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Old 11-26-2017, 11:23 AM   #1
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2017 Months & Mileage Recap - What did you do and where did you go?

We enjoyed a great time this past year touring with our Newmar coach.

Not full-timers, we spent a combined period of close to 7-months on the road, toured 19 different states, and clocked just over 12,000 miles. Met a lot of new friends, saw some amazing sites and places many of which for the first time. Now, planning 2018 which we hope to spend even more time on the roads that await us all.

How were your 2017 travels? i.e. Time spent on the road, states visited/toured and mileage covered?
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Old 11-26-2017, 02:51 PM   #2
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S. Fl to VA beach to see our son graduate from Coast Guard A school, then to TN to spend a week with him before his trek to WA state, then on to PA, NY, OH, IN (Newmar), KY, AL, and back to FL. Then a trip to AL to escape hurricane Irma and back, then a trip to SC (Freightliner) for service with a side trip to TN and back home. Total miles: roughly 8000 over 3 months. Next spring out west for 5 months. Can't wait to get out again!
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:07 PM   #3
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Not done yet FPU in June then a trip to eastern shore VA then 34 day Rockies caravan followed by two rallies. A few short trips. 8k miles and loving every minute. Id be gone more but have to put in some time at the S&B where family lives near (elderly parents).
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:58 PM   #4
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We had a wonderful first 4800 mile trip in our 2016 VTDP. Left central Mississippi in mid June returning in early August. Our trip took us up north thru Arkansas, Missouri and Iowa. Turning west thru South Dakota, toured the corn museum, Badlands, Black hills and all sites close by. Then headed to Deadwood and into Wyoming to Devils tower and on up into Montana and Glacier National Park for July 4th week. Heading south back into Wyoming and across while making numerous one and three day stops along the way to Colorado. We spent several days exploring in and around Fort Collins. Then down to Colorado Springs for Pikes Peak, Royal Gorge, Air Force Academy and Rocky Mountains sites. From Colorado Springs we headed home through Texas and Louisiana. Planned our trip to not drive more the three hundred miles in a day. This turned out to be a great decision. Just finished planning and making reservations for a 2018 trip to see the sites in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Only one issue with our coach for the entire trip. Front AC died the first day of the trip which turned out to be a minor inconvenience.
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Old 11-26-2017, 09:47 PM   #5
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We left home (Tampa Bay area) in June and went north and west.

We visited family in NC.

We traveled across country to Yellowstone NP (second visit) and backtracked into Idaho.

Up to Oregon, following I-84 along the Columbia River, eventually getting into Washington to visit Mt. Rainier.

In Washington we went to The Mt. St. Helens monument. That was absolutely awe inspiring; definitely a must see in the PNW!

We then went back to Oregon to Idanha, where we joined the RV Mutants group for the total solar eclipse viewing. Good group, good times.

Next we traveled to northern California so we could visit some giant redwood trees. Big dudes!

Then it was back through Oregon (getting tired of that) on a ridiculous state highway (140, think). The trip out of Oregon took two days and we had a motorhome. Those pioneers were tough!

We trekked through Nevada, into SLC Utah and across I-70 to Bloomington, IL to meet with more family.

We were well on our way by then to getting back to our home area, and landed back in Florida in early November.

Total miles, about 8400 in the RV and probably another thousand in the car.

A total of 160 nights in campgrounds.

Cost of diesel fuel est. at $4150.

Cost of campgrounds estimated at $5150.

It was a very good trip, but very tiring, since we had to drive so much and were rushing to meet s schedule (solar eclipses don't wait).

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Old 11-27-2017, 06:50 AM   #6
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We had a terrible year, the worst since we began rving. Between unplanned work commitments and hurricanes, every trip we planned during the warmer months was cancelled. The only 2017 mileage we recorded was our return from AZ in Feb.

Totally first world problems, but I'm hoping 2018 is kinder to us.
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Old 11-27-2017, 07:51 AM   #7
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We left our Florida home in the spring and went north to Illinois in our previous 37' gas MH. Turned left and went to Oregon coast, made a U turn and came back a different route which brought us back to Florida. We thought 7,000 miles was pretty good until Irma chased us back out of Florida for another mini vacation.

