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Old 09-04-2014, 04:58 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the replies!

We have been going "out west" since the early 60's.

We would usually take I90 all the way out there.

Probably been up Beartooth Pass and to Cooke City/Silver Gate at least a dozen times.

Our last trip out to Yellowstone/Mt. Rushmore/family in Mt. was in 1997.

Had a 30' Southwind pulling a Dodge minivan on my father's tow dolly.

He had a Holiday Rambler Class A gasser that he and my mom took to Florida for the winter for probably fifteen years or so.

Never asked him to "borrow" it so we bought our own.

Had all four children (9-14 yrs old) with us on the '97 trip for what our oldest daughter called "The Vacation of The Century"!

We set up a VHS camcorder on a tripod aimed out the front window recording the entire trip.

Still have that big box of cassettes!

Kids are all grown up now and moved out so we are empty nesters.

Actually this trip is to see our daughter/son in law and new grandson at Twentynine Palms USMC base.

Once we get to Needles,Ca we'll get off I40 and take what's left of Rt 66 (National Trails Highway) to Amboy ,then take Amboy Rd.( where "The Hills Have Eyes" movie was partially filmed) into Twentynine Palms.
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Thanks for all the replies!

We have been going "out west" since the early 60's.

We would usually take I90 all the way out there.

Probably been up Beartooth Pass and to Cooke City/Silver Gate at least a dozen times.

Our last trip out to Yellowstone/Mt. Rushmore/family in Mt. was in 1997.

Had a 30' Southwind pulling a Dodge minivan on my father's tow dolly.

He had a Holiday Rambler Class A gasser that he and my mom took to Florida for the winter for probably fifteen years or so.

Never asked him to "borrow" it so we bought our own.

Had all four children (9-14 yrs old) with us on the '97 trip for what our oldest daughter called "The Vacation of The Century"!

We set up a VHS camcorder on a tripod aimed out the front window recording the entire trip.

Still have that big box of cassettes!

Kids are all grown up now and moved out so we are empty nesters.

Actually this trip is to see our daughter/son in law and new grandson at Twentynine Palms USMC base.

Once we get to Needles,Ca we'll get off I40 and take what's left of Rt 66 (National Trails Highway) to Amboy ,then take Amboy Rd.( where "The Hills Have Eyes" movie was partially filmed) into Twentynine Palms.

Cool! Sounds like you have your plan made and are ready to go!

Enjoy that new Ventana!! I'm jealous That was our hit list bus but couldn't strike a deal prior to setting out on our latest trek to your neck of the woods from Houston. Just pulling into New Jersey right now.

How much time for the total trip do you have?
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We have a minimum of 3 weeks ,maybe more this time around.

Next Spring want to do Moab/Arches/Bryce as we have never been to that area.

Also want to go to Alaska!
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Min or max?

My guess is it will take you 6 - 7 solid driving days to get there.

I went Houston to San Fran, and it was 6 driving days. Just went Houston to New Jersey (where I sit right now in Secaucus) and again was 6 main driving days. We always work in "smell the roses" days, so we actually took 2 weeks to get to NJ.

We typically drive any where from 5 to 7 hours in a "a driving day"

Also, overnightrvparking.com is worth it's weight in gold! On the run, we typically sleep in Walmart parking lots, cabela's, gander mountain - only hitting camp grounds to dump or stay for a few days.
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It is such a pleasure to drive these Class A's!

Sit up high , looking out at the world through a big picture window.

Seating was very comfortable and with the mirrors properly adjusted it was problem free.

On our last trip out to Yellowstone the first two days were 750 or so miles each without any fatigue whatsoever.(I actually would have done more but stopped for the wife and kids).
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I just came back from the west on I-40 in the first of AUG. There is no scenery. We were stopped 4 separate times in Arkansas for road construction. At least 2 of these were because of re-routes for bridge replacement. They are not anywhere near finished. I went out to Colorado on I-70 in June. If i had to go back, I would go the same way.

Updated info is here: IDrive Arkansas

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