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Loose, Flexible caravan to Grand Tetons, Yosemite, Glacier & areas


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We are contemplating a summer-long trip for 2017 that would visit many/most of the National Parks & Monuments in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and possibly western Dakotas. We thought it would be fun to have a few like-minded couples traveling together in a VERY loose caravan, where we might stay a few nights in the same place then wander off for independent exploration but from time to time get back together. We are not caravan planners or a caravan company, just RVers that would like to share the experience with other travelers. We enjoy boondocking, state parks, and more natural campgrounds, but can be flexible.

Anyone interested in such an adventure?

 

Anyone have experience in coordinating such a trip & want to share advice?

 

We are just in the beginning phases of thinking about this, so all comments are welcome.

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Just our opinion but meeting a group at one park would be very doable. However, traveling park to park with a group would be very confining especially if you haven't been to those areas before. Being on a schedule from point A to B would not be relaxing for us. It would be exhausting. But maybe you'll get some takers.

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Just our opinion but meeting a group at one park would be very doable. However, traveling park to park with a group would be very confining especially if you haven't been to those areas before. Being on a schedule from point A to B would not be relaxing for us. It would be exhausting. But maybe you'll get some takers.

 

Thanks for your comments, that's why we were suggesting something very loose & flexible. We would anticipate that everyone would go off on their own adventures, but from time to time we might meet up again at a place down the road (or not, if that was the preference).

 

We have never done anything like this before, and would be open to any ideas people may have for how to keep things as flexible as possible and still have some shared time and shared experiences. All insights are welcome...

 

Maybe we could set an interesting destination to meet next week (or in 2 or 3 weeks)? Phone & email could keep the "group" in touch to visit some interesting point or spot? We're open to ideas.

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I wouldn't consider a "mini-caravan" with anyone I did not know. Too many different travel styles & habits that may not be compatible. Early vs late riser, laid back vs in a hurry, separate vs joint meals, fuel & potty stops etc..

We did a 3-rig caravan to Alaska with 2 other couples (good RV friends) and it was a wonderful experience. No problems of any type.

 

Ron

 

On second thought, we did have a problem several times - it was traveling less than 100 miles pn some days just to stop & enjoy beautiful scenery (& a happy hour ot two)!

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i might suggest several things.

 

  1. Create a Google plus or Facebook group to concentrate your conversations and planning for this adventure.
    1. You can build calendars,
    2. post links
    3. Post pictures of prospective locations
    4. Make and save google maps of various excursions and share all the update materials all in one place so everyone always has the current version whenever they open the topic.
  2. Plan on fuel prices being low so more people RVing next summer and likely advanced reservations will be necessary for popular places where multiple folks want to get together.
  3. Instead of thinking of it as a caravan, maybe working it out as a set of individual mini-rallys strung together as a network across the major venue areas of the Rocky mountain range.

Just some thoughts that might help make it less structured and easier to work out without locking everyone into exact dates and venues.

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