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dennis smith 11-10-2017 09:32 AM

134 days in our Fun Finder
Summer road trip for Dennis and Shauna Smith
June 3, to Oct 15, a total of 134 days.
Touched 12 states, camped in 9 different states in the mid-west.
19,015 miles, trailer pulled 6898 miles/ average 141 day.
33 different campgrounds, average stay 4.06 days per campground.
Camping cost $4786, $35.71 average a day. High was $70, low was $15
Gas cost $3717, $27.73 daily average, .19 cents a mile for gas, about 10 MPG
Entertainment, $2585, $19.29 daily average.
Groceries $3332, $24.86 daily average
Restaurants $1863, $13.90 daily average
Total $16283, $121.51 daily average
36 National Parks (5), Monuments (6), Memorials (6), National Lakeshore (4), Historical Parks (4), Historical sites (8), Historical trail (1), National battlefield (1), and National scenic River Way (1).
Campgrounds ranged from KOA’s to national parks to Military base campgrounds. We prefer small private campgrounds, we never park in free places. Gas, we use gas buddy and shop for gas, Entertainment, we have a senior park pass so all the parks are free, but we do something every day, boat rides, train rides, movies, plays, museum, etc. etc. We find something to see or do every day. Groceries, most from Walmart, they have what we want, easy parking if we are pulling our trailer and there everywhere. Restaurants, we eat out when we want to, we do have a budget and a waist line to watch.
We have a 21 Foot trailer, with our tandem bicycle on the back bumper of the trailer, 21,000 miles and it rides great. Our tow vehicle is a Ford F250 with the 5.7 gas motor. We also have a 18 foot Kevlar canoe on top of the truck.
A fun trip, lots of neat things to see and do in the Midwest.

Eagle 11-10-2017 09:53 AM

That is totally awesome! What an adventure so please tell us more. What states, what national parks/monument, etc.


profdant139 11-10-2017 10:38 AM

Wow!! Well done!

dennis smith 11-10-2017 03:30 PM

we started off in south Dakota, covering all the national parks etc, then north Dakota, over to Minnesota, then to Wisconsin, up to Michigan, then Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, then home. All the parks in each one. Didn't miss any of them

Marti 11-10-2017 07:34 PM

Sounds like a fun trip. What park did you like best?

dennis smith 11-10-2017 08:12 PM

House on the Rock in Wisconsin, and the Ford Museum in Detroit.

Eagle 11-11-2017 07:47 AM


Originally Posted by dennis smith (Post 21728)
House on the Rock in Wisconsin, and the Ford Museum in Detroit.

Yes, the Ford Museum in Detroit is awesome .. loved the huge locomotive for hauling coal, old cars including the 1962-64? Chrysler Turbine powered car, the presidential limo Kennedy was shot in and more.:D

Of the 55 turbine cars, only 9 survive .. in museums and Jay Leno has one he drives on rare occassions. The others were shipped back to Italy where they were hand made and destroyed so Chrysler didn't have to pay import taxes on them. :-(

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