16 days and 6K miles, NJ to the Rockies - Fiberglass RV

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Old 09-24-2010, 06:31 PM   #1
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16 days and 6K miles, NJ to the Rockies

Hitched newly restored 16 ft '86 Scamp to the '96 Tahoe and left New Jersey with a full tank of gas and $3k in our pockets. Plan was drive to army buddy Jack's little farm in northern Minnesota, then on to Charlie's ranch in Montana, and then swing down into Colorado on our way back home. Made it back with money to spare.

On the way out and back we overnighted only at truck stops. The daily grind mileage ranged from a high of 579 to a low of 387. Towing mpg was 15.6, give or take. Worst was the first leg, on Rt 80 across PA because I foolishly maintained a steady 65 mph and that area is up the hill and down the hill. Next worst was across North Dakota, even at 55 mph. Can only guess this due to high cross winds. (?) We avoided all toll roads.

Camping sites were in the Big Horn Canyon rec area and the Custer National Forest in Montana, and Yellowstone (Fishing Bridge 1 nite, Grant Village 3 nites), then Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Tetons, that followed by 1 motel night in Laramie, then 2 nites at Moraine Campground in Rocky Mt NP. We used our Golden Age Pass at each park, except for Fishing Bridge, which doesn't honor it.

Truck stops were in Van Wert, Ohio; near Camp Douglas, Wisconsin; then at one in Dickerson, North Dakota; and on way home at Green Island, Nebraska; Morris, Illinois; and finally, at Barkeyville, Pa.

Absolutely no trouble at any truck stop. A couple were noisy, yes, and one was too brightly lit, but free is good. Most have WiFi available but you gotta pay for it.

Best luck: stumbling on a horse auction in Nort Dakota that was a mini-rodeo for real cowboys only.
Best Wal-mart: in Lauren, Montana.
Best gas price: $2.56 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Most excitement: when noticed locked Scamp door had swung open (!) while driving 7 miles of rough, dusty, washboard-dirt road approaching Charlie's ranch.
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:41 AM   #2
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Sounds like a great trip.

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Old 09-25-2010, 07:06 PM   #3
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And ready to go back.
  1. Minnesota, about 20 miles from Jack's farm.
  2. Charlies' ranch, 7 miles from Roscoe, Montana.
  3. Near Crow reservation, Montana.
  4. Yellowstone NP.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:27 AM   #4
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In Minnesota, we have some big fish...
Barely escaped this one near Bena, MN, on US Highway 2...
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:58 PM   #5
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What a great fish picture !! Quite a trip, you covered a lot of ground and got to see some of the best in the West, but trust me, there is much more to go !!! Lee and Norma
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:14 AM   #6
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Sounds like you had a lot of fun! We have only taken our '84 Scamp on one trip (last weekend), but we hope to take a long trip at some point. My wife and I are FAR from retirement, so I can't see ourselves doing something like that right away.

I would also like to have a little more powerful tow vehicle for getting up the mountains out west before we do that... 128 horsepower only goes so far!

We are going to drive from MD out to Michigan in about two months, but I think we are going to leave the Scamp at home, since we have to drive out there in one day, stay one day, then drive back in a day. That's about 675 miles each way, so I would like to be able to keep up with faster traffic. It's also not worth the hit in fuel economy for just two nights in the Scamp.

I've never been to Yellowstone... would love to see more pics!
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:23 AM   #7
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Re: Yellowstone photos -- No problem! I did take a few.

I thought the scenic beauty of the place is majestic but subtle in comparison to some other natiional parks, tempered still by those massive fires of a few years ago. A great place to view wildlife.

Was in Idaho once, part of a (non-egged) trip some years ago to Glacier. Saw my first moose in Idaho. Hope to get back there, and then go on to the north Pacific coastal areas etc, mebbe next year.
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