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Title: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on June 12, 2015, 01:09:29 pm
So here's a rough outline of our agenda. I am looking for any suggestions at our stopping points or places that we need to make stops for.
     Depart                           Arrive
Lawrenceburg,IN             Peoria, IL
Peoria                           Forest City,IA
Forest City                    Badlands, Black Hills, Mt Rushmore, Deadwood South Dakota
Badlands, etc                 Buffalo Bill State park, Cody Wyoming
Cody, Wyoming              Yellowstone Natl Park, WY
Yellowstone                   Grand Teton Natl Park, WY
Grand Teton                  Nephi, Utah
Kaibab CampRVillage on the North Rim Grand Canyon, AZ
Grand Canyon                Boulder City for Hoover Dam
Boulder city                   Las Vegas for RV drop off then about 24 hours in Vegas

Not sure of exact routes, but likely the most direct routes between destinations. I know we are trying to stop at Monks House of Ale Repute in Sioux Falls, SD. Really just looking for anything else I should schedule on our route. We have several nights in Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, most others are simply over night stays. Any family friendly hangout suggestions are appreciated. 43 hours in an RV over 2200 miles (just between destinations, not counting sight seeing,) 3 fighting kids, I will NEED/WANT some good beer every night and cant bring enough homebrew due pre and post RV constraints: 5 in a minivan to IA, then Flying home from Vegas. Whatever you think will be important to see, maybe not as important as Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon,Hoover Dam, etc; all of which I have never seen.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: ScottBeh on June 12, 2015, 01:30:27 pm
What a great trip.  If you have time Jackson Hole, WY is great.  shopping kids beers  entertainment for all ages. 
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on June 12, 2015, 02:06:57 pm
Thanks, have always wanted to ski Jackson hole, but have not done much skiing I  the last 20 years. Is it close to our route roughly? The RV is a rental, with 2500 miles, which we are already planning on being over, but can't afford too many more extra miles. I'm not in front of a map right now. It will check it out
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: klickitat jim on June 12, 2015, 02:18:19 pm
Thanks, have always wanted to ski Jackson hole, but have not done much skiing I  the last 20 years. Is it close to our route roughly? The RV is a rental, with 2500 miles, which we are already planning on being over, but can't afford too many more extra miles. I'm not in front of a map right now. It will check it out
Its ON your route. When you leave GTNP you are there
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on June 12, 2015, 02:19:47 pm
Thanks Jim, may have to talk the missus into another stop
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: ScottBeh on June 12, 2015, 02:29:33 pm
Jackson is just barely south of Teton National Park, right at the south entrance if I remember. You will feel like your returning to civilization when you get to Jackson Hole after the desolation of the parks.  Must have went out there 10 years in a row for whitewater rafting and camping, when I was young.   Make sure you see the Upper and Lower Falls in Yellowstone...The south end and central part of Yellowstone was pretty crowded. I really liked the north end at Mammoth Hot Springs and into Gardner, MO. I'll never forget the buffalo sleeping in the flower bed as we walked up to the hotel there. Around the East Entrance you'll see wolf packs, antelope, bear, tons of bison, elk and moose if your into wildlife. Need a driver?
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: klickitat jim on June 12, 2015, 02:46:38 pm
Badlands is cool but not much to do there. Took me about an hour to see all I needed to see.

On the way from the Black Hills to Cody, Devil's Tower is well worth the detour.

Which way are you going to Cody? We take 14 from just north of Sheridan. But the Big Horns are no joke. The west side is 10% for 10 miles. There aren't too many grades like that. Fun on a bike but might be white knuckles in an RV.

Cody has a great wild west museum.

