations, no walk ins allowed. I frequent the state parks here and noticed the change in the past year or so, from an experiment at some state parks to a requirement at all of the ones that I usually enjoy. All of the ones I go to have electric hookups, common water, and a dump station. ** Twin batteries can usually last a long weekend without the generator. Switching all interior lights to LED bulbs helps in that. I also carry LED lanterns if I don't need to turn on overhead lights. I like to listen to music, the on board stereo/CD player doesn't seem to draw too much electricity. ** As previously mentioned, carrying extra water in jerry cans of some sort can get you through a weekend. I carry a 5 gallon igloo for drinking water and use the on board water for showers/toilet/dish washing. ** The 2 main reservation systems (for SP/USFS/NP) are and There are frequently pictures of campsites at the map level of the websites. Getting to them can be a chore, but can be done. Explore those 2 sites to get a feel for what they offer. ** USFS campgrounds, at least in this area of Colorado and Wyoming, almost never have any sort of amenities. There's the occasional CG that may offer electric at some sites, and even rarer, showers. There may be common water, but rarely are there dump stations. What they do offer is generally spread out campsites, and depending on location, less crowds. After following the aforementioned advice - I'll inject some of my own - You can Dry Camp - BUT - you just need to learn/Know your limits! My DW also requires a life that does not require sacrifices - so I have learned the limits of the Coach along with Her limits and make sure I stay within those:) When we travel longer distances we have no issue doing a Wally*Mart stop for a day or two or even three or Four - but by day four we are reaching the limits of the Coach (And the DW) as we normally use it. So we will find a Commercial or Other Parks that has what we need - Dump - Water - Electric - refill and get ready to go again. If you travel out of season - When Kids are in School - there is a much better chance at snagging one of the full service sites in a State or National Park - they are out there you just need to so a little searching. Keep asking - Keep learning - we have done this in every way for 50 years and never stop learning. September and October are IMHO the best months to explore - Pick you site try a few new things and if all else fails - just use the commercial CG's outside the Park you want to visit. Best of Luck,
Busskipper 09/12/19 08:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I 40 from Gallup to Albuquerque

Currently traveling on our west trip and considering using 491 out of Cortez CO to I40 in Gallup and then taking I40 to I25. Have heard some bad stories about construction and travel delays along I40 between Gallup and Albuquerque. - but the articles said that construction should be complete by now. Has anyone travelled this route recently and can provide any insights about possible construction delays. Thanks. Just one more option that avoids the I's MAP I've always looked for the Road Less Traveled:) Best of Luck,
Busskipper 09/10/19 06:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

I forgot to mention that my wife had a stroke when she was 42. She was not treated properly due to her age and it did not show up right away on a scan. She does her best but has a difficult time getting around. We diud a few experiments with gas mileage on our first day of travel, We had about a 30 to 40 mph headwind and our mileage was bad. We tried 30 mile tests at 55 mph, 60 mph, and 65 mph. Without heavy wind we usually get about 10.5 mpg at 55 top 60. With the wind we were getting 8.5 at 55. We did our little experiments and found that 65 mph only coast us .5 mpg. We decided to go faster. We spent 2 days at TR NP car sightseeing and short hikes. I had never seen this section of badlands topography before. It is like the Badlands NP on steroids. The scale is so much bigger. The valleys are deeper and wider. We loved it. The trip across Highway 2 in Montana included about 30 miles of one way roads with pilot cars to follow. It was slow going and took more time than we wanted. From Browning Montana to Glacier, highway 89 is really torn up. The route is 26 miles long and about 10 miles is nothing but mud, rocks and driving in ditches. My blue truck and white TT were both covered with mud. In Glacier, we took a boat tour at Many Glacier Hotel, and admired the architecture of the hotel. We did some short hikes together and I hiked to Hidden Lake at the top of Logan Pass. We drove all of Going to the Sun road which took all day with the short hikes and sightseeing that we did. We hiked the Trail of the Cedars on the west side of the park. It is amazing to sit and look up at 200 ft tall, 600 year old trees. Being from Wisconsin this is hard to fathom. Wisconsin was just about stripped of old growth trees in the late 1800's. Today we have been wandering toward West Yellowstone. We are both morning people and we get up at about 6:00. I make coffee for me and tea for her. We pack a light breakfast to eat on the road and are usually rolling by 7:00. This is how we like to travel. We frequently eat while driving unless we find something that we want to sit and admire. We would not mind being snowed in somewhere. We have supplies packed that would keep us comfortable for up to a week without getting hungry or cold. I have gone snowmobile and cross country ski camping in northern WI and Michigan. We have been to the Rockies 5 or 6 times in the past. The best part of these trips is that we get to spend the time together admiring everything along the way. We keep commenting on the beauty around us. I told my wife that I would have made a great artist because of my eye for beauty but was stopped by my absolute lack of talent with anything but my camera. We are wandering toward Yellowstone now and have no solid plans as to where we are going after that. I'll check back in when we get a connection again. By the way, 2 Bar Lazy H campground west of Butte MT has the best wifi I have ever had while camping. You sound like a lot of Us.:) Using that Camera - Share an Image or two for those who are not out there with you. Tetons width=740 Best of Luck, More interesting Images - Here :)
Busskipper 09/09/19 05:24am Roads and Routes
RE: I-70 through Colorado

More on the Topic - RT 6
Busskipper 09/05/19 08:05am Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado 114 from Sillsville to Saguache

