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Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby Mike in Calgary on Fri May 02, 2008 12:18 am

I know that the price of fueling our tow vehicles is getting pretty outrageous, but is anyone else planning a big trip trip this year? Say more than 500 miles from home each way. We've all got decent local camping that we enjoy, but I, for one, like to travel and explore a little bit more than some people. We're heading to Boulder, CO for 2 weeks at the end of July to see DW's sister and her hubby who have been on our case for a few years to get down to their place. Its about 1200 miles each way and we know that the fuel cost is going to be the single biggest expense, but the taxman was really nice to us with a refund this year, so we'll put some of that towards the trip. We're planing on 3 days to drive each direction, so the daily fuel cost won't seem so bad. I just won't look at the total. At least the camping fees at their place will be reasonable.
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby LA_Bolt_Fan on Fri May 02, 2008 2:06 am

Our "BIG" trip this year is one night in Pismo Beach, Then visiting my sister in Gilroy, CA for two nights. The next night is in San Francisco (For AWESOME dim sum in China Town), the following two nights are in The City of Napa, CA. From there we are going to Bodega Bay for two more nights. Next we are off to Moss Landing near Santa Cruz for one night. Finally ending up at Morro Bay on the beach, then sadly back home and back to work , BOOOOOOOOOO!! :evil:
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby Frank Henn on Fri May 02, 2008 5:55 am

We were going to Colorado with the camper, this would have been around 3200 miles when we were done. Instead We will go to Alabama, and keep it in 1000 mile range
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby catmom on Fri May 02, 2008 8:11 am

Every 5 years, for the last 30 or so, we've had a reunion in Yellowstone with the folks I used to work with there (who have all become good friends). This is the every-5th-year, and the reunion is planned, and we plan to go. Yes, it will be about a 5000-mile trip all told, and yes, it will be expensive (even more so now that we bought a bigger, heavier trailer!), but we plan to enjoy it. With DH finally retired and able to spend the time on such a trip, we sure don't want to stay home!!
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby csham on Fri May 02, 2008 9:04 am

We've got our trip planned for early August, a little under 1000 miles round trip. Spending some time in Frankenmuth, Michigan and then to Shipshewana, Indiana for a few days before heading back home.
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby cwit on Fri May 02, 2008 9:07 am

We are going 1200 hundred miles one way to Florida this winter Headed to Jacksonville. Will take about 4 short trips of 200 to 300 miles this summer. :D
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby wintek on Fri May 02, 2008 10:12 am

My wife and I have a trip to Henderson Beach State Park, Destin Florida end of June. It meets your criteria – 503 miles one way. With the cost of gas, we considered canceling but decided it’s not getting any cheaper so it’s now or never. Also, with the government stimulus check of $1,200.00 should cover our entire trip nicely.
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby antiqfreq on Fri May 02, 2008 11:03 am

We are planning a 1800 round trip end of July - first week of August - we'll be gone about 12 days.

We are looking forward to it - regardless of the price of diesel !

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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby skipnchar on Fri May 02, 2008 11:14 am

We're hoping to make it back to the mountains somewhere in colorado, Utah or Idaho some time this summer but haven't got around to firm plans yet. I just HAVE to get my "mountain fix" every year SOMEWHERE.
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby fla-gypsy on Fri May 02, 2008 6:20 pm

Longest trip is about 350 miles, one also of about 250 miles all others 100 miles or less.
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Fri May 02, 2008 7:03 pm

We're planning on going to the west coast (Vancouver) and back through the US including Yellowstone, etc. By the time we're done touring everwhere, spending a bunch of time in Banff, Vancouver, Yellowstone, etc etc etc we expect to roll off about 6500 miles.

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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby graywolf67 on Fri May 02, 2008 8:28 pm

Lord willing we are planning a trip to west Texas , Davis mountains and Big bend and Seminole canyon, it should be around 3000 miles but we have saved for the gas, the rest of the year we will be going between 180 to 250 miles per trip, the gas prices are slowing us down a bit :( but there are still some nice parks around Houston. :mrgreen:
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby ButteBumBob on Fri May 02, 2008 11:47 pm

We have a trip planned to Colorado. Our son lives in Denver and we will use that as our home base. We were going to take the fifth-wheel to Yellowstone in August but, due to fuel costs we probably won't be able to make it this summer. We will probaly go to our local lake more than ever. We do have a boat and we keep our fifth-wheel in storage at the lake. We keep a small travel trailer at the house for the short mountain (fix) trips.
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby Fire Instructor on Sat May 03, 2008 9:01 am

Our "big one" will be in August, to Assateague Island, MD. That's a full day's+ drive, but it's more than worth the trip! Since we have a new TT, it's "shake-down" will be Mmorial Day Weekend, relatively close to home, just over the border in Vermont. Then we are going to the Boston area for a long weekend for July 4th. We also have camping reservations at Dover for the Fall race.

We will likely do a weeend or two in the Adirondacks, but we haven't planned them yet...
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby Clyder on Mon May 05, 2008 10:19 pm

This summer Our family is planning a trip to my home town of Sheboygan Wisconsin. We plan to be driving nearly 3000 miles round trip and will be camping at Kohler Andrae State Park which is just south of Sheboygan for 7 nights. This will be our first time at this park. We made our campsite reservations at the end of last summer (They accept reservations 11 months in advance) and we were still limited on getting a campsite. We had to get 3 nights at one campsite and 4 nights at another one because there wasn't a campsite still available to stay 7 continuos nights.
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby lifelongcampers on Mon May 05, 2008 11:32 pm

With fuel cost what they are, our big RV trip will be from PA to VA this year. The really big trip will be from coast to coast on the Harley.
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby Zinger on Tue May 13, 2008 7:14 am

All local and we will be stopping at grocery store on the way home instead of going back after we get unpacked this will help make up the difference in gas price for the weekend. At our locak CG this pastweekend most sites were full probably at least 80% and getting reservations is getting tough this is a 300 plus site CG I dont know if it is more locals or what but this tells me people are not slowing down due to gas prices. last year it was nothing to have 2-4 sites on each side of you empty.
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby ponyboy1995 on Tue May 13, 2008 11:35 am

We are looking at taking the kids to Ft. Diseny at the end of the summer. I am excited about that. This will be the kids 1st time to disney so it ought to be great fun! We also have at least 1 trip planned for a week at myrtle beach also. Lots of weekend and long weekend trips.

