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 Post subject: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:55 pm 
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Just got back from a 6,260 mile trip in 40 days.
Left Texas into Oklahoma, Eastern Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Western Colorado, New Mexico, and back into Texas heat.

We did all that in the "Lumbering Turtle" with an overall average of 9.3 MPG. We paid as little as $2.49 to as high as $3.60 for gas.

It was a new campsite almost everyday.
Here are a few of the over 600 pictures my lovely assistant took.

Enjoy!
Zulu


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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:32 pm 
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Looks like an awesome trip! Nice pics, thanks for sharing. As a fisherman I couldn't help but notice your "assistant" seemed to be holding all the bigger fish. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:04 pm 
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Looks like you had a nice vacation. Great photos.

Thanks for sharing Zulu.

Say just curious is that a 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck yer hauling that camper with?


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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:17 am 
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Helluva trip!

Thanks for sharing. Our RV days are done but we have some fond memories of traveling up and down the left coast.

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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:14 am 
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reelinron,
It does seem like while I pretty consistently beat her in numbers, she somehow manages to pull in the big fish.
That's okay. I married a girl who loves to fish!

RonTeti,
The truck is a Chevy 2500, 4X4, long bed, crew cab.
I added a rear HellWig Bigwig anti-sway bar that really helps.
The camper weighs about 2300 lbs. dry and about 3300 lbs. loaded.
That makes me about 11,000 lbs. Add the trailer at about 2000 lbs. and I'm 13,000 lbs.
At 45' long with the trailer, I'm a "lumbering turtle" on the highway.

The truck handles the weight of the camper okay but in the grand scheme of truck campers, mine is pretty light. There are some out there that weigh more than 5000 lbs.
They certainly require a 1 ton dually with suspension modifications.

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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:38 pm 
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Thanks Zulu. Now that Ive been retired for close to a year, I'm wanting to get out and about a bit much like you did. I got a 1500 4x4 dodge. Ive been thinking about upgrading to a 3/4 ton. I think a 2500 should do me. As both my neighbors tell me their 3/4 is all that they need.


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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
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I recognized some of the Utah and the Dakotas of course but didn't see any that I recognize of NM . :-) And I've seen a LOT of it. :-)
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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:13 pm 
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Great Pics, Zulu! You definitely had some FUN!
We just got back from a 7,300 mile trip.... left San Diego 07/05 took the southern route...mostly Hwy 66 through Ar (Petrified Forest) , NM, Ok(Will Rogers museum), Missouri, Il, Ind, Ohio, Penn, NY, Ma, NH and stayed in Main 5 days...Lie Nielsen Open-house/Lobster bake....It was great to meet all the Woodworkers I've know but not seen for so many years. Then we took the northern route home..back through NY, Penn, Ohio, Ind, then Chicago, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado (stayed in Vail a few days), Utah ( toured Zion...fantastic), Las Vegas then Arizona and home...on the 28th. We camped in Main a couple nights....wonderful weather! but stayed in various hotels/motels along the way. My gal took 7,000 plus pics....we're still sorting them out! I would post pics but haven't figured it out yet!

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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
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[quote="Don2Laughs"]Great Pics, Zulu! You definitely had some FUN!
We just got back from a 7,300 mile trip.... left San Diego 07/05 took the southern route...mostly Hwy 66 through Ar (Petrified Forest) , NM, Ok(Will Rogers museum), Missouri, Il, Ind, Ohio, Penn, NY, Ma, NH and stayed in Main 5 days...Lie Nielsen Open-house/Lobster bake....It was great to meet all the Woodworkers I've know but not seen for so many years. Then we took the northern route home..back through NY, Penn, Ohio, Ind, then Chicago, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado (stayed in Vail a few days), Utah ( toured Zion...fantastic), Las Vegas then Arizona and home...on the 28th. We camped in Main a couple nights....wonderful weather! but stayed in various hotels/motels along the way. My gal took 7,000 plus pics....we're still sorting them out! I would post pics but haven't figured it out yet!

Thanks for sharing[/quote

You did 7300 miles in 23 days? :shock: :shock: :shock:
You looked at the wind shield a lot!!
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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
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You're right, Zulu....I did watch a lot of windshield. We arrived in Main on the 11th, stayed 5 days and headed back.... really was a pleasant drive. Chrysler Town & Country covered a lot of super slab 80 mph (majority of the trip) on cruise control....and we stopped everyday to enjoy whatever interested us. We're already planning the next adventure...Yellowstone & Glacier!
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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
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Yellowstone is on our list soon Don.........after the wife retires in June. We were at Glacier 2 years ago and loved it!

Just got back from Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday...........awesome!

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