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Old 06-06-2016, 12:08 AM   #11
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Wow, have a safe and good trip, I was at that base where the Sgt. Major Academy in El Paso a few years ago I was thinking about going there myself. I retired from the Army as a Master Sargent E-8 and I was going there because I wanted to get the rank but after twenty-eight years already I wanted out.

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Old 06-06-2016, 05:46 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Hoojs12840 View Post
We leave on the 24th from MD. My brother graduates from Sgt. Major Academy in El Paso next week and we are meeting up with him at the Grand Canyon. We plan on stopping at G.C., Hoover Dam, we have sites reserved at Sequoia, San Fransisco, and Yellowstone, and Mt.Rushmore on the way back. We left time for running up the coast to Oregon and across to Wyoming.

We are taking everything out we won't need to lessen the weight. I will carry a spare diesel container incase we venture off the beaten path. Our 5th wheel has a factory generator and we will carry 1/4 tank of fresh water. I plan on checking the tires every 250 miles or less. (Wife will want to stop anyway)

Anyone have any suggestions for sightseeing or preparing for the journey?

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Jealous I am of you as this is a trip I want to do. One thing I would suggest is to invest in a TPMS for your rig. That is a lot of miles and it will ease your having to look back all the time at your tires. Pressure and temps will be reported back to you every few seconds and alert you the instant something is wrong.

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Old 06-06-2016, 04:04 PM   #13
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We loved Pie Town NM and Salt River Canyon on US 60. We did not see an interstate for a month so that accounts for those grades of 12 percent.. Cloudcroft NM is beautiful.
Oak Creek Canyon by Flagstaff is another motor tester as well as Rt 4 by Bandelier NM outside Santa Fe. We also ran around Guadalupe Mountains on grades and dirt roads.
Um 95 lbs of water x 8.3 is more than a few pounds.. At least in my eyes.. its almost half a ton.

OTOH I am in the wrong forum.. we are in an ultralight and not a fifth wheel.

Home. 12.3 mpg pulling x10,121 miles. I wonder what the gas bill will look like.
We learned alot. We learned that there are good KOA's and not so good and that boondocking is possible without worry.
Gee some of the sites out west are tiny.
We did get some amusement out of watching a team back up a fifth wheel into a tiny slot. It took some wiggling and the slides couldn't go out the whole way but they did it.

Camping in Coconino NF outside Sedona is a challenge for anything over 25 feet.
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:52 PM   #14
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We did a 11,000 mile, 45 day trip last summer (MI to AK and back) and I found it useful to have plenty of snacks and hard candies in the truck. Just seemed to help with fighting the fatigue when it did start to set in. We are planning on grand canyon next summer. Have fun!!


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