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Old 07-30-2012, 11:43 PM   #1
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I am picking up our 43' RV in Texas and driving it to Phoenix. I will pick up my wife, son & inlaws there and then we are off to the Grand Canyon. Thinking of Arches National Park and then up to SLC and Reno and finally the National Lava Bed Monument and Crater Lake.
Are there any roads to avoid? I plan on driving about 400 miles per day with stops for fuel, lunch, running around etc. Any reccomendations on campgrounds?
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We're still new to this whole thing, but we just got back from a trip that included the Grand Canyon and Arches national parks. We would definitely recommend the Grand Canyon Trailer Village in the Grand Canyon. It is in some need of maintenance, (roads mainly) but it is right in the middle of the park and has a designated shuttle stop. For Arches, we stayed at The Portal in Moab. We stayed in the "owners" section. For us the additional $10 per night was worth the wide, nicely landscaped site and the dog appreciated the very nice off-leash dog area with lots of lawn and some trees.
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We're still new to this whole thing, but we just got back from a trip that included the Grand Canyon and Arches national parks. We would definitely recommend the Grand Canyon Trailer Village in the Grand Canyon. It is in some need of maintenance, (roads mainly) but it is right in the middle of the park and has a designated shuttle stop. For Arches, we stayed at The Portal in Moab. We stayed in the "owners" section. For us the additional $10 per night was worth the wide, nicely landscaped site and the dog appreciated the very nice off-leash dog area with lots of lawn and some trees.
Ditto on Grand Canyon Trailer Village which is about 1/4 mile from the south rim, with shuttle service from the entrance to the rim. It doesn't get any more convenient unless you pitch a tent on the edge of the rim.

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I think you might be better off cutting the 400, miles per day down a bit. Figure 50 miles per hour average. The idea is to enjoy the trip as well as the destination. Not knowing what your time frame is might make my suggestion moot. Sounds like a great trip other than Reno.

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I think you might be better off cutting the 400, miles per day down a bit. Figure 50 miles per hour average. The idea is to enjoy the trip as well as the destination. Not knowing what your time frame is might make my suggestion moot. Sounds like a great trip other than Reno.

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I know, unfortunately, I have to go to Fallon NAS for a day and take care of some business. Reno is going to be a drive through-quickly- and then up to the Lava Beds. I figure I will actually get to drive about 300, but I can dream about 400 for a day or so. I have 45 days of leave available and have been ORDERED to take at least 25 days on this trip. Probably go out to the Oregon Coast while I am driving around.
I am off to Corpus Christi in the morning to start this odyssey.
Thanks everyone for the advice.
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arches is totally cool.
there is a very nice, kinda hoity toity rv resort on the north end of moab that we stayed at for 4 days, it was very nice. i forget the name, but it has a "normal" part in the front, and an "ownership section" in the back (that rents out lots when the owners aren't there.)
we stayed in the fancy section in june, right next to the pool and across from the off leash dog run.
Highly recommended.

The state hwy from monument valley to moab is very nice too. I think u can get there from arizona.
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