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Old 10-06-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Need some advice.

Leaving the first week of November to travel from NE Pa to SW New Mexico pulling our Heritage Glen 28rlt(5th wheel). Have made the trip from home to Albuquerque 2 times before without a camper. Wife and I have made it in three days arriving about 5 pm the third day. It was always easy as when we got tired we found a hotel and pulled in. I am not opposed to doing this going out since I need to get there. I have allowed 4 days this trip since we are going a little further and towing. Truck is good, camper is new so hopefully those are not issues. Questions I have are (1) would some of you more experienced travelers take the time to find a campground? )2) would you just pull into a rest area or Walmart? (3) Am I setting an unreasonable schedule?

The reason for the push is I have a hunting trip planned( sorry if it offends anyone). Our daughter and her husband will meet us, take my wife home with them to Phoenix after a few days. When I am done( 1-2 weeks) I will drive over to meet them, spend a few days and then start working our way home. Return trip we plan on taking our time and not pushing. Any advise would be appreciated. Long rides are not unusual for us but pulling a camper is adding a few concerns.

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Old 10-06-2013, 12:05 PM   #2
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I would plan for one stop in a RV park the rest of the time a rest area would be just fine, but that's just me.
I would have no problem with driving for about 12 hours per day so stops would be based on that.
Deer or Elk??
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:17 PM   #3
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Map quest says 34 hours and 2300 miles. 12 hours a day would be more than adequate. Staying one night in campground would work, allow us to dump tank and refill if needed. Thanks

Actually not deer or elk,I drew a Desert Sheep tag. Once in a lifetime tag.

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Man that is going to be a great hunt, good luck.

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Old 10-06-2013, 12:43 PM   #5
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If it was me, The trip would be about 1.5 to 2 hours longer a day then the trip without the trailer (based on a 12 hour days).

I would try to get at least 200 miles on the trailer and have the bearing checked. I would also have the wheels balance.

I would use all the option plus motel going out. What ever eats up less time.

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Old 10-06-2013, 01:33 PM   #6
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Find campgrounds with pull thru sites. You will tired and just want to pull in and stay connected to your TV. You can do this with back in but much easier and less time pull thru.

If you have an ipad, get allstays rv& camp. Allstays Camp and RV | RV Parks Campgrounds

Will show you all camping options along your route. A good $10 investment
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:14 PM   #7
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Thanks for the tips. Having made the ride before helps but it will be different. Checked out Allstays. Looks like a great resource.

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Old 10-08-2013, 10:58 AM   #8
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New campers often have some issues with on-board systems. Try to do a shakedown trip to a local campground (if you haven't already) to detect any of those issues. Earlier advice on bearings and balancing is critical. Also, be sure and carry a lug nut wrench and tighten the lug nuts after a couple hundred miles!
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There is a Yahoo group devoted entirely to Walmart (and other locations) called WalmartRving. It has locations that are OK, not OK, etc. Some restrictions are based on local store policy, some on local or even state law.
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We did a shake down trip of about 300 miles last weekend. Found a couple of small issues(light bulb, misc.) which have since been corrected. Other than that and figuring out a few of the differences between our other camper nothing major. Will check balance and bearings. I am a contractor so I have a habit of bringing more tools then I will need. Does anyone have a list of suggested tools to bring along as standard equipment? I bought a nice little Multi-set, Sockets, and assorted things plus a cordless drill, flashlight. Plus I have a emergency jump start/compressor. Am I missing anything?

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