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Delaware to Quartsite Az. next January 2016


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I'm planning a 1 month trip to Quartsite Az from Delaware this January, Single RV'er with a 35 5er and a ford f250 7.3 diesel. Want to stay loose and not rigid planner but collecting ideas. Dont want to stay in pay campgrounds any more than required but don't want to be chased out of places either. I figure the trip will be 7,000 miles including side trips and tours. Like to stay a couple of days in most places along the way. Any body have some must see and do, campgrounds, tours, and most important places to avoid and no money wasters. Also any others that would like to ban together for such a trip for all or segments.

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Now this is going to be a trip that could take many months or even years. It would help some to narrow the field if we had some feel for the length of time you plan to spend in travels, how far out of the direct route you will consider going and even whether or not you have ever traveled this direction. There are so many great things to see and things to experience that you could spend years on this trip.

 

Just getting there and back will take about 5000 miles so you are giving us some 2000 miles to occupy. In between are historic sites such as the Vicksburg Battlefield and spectacular museums like the National Air Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. There are also areas with many attractions such you could find by visiting Nashville with it's many different things to see and do. You can pretty easily route to visit the Grand Canyon and/or travel the Natchez Trace or route through Colorado and visit Mesa Verde NP.

 

Is this one month from Delaware and back to Delaware, or go out and stay a month then return? It will be a lot of travel if you do everything in a 30 day period.

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...I'm planning a 1 month trip to Quartsite Az from Delaware this January...

What kind of weather are you willing to tolerate and prepared to travel in? Is your return trip at the end of January? In January anything North of the I-10 corridor or I-20 corridor may have cold and bad driving conditions. The Eastern portion of I-20 has the best chance of bad weather of the two. There are few campgrounds that are open all year North of Norfolk/Virginia Beach on the coastal route or North of Fredicksburg, VA on I-95. On the more Northern routes like I-70, I-68, and I-64; many of the campgrounds are closed from mid-November to April even in the more Eastern states like Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. I-40 can have bad travel weather through the Eastern Mountains, New Mexico and the higher elevations in Arizona like Flagstaff. From Wilmington, DE; I-95 to I-10 to Quartzsite, AZ is about 3000 miles one way.

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If I were roughing in that trip right now I would plan on getting as far south as fast as possible before even thinking of turning west. As January of '16 approaches you may luck out and have some good weather to cut cross country somewhat but I sure wouldn't make plans on it.

 

With lots of time to do the planning I would sure put together several packages and then pick the one most possible as you get ready to pull out.

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That's a lot of driving for 30 days. If you figure 300 miles a day it would take you 8 days each way. That leaves you 14 days to sight see. In Quartzsite you might want to spend a week minimum so that will only leave you about 7 days during your entire two way trip that you can do other sight seeing. If you can, you might consider adding more time to the schedule to make the trip a bit more relaxing.

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Take the above posts seriously. We were in Galveston, TX for Christmas this winter....we decided to leave ( crappy weather) and head back to the warm desert. Got stuck in Fort Stockton for 5 days in an ice storm. This was on the I-10. Your 1 month trip to Quartzsite and back ...if it were me it would be a furious drive to get to AZ as soon as possible and then you could relax a bit. You WILL be hitting cold weather in Texas and New Mexico and possibly messy roads.

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Well, much good advice given here, I have found when planning an ambitious trip like this, it is easy to underestimate the possible delays you may encounter "on the road" at that time of year in any lattitude weather can be a huge factor. Not even mentioning the possibility of a break down. You want to allow ample time for travel and rest coming and going. Otherwise, it becomes a stress filled mad dash to get there and home again,arriving exhausted, and needing a vacation! Been there, did that!!

 

Carl

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My only advise would be to head directly south and take I-10 across to Arizona. If you're just stopping for a night, truck stops, WalMarts and other large chains such as Lowe's, Home Depot parking lots would save you some money. Every so often you'll want a RV park, or some kind of public park - city, county, state to regroup, get some groceries, take a long shower, take on water and dump the tanks. If you're traveling the interstate there are plenty of RV parks to stop without making reservations. Especially for Texas, stop at their stateline Welcome Center and pick up their wonderful brochure of public parks.

 

Once you get to Quartzsite BLM camp areas you might also want to check out other BLM camping around nearby Yuma for a nice change and some Colorado River stays.

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South into GA, west through LA. Look at the weather and then decide whether to dip down even farther south in TX; the ice storms in TX can really ruin your day.

 

I was chased from west to east across the USA in my pickup truck and camper one January as they were closing I-70 behind me. I didn't stop from western CO to Pennsylvania for more than an hour or two before having to pickup back up and keep going. The only tourist spot I got to see was Bob Doles house (with a lot of snow) in KS.

 

Go south young man. And stay south. :D

 

WDR

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Hi, you have been given good advice from a lot of experienced people, that is a lot of miles to cover in such a short period. I hope you realize that you are not going to see much of anything, concentration on the driving will keep you occupied and the rest of the time your going to be resting. In any case you can do the trip, just be careful and pay attention. Driving through some of those watershed areas, depending on you choice of routing can be very taxing. Gods speed and enjoy what you can.
BobQ

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