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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2016, 01:04:07 PM »
awesome TR!
Ruby's Inn RV Park & Campground is HUGE! i hear its family owned and they run basically that whole town.
 heard of angels landing hike?
its awesome although i recommend doing it early morning as it gets REALLY hot
i got delayed last time i did it (2 weeks ago) and it was 104 degrees!! barely any shade along the hike.
 that slot canyon hike looks amazing will have to check it out  thanks for the great pics!

Unfortunately angels landing was not something I was able to do being with the family and all.
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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #31 on: August 04, 2016, 01:04:38 PM »
There are several tour companies you can go with but I hardly think 30-40 pp for each canyon plus the Navajo entry fee of what I think was 8.00 is very expensive. I was kind of miffed that they charged for my two year old though.
240 does sound a bit expensive but that could just be me
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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #32 on: August 04, 2016, 01:18:46 PM »
There are several tour companies you can go with but I hardly think 30-40 pp for each canyon plus the Navajo entry fee of what I think was 8.00 is very expensive. I was kind of miffed that they charged for my two year old though.
Of course, expensive is all relative.
The main point is that it's not a National Park where you pay just a small entrance fee (or use your pass) and that's it.

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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #33 on: August 04, 2016, 01:19:42 PM »
Great report! Awesome pics!
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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #34 on: August 04, 2016, 01:33:44 PM »
how much was that RV ? was it over 2K ?
do they charge extra for mileage ?

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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #35 on: August 04, 2016, 01:58:24 PM »
how much was that RV ? was it over 2K ?
do they charge extra for mileage ?

The total cost was about 2700 including all insurance and prepay for 1k miles. The rental only includes 50 miles per day. You can buy miles at the back end but it is cheaper to prepay for the block of miles that you expect to use.
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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #36 on: August 04, 2016, 03:02:24 PM »
Apparently there's a DDFer there right now. (The canyon with all the smooth red stone you walk through.)

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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #37 on: August 04, 2016, 09:14:55 PM »
Nice TR amazing picture .

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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #38 on: August 04, 2016, 11:50:37 PM »
Just be aware that Antelope Canyon is very expensive. It's on Native American land and they charge a fortune. IIRC you can only go with a guided tour.

We were there yesterday. It was $20 pp for the tour and $8 pp to get on to the Indian land. Well worth it!

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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #39 on: August 05, 2016, 12:00:09 AM »
We were there yesterday. It was $20 pp for the tour and $8 pp to get on to the Indian land. Well worth it!

Nice.  Are you in an RV as well or staying in hotels?
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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #40 on: August 05, 2016, 12:06:12 AM »
Nice.  Are you in an RV as well or staying in hotels?

Hotels. Just checked in for the night in Beaver, UT.

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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #41 on: August 05, 2016, 07:05:32 AM »
While it looks like an exhausting trip it sure does look like a hell of a lot of fun!
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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #42 on: August 07, 2016, 01:38:24 AM »
There is also the weather to take into consideration with antelope canyon. When I went I booked a few months in advance, the day I was supposed to go had crazy thunderstorms. They called me to tell me all tours are cancelled for the day. The next open spot was in 2 weeks!

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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #43 on: August 10, 2016, 02:53:55 PM »
Thinking of doing a motorhome trip from AZ to UT next week.
Had some questions beforehand though, which I hope some of you RV pros can answer.

1) I don't have much experience driving vans, let alone trucks (other than a uhaul for a day).
How easy do you find the driving?
I recall years back when I went to the Grand Canyon for example, there are a lot of very steep very narrow very windy roads on which it seems that you're on the edge of a cliff etc.
Do you feel comfortable/safe driving on such roads -of which there are many in national parks- with an RV?
When you go down unpaved or bumpy roads, do you feel like the whole vehicle is about to fall apart and all your luggage falls out of the closets and from the bed on top of the driver (whatever that's called)? (I've been in RV's before, but haven't driven)

2) How mobile can you be? Can you access all roads with the RV? Aren't there roads with restricted access?

3) How's the gas?

4) How do you feel safe and secure sleeping inside?
There's some strange fear inside of me that it's easy for trouble-makers to break in while you during the night; a fear I don't feel as much in hotels.
Please explain to me how/why you feel safe and thereby extricate my silly fears.
Which leads me to my next question..

5) How do these camping sites work? Is there anywhere safe to park (without the above fears) besides camping sites?
Is there security on camping sites? Or are they simply always safe?
If I'm in the desert (e.g. near GC), it anyways cools down at night, so I wouldn't need the generator for AC.
But if I'm somewhere hot, what's cheaper, using the RV generator at $3.50/hr or camping sites where you plug in?
Is it really impossible to get into a camping site last minute?

6) RV tech: How does the fresh water system work? You fill up or the rental company fills up?
How long does it last?
I understand that it's the responsibility of the renter to empty the 'holding tank' before returning the rental. Please excuse my ignorance with all these issues but is this a simple easy procedure? Or do I have to 'get my hands dirty'? ;)

7) Any other tips or important issues to be aware of before renting an RV?

I'd greatly appreciate any input from you or anyone here that's traveled to national parks with a motorhome.

TIA!!!

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Re: Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona by PBaruch (2016)
« Reply #44 on: August 10, 2016, 03:05:56 PM »
Stunning TR btw!