Originally Posted by jayhawk117
We are thinking about traveling the Mississippi River Road from New Orleans all the way to the headwaters in Minnesota during the month of May. Our concerns have to do with driving a 40 ft motorhome and camping along the way. Are the roads adequate for the motorhome? Will there be available camping locations along the way? We are thinking it will be a slow and leisurely trip for us driving 75-100 miles daily on the average. Anyone have ideas or suggestions?
Your question interests me because we live in Baton Rouge and the idea of following the Mississippi up to Bemidji, Minnesota, sounds intriguing.
You have a 40’ motorhome and do not say if you are towing. I spent 10 years Seeing the USA in a 39’ motorhome, towing a Jeep. I was our planner-navigator and he was our driver. In our 39’ rig, I’ve been to both ends of the Mississippi and many places in between, so I feel comfortable offering advice.
First, take a look at this map of the route, with points of interest along the way https://experiencemississippiriver.c...c-map-2019.pdf
This is not a trip to set off on without serious planning.
Were I planning this trip, I would start with the Rand McNally Road Atlas, Good Sam Edition, US & Canada, which shows you where you can drive safely (like a trucker’s atlas, with safe roads marked) and where RV parks are located along the route. (Available at Camping World, which ships: You have to copy-paste the urls because just clicking on them does not work)
I would also have at hand the RV park info I’d need: 2021 Good Sam Campground & Coupon Guide https://www.campingworld.com/2021-go...de-123301.html
Given these three (map guide and books), I would be able to decide if this idea makes sense for me and mine. If it does, then great! If not, nothing is wasted: Pick somewhere else that’s easier to handle. Both of these books are worth having and the map is free.
My husband and I now have a 34’ gas model and rent a vehicle when we need one.
Looking at this trip you have planned, were I you I would seriously consider re-evaluating.
You are going to need reservations because most folks are stir-crazy and are taking to the roads = lots and lots of RVers. I would plan where I am going to stay and get reservations. We often used our RV as basecamp, leaving it in an RV park adjacent to many things we wanted to see, and doing our exploring in our Jeep. This works great!
Your trip sounds like a lot of fun!