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Old 09-23-2015, 04:16 PM   #1
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MN, ND, SD, MT in October?

We're stuck in Forest City, Iowa and were hoping to hit the northern states heading west when we get our rig repaired. Some folks are telling us not to go north because of winter weather. What is your take on it? And what are the must sees along the way at this time of year???

We're in a 34' Class A Winnebago Voyage with a Saturn in tow and a Border Collie who loves to hike.
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Read the 30 day forecasts for the the areas you expect to transit. It's something of a crap shoot. However, with today's forecasting it is easy to get away or get prepared if you will be dealing with the real nasty stuff.
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This is supposed to be a wet snowy winter due to El Nino or his little sister la Nina....might wanna take snowshoes and cross country ski gear if you go.
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Keep in mind that many CG's will close on or about Octoberish. Two years ago we were in Traverse City MI which was very neat. We were there (KOA) about the second week of Oct and that Friday was their last day being open.

With a MH you don't always need a CG but it does help once every few weeks or so to get into one to empty, get water etc. Many rest stops also have dumps stations as well. The road Atlas and or your GPS may tell you that as well.

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About three years ago I left Minot in late Sept. 'Beat feet' to get over the Rockies. Still hit light snow about Billings. No problem from Missoula west. I have left Forest City in mid Oct. and had no problem. Keep one eye on the weather. It is not like you can't see it coming. If you have to scrape you windshield in the morning it is time to drop south or get a move on.
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We wouldn't even know what to do with snow shoes or skis!
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Must Sees?

So is there anything worth going to see in MN, ND, or SD this late in the year???
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Of course the short answer is yes. it depends on what you like. Lot's of forests in MN with great fall colors. Mid Oct is at the end of the season, but still great. Great state parks in the north shore area of Lake Superior with some great waterfalls. MN parks are well funded. Lot's of migratory birds come through ND, SD. Badlands/Black Hills are worth a week alone. If you want something different, try driving US US 85 in western ND. You'll see Roosevelt NP in context with a whole bunch of drilling/fracking. Stark contrast.
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...Forest City, Iowa.... hoping to hit the northern states heading west..... What is your take on it? And what are the must sees along the way at this time of year???.......
ensmitch, in 2012 we left Boston October 7 and spent a month traveling to Seattle, mostly along the I-90 corridor in the west. We had a glorious trip with no problems. Stopped to see some things along the way. Friends in CT and DC, more folks in OH and IL, The Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD, Badlands, Wall Drug, Rushmore, ...... Across that northern tier there are no guarantees, but the averages are in your favor passing through before November. The graph line for weather probability starts to climb steeply by mid-November. If you're going to Seattle first, keep a close eye on the Cascades. Of course, as all the investor ads will tell you, past performance is no guarantee of future success.

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We just came across Interstate 90 from Seattle, and currently at factory in Forest City. Other than one day of rain, we had a lot of strong crosswinds in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Minnesota. But, the Badlands, the Corn Palace, Rushmore, lewis and Clark Caverns, Little Big Horn, Sturgis (for bikers) and everything else was awesome. Most campsites were quiet and only a few RV's. However, two years ago this time of the year South Dakota was hit hard with snow, and again by mid-September last year they had the white stuff, so if it wasn't for luck with the weather this year, our urgent need to get to Forest City would have been a more southerly route. Now, that it is October, the risk factor climbs.


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We wouldn't even know what to do with snow shoes or skis!
Before they started making them out of aluminum and fiberglass they made good firewood.

We left Las Vegas the last of September one year and took I-70. In Colorado we ran into snow. I vowed to never venture above Atlanta again from Sept to Mar.

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I have volunteered at Custer State Park near Mt. Rushmore for the past two summers. Just left this week heading south. Most all the campgrounds closed on Oct 1st. You can get snow in Oct. so keep an eye on the weather rep[orts
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We just came across Interstate 90 from Seattle, and currently at factory in Forest City. Other than one day of rain, we had a lot of strong crosswinds in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Minnesota. But, the Badlands, the Corn Palace, Rushmore, lewis and Clark Caverns, Little Big Horn, Sturgis (for bikers) and everything else was awesome. Most campsites were quiet and only a few RV's. However, two years ago this time of the year South Dakota was hit hard with snow, and again by mid-September last year they had the white stuff, so if it wasn't for luck with the weather this year, our urgent need to get to Forest City would have been a more southerly route. Now, that it is October, the risk factor climbs.


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Chris,

We're still at the factory! Come by and say hi, please. We're in the 2007 Voyage in the Customer Service parking lot. Where are you???

And thank you for the great info!
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Chris,

We're still at the factory! Come by and say hi, please. We're in the 2007 Voyage in the Customer Service parking lot. Where are you???

We were provided no ticket Friday as a non-schedule service visit, thus no overnight accommodation, so we are offsite at Three Fingers Campground outside of town. I will look for you later today when we come over to check the schedules (silver 4-door Jeep). Thanks, Chris


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