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Old 07-02-2014, 07:43 AM   #1
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Great Western Adventure 2014

Were putting the final pieces together for a big trip out west this September-October. Leaving from Chattanooga well head northwest to South Dakota (3 days). Then the adventure begins:
Badlands National Park, 3 nights at Cedar pass CG
Custer State Park, 5 nights at Game Lodge CG
Sheridan, WY, 2 nights at the KOA and side trip to Little Big Horn Battlefield
Yellowstone National Park, 7 nights at Fishing Bridge RV Camp
Grand Teton National Park, 3 nights at Colter Bay RV Village
Provo, UT 2 nights at motel
Bryce Canyon National Park, 3 nights at Rubys RV Park
Zion National Park, 3 nights at Watchman Campground
Aztec, NM motel , 2 nights
Chaco Culture National Park, 4 nights at Gallo Campground (this ones a hard slog over terrible roads but its worth it!)
Santa Fe, NM, 5 nights at KOA
Then 4-5 days return trip along I-40. Looks like 47 nights and about 4600 trailer miles. All our major reservations are made, Ive upgraded to LT tires, and purchased an Equalizer WDH. Departure is set for August 30 and the final countdown has begun. 59 days to go!
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:46 AM   #2
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Sounds great, and I am envious,
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:20 AM   #3
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Sounds great, and I am envious,
This will be the longest trip (duration) that we've ever done. And it will be the first time pulling this trailer over rugged terrain.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:05 AM   #4
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I am planning a trip out West for next year (or year after) & have a couple questions...

On I40, do you have pre-arranged stop points or are you just stopping at affordable motels when you get tired of driving?
Also, what's your longest drive between campgrounds?

Before we go that distance I am replacing all (4) TT tires with Maxxis & placing one of the old China bombers on a spare rim so I have (2) spares. From my experience with commercial trailers, if you hit a sharp object with the front tire, it can take-out the back tire as well...


It looks like you have a good plan to cover a large area!
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:39 PM   #5
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I am planning a trip out West for next year (or year after) & have a couple questions...

On I40, do you have pre-arranged stop points or are you just stopping at affordable motels when you get tired of driving?
Also, what's your longest drive between campgrounds?

Before we go that distance I am replacing all (4) TT tires with Maxxis & placing one of the old China bombers on a spare rim so I have (2) spares. From my experience with commercial trailers, if you hit a sharp object with the front tire, it can take-out the back tire as well...


It looks like you have a good plan to cover a large area!
We're still working out details on covering the big distances out to South Dakota and then back from Santa Fe. In general, we run no more than 400 miles per day (we're retired so we can take our time). On the way out, we've got our eye on a couple of conveniently located motels with good trailer parking (we use google earth/google maps to look at these). We probably won't make reservations on these transit stops until the last minute, if at all. I like to keep options open to allow for a shorter/longer day depending on conditions.

On the way back on I-40, I've noted approximate locations for overnights but haven't looked at details yet. We may camp but by this time of the trip simply pulling into a motel is really tempting.

Regarding tires, I currently have only one spare but may get another rim and tire just in case. Three years ago when we went west for a month in a little folding trailer, I carried two spares and that was just a single axle. With the double axle maybe I should carry four spares.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:13 PM   #6
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Sounds like a great trip. May I suggest that since you will be in the area of Zion & Bryce Canyon that you also go to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is not as popular as the south rim but it is still the Grand Canyon and spectacular. Sounds like you are traveling south to get to I-40. From Zion it is about 45 min to Kanab Ut, take Alt 89, visit the Canyon then travel to RT 89 and south to Flagstaff, AZ where you will hit I-40. It is all two lane roads but great scenery, and you will enjoy the drive.

Have a safe and wonderful trip

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On the way out, we've got our eye on a couple of conveniently located motels with good trailer parking (we use google earth/google maps to look at these). We probably won't make reservations on these transit stops until the last minute, if at all. I like to keep options open to allow for a shorter/longer day depending on conditions.

On the way back on I-40, I've noted approximate locations for overnights but haven't looked at details yet. We may camp but by this time of the trip simply pulling into a motel is really tempting.

Regarding tires, I currently have only one spare but may get another rim and tire just in case. Three years ago when we went west for a month in a little folding trailer, I carried two spares and that was just a single axle. With the double axle maybe I should carry four spares.

Motels: You have a TT use it and save $40+/nite and sleep in your own bed. Check out RV Park Reviews (Reviews of RV Parks and Campgrounds - RV Park Reviews)

Tires: We have gone from Norcal to Fla and back every year for four years on the same original issue tires and never had a flat (knock on wood).

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I have to put in a plug for this RV Park right near Little Big Horn Battlefield.
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I grew up right around the area and know the owners.
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I concur with the 7th Ranch suggestion as a place to stay. We were there this past May and the people were very friendly as well as being within several miles of the park entrance. Made touring the battlefield extremely easy.

We did the majority of your trip this past May/June. Wish we were still there!
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