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Old 07-21-2015, 10:08 PM   #21
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Have to agree with Jekerrive, 285 from Fort Stockton to Roswell is the worst road that I have driven in a long time. It will tear up your trailer and TV.

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Old 08-21-2015, 05:54 PM   #22
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What we ended up taking...

I was the original poster of this thread. I wanted to let everyone know what route we ended up taking and how it went. (And thanks to everyone that gave us advice)

We left San Antonio on a Wednesday afternoon, figured we would get in what we could to make the next three days a little shorter.

From San Antonio:
IH 10 West
HWY 87 North
HWY 284 North
HWY 84 to Abilene
Wed. Night Stayed at the KOA in Abilene (it was ok for the night, lots of long term residents, but I don't think I'd stay there more than a day or two)
IH 20 West
HWY 84 Clovis, NM
IH 40 West
Thursday Night. Stayed on the Northside of Albuquerque
HWY 85
Hwy 550
HWY 491 through the corner of Colorado and into Monticello, Utah
HWY 191 North, HWY 6
Friday Night. Stayed just south of Salt Lake City, Utah
IH 15 North in to Idaho
and on up to West Yellowstone on Hwy 20.

This was a wonderful route, overall the roads were decent and the inclines very good for an RV. The scenery was interesting for the most part and changed frequently.

On the way back we changed the route. Since we left on a Saturday we decided to take IH 80 west through Wyoming and South on IH 25 through Denver, which was on a Sunday. Then cut over to Texas via Raton Pass, which is steep, I think 7%, but it was doable in out 1/2 ton Tundra and 27FB International. On down to Amarillo, Lubbock, Sweetwater, Ballinger, Junction to IH 10 East to San Antonio.

I highly recommend the first route there and back. The Colorado Route was ok, not as pretty. IH 25 is not horrid on Sunday, but it is busy enough to slow traffic down and occasionally come to a stop. So like the others, I would opt for another route than IH 25 through Colorado.

We stayed at KOA on the way up and back. We stayed at Mountainside KOA about ten minutes outside of West Yellowstone for two weeks. I really liked it, and from what I could tell, the other KOA 1.5 miles closer to West Yellowstone looked more cramped and just not as appealing. Mountainside is mostly grass sites, but it fits in with the surrounding pines and area. Even when it rained it did not get muddy. They have nice restrooms and shower facilities and the laundry room is sufficient, but it is 3.00 a load for the washer and .25 cents per ten minutes on the dryer. The staff stays on site all summer and are from various parts of the country, met some very nice people. I liked this as a base camp.

Hope this posts helps someone..thanks to those who helped me.

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Old 08-21-2015, 10:37 PM   #23
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Thx for report. Rather be up there than here.

Bummed to hear from others about IH25 in re traffic.
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:42 AM   #24
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Glad you enjoyed the trip through NM. and Utah.
This has been the preferred route for many old truckers and folks wanting to avoid the high mountain passes and the horrible mess that is I-25, from south central Texas to Idaho etc. for many years . Been over it quite a few times .

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