I've lurked here over the past couple of weeks... great site. :-)
My wife and I bought a new 27 ft travel trailer and plan to tow it from Chicago to Seattle starting the July 4th weekend and being back in Chicago in 2 weeks. We have 2 kids (boys - ages 8 and 6) and would like to see a few things along the way to make this a memorable trip. My wife's family live in Seattle, so we'd like to spend 4 or 5 days there, so the kids can see grandma and grandpa and we have time to visit extended family.
Okay, so we didn't know for sure if both of us could get the time off from work at the same time, but we managed to pull it off. But from what co-workers are telling me, we should have had this trip planned out months ago and everything will be booked up as far as campsites go. Unfortunately, we couldn't plan that far in advance because we weren't sure about getting the time off until a few days ago.
So our plan is to take I-90 going to Seattle and I-80 coming back.
We both agree that we'd like to see Devil's Tower on the way there and Yellowstone on the way back. Other than that. we have no concrete plans on what we're doing and where we can camp with the trailer along the way. From what I've read here, 500 to 550 miles a day is a decent pace, and that should put us in Seattle in 4 to 5 days.
I really have no idea about time management as far as travel goes, because my previous long trips to the east coast from Chicago were done alone and I drove them straight thru... about 900 miles each way at an average of 17 hours with gas, food and potty stops.
This time around I have four sets of kidneys (and stomachs) to worry about. I'll also have to deal with a lot of "Are we there yet?" along the way, too. I plan on having a video system for the kids and they have handheld video games to keep them occupied. My little guy is a sleeper whenever we're on the road for awhile.
Okay, so there's a brief description of what I've got going on. Oh BTW, this is my first TT, as I've previously only camped in my two prior pop-up campers for the past 5 years.
Now, if you're still with me after all this, I'm kinda looking for some advice on some "must sees" along the way, as well as how to plan on finding camp sites along each route (there and back). I'd prefer not to spend my nights camping in a WalMart parking lot along the way.
How do I go about this??
What's the best way to manage my time and set a goal for specific campsite destinations?
Can I just "wing it" at some points???
Is my tentative plan of 10 travelling days and 4 or 5 visiting days (in Seattle) feasible?
Y'all seem like a friendly and helpful bunch of folks here, I'd appreciate any advice and/or pointers you can lend me.
Thanx in advance!!!