Hadn't traveled as much since stopping our full time adventure and buying the house 2.5 years ago. So, we sold the house, bought our first Newmar and are now patiently waiting out the winter in SW Florida before starting our full time traveling again!
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:25 AM   #8
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DW doesn't retire until next June. Lots of time spent taking care of aging parents health and small seasonal business so travel has been limited. A few days at Cedar Point in OH. Few days in Traverse City MI followed by a few more days in the Michigan Upper Peninsula. Parked and dry camped at in-law's seasonal business for both opening and closing summer business near Hastings MI. Not more than 3000 miles or 25-30 days sent in our MH this year.
Grand Canyon and return next Fall. Back for the holidays (and annual maintenance at Spartan factory) then southwest again after Christmas for 2-3 months before return for opening of in-law business in Spring.
So looking forward to a "real" trip.

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Old 11-27-2017, 11:07 AM   #9
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FPU for us was on June 12. So far 6 trips, 12,600 miles. Longest was just recently Denver, Butte MT, down to Vegas, Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque and back to Denver over three weeks, combination of work and vacation. 3,263 miles total. One more trip planned then pause into 2018 and head south to work.

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Coach has been absolutely perfect. No issues if I don't count a burned out light bulb in the electric cord bay.
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Old 11-27-2017, 11:27 AM   #10
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McKinney COE, and St. Lucie Locks COE
Trip to evacuate for Irma with stops in White Springs, Tallahassee, Pensacola, and Mobile.
Trip to attend the ABQ Balloon Fiesta w/NKK...stops on the way out in Chatahooche, Dusan, San Antonio, Fort Stockton, Roswell, ABQ Balloon Field. And stops on the way home ... Lake Cochiti, Foss, Lake Dardenelle, West Memphis, Acworth, Forsyth, Lake Buena Vista....

We work around my work schedule...but I consider it a very exciting year for us. Do not know what next year holds...but I think we'll be going out for another Balloon Fiesta in 2019...

It sure made me thirsty for more...counting the days til retirement.
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Old 11-27-2017, 03:45 PM   #11
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We try to mix it up. We did a week in Quartzsite (annual trip) and then packed up for a three week land/cruise trip to Australia. We did a couple of short weekend trips and then a week in San Diego with our daughter in their RV.

We did 10 days in boating at the Sacramento with both our daughters and their RV's. Got home in time to put the boat away, wax the motor home and then a three week trip to San Francisco and Oregon. A couple of weekends again and then a week with good friends at a local lake. We just relaxed and fished. A couple of more weekend trips and the coach will now sit until New Years.

Next year is already booked.....New years at the local lake, Quartzsite, British Isles Cruise, Yellowstone and Banff for three weeks, Lake Shasta with our kids for 10 days and then we'll see what happens.
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Old 11-27-2017, 05:50 PM   #12
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Probably 5 months or so this year so far in the RV. Went to the Keys in Jan and then March. Up to Gaffney in mid-June, then Maine for 6 weeks, headed to Michigan for a few weeks and were headed to Colorado and then Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta, but that got stopped short in Nebraska by news of Hurricane Irma. Went back home to Florida to take care of stuff. Got everything in order and went back to the Keys in mid-Oct. Came back home and will go back to the Keys in mid-Dec for a couple months. Racked up about 12,000 miles.
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Old 11-27-2017, 05:55 PM   #13
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- From NH to Florida (Fort Wilderness CG Disney) in the spring, stayed in MD then SC each way.

- Foxboro, MA (took our kids to see the Monster Trucks at Gillette Stadium)
- Wells Beach, ME (3x)
- Old Orchard Beach, Me (2x)
- Ogunquit, ME
- Glen, NH (Storyland)
- Jefferson, NH (Santa's Village)
- Pittsburg, NH (near Canada)

It was a beautiful summer!

And lastly, the sad trip to storage to put our coach away in the garage for the winter...the summer just goes by too fast!

Looking very forward to spring 2018!!
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