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kingdaddy
04-21-2018, 09:36 PM
Wow, hard to believe I haven't posted in so long (love the new forum look and feel).
Finally time to take a real trip in our Monty after living in it for 7 months back in 2016!
Heading from So. Cal to New Hampshire mostly on I-70 and then over to the Atlantic Coast to Boston and then south with stays in NYC, Wash. D.C. and then down to Williamsburg area in Virginia.
Planning on about 3 full days in each area for the usual tourist and sight seeing stuff.
I would LOVE advice and recommendations from anyone who has traveled through this area! Planning this trip now for May.
Thanks in advance for any warnings, advice, tips etc!

The Bone
04-22-2018, 08:25 AM
Well I have done this trip and it was a blast. There is so much to see between here and there. In Washington DC we stayed at Cherry Hill campground very nice with a buss that takes you into town so you can catch the bus for a tour of the city. Be prepared to be impressed. You will want to stay hare longer than you think. Next is New York. Crappy campground and it's the only one that is close to lower Manhattan.
This place is a dive and no sewer and the showers were nasty. There is a dump station but You don't want to move your 5er once you get it parked which was a challenge. You have to walk around the marina to catch a ferry to the city, best way to go. You need to see the 9/11 museum WOW is all I can say. The One Trade center is right there also and the elevator to the top is amazing and a must. Trust me . DON'T miss out on the view at the top. We had lunch up there. We also went to the Empire state building very cool. We went to the very top of that one also. Its more money but how many times will you be able to do this. Bring lots of money for toll roads. New York has some expensive roads and New Jersey where the campground is not cheap ether. The Statue of Liberty is a must see. You can drive there not far and you can avoid the toll road if you set your nav to avoid them. Take your senior pass National park. Dont park at the first parking lot drive down the road to the end there are spots there FREE.
We also did the new England states. Lots of lighthouses to see and we did. Vermont and New Hampshire are beautiful Get some maple syrup. Buy some for some friends or keep it all for yourself. YUMMY. I have way more to say because this trip was so full of stuff but i will let others chime in. We live in Norcal and went across the upper U.S. and back through the middle. Don't forget Cadillac Ranch. It's just outside Amarillo TX. Safe travels

mlh
04-22-2018, 09:25 AM
I would recommend seeing the Skyline drive and the Blueridge Parkway. That will take you through the prettiest part of Va and N.C.
Lynwood

kingdaddy
04-22-2018, 05:33 PM
Thanks for the recommendations!

We are staying in the Rindge NH area at Woodmore Campground for a few days and then heading to Boston area for a couple days (Pinewood Lodge RV in Plymouth) then to NYC for 3 full days.

And yes, we are staying at Liberty Harbor which we realize is just an ugly (and expensive) parking lot on NJ side of the river, but as you say it is so close to Manhattan etc. that we will just deal with it I guess.

Also staying at Cherry Hill RV in D.C. area which sounds very nice. Was in D.C. with my son for a field trip years ago and loved it!

Then to Williamsburg and Jamestown area if we can find a place over Memorial Day weekend!

Then heading NW thru Richmond toward Charlottesville to the I-81 SW toward Knoxville. I believe at least part of that is the Blue Ridge Pkwy?
Then on to Memphis, Oklahoma City, Tucumcari (or Albuquerque), Flagstaff and then home in So. Cal.

Got my daughter planning the sightseeing part of the trip and my wife planning meals and packing stuff. Truck and trailer all set to go...

Be gone almost exactly 1 month and probably cover close to 7,000 miles! :)
I will be posting as I go along when I can!

mtlakejim
04-22-2018, 05:54 PM
In DC be sure to check out all the Smithsonian museums!! In NYNY, just getting around is an adventure! We stayed outside of the city and took a train in. Grand Central and the subways was quite the experience for those of us from more forested parts of the country lol. And absolutely find someplace to have fresh lobster and buy some of that Maple �� Syrup!!!

kingdaddy
04-22-2018, 06:14 PM
Yes, when we were in Washington years ago, we just didn't have much time to do the Smithsonians, but we are making time for it this trip! So much to see and so far to go, it's hard to choose what to do and what to have to pass up...

