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AZ to TN Spring of 2008 13 years 4 months ago #2865

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Because this forum does not have a tab for subjects such as this I’m going to try and get away with it here.

Soon - 31 March 2008 - we will leave our winter campground here in Yuma, AZ and start our journey to Nashville, TN where we will attend the annual reunion for the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) at the Grand Ole Opry Hotel. We are going to stay at all kind of RV parks along the way, some at various casinos and others at military bases. We will stay a little longer than normal at each stop to extend the cost of fuel into the next month's expanses. We have already started our extensive research of the areas we plan on visiting and I’ve found a very useful web site for Indian Casinos and the availability to park at them. The page is listed below. If you intend to follow along with us on this journey you should check this first entry often for updates. Once we start the reviews a new reply will be made for each one.

www.casinocamper.com/States.htm

We made reservations for our first two stops. We will depart Yuma, AZ on 31 March and proceed to Camp Verde, AZ where we will stay four nights at Rancho Verde RV Park. While there we will take a four hour train tour of the Verde Canyon - upgraded to 1st class - tour the Sedona area and get in a round of golf. All references listed below.

www.sedona.net/
www.railsnw.com/tours/verde/verde.htm
www.beavercreekgolf.net/

Then it’s on to Williams, AZ where we have booked an RV Getaway package that includes a 3 day 2 night stay at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park at Williams, AZ and a round trip train ride to the South Rim Village where we will have a three and a half hour layover which will give us enough time for a tour bus rim ride.

www.thetrain.com/rvpark/

When we leave here we will be on our own as our traveling companions will be going west to NAS, Lemoore, CA where they have a two month reservation to visit with family they have in the area. We will go to Grants, NM and spend two nights for some R&R.

We will post fuel prices as we use it and numerous reviews including pictures and road conditions. If this posting is popular with this forum’s readers may be Larry will include a tab for it so other travelers can share their experiences and above all give everyone some good reviews to help them with their travels.

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Re: AZ to TN Spring of 2008 13 years 4 months ago #2869

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When we are on the road we do basically the same thing except we do it on Blogger.com. Then any of our friends or family can keep up with our travels. Unfortunately, we've been home bound here in Oklahoma City area since October while my wife cares for her mother who is going through chemo treatments. Looks like we won't be back on the road until May 31.

I still try to keep up the blog at: oldchief1.blogspot.com
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... We have already started our extensive research of the areas we plan on visiting and I’ve found a very useful web site for Indian Casinos and the availability to park at them. The page is listed below. If you intend to follow along with us on this journey you should check this first entry often for updates. Once we start the reviews a new reply will be made for each one.

www.casinocamper.com/States.htm


Mac, who operates casinocamper.com is a member here. He's retired USAF (if I remember correctly). I've watched his site grow from the beginning and it's full of good info.
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Re: AZ to TN Spring of 2008 13 years 4 months ago #2892

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Less than 40 hours to departure. Made our last trip to the flea market and the MCAS commissary today. Topped the fuel tank off on our way home - diesel $3.71 a gallon. Truck ready for the long trip with all new tires, oil change and new air, oil and fuel filters. Will take the tripod jacks out from under the trailer axles in the morning and air all the tires. Nice to be near Mexico, Got the truck and trailer washed and hand waxed yesterday for a whopping $165.00 including tip. Watch for new updates as they happen.

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Re: AZ to TN Spring of 2008 13 years 4 months ago #2893

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OOOhhhhhhhhhh, you're making me jealous. Wanted to leave for an extended trip next month, but "stuff" is holding me up until end of summer. Wish we were leaving now too ... can't wait, can't wait !!!!! Have a good trip ...

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Re: AZ to TN Spring of 2008 13 years 3 months ago #2963

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Very uneventful trip from Yuma to Camp Verde. Our trucks got a good workout going up and down those 5-7* grades on I17. In fact I over heated my brakes a little on the last 7 mile drop into Camp Verde. Made me start thinking about an exhaust brake again. It was 271 miles site to site and our reservations here honored our side by side parking request.

Played golf at the Beaver Creek GC as planned. Outstanding lay-out and in super condition. The gals went shopping around and then met us at the GC for dinner.

www.beavercreekranchhouse.com/menu.htm

Lowest diesel found here was $3.99, UGH!

p.s. OK! OK! - When you finish your round of golf the first drink at the 19th hole is determined by your score. I paid 85 cents for mine and my friend Don paid 89 cents for his.