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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby jp rver on Tue May 13, 2008 10:06 pm

Longest trip I can afford to take this year with the trailer in tow is the 100 mile journey over to Montauk State Park. I have been there once already this year, and hopefully can get at least another trip out that way this year. Every thing else is under 100 miles.
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby ponyboy1995 on Wed May 14, 2008 12:00 am

jp rver wrote:Longest trip I can afford to take this year with the trailer in tow is the 100 mile journey over to Montauk State Park. I have been there once already this year, and hopefully can get at least another trip out that way this year. Every thing else is under 100 miles.



JP, I Feel your pain. I am not sure what your miliage is like while towing with your Ram, but mine drops to like 7mpg. I have not actually checked the miliage, but I know it drops about 1/2. That is just crazy!

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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby jp rver on Wed May 14, 2008 1:01 am

ponyboy1995 wrote:
jp rver wrote:Longest trip I can afford to take this year with the trailer in tow is the 100 mile journey over to Montauk State Park. I have been there once already this year, and hopefully can get at least another trip out that way this year. Every thing else is under 100 miles.



JP, I Feel your pain. I am not sure what your miliage is like while towing with your Ram, but mine drops to like 7mpg. I have not actually checked the miliage, but I know it drops about 1/2. That is just crazy!

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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby campinfan on Wed May 14, 2008 6:42 pm

This summer we are going to Alabama for about 5 weeks. My son has some medical needs so we are going there and will be living in our rig for 5 weeks. We will be at Oak Mountain State Park for the hottest part of the summer.
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Unread postby sneakersjay on Thu May 29, 2008 11:16 am

I work weekends but I'm planning on taking my daughter and niece to Kentucky in July. We went to Colonial Williamsburg a while back. In the meantime I plan to take some short trips during the week after I get some health issues settled, but hope we can get to Acadia Nat'l Park (anyone know when the black flies subside?) and Niagara Falls.
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby catmom on Thu May 29, 2008 12:43 pm

Somewhat off the subject: Good to see you here, sneakersjay! :)

OK, back to the topic. ;)
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:01 pm

My biggest trip this year is to pass as many gas stations as possible without stopping.... :roll:
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Unread postby cwit on Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:02 am

You better get a bigger fuel tank for less stops. lol. WE are headed for New Hamphsier, Maine boarder on Friday, for 7 days. :D
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Unread postby JQSpree on Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:17 pm

Since we are still relatively new to rving, and my wife has to work, we so far been taking a four night trip each month since Jan. to check out trailer and learn what we are doing. Longest so far is twice over to closest ocean access where we stayed at two different places, probably about 140 miles each way from home. On 4 of the 5 trips, we have driven quite a bit w/o the trailer after getting there, exploring close by things, so our overall milage each time has been in the 400-500 mile range. Gas cost has been about $160 for each of those trips.

Our trip in June to sierra nevada mtns will be a little longer and then to Lassen NP in July will be the longest at 200-250 miles one way. For Aug and beyond still in planning stages.
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Unread postby thetwoofus on Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:48 pm

Yep! It's a shame I can't leave right now. ;)
Last year, or I should say last season we left Mi the middle of Jan and headed South. To keep out of a bad storm that was heading our way from the West, we ended up going through IN, KY,TN, AR, TX, NM, and AZ where we spent the last of Jan and into Feb. We stayed in Tuscon for a bit then went to Phoenix so see our Son who lives there and spent a while at Lake Pleasant and Lake Havasu (Spelling right?) then we went to CA to visit our Grand Sons and then back to AZ for a while.
We left AZ and headed South across NM and into Southern Texas. We spent time visiting a bunch of places along the southern coast line. We stayed in Mission TX for the month of March and then moved up around Corpus Christie for some time and then headed East through LA, MS, AL, and GA to my brothers place in South Carolina. About that time we started having some problems with our Aerolite TT and thought we'd better get headed home. So around the middle of April we shot up through NC, VA, KY IN and back into Mi.
It was a 8,989 mile trip and boy did we spend some bucks on gas. WOW!!! We did have a great time and really enjoyed the nice weather. But during that trip we decided that Aerolite had seen its last trip with us. Nice TT except for the lack of space and some not to good workmanship in the putting the darn thing together. We won't go into that.
We did leave the TT in AZ when we went to CA. We did the motel thing there. Saved a little on gas. :lol:
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Re: Do you have any big trips planned this year?

Unread postby Retired Phone Man on Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:36 pm

TT was tied up with an axle problem from Jan to May. Decided to head down to Key West in June after the snowbirds left. It was 2200mi round trip and it was nice. Last time in Key West I was 11 yrs old around 1951 so had to go back. We are back home now and planning our yearly post Labor Day trip. Heading to Black Hills of SD and then west to Yellowstone. Never been to that area so doing a lot of research on things to see and best routes. We like history and scenery. Still need to do both coasts from bottom to top before I run out of money and move in with the kids. :mrgreen:
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