mlh
04-22-2018, 07:07 PM
The Blueridge Parkway is the exact opposite of I81. 81 is hustle and bustle down the valleys. The Parkway is slow easy drive on the crest of the Blueridge Mountains. It is said to be one of the 10 prettiest roads in the US. I couldn’t argue with that. It is the prettiest road I’ve ever been on. You can get on it several places of of I80 north of Roanoke and off at Roanoke. It an easy back on I81 at Roanoke or continue on to I77 at Fancy Gap.
The Parkway is a part of the National Park System a National Park. It tells the history of the people of the Blueridge Mountains. There are numerous overlooks and artifacts and homes of the first settlers of the mountains.
Lynwood

kingdaddy
04-22-2018, 11:39 PM
mlh- A couple of questions regarding the BRP. So obviously it is a road that would be-at least in part-suitable for a large 5th wheel to travel?
Also, we have two Beagles who have at times gotten a bit car sick...is the road extremely winding? I suppose it would be in places and in other areas looks to be relatively straight.
On the day we might try this, we would need to go from Richmond, Virginia area to near Knoxville TN. (about 400 miles) so we couldn't spend too much time sightseeing along the BRP.
Appreciate your feedback! :thumbsup:

The Bone
04-23-2018, 05:34 AM
One month is not enough time to do this trip. We did ours and it took 3 months. We stayed about 3 days at most places
Nashville is nice not sure about Knoxville. Memphis is ok. We stayed in west Memphis when we went. It was just across the river. Was told not to stay in Memphis itself. Not as nice area. Bass Pro has a cool place there. I missed it but I will get there. Elvis is there so take the tour of his house. Its a must see. the rest is just ok not much. but the house is very nice.
we stayed here https://www.goodsam.com/campgrounds-rv-parks/details/default.aspx?cgid=890001192&returnUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodsam.com%2Fcampgrou nds-rv-parks%2Fsearch-by-map%2F%23latitude%3D34.89559721054309%26longitude% 3D-90.02589220555149%26zoom%3D10%26features%3D0%26lis t%3Dfalse
It was right on the river. I had a spot in the shade because it was hot. They do have spots on the river if you can get one. Laundry was free when I went.
When in Oklahoma city go visit the Street Outlaws. See Farmtruck and Azn Get some 405 stuff If you are into that stuff. Nice city though.
Albuquerque New Mexico is cool. They have a tram that goes up to Sandia Peak very nice up there.
I plan where to stay and wife plans things to do. Then we sit and figure how long to stay. I make reservations about a month in advance for holidays and then you kind of get locked into a itinerary. I get all the RV park information and put it in a book so I can call on the road and dont have to look them up . Planing is everything. I used over 1,000 gallons of fuel on my last trip just so you know. and averaged 11 MPG

kingdaddy
04-23-2018, 11:42 AM
Thanks so much for the detailed info Bone!
I was just looking at the Tom Sawyer RV park, glad to hear your recommendation!
Yes, 1 month is really not enough time to do this trip justice...but it's what we have to work with.
I'm very happy to say just this morning I was able to book a great RV Park right in Williamsburg, VA for the Memorial Day weekend! Thank you Lord! :)
It's called the Anvil RV park...highly rated and VERY nice, been in business since 1954!
Just a few more places to reserve for the return trip.
I'm with you regarding booking ahead and planning the trip well in advance! Trying to average about 400 miles a day or so with lots of stops along the way for dog potty breaks and walks!

