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Old 04-11-2019, 09:18 AM   #43
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going thru ark

i personally dont like to go thru little rock but a lot of that is because my very first rv trip, i hit it at rush hour.
65 is a good road. u do get on a roller coaster south of harrison abt 50 miles or so. still a wide good road. the part i don't like about 65 is just south of harrison. road is narrow for a few miles (with a curb). if u stay in the left lane, u have a little extra width.
if u go that way, u can take I-49 north near Ft Smith. that is a scenic drive. that was a very good road 2 yrs ago. when u exit 49 u will be on us 71 to kc.
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Americanrascal - we have planned almost the very same trip for May and will be traveling with friends from LaGrange. We purchased RV Trip Wizard. @$39. You build the specifics if your RV into it and it can show you all the campgrounds, routes and reviews. We use this extensively and are glad we did it. BTW...My wife and I are the winter hosts at R. SHAEFER HEARD in West Point, GA. each year. SAFE TRAVELS!
Hi neighbor! We were down there the other day to take our grandson down to the fishing pond below the dam! Have camped at R Schaeffer Heard many a time! Great place!

We have looked at and liked RV Trip Planner but have been stuck on using Rand McNally Trip Maker which we set up for our rig, and then we are extensive users of RV Park Reviews (now Campground Reviews). Use it mostly because of the built in GPS in the rig is set up for it. Can plan on the internet then load it into the GPS. Used to use the Good Sam Trip Maker --- only for routes --never for campgrounds until they shut it down. Anxious to see what they replace it with.

I envy your upcoming trip! All the best and hope to see great stories about your journey here!

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Good luck on your trip Joe. We'll be back in Georgia in late October to host. May get a chance to meet you.
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Good luck on your trip Joe. We'll be back in Georgia in late October to host. May get a chance to meet you.
Holler when you are back in the area. We'll probably be down to camp there sometime this next year after Oct. Looking forward to catching up with you! We're up around the Mall area.
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Another question, the route from Alabama to Wall- any roads to avoid with a big rig?


If your 45 Super C has air ride, you shouldn’t have any ride quality issues like the metal sprung rigs.
On many of the “bad roads” mentioned, I can hear the roughness but not feel it.
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I forgot to mention. If you plan to base in the area, Custer SP is not the best place. It has electricity. Although we love that place and the scenery, unless you are staff, you may need a water and sewer hookup.
We worked there for two summers and if you will call or check with folks there, there are two dump stations in the entire park. There is one on the east end (Game Lodge CG) and a second at (French Creek Horse Camp) which is a quite a distance off the Hermosa - Custer City hiway on state road 87. If you are staying at either Stockade Lake CGs -there are two. You have to drive over two ridges/mountains to get to either. There is a truck stop/station in Custer City that has a dump you might consider for pay.

A better base choice might be some of the many CG in and around Custer city.
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At Badlands, we are camping at the KOA. In Custer, we are staying at Rafter J Bar, They had one space left long enough for our RV and trailer. Although, we prefer more wooded spaces we used to be able to enjoy with our fifth wheel, that is not happening with this rig! I read many positive reviews about Rafter J Bar. We decided to stay in Lyons vs. Estes Park due to the campgrounds in Estes Park not handling our big rig. It is not that far of a drive to make day trips into Estes Park/RMNP. For other stops during the trip, we will boondock overnight at Walmart, Love's, or someplace we can just catch a bit of sleep before we head on to the destination.
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At Badlands, we are camping at the KOA.

In Custer, we are staying at Rafter J Bar, They had one space left long enough for our RV and trailer. Although, we prefer more wooded spaces we used to be able to enjoy with our fifth wheel, that is not happening with this rig! I read many positive reviews about Rafter J Bar.

We decided to stay in Lyons vs. Estes Park due to the campgrounds in Estes Park not handling our big rig.

It is not that far of a drive to make day trips into Estes Park/RMNP. For other stops during the trip, we will boondock overnight at Walmart, Love's, or someplace we can just catch a bit of sleep before we head on to the destination.
Sounds like you have it all set - Lyons is an Interesting Little Town - the Drives on RT 34 and RT 36 are great - Also suggest possibly a drive on Peak to Peak Hwy and Trail Ridge - we love Grand Lake

Rafter J is a Family CG and will be filled with Kids - Just a heads up - while we Love the Grands - we also enjoy the Peace and Quiet so we enjoyed Custer's Gulch - https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/f...7.cfm#25897547 - large sites with some trees

Just a thought,

Sounds like a Great Plan - when you retire - you can catch Yellowstone and the Tetons during School times and might even get to find a Parking Space
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