Yellowstone and GT are must see, but in my opinion the best park in the Country is Glacier. My avatar is Terri and I on the Harley going down the east side of the Going to the Sun road. There is nothing better than riding a Harley over Logan Pass.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on June 12, 2015, 03:11:29 pm
Jim if we like this trip, we are already planning on a more northerly route out of Forest City IA to pacific northwest, including a stop in Glacier, and dropping g RV off in San Francisco
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: klickitat jim on June 12, 2015, 04:01:06 pm
Fun times. Next year we are taking the trailer to a remote dry camp on the north fork of the Flathead, just about 3 miles outside of the Camas Road entrance to Glacier. Just going to flop down, drink beer, and listen to wolves for a week.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: mharding73 on June 12, 2015, 04:11:35 pm
Peoria has a brewery called Peoria brewing company.  Check them out. 
http://peoriabrewingcompany.com
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on June 12, 2015, 07:41:11 pm
Jim it looks like from Sheridan, we are briefly on 14 but then switch to 310, but good looking out. This is a re-location RV rental, and I've never driven one before, so slow and steady, not to mention no white knuckle roads, is the key for me. Its a 25' class C motor home, not sure of class but its built on a truck frame, driven not towed
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on June 12, 2015, 07:42:28 pm
Also Jim, is Devil's Tower the peak in Close Encounters of the Third Kind?
Never Mind, I just remembered how to google, yes it is
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: klickitat jim on June 12, 2015, 07:45:53 pm
Yup, if your going to sheridan then west thats the road. You'll be fine and its beautiful. If you see a sign saying 10% 10 miles, take it seriously.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: HoosierBrew on June 12, 2015, 07:55:39 pm
Sounds like an awesome trip, Frank!
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on June 12, 2015, 08:04:31 pm
Thanks Jon. Boy its awfully quiet on here this week. Whats going on?  ;) Maybe I can catch up on what I have missed here recently, I have 5 pages of unread posts, just been out in the field at work the last 2 weeks and have not had much screen time. Baltimore is realistically withing driving distance, so I have already told SWMBO that I want to make that one of our summer trips next year.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: BrewingRover on June 12, 2015, 08:07:58 pm
I'd stop in Salt Lake City over Nephi. SLC  to the North Rim is doable in a day and you'll have a lot more choices that way. Nephi is a pretty small town without much going on. Don't be afraid of the 4% abv limit on grocery store beer in Utah. Those guys are making some pretty good stuff under those rules.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on June 12, 2015, 08:19:54 pm
Good to know, I think she was trying to keep all driving days doable. We are scheduled to pass through and see some sight in SLC, but I dont have the time frames in front of me, got them now. Looks like we are trying to catch SLC and Park City(one kid is a big ski nut and wants to see where the big boys ride the rails) on the route to Nephi. Also, everything is on a budget, we were able to find a cheap site in Nephi, while other spots were booked or spendy. I dont know all the details, but I know I have scheduled a camp site in Nephi, canceled it, losing my full night deposit, and rebooked again. Dont want to change again. And I have to remember that I was not a big help in original planning stages. Its not all about me and beer: I have been reminded. Oops, I will more actively participate in next year's travel plans
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: hangdog10 on June 12, 2015, 09:50:35 pm
Utah is state run liquor stores, but 4% beer in most stores. Check out Epic Brewing, Squatters, Wasatch, Shades of Pale, and Park City Brewing. Also, on the way to the Grand Canyon, stop by Zion NP. You will not be disappointed. Have a safe trip.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: jeffy on June 13, 2015, 12:58:25 am
We are all busy at NHC with no time to post.  Heck, even Denny hasn't posted much.
I second Jim's suggestion on Glacier.  That's a very nice drive over the pass.  We stayed at Many Glacier Lodge last Fall and had a great time.  Beautiful park.
We also liked Grand Teton Park a little better than Yellowstone, but they both have their fine points.
If you can fit a day or two into Zion before the Grand Canyon won't regret it.  It is awesome.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: galapagos jim on June 14, 2015, 12:16:01 am
Vegas:
Banger Brewing on Fremont Street.
Hop Nuts Brewing in the Art District (south of Fremont).
Big Dog's Brewing in NW LV, if you get off of the strip.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on June 14, 2015, 07:34:55 am
Thanks galapagos
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: BrewingRover on June 14, 2015, 10:13:37 am
This is kind of pricy in Park City, but it's a fun way to experience the mountain
http://www.parkcitymountain.com/site/summer/activities/alpine-slide

You can also look forward to a 6-8% grade on I-80 between Park City and Salt Lake City.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: hopfenundmalz on June 14, 2015, 10:57:27 am
Zion is a favorite, consider a short visit to the Kolob Canyons section to the north, very pretty too. North rim has a different look and vibe vs South rim of the GC NP.

The drive out of Zion to the GC, take UT9 to Carmel Junction, 89 down to Kanab and Fredonia, then take the road to Jacobs Lake and the Park entrance. Red Rock country at some of its finest.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: jeffy on June 14, 2015, 01:00:17 pm
Zion is a favorite, consider a short visit to the Kolob Canyons section to the north, very pretty too. North rim has a different look and vibe vs South rim of the GC NP.