mlh
04-23-2018, 06:23 PM
I’ve had my camper on the Parkway several times so it’s something you can do. I always enjoy the Parkway. I’m on it several times each month in the summer. On my motorcycle not camping. Most of the curves are long winding but most of the road is a curve remember it is on the crest of the Blueridge Mountains.
With only one day and you need to go 400 miles that day you aren’t going to see much of the Parkway. That would be like running through a museum. The Parkway is a relaxed slow easy drive the opposite of the interstate.
This is the place that I would recommend someone seeing in this part of the country but it isn’t my trip it’s yours. I would be happy to send you some pictures if that would help. I have several on my IPhone. Let me know.
Lynwood

kingdaddy
04-23-2018, 06:30 PM
We may be planning a trip to Florida this fall and it sounds like a perfect time to plan on driving the BRP and seeing the autumn colors before turning south to Florida! There's always more to see that's for sure...:socool:

mlh
04-23-2018, 06:49 PM
We may be planning a trip to Florida this fall and it sounds like a perfect time to plan on driving the BRP and seeing the autumn colors before turning south to Florida! There's always more to see that's for sure...:socool:

That time of the year itís drop dead beautiful especially on the southern end. If you go see the Builtmore estate. The largest private home in the US. His room has leather wall paper hers gold plate.
Lynwood

twindman
04-23-2018, 07:18 PM
Stay off ALL parkways in NY. I think it is illegal to pull a trailer on them. I didn't know this and started near Niagra Falls and got over to near Rochester. I noticed the height limit was starting to go down - 14, 13.5, 13.2 (My old trailer was only 12.6). I saw the next height was 12.6 (I think it was at the edge but didn't want to take a chance) so I got off just in time. I later noticed in the Road Atlas about the NY parkways. Live and learn.

The Bone
04-24-2018, 08:06 AM
Ya me too. My nav told me to get off the freeway just inside Connecticut and I ended up on a parkway. Guy pulled up beside me and told me that i wasn't allowed to be on there made the next exit.

Beau2010
04-24-2018, 10:07 AM
Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway are not RV friendly as someone else may have already pointed out. Find a park off the parkway and explore in your TV.

adams7806
04-24-2018, 10:46 AM
We stayed at Anvil Campground in Williamsburg, VA. It was a lovely park. Right on the road so it had a little noise but but bad at night. Very nice owners. Very close to all the must see sites and the drive to them is gorgeous!

kingdaddy
04-25-2018, 11:49 AM
We stayed at Anvil Campground in Williamsburg, VA. It was a lovely park. Right on the road so it had a little noise but but bad at night. Very nice owners. Very close to all the must see sites and the drive to them is gorgeous!

The only real negative I've read about Anvil is the close proximity of the train tracks (and the train!) but for the Memorial Day weekend, our options were limited so we were fortunate to get this spot!

kingdaddy
04-25-2018, 11:51 AM
Ya me too. My nav told me to get off the freeway just inside Connecticut and I ended up on a parkway. Guy pulled up beside me and told me that i wasn't allowed to be on there made the next exit.

Hoping my RV Garmin Navigation unit will warn me of these issues, but I'm not going to count on it! Appreciate the heads up on this and I will keep my eyes peeled for the signs and plan ahead!

The Bone
04-27-2018, 08:39 AM
We are planning our next trip. I turn 66 so my wife though a route 66 trip would be nice. Going as far as Springfield Illinois. Then headed to Indiana to visit friends then to go see my mom in Iowa. then to Utah for some national park time before heading to Vegas to visit my wife's friend. Short trip this year. Want to move to the middle of the country so places aren't so far away.

Recumbent
04-27-2018, 10:15 PM
kingdaddy, we did this in summer of 2017 and for Boston we stayed and the KOA Boston/Plymouth and drove to Quincy parked at Tram/train station and took it into Boston for our adventures. For NYC we stayed and Liberty RV Park in Jersey City (near statue of liberty), and rode the ferry over to NYC (a short ride for $8 bucks each) disembarking near World Trade Center memorial, then we rode the subway around NYC to see sights etc. Just be careful to plan your way in to Liberty RV Park and again plan you way back out so you do not have route issues. Have Fun.

kingdaddy
05-06-2018, 08:53 PM
kingdaddy, we did this in summer of 2017 and for Boston we stayed and the KOA Boston/Plymouth and drove to Quincy parked at Tram/train station and took it into Boston for our adventures. For NYC we stayed and Liberty RV Park in Jersey City (near statue of liberty), and rode the ferry over to NYC (a short ride for $8 bucks each) disembarking near World Trade Center memorial, then we rode the subway around NYC to see sights etc. Just be careful to plan your way in to Liberty RV Park and again plan you way back out so you do not have route issues. Have Fun.

