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Old 05-22-2015, 08:57 PM   #1
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Trip from Houston to Seattle

Help! Our first big trip. We just retired, bought TT and are ready to go. Leaving in mid July. From Houston, Texas to Seattle, Washington. I don't know if I take a chance making reservations for campsites. How many miles to drive per day. What route to take. Go north or use I 10 to California then north. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-22-2015, 09:17 PM   #2
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We would meander, assuming you have lots of time. There is a lot to see between your place and ours and the best stuff is not on I-10 or I-5. I am thinking Utah national parks, northern NM, parts of Colorado, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone just to name a few.

We seldom drive more than 300 miles per day and stay at least two nights if we are in an interesting area. Some areas are good for a much longer stay.

We try not to make reservations except in areas where we want to be on a specific date or expect the area to be crowded (holiday weekends or big events). You're retired - be flexible as and have a great adventure.

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Old 05-23-2015, 02:41 AM   #3
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If you plan on doing any camping in California, you better check and see if anything is still available. Oregon too.
Summertime means reserving 6 months in advance.
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Old 05-23-2015, 04:49 AM   #4
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Thanks. Oregon was definitely a state I wanted to visit. I'll start looking for campsites.
The 300 miles is a good idea. We have the time.
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:27 PM   #5
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Seattle trip

X2 to all the advise. Get a Passport America membership, it's 104.00 for 3 years, and they have an app for your iPad. They list a lot of campgrounds and they are 50% off. Most will only let you stay a few nights, but that's all you need.
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:38 PM   #6
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Road trip through the northwest in 2013

We did a somewhat similar trip in 2013. We went straight north-north east from Houston area up through SD, over to Badlands, on to Grand Tetons, up through Yellowstone, Glacier, into Canada, over to Banff, Vancouver Island, down the West Coast to Yosemite, Grand Canyou, Utah parks, then home. 8,500 miles on our 35' 2013 Windjammer. 14,550 miles on my 2012 F-150 eco-boost (I'm a huge fan!!). Since we were touring popular national parks in high tourist season we did make reservations a year ahead of time. This is not necessarily our normal mode of operation, but we were traveling with a couple who are uber planners and we didn't want to "boon dock" much. This hampers your flexibility since your time is already programmed for you. If you stay away from summer tourist spots you can probably make it okay calling ahead when you set out from your previous spot. We are Good Sam and AAA members, so we had books of potential camping spots. If you use a smart phone there are several apps that are also helpful, like AllStays, Trip Advisor, YP, Yelp, etc.

We are beginning to plan a similar trip for 2017 (our 50th anniversary year) but this time through the eastern half of our country. We are starting the process of mapping our route. We plan on an average 300 miles/day pulling a big trailer. We did a few 400+ days but they were pretty tiring.

My counsel: have good new tires all around, make sure you have insurance and road-side assistance that will cover your RV, service your vehicle at regular intervals on the road. Fuel costs vary a great deal. Do the most conservative estimate and multiply it by 2. Happy trails!
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:42 PM   #7
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Do you belong to the Elks , Moose, AM Legion, VFW, Eagles and as stated PA we
have stayed at some very nice ones over the years???? Also most serve food on some days???


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Old 05-23-2015, 12:47 PM   #8
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We did join Passport America. I certainly will look into Good Sam for roadside assistance. Wow, you all are great. I'm learning. Thank you.
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:25 PM   #9
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Trip in Reverse

We did the trip in reverse in 2013 traveling from Seattle, WA to Taylor, TX. We were in a time crunch so went straight southeast from Seattle. We try to not drive more then 5 hours each day. Most of the roads are US highways and for the most part were in good shape. There is lots to see along the way if you have the time. This is especially true in southern Utah. We have also done the North-South trip through California and Utah twice without difficulty. It really just depends upon your time. I wouldn't worry about reservations except in south-eastern Utah and anywhere else that is heavily "touristy." Have a safe trip.

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Old 05-23-2015, 07:43 PM   #10
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First welcome to the adventure, this as the say is much more about the journey than the destination. We did Wyoming last year and had a blast.

One thing to note, you don't have to take everything with you they have stores along the way.

If it were me going in mid-July I would head north for the cooler weather, you'll be able to fry eggs on I-10 all the way to California. Excessive heat and trailers don't like each other.

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