Outstanding train ride. Upgrading to 1st class was worth every penny. Every 1st class car also has a gondola car for outside viewing and picture taking.

www.everest-owners.com/photos/showphoto....6/cat/500/ppuser/277

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Re: AZ to TN Spring of 2008 13 years 3 months ago #2989

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Go to the Commercial Campgrounds tab for reviews on our first two stops at Camp Verde & Williams, AZ.

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Outstanding train ride. Upgrading to 1st class was worth every penny. Every 1st class car also has a gondola car for outside viewing and picture taking.

www.everest-owners.com/photos/showphoto....6/cat/500/ppuser/277

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Came 310 miles yesterday (4-6-08) to I40 NM exit 108 - Dancing Eagle Casino RV Park. Long level pull through with 50 amps and water for $10.00. Will post review later. Diesel fuel at Flagstaff, AZ $3.95 ---- Grants, NM $3.89 ---- Dancing Eagle Truck stop $3.85. Another 335 miles planned for today will take us to Fort Amarillo RV Resort.

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Extended our driving distance out to 335 miles today (4-7-08) so we could get here in Amarillo, TX. Super large weather front out in front of us and we are going to set right here on the edge of it and wait for it to pass. The Mississippi River is getting so full we are getting worried about being able to cross it at Memphis. We had a 20-30 mph tail wind all day today. That sure helps with the fuel economy. On roads like we were on today I can expect to get about 11 mpg at 67 mph. Today I got 12.2 mpg. Today diesel fuel in Tucumcari, NM was $3.95. It’s $3.87 here. We are at the Fort Amarillo RV Resort and will leave a review when we leave here.

www.fortrvparks.com/about.html

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Re: AZ to TN Spring of 2008 13 years 3 months ago #3067

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After leaving Amarillo, TX we did very little stopping. We averaged 335 miles a day with stops at Shawnee, OK, Hazen, AR, Lebanon, TN and Taylors, SC , Our final destination.

At Shawnee, OK we stayed at the Firelake Grand Casino on the Shawnee Indian Reservation. All sites there were paved and big long back-ins with 50 amp electrical service and water. They are not numbered and when you get there just take any available site. Then get a shuttle to the casino’s main entrance, go to the gift shop and get a permit. You can stay up to three nights free with the permit. The sites are large enough to get all your slides out and long enough to stay connected. When you leave you can get 3 cents discount on fuel at the service station.

www.casinocamper.com/OK_Fire_Lake_Grand_Casino.htm

There was lots of flooding in OK and AR along with damage caused by high winds. We were glad we stayed in Amarillo for five days to wait it out. The Mississippi River was very high and causing lots of damage where it was over it’s banks. But I40 was not hampered by it and we went the speed limit all the way. We lost the RH forward trailer tire on that awful OK I40. It was a good tire and the stem was missing so I don’t know if it blew or the stem vibrated loose. In any event the fender got destroyed when it came apart. Took us about 20 minutes to change it and get underway again. Had an unmounted spare in the truck bed and found a place at the very next exit to get it mounted for $7.50, Very nice country folks there.

At Hazen, AR we stayed at T-Ricks RV Park. It’s just an overnighter park and you check-in at T-Ricks Mini-Mart. $18 for 30 AMPs and $20 For 50 AMPs. It’s a safe place to spend the night on a FHU site big enough for any rig and reasonablely level. T-Ricks diesel was $3.89 and right in line with the rest of the state.

www.tldirectory.com/search/index.cfm?act...ils&fn=200000302

www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=2204...8408171/t_=128408171


At Lebanon, TN we stayed at Countryside Resorts. Very nice overnight sites with FHU 50 amp sites for $27.00 with a Good Sam discount. The pull thrus were a little short (60') but we maneuvered it in there without having to disconnect. $3.95 for diesel.

www.tldirectory.com/search/index.cfm?act...ils&fn=830001194

www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=2204...8408171/t_=128408171

Now here is the long kept secret. We are no longer full-timers. We have purchased a double wide trailer in a 55+ retirement community in rural Taylors, SC. You can just refer to us as part-timers from now on. We plan on cutting our travels down to two three month ventures per year with one on the summer and the other in the winter. And this was our last trip across country. As soon as we get settled in we will post some pictures of our non towable rig.

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