Yes, we are staying at the Liberty RV park in Jersey too! I realize it's just a glorified parking lot, but it's so close to NYC that we felt it was the best choice for what we are doing.
We actually left So. Cal. as planned this past Tuesday, May 1 and we are currently (Sunday night May 6) in upstate N.Y. right on the shore of Lake Erie in Westfield KOA.
Great trip thus far, a couple of minor issues with the trailer. One being that our Splendide Dryer failed...wife is not happy, but not much I can do while on the road.
Hit some challenging weather going over the Rockies heading for Denver, a bit of snow and lots of rain. Some long days of driving, glad to be staying over a day here in Westfield, driving up to see Niagara Falls tomorrow!
Then heading to New Hampshire and Vermont for about 5 days and then to the Atlantic coast.

Recumbent
05-06-2018, 10:32 PM
We enjoyed Shellburne Farms/Museum especially the museum in Vermont and we really liked the Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire. If you like small towns 3 Ponds area is a good visit (actually there are 5 little lakes) We had the best cinnamon rolls at a great little restaurant serving "local comfort food".

The Bone
05-07-2018, 08:16 AM
I never got the chance to see Niagara Falls from the American side. There was so much traffic I gave up. We stayed in Canada and the a much better view from there for sure. You can ride the Maid of the Mist. It will not disappoint. Hope you have a passport. We stayed at the Yellystone campground. It was a drive into town. Yup they take American dollars LOL.
Kingdaddy you are making incredible time. it took me a month to get as far as you LOL.
Don't forget the Maple Syrup. $12 a bottle at most places. I bought some and gave it away. We kept 2 bottles I ran out so fast never again LOL. Now it's Log Cabin.
We loved New York. We got some pizza while we were there by the Empire State Building just because New Yorker's love there pizza so we had to try it. Not sure of the place just ask your cabby. We missed Ellis Island but the Statue of Liberty was incredible. The elevator operator was rude and slow for a park service person. Post some photos.

kingdaddy
05-07-2018, 05:27 PM
Thanks Bone...we did not have enough time to do the boat ride, but found a decent parking spot and walked along the river from Rainbow Bridge area up to the falls. Great view, not crowded at all.
We will be sure to get some real maple syrup in Vermont.
Were staying at the Brattleboro KOA for a couple nights, then over to Rindge, N.H. staying at Woodmore for a couple more nights.
Then it's off to Boston, NYC, Wash. DC and then to Williamsburg VA. for the Memorial Day weekend!
Then home on I40...

kingdaddy
05-07-2018, 05:32 PM
We enjoyed Shellburne Farms/Museum especially the museum in Vermont and we really liked the Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire. If you like small towns 3 Ponds area is a good visit (actually there are 5 little lakes) We had the best cinnamon rolls at a great little restaurant serving "local comfort food".

We will have a couple of days in Vermont before my daughter arrives so we may check it out. Once in N.H. we won't have much spare time...we are there for my daughter's graduation from Franklin Pierce University (M.B.A.) so will be pretty busy.

But then she will join us for the Atlantic tour before flying home out of Richmond, VA on the 27th. We then head home on our favorite I40/Route 66!

mtlakejim
05-07-2018, 07:07 PM
One month is not enough time to do this trip. We did ours and it took 3 months. We stayed about 3 days at most places
Nashville is nice not sure about Knoxville. Memphis is ok. We stayed in west Memphis when we went. It was just across the river. Was told not to stay in Memphis itself. Not as nice area. Bass Pro has a cool place there. I missed it but I will get there. Elvis is there so take the tour of his house. Its a must see. the rest is just ok not much. but the house is very nice.
we stayed here https://www.goodsam.com/campgrounds-rv-parks/details/default.aspx?cgid=890001192&returnUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodsam.com%2Fcampgrou nds-rv-parks%2Fsearch-by-map%2F%23latitude%3D34.89559721054309%26longitude% 3D-90.02589220555149%26zoom%3D10%26features%3D0%26lis t%3Dfalse
It was right on the river. I had a spot in the shade because it was hot. They do have spots on the river if you can get one. Laundry was free when I went.
When in Oklahoma city go visit the Street Outlaws. See Farmtruck and Azn Get some 405 stuff If you are into that stuff. Nice city though.
Albuquerque New Mexico is cool. They have a tram that goes up to Sandia Peak very nice up there.
I plan where to stay and wife plans things to do. Then we sit and figure how long to stay. I make reservations about a month in advance for holidays and then you kind of get locked into a itinerary. I get all the RV park information and put it in a book so I can call on the road and dont have to look them up . Planing is everything. I used over 1,000 gallons of fuel on my last trip just so you know. and averaged 11 MPG

