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Old 08-08-2016, 10:06 PM   #1
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Trip Out West in New Roo19

Just upgraded to a new 2017 Roo 19 from a 2015 Roo 17. I know it doesn't seem like a big upgrade and it probably isn't but the DW wanted the couch and the extra window that the Roo 19 has. She said she seemed somewhat claustrophobic in the 17. Need to keep the DW happy. I picked up the 19 last Wed. and have been making some of the more standard upgrades along with an my own version of an upgraded Solar system. We are taking our maiden voyage in the new 19 this week. Out trip is a 5 week western trip starting from Ohio. Traveling about 250 - 300 miles and day, with some extended stops in between. Our first stop is 3 days at Mirror Lake in the Dells of Wis. then an overnight at Palisades State Park in eastern SD then onto Custer State Park/Mt. Rushmore for 4 days. From Custer to Yellowstone with an overnight in the Bighorn mountains. Planning on 6 days in Yellowstone. From there it is 3 days in the Tetons, an overnight at Wasatch Mt. State Park in Utah, and then onto Dead Horse Point state Park for 3 days, with day trips to Canyonlands and Arches. From there it is to Kodachrome Basin State Park for 3 days with day trips to Zion and Bryce. The Grand Canyon is next with 4 days camping on the north rim, then down to Homolovi State park and the Petrified Forest outside of Winslow. Then the slog back home to Ohio with stops in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Indiana Never spent 5 weeks in a TT before. When we get home we may never want to get inside another TT again, or will be looking to plan our next trip. Will keep you all updated as we go
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Old 08-09-2016, 06:58 AM   #2
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WOW! sounds fun! Congrats on the 19, I almost bought one last year, DW wanted to hold out until we went to the show, got a 23ws instead, glad we waited, we are coming from a 17 footer, also, too cramped LOL now we are spoiled with slides etc.

Still love the 19 though, your trip sound awesome, keep us posted on the road how it turns out, I bet it would be great for people on here that don't get to go far. Enjoy!
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Old 08-09-2016, 07:04 AM   #3
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Rocknroos, you'll have a great time. I have a 21DK Roo and last September the wife and I spent 4 weeks on a trip out west hitting a lot of the same spots you plan on. We had a great time and no regrets. Enjoy you trip and have safe travels
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Old 08-09-2016, 01:50 PM   #4
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Trip Out West in New Roo19

Was in Kodachrome the last week in June. Beautiful park!

You're going to need more than a day at Zion. I suggest you move closer after a good day trip in Bryce.

I spent a day just getting to Zion from Kodachrome.

Angel's Landing in Zion is a must see hike!
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:15 PM   #5
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Suggest you change out your thermostat to a digital before you leave. If you have a Coleman-Mach, here's diagram for a Honeywell RTH111, but most any digital thermostat will do.

You can also buy a digital version of your analog Coleman-Mach t-stat.

8330-3362 Coleman RV Wall Thermostat for Heat Cool Control
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Old 08-09-2016, 04:20 PM   #6
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Already changed to digital thermostat. It was one of the first things I did.
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Already changed to digital thermostat. It was one of the first things I did.
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Loved my Roo 19 but then got the itch to go bigger for more room for the grand kids and moved up to a 23IKS.
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I have been to a few of the places you mention, and all are incredible. Bighorn is beyond compare!!
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Sounds like a trip of a lifetime! We have been to most of your destinations in the last few years, so I have a couple of suggestions. Don't know the route you are planning from Dead Horse/Canyonlands to Kodachrome Basin SP, but UT 12 is one of the most scenic roads in the state. A little scary in an RV where it goes along a knife-edged ridge (both driver and passenger can look down into the canyon!), but well worth the time and effort. It also goes right past Capital Reef NP, which is well-worth a day or two.

The pull-thru, FHU sites at the very scenic Kodachrome Basin are actually pretty private (bushes between sites) and well-spaced, but many of the back-ins have more shade.

As dbarr said, you will have a very long day driving from Kodachrome to Zion and back if you want to do any hiking. You will have to take a bus from the Visitor's Center into the canyon, which also limits your sightseeing time. So a campground a little closer to the east entrance of Zion might be a good idea. Mt. Carmel Motel & RV Park on US 89 is probably the cheapest campground on the east side--$27/night for a FHU, pull-thru site. May be worth a try if you haven't already reserved all 3 nights at Kodachrome.
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