I would love to get all of your thoughts and advice on a road trip we are planning for the summer of 2018. We plan to depart from our home in Connecticut this summer for a cross country/National Parks road trip. We have a 2017 181B that we brought home in April of 2017 and our tow vehicle is a GMC Sierra. My family (wife, three children sons – 13,11, and daughter -8) will be living out of our trailer for 6 to 7 weeks.
We don’t want to over schedule/commit ourselves so this is where we are at as of today, February 23. Therefore, we have not made any reservations for “travel days” and all of our national park stays have been reserved mid week (arrive on Tuesday, depart on Friday)
We plan to take 5 or 6 days to get to our first National Park (Rocky Mountain) from Connecticut.
We have made reservations at the following National Parks or national forests/state parks mid week starting the first week of July and running consecutively.
Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado) – Moraine Park
Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) – Mather
Yosemite -Dimond O (California) (though we are hoping to secure a site in the park once the window opens on March 15)
Glacier National Park – Emery Bay (Montana) Campground in the Flathead National Forest
Yellowstone – Grant Campground (Wyoming)
We then plan to begin heading home along I 94 while heading up into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a few days.
Outside of getting out and getting back, we will have relatively short travel days between stays at the National Parks (save for the travel between Yosemite and Glacier).
We will have four days between each of our reservations to explore and check different things out that the West has to offer. We plan to camp somewhat serendipitously in between as we make our way to each park (Harvest Hosts, State Parks etc..).
What should we add to our trip (must see spots, locations, hidden gems). Example: We may try to fit in Zion or Bryce, or Canyonlands during our four days between Rocky Mountain and Grand Canyon.
Should we get a generator? We did almost 40 days in 2017, many of which without hookups but this was in the Northeast in the Adirondacks and White Mountains or on the coast. If so, has anyone successfully fired up the a roof mount A/C with a 2000w genie?
Any thoughts on places to see and things to do on the trip out west or the return trip home (We are somewhat flexible on which routes we choose)?
We are replacing the Cokers with Goodyear Endurance Tires as well.
What other thoughts or advice can you think of? I would love to hear your thoughts and learn from any of your experiences out west or just in traveling with a travel trailer, kids, etc.
I look forward to reading your thoughts and suggestions.