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Old 10-29-2014, 06:51 AM   #1
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It can be done - Trip of a lifetime.

For all the community members considering how far their Sunseeker can take them I want to share our trip of a lifetime we accomplished this past summer. Over the course of 5 weeks(June 30-Aug2), we traveled from home (in CT) to california the southern route and back the northern route covering 7300 miles, plus an additional 1300 miles on our 4-door Jeep Wrangler toad. Our 3170DS had 17,000 miles on it when we started the trip. Mechanically the trip was flawless and it towed the Jeep perfectly, only an oil change in California was needed halfway through the journey. Here is the iternery we accomplished:
  1. 1st Night in Illinois rest area
  2. 2nd Night in Walmart in Amarillo, Texas
  3. 2 nights in Albuquerque, NM campground
  4. 1 Day in Petrified Forest/Painted Desert
  5. 1 Night at Meteor Crater
  6. 3 Nights at Grand Canyon Southern Rim
  7. 2 Nights at Lake Meed/Hoover Dam, plus stop in Vegas
  8. 1 Night in Kings Canyon/Grand Sequoia
  9. 4 Nights in Yosemite
  10. 3 Nights in Redwoods National Park, Ca
  11. 2 Nights at Crater Lake National Park, Or
  12. 1 Night in Idaho rest area
  13. 4 Nights in Yellowstone National Park, Wy
  14. 1 Night at Devils Tower National Monument
  15. 2 Nights in Rapid City, Mount Rushmore and Badlands NP
  16. 1 Night in Illinois rest area (again)
  17. 3 Nights at Cedar Point Amusement Park RV resort
  18. back home
Some other interesting facts: 6.7 MPG, total fuel cost $4,040. 13 campgrounds and visited 12 National Parks. The longest mileage covered in a day was 900 miles, shortest day was 200 miles. Hottest temp - Lake Meed 114 degrees, coldest night in Yellowstone 38 degrees.

If anyone is considering "Can this be done?" It can and it can be relaxing, my wife and I are 41yrs old with 2 teenage boys and we are so happy they experienced this before they leave the house.

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Old 10-29-2014, 07:26 AM   #2
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What a dream trip. Thanks for the share.

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Old 10-29-2014, 07:28 AM   #3
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Wow. That is a lot od driving and it looks like you had a great time and seen some great places. Question I have is did you map this trip out on how far you would drive everyday and did you reserves camping spot at each camp ground ahead of time.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:38 AM   #4
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Good Question, yeah the route was pre-planned but we only had reservations for half the spots: Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Redwoods, Yellowstone and Cedar Point. Occasionally we adjusted our arrival/departure from each spot +/- 1 day depending how we felt. We did a ton of research ahead of time with campground info for every spot and we just called ahead before arrival. We were never turned away due to campgrounds being full. I will try attaching an image here, not sure how it will look in the thread.

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Old 10-29-2014, 08:03 AM   #5
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That's awesome. Not a bad price tag for a 5 week vacation either! Congrats on the investment of memories with your family
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:21 AM   #6
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WOW is all I can say. Very nice trip!!!
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:53 AM   #7
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A trip similar to this is on my bucket list. Did you have any issues with the size of your rig in the national parks?
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:41 AM   #8
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Thats a great bunch of places to go, Most of them our on our list for over the next few years, Last year took 9 weeks and put on 15,000 miles doing a Canada and Alaska trip, Still many places in Canada & Alaska we would like to go but have to wait a few more years untill we can retire and have more time to go, Next summer looks like a similar trip to what you took, Thanks for sharing all the locatoins, Hope to be there next year.
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:37 PM   #9
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Awesome! Now I just need 5 weeks of vacation.
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:53 PM   #10
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thanks for this ..


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