We are finally home after our partially successful trip to Hardin Missouri. I say partially because we didn’t make it to Hardin. I say successful because it was a fun memorable trip. Not only did I get to cross some items off my bucket list and see some sites we never would have seen had we gone to Hardin, but we learned some things about our RV’ing style.
What I learned
- We like RV parks
Although I had planned to stay in some state parks along the way, and boondock at some Harvest Hosts, we really enjoyed the social aspects and easy of life at the RV parks. You have unlimited electricity, water, and sewer. It made life just that much easier and less “camp-like”.
- We need a bigger trailer
Duh. If we’re going to do this full time, we will need a bigger trailer to live in. We saw the exact unit we wanted camped right across the street from us at Distant Drums RV Resort. When I talked to the gentleman who owned it the next morning I asked him what he did NOT like about the unit. He said he wished he had bought the higher end unit rather than the middle of the line unit he had. Good to know.
- It’s all uphill
I say this only slightly tongue in cheek; no matter which direction you drive in Arizona and New Mexico, it will be uphill. If it’s not uphill it will be against the wind.
- Never enough horsepower
See the previous bullet point. As a result, no matter what size trailer you get, make sure you get the maximum amount of horsepower you can to tow it. You can’t have too much. Especially with AZ an NM’s 75 MPH speed limit. For ALL vehicles. They don’t limit the speed of commercial trucks like they do in California.
- Never too many plans
I had a plan A, B, and C. And when plan C fell through I came up with a plan D. Always be flexible in your travels. You never know what the weather is going to do.
- Reservations never hurt
One thing I didn’t take into account was the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. As a result for a month or more leading up to and a month after all RV resorts in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area had special “Fiesta Rates”. In some case almost 50% higher than their normal rates. And most parks did not have space.
- Keep travel days short
I found that when I planned for 4 hour travel days, they usually became over 5 hour travel days. That’s. Too. Long. In the future I’m only going to plan for three hours of travel. Any more than that and it’s too fatiguing. Plus you have time to do life once you arrive at your destination; laundry, email, bills, etc.
- Travel less, stay longer
Our next trip will be a short drive, and then a week’s stay. Moving every couple of days is very tiring.
- Keep track of time
The days began to blur together. We’re going to put a calendar in the trailer and mark off the days so we know what day it is and when we need to be where. It was easy to forget.
That’s about it. The last thing we found out is that we could very easily adapt to this lifestyle. Cristy was somewhat worried to begin with but after about a week and a half she really began to enjoy herself. If we could stay at our destinations longer she would absolutely love it. I’m counting on that.
Oh, and we finally came up with a name for our trailer:
Little House on the Highway