The drive out of Zion to the GC, take UT9 to Carmel Junction, 89 down to Kanab and Fredonia, then take the road to Jacobs Lake and the Park entrance. Red Rock country at some of its finest.
Yes, that road from the east exit of Zion, through the tunnel built in the 30's or so and among the rocks that look like they were melted into place is a great drive.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on July 08, 2015, 05:30:23 pm
All of the sights were wonderful. Thanks for all the tips. We did wind up taking the 16 rather than the 14 and skipped Sheridan. Thus took us through a ron of construction traffic through the Big Horns so I don't think we gained anything.
     My first time driving an RV, we would up with a shorty 22 footer after trading away the 31' they had assigned to us. The switch was based on prebooking campsites for a 25' RV. After driving the 22' through all the twisty, winding hills all over S. Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona,  and so on, I'm quite glad we switched. For a rookie, there were quite a few pissed off drivers behind my slow a@$ through a lot of ot, but we made it unscathed and saw some wonderful sights.
     Cody Wyoming was a blast, we all agreed we would skip Deadwood if w went again, Mt Rushmore, the Black Hills  and the Badlands were all great. Yellowstone was packed as I'm sure it always is. We saw a ton of Bison and Elk but we're all disappointed that we saw no moose, and no adult bears. The Teton were beautiful and the view from atop Signal Mountain was incredible,  if a little tough to get to.  We checked out Bryce  Canyon which was also incredible, bring on the HooDoos. We took a drive through Zion, but missed the shuttle parking lot and then we were out of the park: poor signage did not help, but what we saw was gorgeous.
     Our last night in the RV was a lake view/front spot on Lake Mead. The view was incredible but it is July, so it was hotter than any of us would have liked. We woke up and went to the Hoover Dam. We first checked out the Pat Tillman/ Mike O'Callahan (?) Memorial bridge across the river. We walked across the Colorado river! From the Memorial bridge, we decided we had a great view of the Dam, the damn traffic,  and the damn tourists, and decided to pack it in and not fight the crowd and headed off the Vegas!
     Our trip was through Apollo and Star RV rentals. They replace their entire fleet with new vehicles every year and always need new vehicles relocated from place to place. We paid $1 per day for the RV for 2500 miles and 12 nights.  Generator use, liability insurance, gasoline, and all matter of assorted fees were extra,  ut I think in all, we spent less than $1500 for the RV itself, and another $1000 for gas
Over the 2824 miles we drove in it. All in all, it was a 700 mile drive to pick up the RV in Forest City, Iowa then 2824 miles I  the rv, totalling over 3500 miles driven in 15 days, can anyone drive me to work tomorrow?
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: klickitat jim on July 08, 2015, 05:37:30 pm
Glad you enjoyed it. Sounds like a heck of a journey
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Post by: HoosierBrew on July 08, 2015, 05:41:04 pm
Sounds like a great trip, Frank !
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on July 08, 2015, 05:47:08 pm
It was one helluva trip, with 3 kids (12,14, &17) getting on each others nerves for 2 weeks straight. We all survived even though the oldest 2 started exchanging punches in our Vegas Hotel room (brothers will be brothers I guess, but 17 on 14 is more than a little unfair and I had to step in and stop it). We are already planning next year's trip and plan o  leaving the then 18 year old behind
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on July 08, 2015, 05:47:59 pm
The plan for next year is the same pickup but going further north and west through Oregon and Washington with a final drop off point of San Francisco
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Post by: HoosierBrew on July 08, 2015, 05:49:26 pm
It was one helluva trip, with 3 kids (12,14, &17) getting on each others nerves for 2 weeks straight. We all survived even though the oldest 2 started exchanging punches in our Vegas Hotel room (brothers will be brothers I guess, but 17 on 14 is more than a little unfair and I had to step in and stop it). We are already planning next year's trip and plan o  leaving the then 18 year old behind

Chevy Chase would be proud !  Sounds like a handful. I'm a Dad, so I can relate  :D
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on July 08, 2015, 06:08:59 pm
Thanks Jon, a little tough to maneuver since they are not my children and the 17 year old pretty much resents my presence in his life and his mother's. He was on the phone with his father and soon as I separated them. I remember how great it was to be 17 and know everything
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Post by: klickitat jim on July 08, 2015, 10:48:31 pm
Flash backs! I had words with my teenaged stepson one time. Explained that I had no expectation of becoming the new dad, or even be a parent to him. Then explained that if he ever made my wife cry again he would find out what happens when I loose my cool. It never happened again.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: 69franx on July 09, 2015, 05:04:20 am
Exactly Jim. I have told him almost exactly the same thing: do what you will but disrespect your mother and I will jump in and you will only have yourself to blame
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: ChicagoBeerBelly on July 16, 2015, 03:30:01 pm
Peoria has a brewery called Peoria brewing company.  Check them out. 
http://peoriabrewingcompany.com
I've been there once with my brother and wasn't too impressed with their beers but it's nice to see some breweries opening up in central IL that I can go to whenever I visit my brother in Peoria.
Title: Re: RV Trip 2015
Post by: mharding73 on July 17, 2015, 07:46:11 pm
This place brews some good stuff.  They're moving at the moment but worth checking out when they open the new location. 
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Post by: mharding73 on July 17, 2015, 07:46:20 pm
http://www.rhodells.com