El Monte RV Rental, Chateau Sport, Class C RV,
Canyondlands National Park, Utah, September 25, 2011
Often, when traveling out west, we see quite a number of rental RVs, mostly Class C motorhomes. Our first RV vacation was in very small travel trailer in the mid 1980s. We liked it so much that we bought a used travel trailer the next year that was the same model we rented – it might have even been the exact same trailer since we bought it from the same place we rented from.
The RV in the picture above is from El Monte RV, which has a large number of rental locations, mostly in the west.
Bigfoot Travel Trailer and Wildcat Fifthwheel on E. Elkhorn Ave in Estes Park, Colorado, September 4, 2009
This was the Friday before the long Labor Day weekend with campers still headed into the mountains. We had made reservations at Moraine Park Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park well in advance, had been camped there since Monday, August 31 and left on Labor Day, September 7, headed for Ouray, Colorado.
T@B Teardrop camper on display during Toad Suck Daze, Conway, Arkansas, May 5, 2007
The Toad Suck Daze festival attracts an estimated 160,000 visitors each year. Notable attractions at the event include music, arts and crafts, a variety of food, carnival rides, and toad races. For these races, visitors enter toads that they have brought from home or that were bred in the community for this purpose. The festival raises money to give educational scholarships to Faulkner County citizens. Over the past 28 years, the Toad Suck Daze committee has given over US$1 million in scholarships and toward scholarship endowments. (Wikipedia)
Winnebago View, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, October 4, 2011
We spotted this cute little Class C motorhome on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, in the parking lot for the trail out to Angel’s Window. It’s Winnebago View, built on a Dodge Sprinter chassis, like our Itaska Navion IQ, with a Mercedes Benz diesel engine. The car parked behind it is our Honda CRV, which we tow behind our Navion.
Teardrop Camper at “Overflow camping” area for
Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, October 1, 2011
Our plans after leaving Moab, Utah on our 2011 trip were to head further south in Utah and check out Natural Bridges National Monument. We didn’t try to make reservations, figuring we probably wouldn’t need them.
It turned out that we weren’t able to camp at Natural Bridges, not only because all of the sites were full, but also because our little motorhome and the CRV we tow would take up too much space – the campsites at Natural Bridges are very small. However, the ranger at the desk was able to direct us to a piece of BLM land up the road just a few miles, where we would be able to set up camp.
We found a nice little spot between some junipers that we could back the motorhome into. We stayed two nights. Several other campers were there. The small car with the teardrop camper pulled in the second afternoon and were getting ready to leave the next day, as were we.
At Natural Bridges, we took what ended up being one our favorite hikes of the trip – the Trail to Sipapu Natural Bridge.