RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Newmar Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-29-2017, 05:31 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
lostinfla's Avatar


 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Ft. Myers, Fl.
Posts: 1,396
Headed West.

Next spring, we will be heading out to visit my son who is in the Coast Guard up in Cape Disappointment WA. (yes, that's the real name of the town). Since we are on the opposite end of the country (South Florida) and have never RV'd out that far, I'm looking for suggestions as to route direction. South, North, not really sure. We're going to take a few months to take in the sights along the way. Any experiences as far as road quality, mountains, sights to see, etc. would be GREATLY appreciated! PM me with particulars or post here. THANKS!!
__________________

__________________
Jim, Bonnie & Irma
2016 DSDP 3736 Freightliner. HWH Active Air, Proteng fire suppression.
2014 Wrangler^^Altitude^^
Proverbs 3: 5-6
lostinfla is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-29-2017, 06:44 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
MikeO58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 434
http://www.irv2.com/forums/f38/2017-...ip-346333.html

This is a great thread about a couples trip from Florida to Alaska. You may be able to get some ideas of routes and campgrounds they used along the way. Author is very thorough about roads CG and stays.
__________________

__________________
Mike & Kelly
2017 Discovery 40E Freightliner Cummins 380hp
2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
MikeO58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 06:58 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Jeff426's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Boise Idaho
Posts: 466
If in Montana, Yellowstone Edge south of Livingston is an awesome place to camp. Garrison Stoker Resort in Eastern Montana on the Bighorn is another great place to camp! Travel west on 80 not east! 70 is an awesome westbound road but lots of traffic in Denver. Watch out for spring storms on westbound 90 in South Dakota. Watch the wind in Wyoming. Hwy 84 through Idaho and Oregon is a great Road, Ambassador Rv Resort in Caldwell is a great place to camp. Bring your flyrods if you have them and if you donít learn how and buy some. There is a great campground very near Cape Disappointment, it is a very cool area with lots of history and fantastic seafood! Have fun!
All the best,
Jeff and Lynn
__________________
Jeff and Lynn Stevenson, Madison, South Dakota
2015 Dutch Star 4369, 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Two paddleboards and two bikes.
" Luck favors the prepared "
Jeff426 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 07:26 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Busskipper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Grasonville, MD -- Golden, CO
Posts: 4,880
Quote:
Originally Posted by lostinfla View Post
Next spring, we will be heading out to visit my son who is in the Coast Guard up in Cape Disappointment WA. (yes, that's the real name of the town).

Since we are on the opposite end of the country (South Florida) and have never RV'd out that far,

I'm looking for suggestions as to route direction.

South, North, not really sure.

We're going to take a few months to take in the sights along the way.

Any experiences as far as road quality, mountains, sights to see, etc. would be GREATLY appreciated!

PM me with particulars or post here.

THANKS!!
Sounds like a great Opportunity - BUT -

When? -- time of year - spring is different for different folks, so starting in March - April - May, just makes a big difference as to how far North to think about.

What do you think you will want to see?

Could you get two months out and 8-10 weeks back? - If so a Big loop might just work.

Texas to Carlsbad - White Sands - Canyon de Chelly - Page - Utah - Grand Canyon - if you are up for the crowds year round look at California, so much to see and do just seems to always have heavy traffic and crowds (we stopped taking the RV there 15 years ago - fly in fly out) - up north is not as bad - but if you have never been - you have to try it - Beautiful State - then on up the Coact to see the Son.

Then - in the return trip (8 - 12 weeks) - Glacier - Yellowstone - Tetons - Surrounds - Idaho - Wyoming - Down to Colorado and Northern Utah - Flaming Gorge - Dino - Colorado is IMHO at least 4 weeks - but will require a little more input as to what you enjoy, and time of Year as it is Weather dependent as to where to go - I'll just name drop a few spots in Colorado - Colorado Monument - Rifle SP - Glenwood Springs - Maroon Bells - Aspen - Red Stone - Crystal Mill - Marble - Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP - Ouray - Telluride - Silverton - San Juan's - Mesa Verde - Durango - Pagosa Springs - Creede - Lake City - Gunnison - Crested Butte - Cottonwood Pass - Collegiates - Salida - Buena Vista - Rt 82 Independence Pass - Leadville - Camp Hale - Vail - Great Sand Dunes NP - RT 6 - Golden - Peak to Peak - Berthoud Pass - Grand Lake - Trail Ridge - RMNP - Estes - Boulder - Denver. That's just a few - IMHO this is a treasure where I hardly drive down the road - any road that I'm not just amazed at what I see.