Had to look up Sillsville and finally found it on a topo map. CO 114 is one of the easiest ways across the Continental Divide in Colorado. ^^^^^AGREE^^^^^
Busskipper 09/05/19 05:54am Roads and Routes
RE: Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

We frequently boondock so internet is pretty much not a thing unless we stop at a restaurant along the way.Some mornings we stop for $1 coffee at McDonalds just to use their Wifi (and bathrooms!). Some of are still Mickey D's coffee people - Ken you are getting two cups of Senior Coffee for a dollar right:) ;)
Busskipper 09/05/19 05:53am Roads and Routes
RE: I-70 through Colorado

Round a bouts certainly do weed out the stupid drivers. Amend to that, But to the original Question - We're about to head to Oklahoma from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I would like to go I-90 east to I-15 south and then take I-70 east to Denver. I don't like a lot of drama so are the passes pretty easy to navigate? YES:) Any other concerns I should be aware of? We are in a 40' Class A diesel pusher towing a car. Thank you all for advice. Just as an answer your route is fine - BUT - I'd sure have to look at getting off the I's and just seeing more good Eye Candy as you head south. You are going to be in some of the most Beautiful COuntry all the way to New Mexico. Just mark out the National Parks you could drive By - then the State Parks - National Monuments - National Recreation Areas........................ If were to get off those I's and look at driving by State Parks - Lakes - Reservoirs - Rivers - National Parks and Monuments you could certainly make this a FUN drive. When I look at that drive all I see is Opportunity to put together an amazing Drive, even if I didn't stop to Hike and explore it could and should be just Beautiful in a 40'er and a Toad. This is really just a Dream Drive. Do you have a little time? Could we/should we even address this opportunity? Let us Know,
Busskipper 09/05/19 05:22am Roads and Routes
RE: Do you leave plugged into shore power...?

I read recently that one should not leave the MH plugged in when not in use. We're on our 5th MH and have always left them plugged in when not in use. If, for no other reason, to keep batteries charged. What do you do? Only time in the last twenty year we have not left ours plugged in is when it was Impossible. Why would you not? JMHO,
Busskipper 09/05/19 05:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Route 212 over Bear Tooth Pass.

Is Route 212 over Bear Tooth Pass in southern MT, northern WY an acceptable route for a 30' 5th wheel? Doable - Yes Advisable - not so Much It is I'd say, if you just have to do it OK - BUT - much more enjoyable to do it in the TV and be able to SEE IT. Chief Joseph is more easily Doable and then you can look back at the Beartooth. width=730 Enjoy the Trip,
Busskipper 09/03/19 06:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

My wife and I are heading out tomorrow morning a oh dark thirty for a 5 week trip to most everywhere in the Rockies. We are starting in WI, heading to Theodore Roosevelt NP, Glacier, Yellowstone, Tetons, Dinosaur, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, Silverton, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Pikes Peak, Mt Evans, Rocky Mtn NP, Devils Tower, Black Hills, Badlands, and back home. We rarely travel on the interstates so we are looking forward to seeing some great little towns along the way. We know that we may have to bug out of some areas due to snow but we are really looking forward to this trip. I will write a few entries along the way when we are near civilization. We frequently boondock so internet is pretty much not a thing unless we stop at a restaurant along the way. What a GREAT TRIP YOU HAVE PLANNED! Take Pictures - Lots of Pictures - as they can be posted now or Later when internet is available - and we'd all love to see some of this Adventure/Road Trip. Sounds Perfect, No hard plan - No Reservations - No Timeline - Just a Great Trip Meandering through the Rockies during the Aspen Changing - OH how Jealous I Am. Heaven. :B Best of Luck,
Busskipper 09/03/19 06:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Route Advice Estes Park to Great Basin and then Utah

For what it's worth, here is a link to one of our blog entries on Great Basin: GBNP As always GREAT IMAGES!!!! Thanks,
Busskipper 08/31/19 05:33am Roads and Routes
RE: Route Advice Estes Park to Great Basin and then Utah

We are planning an August - October trip from Estes Park to see RMNP - then to great Basin National Park in Nevada - and then the Utah national parks. We are kind of leary about driving through the Rocky Mountains on route 34 (Trail Ridge Road). We have a 41 foot 5th wheel. Any advice on this, or suggestions for alternate routes? Thanks! RV's are not prohibited on Trail Ridge Road. As stated, tour buses and modified Jeep Jitney type vehicles are up there frequently. So are the occasional Motor Home/Travel Trailer/5th wheel. But there's a reason why there are not a bunch of them up there. On the east side you climb through forest to about the 2 mile up level, and once you get to Rainbow Curve, you'll be above tree line for about 11 miles. Part of that is a narrow shelf road with no shoulders, no guard rails, and steep drop offs. And on the west side descent there's 5 hairpin curves that are very tight. Yes, buses do it; they are also professional drivers who've done it before. It ain't their first rodeo. If it's your "first rodeo", there are alternatives. Leave Estes Park on CO 7 and head to Allenspark. Just past Allenspark, CO 72 splits off from CO7. These 2 roads are part of the Peak to Peak Highway which is a great drive. CO 7 to Allenspark is a bit rough and narrow, but no drop offs; you're in the forest. Once on CO 72, the road is generally good with shoulders. Yes there are curves and hills but nothing overly challenging. You'll take CO 72 to Nederland where you'll pick up CO 119, still the Peak to Peak Highway. That will take you to Black Hawk/Central City. You can continue on CO 119 down to I-70 (follow the signs) and then just take I-70 westbound to your next destination. ^^^^^I Agree ^^^^^
Busskipper 08/30/19 08:09am Roads and Routes
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