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Old 11-05-2018, 07:15 PM   #1
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Driving Cross Country towing a 17B

Hello everyone,

Tomorrow we are starting on a 32 night return road trip to San Jose Ca from Orlando, Fl. We have reserved Camp Grounds along the route going & coming using RVParkReviews & RVParky. We will be visiting Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, San Diego, Quartzsite & Austin among others. We are driving up I-40 & I-10 coming back.

Our Story -
We drove to Chilliwack last year to take delivery of our 17B & started camping as total newbies, as we had not camped or towed in our lives. Towing on the mountain passes in Washington state was quite a experience to remember to me a total novice. On our way back we had our struggles, called Tammy & Reace with dumb questions a few times, fellow campers along the way helped & taught us many things. We visited Seattle, Yellowstone & some other cities on our way back on this 8000 mile journey..

Initially our plan was to get started with a 17B for weekend trips in Florida & nearby states & test the waters to see if we take to camping & towing in the first place. In a years time, although we went on a couple of trips, we could/did not camp as much as we wanted & then this Family Get Together came around & we decided to make a cross country camping trip out of it.

The 17B feels small for DW, me & our 20lb Snauzer, so already we are thinking of getting a 21' as we now we are smitten by the bug of travelling with our little camper. Our 2017 Highlander tows the 17B very well along with the E2 WDH with Sway Controll Bars.

I will keep updating as we are on this trip & welcome input from anyone who has traveled this route or even otherwise.

Thanks
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:01 PM   #2
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After owning at least a half dozen campers before our first Escape and joining Passport America for their 50% off fees we tried making reservations going cross country. After the 3rd stop we stopped making reservations because the pressure of having to leave a very nice cg after one night. Some places we wanted to stay, others we regretted staying. So now we do not make reservations, no Passport Club, but drive until we get tired and pull over at a rest stop and sleep in out Escape. Next day we hit the road and around lunchtime we start looking for a KOA, call ahead to hold a site and arrive before 5 to get our site that was held for us. If we do not like it we go to another site or another cg. Takes all the stress out of having to make a certain distance in a certain time and still get disappointed. KOA's always seem to have a spot available and 3 out of 4 for being clean and nice enough to return another time.
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:10 PM   #3
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Try to spend an extra few days in Tennessee. Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry is a blast and Memphis offers Graceland, The MLK Memorial, and Beale Street Blues. Highway 40 is fabulous in New Mexico, and Arizona. You’re going to have a great time, hopefully no more than 250-275 miles a day. Enjoy your mornings and get into camp in mid-afternoon. Enjoy the journey, disneydoc
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:47 AM   #4
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Hello everyone,

Tomorrow we are starting on a 32 night return road trip to San Jose Ca from Orlando, Fl. We have reserved Camp Grounds along the route going & coming using RVParkReviews & RVParky. We will be visiting Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, San Diego, Quartzsite & Austin among others. We are driving up I-40 & I-10 coming back.

Our Story -
We drove to Chilliwack last year to take delivery of our 17B & started camping as total newbies, as we had not camped or towed in our lives. Towing on the mountain passes in Washington state was quite a experience to remember to me a total novice. On our way back we had our struggles, called Tammy & Reace with dumb questions a few times, fellow campers along the way helped & taught us many things. We visited Seattle, Yellowstone & some other cities on our way back on this 8000 mile journey..

Initially our plan was to get started with a 17B for weekend trips in Florida & nearby states & test the waters to see if we take to camping & towing in the first place. In a years time, although we went on a couple of trips, we could/did not camp as much as we wanted & then this Family Get Together came around & we decided to make a cross country camping trip out of it.

The 17B feels small for DW, me & our 20lb Snauzer, so already we are thinking of getting a 21' as we now we are smitten by the bug of travelling with our little camper. Our 2017 Highlander tows the 17B very well along with the E2 WDH with Sway Controll Bars.

I will keep updating as we are on this trip & welcome input from anyone who has traveled this route or even otherwise.

Thanks
We started in 2017 with our 17B. We had 92 nights in our trailer in the first year including a 5+ week trip from Vancouver to California and Arizona in February and March covering 5,000 plus miles. We did several short trips and two other long trips that year as well. This year we did a six week trip south in February and March. However, we too found the space small, and so, to cut a long story short, we pick up our new 21 in the middle of next month, ready for heading south in the new year!!
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:52 AM   #5
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Raj,
Will be looking for you on the road. Safe travels!

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Old 11-06-2018, 12:12 PM   #6
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Agreed...what CPHarley said. Love the open road and no strings attached....Just wing it!
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:24 PM   #7
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I-10 and I-40 crossings

Raj, we have traveled both east and west on I-40 and I-10 countless times in our various RVs over the years. I am not sure what you are wanting to find out but one thing I can say for sure is that RV travel is just great fun. At least we think it is. I would really dread the thought of multiple nights in multiple motels on a lengthy, cross country trip. If you have any questions on the two routes you mention, I am sure I or someone else on the Forum will have an answer for you. Safe travels and enjoy!
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:40 PM   #8
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To wing it or not, that is the question...

I wanted to offer some comments on Jim and Myron's comments on "winging it when on the open road". I think that is entirely a matter of personality and personal preference. As an old pilot who is stil alive to tell this tale, I am very uncomfortable unless I know exactly where I am going, how I am going to get there, how long it will take, will we need a fuel stop, where will we be staying, etc. Old habits die hard, I guess. So, I am definitely not in the "just wing it" camp as regards trip planning. And, for me at least, doing the research on routes, attractions along the way, fuel stops, campgournds, etc. is definitely part of the fun of the trip. You get to enjoy the trip when planning it and again when on the road. Double fun!
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i'm in between, and will plan a lot of things day to day for many trips, others where I know camping will be likely booked we plan way in advance. gas stops, I plan on the fly with my phone
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Agreed...what CPHarley said. Love the open road and no strings attached....Just wing it!
Just like the cowboys and settlers along the trails, we will stop when we get tired....
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