Monday, June 21, 2010

Our Rig and Route

Our RV is a 28 ft. Triple E Regency, which is built in Winkler, Manitoba on a 2000 Ford E-450 Chassis with a 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel - the best diesel motor ever made! Our TOAD is a 3500 lb. 2009 Honda CR-V, equipped with Blue Ox base plates and a 10,000 lb. rated Aventa LX tow bar.

It’s taken us much of the winter and spring to completely finalize our route for the coming two months. We did some adjustments as late as last week to accommodate a side-trip to SMI Brake near Evansville, Indiana to have their Stay-IN-Play Duo system installed on our Honda. Since the CR-V we tow is right on the weight limit of our RV, we are apprehensive about towing without brakes, particularly as we cross the Rockies twice during our trip. Since we typically take our time and leave plenty of space ahead, we're less concerned about the braking power of our rig as much as we are thinking about the potential legal/liability issues. Towing laws have gotten much more stringent in the past 10 years.

Here’s our approximate planned route:

1. Depart Toronto, crossing into the USA over the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor/Detroit
2. Evansville, Indiana to have the aforementioned brake system installed
3. From southern Indiana, we will drive direct to Keystone, South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. (with 1 overnight stop)
4. From there we travel westward down I-90 to spend several days in Cody, Wyoming
5. Next, we enter Yellowstone National Park via the East Entrance, which is said to be the most challenging in terms of the terrain. We traveled the North and South entrances last year, so I guess we'll just plan to take it slow and see...
6. After 5 nights at Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone, we depart via the West entrance and head to Craters of the Moon National Monument (near Arco, Idaho)
7. After two nights at Craters, we then spend a few days driving to Mount St. Helens (Silver Lake, Washington). We've left ourselves plenty of time for this part of the trip, so there should be no need to rush...
8. Next up is Redwood National Forest in northern California, where we will spend 5 nights boondocking.
9. We then plan to spend a week at the San Francisco KOA.
10. Yosemite National Park, California - once again without hookups.
11. Las Vegas, Nevada
12. Santa Fe, New Mexico
13. Amarillo, Texas
14. Home

There are plenty of gaps in our schedule and often we have 2 to 4 days between stops so we have plenty of time to explore and we aren't having to hurry - or have long driving days. The longest driving days will be the two days after we leave Indiana at the start of our trip. We actually have no confirmed plans after Las Vegas, but have about 2.5 weeks to get home, so we'll see where we feel like going on our way northward.


  1. Did you notice that Fishing Bridge has no electricity? I just checked their web site and that is what it says.

  2. Yes, they told us that when we booked - their electrical system has been condemned. We will have water and sewer and will be allowed to run our generator for periods of time each day, if necessary. We probably only need to run it every few days.