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Old 04-30-2017, 04:59 PM   #1
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Launch of "The nest"

Plans are to start our summer travels tomorrow, if the weather lets us, with the first stop at Open Pond, USFS, near Andalusia AL. Millers Ferry, acoe, in MS for the 2nd night and the 3rd stop will be Choctaw Lk. Next stop will be Pendalton Bend, acoe, in AR then onto Sulphar OK for two nights of dry camping. Rock Creek is NPS and close to Wally world and laundry. With a couple of stops in TX and NM our short term destination is near Payson AZ for a few weeks of dry camping until it gets to hot. From there maybe CO or MT and then start working our way east in Sept. with reservations for Catalooche in Smokey Mtns NP starting the 25th of Sept.

This will be a good test of the additional solar and towing the Jeep at higher elevations.
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Old 04-30-2017, 05:27 PM   #2
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Sounds like an amazing adventure! Safe travels.
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Old 04-30-2017, 06:00 PM   #3
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Sounds like a great adventure for sure, we leave on May 14 for Colorado and parts Unknown !!!
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Old 04-30-2017, 06:26 PM   #4
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Looking for a place in CO. Try Mountain Views RV Park & Resort in Creede, CO 8,800 feet and seldom a hot day. see creede.com for info on community. Enjoy your adventure.
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:17 AM   #5
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Looking for a place in CO. Try Mountain Views RV Park & Resort in Creede, CO 8,800 feet and seldom a hot day. see creede.com for info on community. Enjoy your adventure.
We avoid rv parks and resorts unless there is no other choice. For CO we like Spruce Grove, Silver Jack, or Sunshine all are USFS dry camping.
We will stop at the KOA in Montpelier, ID as it's very nice with a stocked trout stream running through the CG. The USFS CG just up the road is a dump.
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Old 05-06-2017, 03:10 AM   #6
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Pulled into Rock Creek CG, nps, here in Sulphar OK a day a head early. Had to change our routing a bit to avoid the stormy weather. Also instead of doing about 150 miles between CG's we did closer to 260 miles. Came through AR a little further south then planned but stayed last night at White Oak SP. While SP's are usually a bit down on our list this was along the way and is a really nice one. Because it was Thursday got the senior discount so the site with water and 30 amp electric was $16. The CG is just off SR 24 and near Bluff AR.
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Old 05-07-2017, 01:44 PM   #7
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Extending our stay here another day. The next stop is McClellan, a usfs CG near Groom TX but they are calling for 25 mph winds with gusts to 35 there.
Here at Chickasaw NRA it's a nice area for an additional days stay.
When we move again the stop after McClellan is Santa Rosa, this is an ACOE CG run by the NM state parks. Stop after that will be at Grants NM at a BLM.
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Old 05-07-2017, 05:23 PM   #8
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Extending our stay here another day. The next stop is McClellan, a usfs CG near Groom TX but they are calling for 25 mph winds with gusts to 35 there.
Here at Chickasaw NRA it's a nice area for an additional days stay.
When we move again the stop after McClellan is Santa Rosa, this is an ACOE CG run by the NM state parks. Stop after that will be at Grants NM at a BLM.
Did you ever post what you are using for your "on top" solar? We are looking to add solar to our 25.2 2016 VEGAS, and are trying to see what works for everyone else. We are planning a lot of boondocking and BLM parking...
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Old 05-10-2017, 08:59 PM   #9
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Did you ever post what you are using for your "on top" solar? We are looking to add solar to our 25.2 2016 VEGAS, and are trying to see what works for everyone else. We are planning a lot of boondocking and BLM parking...
I just mounted a pair of 100 watt Grape panels from Home Depot for the roof.
I'll post pics when I get a chance.


Pulled into Joe Skeen, a BLM CG 12 miles south of I-40 at Grants NM. It was a mixture of rain and snow when we pulled in. Major upgrades to the CG since 2010 pads with covered picnic tables, a second vault toilet, and a CG host site. Camping is still free. Ranger station was closed so don't know if you can still get water there. 3G or 4G depending on which site your in.

Tomorrow we stop at Blue Ridge a USFS CG for a while. Most likely spend until the first week in June in the area.
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Old 05-21-2017, 01:53 AM   #10
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Moved from Blueridge to the Mogollon Rim at 7500 feet. One morning had 29 degrees and patches of ice. Yesterday morning had patches of snow on the ground around the RV. Winds have been high but don't seem to bother the RV much. Batteries are down to 91 % over night but the solar is getting them back to 100 % each day so far. We're off the Rim Road along a numbered site dispersed camping area with nice views from the rim.
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:15 PM   #11
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Once we left AZ the next stop was in Monticello UT at Dalton Springs a NF cg. Two weeks dry camping there then on to CO and Columbine CG, NF, for another two weeks. Loud on the weekends there with the atv's. From there down through Delta CO, free dump station there, to Silver Jack for two weeks.
Moved over to Grand Mesa and Spruce Grove CG for 28 days. Leaving on this coming Monday. Four new tires on the Jeep, kept getting flats from the rocks. Two new tires for the MH, cut side wall on the left front; the reason I hate Michellen tires.
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Old 09-28-2017, 02:20 PM   #12
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Took US 160 through CO, KS, and MO. While it was an interesting route it was a sub standard road that needed resurfacing in many areas. Also no shoulders. The Branson area ACOEs got hammered with the May floods, many are still closed/under water.

The new Toyo Open Country HT's we put on the front are really great; major improvement in handling. As soon as the money is available the four on the back will get replaced with the Toyo's.

LBL was hot, Bandy in Big South Fork was jammed for a Sat. trail run.
Got into Cataloochee on Monday with a planned two week stay; then a series of ACOE's through GA to get home.

Then it will be get ready for the 2018 travel season starting with a run in Dec back to AZ.
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:06 PM   #13
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made it home

Got home today and now the clean up begins.
Cataloochee was great watching and listening to Elk bugle. Down side of Cataloochee is not much solar so had to run the jenny about an hour a day.

Over nighted at Woodring on Carters lake near Ellijay, Ga then stopped at Whitetail near Lagrange for a few days to visit with family. Picked up a major ant infestation . Sometimes this is a problem at ACOE CG's.
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Old 11-02-2017, 02:00 AM   #14
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FWIW our summer trip was 5157 miles, fuel cost was $1603.45, MPG AVG 7.69, and gallons used 666.32.
Took a big hit with the avg mpg because of the jenny run time at Cataloochee; that was 18.6 hours and dropped us from a low of 7.37 mpg to 5.72 for one fill up. Best mpg while towing the Jeep was 10.17 in KS on US 160.
While we keep track of CG fees haven't figured that one yet but we had 40 days of dry camping at no cost.
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