I'm a teacher with the Summer off and a 36' 1998 Bounder, with a tag axle (51,000 miles) towing an HHR toad (and a 10 year old golden retriever). I've been RVing for the past 10 years (every summer) and have never been west of the Mississippi River.
I'm thinking of a trip west on I-10 and finding a few passport america parks in New Mexico and Arizona from which to call home bases while I tour the states in the HHR. I want to see the painted desert, petrified forest, carlsbad caverns, and, of course, the grand canyon and Hoover dam.
Here are my "worries": Am I crazy to go to these places in the Summer? I live in Florida and don't like the summer heat here but I think it is becuase I hate the humidity.
Also, having a GAS (Banks Power Pack Ford 460) motorhome, will I encounter steep grades on I-10 in west Texas, New Mexico and Arizona? I'm scared to go too far off of interstates with the motorhome because it is so big and I always worry about getting "stuck" in a situation and not being able to back up (since the toad is attached.) I'm alone so I have no one to go back and drive the car out of the way. Anyway, are there routes off of I-10 that I should stay away from and do any of you have any passport america campgrounds that you would recommend in New Mexico and Arizona?
Thank you so much.