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Old 01-09-2018, 04:14 PM   #1
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Planning 1st big trip with Hybrid trailer (GC and Zion)...Any advice?

Hello!

We are planing our first big trip with a big trailer, have taken our pop-up to CO, AL and FL before but this will be the 1st trip with this rig!

Does anyone have any advice for a trip like this and or is there any surprises I should be on the look-out for?

We are making this trip with 3 kids and a little doggie and I have our reservations all confirmed and here is our rough itinerary starting in St Louis leaving in late May:

Day 1 - Oklahoma City Koa
Day 2 - Aburquerque NM - Cibola National Forest
Day 3 - Aburquerque NM - Cibola National Forest
Day 4 - Williams AZ Koa
Day 5 - Trailer Village RV Park, Grand Canyon
Day 6 - Trailer Village RV Park, Grand Canyon
Day 7 - Trailer Village RV Park, Grand Canyon
Day 8 - Watchman CG Zion
Day 9 - Watchman CG Zion
Day 10 - Watchman CG Zion
Day 11 - Cedar CG Rifle CO
Day 12 - Hotel in Eastern CO
Day 13 - HOME!


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Old 01-09-2018, 04:17 PM   #2
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Have you purchased Popup Gizmos and Reflectix yet?
You'll need them for the heat.
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Old 01-09-2018, 04:21 PM   #3
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yep, I have reflectix for the 3 beds (good lesson from the PUP) !
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Old 01-09-2018, 04:30 PM   #4
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Sounds like a great trip. We have yet to make a multi-state trip.

Okla City to ABQ is 8-hours by car doing 75/80. With the TT that will be one looonnngggg day of driving. You'll be exhausted. I'd add another stop before ABQ. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 01-10-2018, 12:17 PM   #5
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While in Williams AZ visit BearArizona Drive thru and walking. I wouldnít waste time and money at the Deer Farm.
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:01 PM   #6
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I am doing the same trip at the end of May from Alabama. My first stop is North Rim GC. From there it will be Zion,Bryce,Canyonlands,Capital Reef,Arches,Monument Valley and back home via Wolf Creek Pass. Iím doing it in 15 days so I donít see a problem with your plan.
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:33 PM   #7
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Consider getting a tire monitoring system. Putting on a lot of miles and could save the trip.
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I'd check on the status of any hiking trails you want to do and whether dogs are allowed. Leaving the dog at camp inside the trailer may not be an option if it gets hot outside.

We personally get a dog sitter for our dog when we take long/extended trips. Especially with children, it makes for a less stressful trip because it's one less thing you have to worry about caring for.
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I think you can expect it to be hot. We were in Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, etc in June 2017 and it was hot - in high 80's and 90's. Your pup might be a problem. The National Parks are very restrictive about dogs. Even service dogs not allowed sometimes. Make sure you have a back up plan for doggie if you leave it in the trailer and A/C goes out.
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You may also consider boarding doggie a couple of days near Zion to give you freedom while in Zion.
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