Hello! I'm new to the forum and am trying to plan a big trip we have coming up this summer. As I'm a "planner" I like to start early! We (my family and I) are taking a trip from Anchorage, Alaska to Omaha, Nebraska in our RV this summer. We've done the trip by car several times, but this will be the first time in our class C motorhome. We have taken short trips in our RV but never a trip this long and involved - and never really in the mountains. I have LOTS of questions and would like some input for our route I've found that fellow "roadtrippers" and truck drivers have been the most helpful. In fact, there was a truck driver who saved me a lot of headache by suggesting an alternate route from Great Falls to Bozeman one time! Let me lay out some details first:
1. We are traveling by Alaska Marine Highway from Haines, Alaska to Bellingham - therefore won't be driving the Alcan (although it would've been our 7th time driving it - 2nd time on the AMH).
2. We are traveling with pets.
3. We would like to travel the "flatest" and quickest route possible. I know mountain driving is inevitable, but would like the least amount of the big passes. We aren't really on a fast and hard schedule, but would like to get to Omaha in roughly a week to 10 days.
Ok, well, now that I have a few of the details out there - here are my questions.
1. Realistically, in a motorhome, how many driving miles a day is reasonable? I don't want to drive really more than 7 hours a day. What is the average safe speed for a motorhome in the mountains? On the highway?
2. What is the drive like from Sheridan, WY down to Cheyenne, WY? Is it extremely mountainous or more like the drive from Billings to Rapid City? I'm trying to avoid "Bike Week" in Sturgis and thought I'd try I-80 rather than I-90.
3. Any route suggestions, comments, recommendations?
4. Campground suggestions? Ones to stay away from? Reservations?
If there is anyone out there who has done extensive driving in the west/midwest and would like to share - I would really appreciate it! Thank you and happy driving!