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Old 06-26-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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first long trip with 6month old..where to overnight?

ok, so we will be leaving on our first long trip with our newborn daughter on Monday up to bayfield rv park in Colorado......

its a pretty decent drive, and NORMALLY when we go skiing in Durango I just leave early and blast all the way there in one whack....

now that we have the lil one, im sure we will need to make more stops and also its gonna be quite warm all the way there.....

so question is, we are thinking of just stopping in santa fe overnight.....instead of driving all the way through...well...actually with the wife its just better that way to keep everyone happy...LOL...

the debate is if we should just hit the wally and spend the night or should we find somewhere with a/c hookups to stay ...its gonna be july the 2nd so I know its kinda late ..and someone said to use the KOA, but I need a place where I don't gotta un hook the camper just to re hook it all up in the morning again....?

any of you more experienced travelers have experience with sites in santa fe or suggestions with making a ~550 mile trip with a 5month old??? im new to traveling this far with the lil one..??

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Old 06-26-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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oh and I have a generator so I can run the a/c and microwave anywhere.....?...I just don't want to have to UNHOOK the camper and rehook it when we leave.....just wanna stop pop out the slides, sleep , run slides back in and bolt the heck out....LOL
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:50 PM   #3
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You should still check with KOA campgrounds. The pull through sites in the ones I've seen are pretty level and shouldn't have to unhook.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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if the generator is not a hassle I would just stop in either a walmart or at a nice rest area and make things as easy on the family as possible. We have stayed in a lot of rest areas with the generator. KOA's can work well too, you shouldn't have to drop the trailer, get a pull through.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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Yes..ill check n see what id available there...honestly I have NEVER used a koa...and iv never 'overnighted' anywherr on a drive with a small child...they are considerably more needy than me who just needs a cold beer lol
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:37 AM   #6
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My closest experience to that is when we (me, DD, and her father) drove from Southern Calif., to Central Pennsylvania when DD was just turning 2 years old. She was walking, so we needed stops for her to get down and run around, but you will probably need to make frequent stops for feedings and diaper changes. That might require stopping at many more rest stops than usual.

It might run you two a little ragged answering such frequent baby needs, so you will probably be happier stoping someplace that doesn't skimp TOO much on the luxuries, like a shower and meals without worrying about filling the gray tank. Since you have the generator and if you have big tanks, that may satisfy you and the baby's mommy to stop anywhere. But you may also benefit a lot from peaceful surroundings overnight, more than a parking lot would have.

Just my thoughts. I don't know the tolerances of you and baby's mommy or whether your trailer with generator will be all you need to regenerate yourselves. You do have good foresight to consider that this trip will be different.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:39 AM   #7
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I have stayed at the Sams Club in Sante Fe. It is on the way.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:50 AM   #8
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If they have a KOA, book it. The sites are plenty long enough to leave your tow vehicle hooked up.
Do you really want to stay somewhere with no security with the little one?
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honestly I have NEVER used a koal
We stayed at a KOA for the first time a couple weeks ago, on our trip back from FL. If they are all like the one we stopped at in SC, I would highly recommend it. They were very accommodating. We had a site big eoungh to fit the truck & trlr, so we didn't have to unhook. we were escorted back to our site, and the attendant helped ground guide me into our site (after dark), and he even delivered the pizza we ordered during check in. Pizza, a couple cold beers, bed, and back on the road in the morning.
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We traveled from Maryland to Florida (925 miles) this past December when son was about 6 months old. We left at 11pm - my wife, and 2 kids slept until about 8am. We stopped for breakfast for a good hour and a half or so. Drove on until lunch time and again, stopped for a good 30-45 minutes, if not a whole hour. We switched who was driving and I passenger'd for a while. Switched back and then ended up in the Orlando area at 6pm.

Obviously, there were gas and potty stops for the rest of us. We simply did diaper changes and whatnot then. I don't recall, but I certainly believe that there was the occasional "extra" stop to deal with a smelly load.

Truthfully, if your lil one is good in the car, they're likely the least of your worries.

We were lucky that my in-laws caught up with us at breakfast. So, when I passengered, I was able to go over to my father-in-law's car and rest there. I didn't sleep, but it was good to get away from having to work with the kids (in the truck, my daughter can't easily reach my son like she can in our car).

BUT- if you don't want to do this. KOAs and a lot of campgrounds have pull-thru sites that you shouldn't have to stop at. Especially if they're near highway routes. Even if it's a back-in, you may not need to unhitch. When you call the campground, be honest with your plans- they'll help you get a site that works.

I wouldn't stop at a Walmart without a generator in the summer. Just can't do it. But, you say you have one- so that's a viable option. Do the math for how much of 8-10 hours of generator usage would cost in fuel vs. just stopping at a campground. There's less of an easy place to take the kid out and let them get some fresh air at a Walmart parking lot. How light of sleepers they are would be a concern of mine, as well.
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