So, I've given you just a short list of things to see and do - and many others will be more specific as you narrow down your time and Likes on the trip.

Hope this is of some help,

Stan's photo's may help - Stan Parker's Photo Galleries at pbase.com
__________________
Busskipper
Location - Arnold, Maryland-Sold - Grasonville, Maryland - and/or - Superior, Colorado
2005 Travel Supreme 42DS04 - GX470 toad
Busskipper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 07:31 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
andy29847's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 607
My wife and I were at Cape Disappointment last August. It was a stop on an eight week trip from South Carolina. I won't talk much about what to see, but I encourage you not to be in a hurry. Places like Yellowstone and Glacier National are fabulous, but you need reservations, and you will be sharing the beauty with thousands of others. We prefer the less crowded areas and like the surprises we find when exploring. We went west on I-40, turned Northwest after Abilene, and head towards Colorado. We stopped at Capulin RV Park in Capulin, NM, both on our way out and on the way back. It was a great place to catch our breath after a few days of hard driving. In Colorado, we like the Gunnison KOA. Going North from Gunnison, we stopped overnight in Douglas, WY at the Douglas KOA. We had a nice night at a the Chief Joesph Park in Harlowton, Montana. This is a small park on the town fairgrounds. From there we spent a week at Glacier National Park and stayed at the North American RV Park. The NA RV park was a great place to stay in that area. After GNP, we went to Long Beach Washington and stayed on the beach at Anderson's RV Park. We had a great time there. From Long Beach we went to Ashland Oregon and stayed at the Emmigrant Lake RV Park. This is a nice county park in a beautiful area. We visited Crater lake and then left early because of the forest fires. From Ashland, we went to Brooklands, Oregon and stayed in At The Rivers Edge RV Resort. This park is very nice and we loved the location. You have to see the Oregon Coast while you are on that side of the country. Coming home we stopped at Archview RV Resort in Moab, UT. We love Moab and Archview is a good place to park and see the area. FWIW, the parks at GNP, Long Beach, and Moab are expensive.
andy29847 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 07:59 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
FLJOE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Full Timing From SW Florida
Posts: 1,680
Jim & Bonnie, a few years ago we RVed out to the Seattle area, left the RV for a week, and took an Alaska cruise. The CG we used just before and after the cruise was Lake Pleasant RV Park, Bothell, Washington. They let you park on a storage lot and plug in for around $10 a day while on a cruise.

Anyway, we took a southern route going out. Went through Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California, then got on Rt. 101 to do the coast through Oregon and Washington. Coming back we did more of a northern route to include Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, then continued on to Illinois to visit family.

We have made another western trip since then to include some other states, including the Black Hills which is a must see area. There is just so much to see and do out west that I could fill up several pages of the places we have visited and another dozen pages of the places we plan on visiting.

We are leaving SW Florida next spring but will be concentrating on the northern and eastern U.S. Next year we will be doing another 4 or 5 months out west. Have fun planning your adventure and safe travels!
__________________
2017 Newmar 4369 Ventana
Toad: Tandem Tow (Harley & KIA Sportage SX)
U.S. Army: VN 71-72 (64B20)
FLJOE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 08:29 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Fitztrux's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 135
Stay out of New Mexico

Just went through the week of Hell in Albuquerque on a maiden voyage breakdown.

Freightliner dealer and Cummins distributor a joke.....
Fitztrux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 09:35 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Sandy Swede's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Delaware beaches
Posts: 1,135
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fitztrux View Post
Just went through the week of Hell in Albuquerque on a maiden voyage breakdown.

Freightliner dealer and Cummins distributor a joke.....
I love New Mexico, especially Albuquerque. We should stay out because you had a breakdown and experienced poor service? Must be missing something here. Please tell us more about your experience and why exactly the FL and Cummins distributor are a "joke".

