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Old 08-13-2014, 05:00 PM   #15
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You will actually have 16 days to do this trip.... Maybe a tad longer if you leave as early the first Friday as was already suggested.....

It will be a great trip IF your kids don't "burn out" from all the driving you will be doing in order to get them to your final destination.... If they do "burn out" then NO ONE will be having fun.... Keep in mind - if you are trying it do 8-10 hr driving days, you will be hitting the road around 8 AM and driving until 5-6 PM each day.... Of course you will be able to drive at a higher speed pulling your 22' TT than I usually drive my MH, so you will cover more miles each day BUT how much sight seeing will you be able to squeeze in as your zipping down the road... It's always easier to cram hard driving days to the END of the trip as you're headed home....

SAGE ADVICE - keep in mind - you are on a "vacation" Don't let it turn into an ordeal or that will totally ruin everything....

Also as was already suggested - most BLM campgrounds are pretty much off the main road so be prepared to figure in extra time to actually find the CG once you get to the general area where it's located.... Most are 10-20 miles off main roads and roads getting to them aren't always in the best condition.... Might want to look at commercial CG's near main roads in order to make the best use of your time....

Since this is one of your first trips as an RVer, try to make it one that will have wonderful memories and not one that might tarnish future trips....

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Old 08-14-2014, 08:46 AM   #16
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WOW! Thanks to all, for all the great tips and thoughts.

I know this trip is pretty aggressive. I was planning to be aggressive on the first part of the trip, to get to Rapid City. Then start the site seeing. Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower, Little Bighorn and Yellowstone. Not all sites on the way west. We are going to stop at one or two of these on the way back east, after stopping in Missoula. Then back to aggressive pace on the return trip.
My wife is a pharmacist and the chances of taking off for 3 weeks is very slim to none. She is going to try to gather up a couple of "personal days" tacked on. We'll see.
I'm self-employed and a stay-at-home dad, so I have more flexibility. Worst case, if time runs out, my wife said she could fly back to Baltimore BWI.
Once again, thanks to all we really appreciated all the info.

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It can be done. We did Montana last year on two weeks leaving from Kentucky, but did hit the road early on a Friday. I'd recommend hitting the Badlands and Wall Drug on the way to Rapid City, then spend at least a full day there visiting Rushmore, and Crazy Horse. Devils Tower is a bit out of the way and you'll need a day there.

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