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Old 07-12-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Just Completed 9,000 mile trip!

I've looked at all the forum title and think this the best place to post it. If a Mod has better location please let me know!!
We've just completed a vacaction and traveled @9,000 miles. It includes TX, NM, AZ, NV, CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, CO, OK and back to Texas. I'll be glad to post thing like, total cost, fuel cost, camping cost, fuel used and MPG. Also will post pictures and info of each major stop. Will take a few days to get thing together. Lots of lessons learned for a long trip. Thanks
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Sounds like a great trip , would like to the pictures
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:26 PM   #3
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Sounds like a great trip.

The DW and I are new to RVing and we are really looking forward to our first long trip on the road in our unit. We look forward to hearing the stories, seeing the pictures and learning the ins and outs of a long road trip. We are happy to hear you made it home safely.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:45 PM   #4
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really looking forward to the pictures and stories....what a trip it must have been....
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:19 PM   #5
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And how many gallons of fuel was that????? Sounds like FUN
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May and June of last year went from Gatesville Texas to California, up to Washington, over to N. Dakota and down south back to Texas. 7000 miles. Great trip and I am looking forward to the stories and pictures from yours.

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8,600 miles and 1,000 gallons of gas in 2011 here.

Would love to see some pictures. What were the major attractions you visited? What were the most memorable place syou visited? For us, they weren't the same.

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Wow sounds like a great trip! Can't wait to hear more.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:19 AM   #9
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Exclamation 9,000 miles Post 1 of 20

I'll try to get this thing started..Post 1 is of the prep to move I guess! There were three (3) of us all adults. Myself, my brother & his wife. and two pets, Koda (black & white) & Rascal. My wife joined us in OR ( because of work) for the final and return trip home. Me and my brother are both retired military. He's 6 years older than me. Our TOW vehicle is a 2001 Dodge Ram, 2500 HD, diesel, 4x4, with 4.10 gears, automatic trans, long bed, extended cab, 35 gal fuel tank. I ordered the truck new in 2000. It's OD said 219,000 before the trip. Actual miles are closer to 300,000. We were towing a 2012, V-Cross Super Lite, by Forest River, 30 feet long with bunk beds. Dry weight is @4,800 lbs. We always travel with at least a half tank of fresh water (25 gal). Since purchase of the TT about a year ago, we had towed it about 2500 miles. Our goal was to travel NO MORE than 6 hours a day, with 4 hours being most liked. And this worked out very well. There has been a lot written about doing LONG trips with family/friends..it can be done and done enjoyable!! It takes alot of give & take, waiting your turn, and sometimes bitein" your tongue! OK, if you have questions about Post 1, let me know....POST 2 with our departure and arrivial at the first stop.
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9,000 miles...POST 1 Con't

Alittle more info about the prep before we move out!

We were setup for dry camping if needed. We carried two (2) 2000 watt inverter Champion generators. I've used them here in Texas and they work fine with acceptable noise level. During the trip they worked fine, up to about 6,000 + feet. At that altitude, about all we could do was charge the battery on the TT. Below that altitude one generator would run all our lights (LED), TV and A/C. The HONDA's next to us appeared to a little quieter, but not by much. Will be better prepared for high altitude next time.
Camping Spots....We did the entire trip (23 May-8 July) WITHOUT reservations. We did use next day reservations when available. We also had excellent camp spot. The only place we didn't get inside a NP was Yosemite. We camped about 20 outside the park.
Fees.... We saved a ton of money by using Texas Annual Park Pass, Oregon State Park Pass for DV, National Parks Access Pass, Good Sam's discount, and MILITARY Campgrounds when available.
Phones/Computer.... I've used Verizon for years, found it to be best coverage in the NW. I also use Verizon as my INTERNET service and it worked great. One thing we did was purchased a small printer for the trip...well worth the $$. Allowed us to print directions, campgrounds etc along the way.

NOW FOR THE FACTS & FIGURES!!! OUR COST FOR THE ENTIRE TRIP WAS FOLLOWS.

total fuel cost (Diesel).....$2,787......total gal used@..717......AVG MPG...12.5
high fuel price...$4.91......low fuel price....$3.36......AVE price..$4.15
miles driven...@9,020......cost per mile (diesel only)..$.33

CAMPING....total cost $653.00....# of camps..18.....AVG cost per camp..$38.41
Note some camps were as long as 5 night, some were 1 night.

Repairs....1 thermostat for truck...$30.00....oil change for truck..$75.00
two (2) new tires for the travel trailer...$155.00

TOTAL COST FOR THE TRIP (LESS FOOD)...@$3,800.00
STOP #1 is next.....I know someone is going to find some mistake with the #'s so have at it!!
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Wow that was not bad, My fuel alone would have been more. Can not wait for the pictures.
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Great trip! Post the pictures then come on east of the Mississippi.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:39 AM   #13
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9,000 miles...STOP1

Well here goes, hope we have picture posting thing correct! STOP 1, We departed the house in Copperas Cove, TX about 11:00 AM. Headed West to Burnet, Tx when we picked up State Road 29 West to LLano. This is great drive thur the Hill Country of Texas, several lakes, the Colorado River and all kinds of wildlife. South LLano River state park is about 2.5 hours from home. We've stayed there several times. Large shaded camping spots, tons of wildlife from whitetail deer, axis deer, black buck and several observation blinds to watch birds! It is located on the western edge of the Edwards Plateau, just south of Junction, TX. The spring fed South Llano River is one of the most "pristine water bodies in the state". The park HQ is located in a restored home site cira the late 1800. A great family place! I want to encourage everyone who a State Park / COE system to support them. We are lucky here in Texas to have a GREAT system, let's help keep it that way. STOP 2...Balmorhea State Park, TX!!
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Sounds like a great trip keep the pictures coming. I have a quick question for you concerning your rank. I was drafted in 1970 and spent 2 years in the Army got to E-4 specialist, is CSM E-8 or E-9, I have forgotten a lot in 40+ years since being in the Army, Thanks for the service.
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