BTW, welcome to the forum. Please include info for your coach and toad in your signature. That will help us help you in future posts.
__________________
2005 Beaver Monterey 36' 400 hp Cat C9
2004 Newmar DS 4009 DP Sold 8/18
2008 Chev Trailblazer toad
Delaware beaches ----- DW & Kip the Wonder Dog
Sandy Swede is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 10:23 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
lostinfla's Avatar


 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Ft. Myers, Fl.
Posts: 1,396
Wow, a lot of good info here. Thanks! I'll be looking up the campgrounds and planning a route soon. We plan on setting out around the first of May or so. No real schedule.
__________________
Jim, Bonnie & Irma
2016 DSDP 3736 Freightliner. HWH Active Air, Proteng fire suppression.
2014 Wrangler^^Altitude^^
Proverbs 3: 5-6
lostinfla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 03:37 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Tranquil Jim's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Washington State or Western Montana, depending on the season.
Posts: 3,287
First, thanks for your son's service. "Coasties" are much appreciated out here on the West Coast; and, especially at the mouth of the Columbia River...Cape Disappointment. The mouth of the Columbia can be a treacherous place for boats and boaters, and the Coast Guard personnel at Cape Disappointment have saved many lives over the years. They are really very special people.

If you plan to visit Glacier Park in Montana during your trip, a really good place to stay is the Polson Motorcoach Resort at the south end of Flathead Lake. (Montana's No1 Luxury RV Park - Gateway to Glacier National Park) It is about an hour from there to the entrance to Glacier, but well worth the drive to stay in a beautiful RV resort. The RV parks closer to Glacier are not much to write home about, in my estimation.

And, unless you are very adventurous, pretty brave and more than a little bit loco, don't attempt the "Going-to-the-Sun Road" with your coach! It is best driven in your toad...or, not at all if you don't like narrow roads with thousand-foot drop-offs very close to the edge of your lane!

TJ
__________________
Jim (W7DHC), Diane & Mini Schnauzers, Lizzy & Ellie
2018 Mountain Aire 4047 + 2014 Honda CR-V "toad" w/AF1
Tranquil Jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 04:34 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
George Schweikle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,795
A few comments:
The Columbia River museum in Astoria is great.
The high bridge from Astoria, over the Columbia River, is not for the faint of heart.
Nothing over 20 (22?) ft. is allowed on the "Going-to-the-Sun Road". Pay for a ride on one of the "Jammer Buses".
Have a great trip!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tranquil Jim View Post
...And, unless you are very adventurous, pretty brave and more than a little bit loco, don't attempt the "Going-to-the-Sun Road" with your coach! It is best driven in your toad...or, not at all if you don't like narrow roads with thousand-foot drop-offs very close to the edge of your lane!

TJ
__________________
George Schweikle Lexington, KY
1999 Safari TREK 2830, FMCA 190830, Safari International chapter
1995 Safari TREK 2630, 1983 Winnebago Chieftain, 1976 Midas Mini
George Schweikle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 04:40 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Oroville, CA
Posts: 3,133
Lewis and Clark museum, Cape Disappointment-Not to be missed!!
__________________
Bill, Kathi and Zorro; '05 Beaver Patriot Thunder
2012 Sunnybrook Harmony 21FBS (SQEZINN)
2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
cruzbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 05:09 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
saddlesore's Avatar


 
Foretravel Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Home is Where WE PARK IT...
Posts: 4,409
Columbia Gorge, The Dalles, OR. (end of the Oregon trail), Mt Hood loop..Snow in June/July. Oregon coast, Grand Coulee Dam (WA.) The little town of George, WA) just to say you've been there!, Bad Lands of SD...Dufur Threshing Bee, Dufur, OR.
__________________
Retired truckdriver, Full Timing in a Foretravel.
Escapees of Box Elder, South Dakota
HOWEVER....Home is Wherever We Park It.
saddlesore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2017, 05:44 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
andy29847's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 607
The Capulin Volcano National Monument


Railroad display in downtown Douglas, WY


Going to the Sun Highway - GNP


Mount Hood


View of the Pacific Ocean from Cape Disappointment State Park.


Astoria Column


Haystack RocK, Oregon




Crater Lake


Oregon Beach - Surf's up!


Reno baby.


Fallon, Nevada
__________________

andy29847 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Headed to Key West 1/15 PushedAround iRV2.com General Discussion 45 02-03-2015 08:31 PM
Headed west for summer trip tcopeland Palazzo Motorhomes 10 05-16-2014 10:39 PM
headed west from eastern PA to Glacier johnboy2 Navigation, Routes & Roads 4 05-29-2010 02:30 PM
I-40 West from Knoxville headed to Phoenix PULLEY Navigation, Routes & Roads 4 12-06-2007 08:52 AM
Headed west this summer? Gary RVRoamer Southeast Region 21 02-23-2006 04:52 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×