Snake River Valley view near Burley Idaho

Burley Heyburn, Idaho

We moved from the country to a small farm town. Burley Idaho is on the Snake River to the east of Heyburn is on the north side of the river Burley is on the south side. We stayed at Heyburn Riverside RV Park. Burley is a little bigger. In my view, both are very nice, clean and well kept.  The Heyburn RV Park is part of the city park and owned by the city, right on the river and the prices were pretty low for such a nice place. The elementary school is right next door.  The picture is of the Snake River dividing Heyburn and Burley. I should have taken a picture of the grain silos, they are everywhere. As I said it is farm-country. 

Our move took us from sagebrush to farms. Cattle had the run of the land in sage-country and you could tell that spring was around the corner. Once we hit irrigation, then spring was in full bloom.

Ok back to RV Stories

We really love our RV. Honestly, we were lucky. Tami was searching Social Media for stories on which RVs were recommended and why. Tiffin always came up a reliable, which in RV terms means that they don’t fall apart as much as others. The other statements that kept popping up were that Tiffin took care of its customers.  So we focused on Tiffin RVs as a target brand. I have heard that other manufacturers don’t take care of their customers as well – but I haven’t experienced this, one way or another.

After deciding that the big truck issue was a downside of a fifth wheel, we kept coming back to Tiffin Gas Class A motor homes and they have a few big advantages over fifth-wheels.  First, they are easier to drive and much easier to park and set up.  Backing up a trailer is something that I am sure we could learn, but backing up our RV is without issue and backing up is typical for almost every time we camp. Commercial RV parks have pull-through sites, but we prefer not to be in commercial campgrounds. Almost always pull-through sites in state parks or forest service campgrounds are designed for trailers. The nicest campsites in these locations always seem to be back-in sites.


Tami and I have divided the labor of parking into a non-event. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people park a truck/trailer combination, the guy driving and his wife using wild hand gestures usually not within the sightline of her husband. 

Tami almost always parks our RV and while I am giving directions from the outside.  I stand in front of the RV when she is moving forward and stand behind the RV when it is time to back up.  (We have a rearview camera.) All I do is point in the direction I want her to go (front or back) and she does it.  Big hand gestures are important, especially while backing up, so full arm, pointing left, with the other hand motioning movement makes parking easy. (The same gestures are used in aircraft positioning on the aircraft carrier, airplanes on the aircraft carrier park very close together.)

After parking, leveling the RV and spreading the slides are mostly push-button operations. Once parked in the correct position, I could go back inside (but I don’t) to get out of the rain (we avoid the rain) and level and spread the slides all from the inside of the RV.  Try that in a fifth wheel or trailer.

Here is a link to the google map for the area.

Link to our 2018 Route.

Link to our route Salt Lake to Boise

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7 thoughts on “Burley Heyburn, Idaho”

  1. to Dave: I just read that Charles Karault wore out 6 motor homes over 25 years. 25 years seems to be a long trip… I was hoping not to wear out more than one or two.

  2. Dennis and Karen

    Rural America at its best! Thank you for taking us along on your trip! We have enjoyed the pictures and your description of where you are! Feels like we are along for the trip

  3. Gorgeous area. Wide river – surprised me! Take your time getting to Boise – no need to leave this.

  4. to Aron: Just west of town, they divert all that water to water miles and miles of crops. Looking at the satellite looks like 95% goes to agriculture.

  5. to Aron: Actually 100% of the Colorado River is used. Nothing except local runoff enters the ocean in the Baja gulf. Much of the Colorado River is used more than once.

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