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Old 09-06-2016, 10:08 PM   #1
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Trip report - the "Great American Roadtrip" - Summer 2016 edition

Hi all, we just got back from an amazing 3 week trip from Madison Wi to the giant redwoods in Humboldt county California and back. On the way we stopped in the Tahoe region of CA, San Francisco, Snake River canyon in UT, Yellowstone national park, Mount Rushmore monument, and the Badlands National park (for the 100th year birthday party!) to name a few. Not enough time in any of those places, but it is a trip we will remember forever. For an amazing 22 nights, 5000 miles, and _almost_ 10,000 feet of elevation (Bighorn Mtn. pass was 9940 feet), we had 5 people and a pug living in the 233s with enough room so each had their own bed and we all stayed sane. As a tow vehicle I canít say enough good things about the Grand Cherokee with the eco diesel. Amazing pulling power (420 lb/feet of torque) and fuel mileage (calculated to 14.5 MPG over the entire trip) combined with good comfort and the ability to fit into our garage make it a winner for us!
Thanks to all the contributors on the forums, Iíve been stealthily learning from you-all for the last year in preparation for our trip. Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:21 PM   #2
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Wow! Great trip! Thanks for sharing! I would love to go out for 3 weeks but my customers would hunt me down! I get out this weekend and the next!

Enjoy!
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:14 AM   #3
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Nice Trip!
What WD do you have?

Tks,
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:44 AM   #4
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We have the Equal-i-zer 4 point hitch. Works amazingly well, very stable pull and easy to use.
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Old 09-07-2016, 01:53 PM   #5
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Thank you for sharing, sounds like a great trip!
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:04 PM   #6
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Thanks for sharing!

And ditto what you said about all the contributions. We've been soaking up so much valuable information on this forum while waiting for our trailer to arrive - I am very grateful!

Go Badgers!
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:25 AM   #7
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What a great trip! We are in the planning stage for a big trip out that way next summer. We've never been in that part of the country and are really looking forward to it. Just my DH, me and possibly a puppy in our ROO21DK.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:41 PM   #8
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I enjoy reading about everyone's RV adventures. I am planning my first 3-4 week trip in early November 2016 to the Ozark Mountains. My questions are: Is it important to have campsite reservations along the route or is there a lot of availability during the fall season, and does everyone buy groceries as needed along the way or stockpile before leaving?
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I enjoy reading about everyone's RV adventures. I am planning my first 3-4 week trip in early November 2016 to the Ozark Mountains. My questions are: Is it important to have campsite reservations along the route or is there a lot of availability during the fall season, and does everyone buy groceries as needed along the way or stockpile before leaving?
We tend to make reservations beforehand, but have been known to do it on the fly also. As for food, we have a large fridge and freezer, so we stock meat and everything we can prior, but will also make trips to local grocers for perishables. Pack what you can, buy the rest along the way.
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Glad you had a nice adventure ! More pics if you have them ?
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