Absolutely agree with the Tom Sawyer park in West Memphis. You have to drive thru some questionable areas to get there but it is somewhat secluded from that and much safer than Memphis. DO NOT STAY IN MEMPHIS!!! If you do go, only go during the day and stay in the tourist areas. The Memphis Zoo is good, botanical garden and Pink Palace are also worthwhile if you have the time. Bass Pro Shops bought out the Memphis Pyramid and that is certainly worth a visit. You can visit downtown Beal street during the day but don't wander off of it into the surrounding areas (sorta like a mini version of New Orleans Bourbon Street complete with the rough areas off of it). Be sure to go watch the ducks at the Peabody motel and eat at the Spaghetti Warehouse along the river front. In West Memphis they have dog races on the North side of the Interstate.

mtlakejim
05-07-2018, 07:14 PM
We have done a couple of these epic road trips both East and West. Whirlwind tours to see where we will be going back to when we retire and have more time. I can see staying at Niagara Falls for like a month. On the other side of the coin I don't ever care to go back to NYNY LOL.....


Out West though there are so many places I would love to go back to and spend several months. Yellowstone for sure and the California Redwoods were amazing!!

kingdaddy
05-08-2018, 10:08 PM
Well, we are relaxing (finally) in Vermont for 3 days before moving over to N.H. on Friday-Saturday night. Beautiful, but too early for full spring greenery. Most trees still have the "winter look" to them. No matter, we are thankful to be safely here and looking forward to the graduation on Sat. and then on to the coast and the big cities for 3 days each.
Won't have any time really in our stops on the way home. Just an overnight stay and then on to the next stop. Lots of driving but a great trip so far. the pets are doing even better than hoped for! :thumbsup:

kingdaddy
06-12-2018, 01:09 AM
Whew...made it home earlier this week after covering about 7,600 miles and 24 states!
Did everything we had planned, no accidents, no tickets, no injuries or illnesses. Didn't lose any pets and only had to fix two or three things on the truck and trailer!
Weather was decent most of the time and the RV parks we stayed in ranged from outstanding (most of them) to just OK (a few of them).
Truck performed very well...I was SO thankful to have gotten a custom, heavy duty full transmission rebuild with a remote mount trans fluid cooler before the trip!
Thanks for all the tips and advice! We managed to avoid the tunnel and low bridge issues (especially in New York) thanks to the "heads up" from some of the MOC experts! Thanks!
Time to start planning the next trip...:)

The Bone
06-12-2018, 06:14 AM
Glad you had a great trip. For those of you who have yet to do this don't delay it's incredible.
I'm sure King Daddy has lots of stories. lOL

richfaa
06-12-2018, 06:53 AM
We did the New England trip two summers ago. The N.E States are close together so one can cover a lot of territory.

jeffba
06-12-2018, 11:36 AM
We did the New England trip two summers ago. The N.E States are close together so one can cover a lot of territory.

Hardly seems fair to count them as states after crossing Texas and Alaska

kingdaddy
06-12-2018, 04:47 PM
Haha...ya there were a couple of days when we realized we weren't sure what state we were in at a given point of time! Easy to travel through 3 or 4 states without trying hard...
They all have something to see and enjoy, but some were more scenic than others for sure!

richfaa
06-12-2018, 07:41 PM
Beautiful part of the USA but after being there for over two weeks i can not look another lobster in the face.