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Old 02-13-2019, 09:42 AM   #71
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Stay South IMHO. We just returned to St. Louis from San Diego area.
Places we love:
—Anza Borrego SP at Borrego Springs
—Patagonia SP in AZ
—Kartchner Caverns in AZ. Don’t miss the caverns tour
—Las Cruces, NM. Mesilla area. Hacienda RV Park.
—Davis Mountains SP in TX. Don’t miss the tour and star night.


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Old 02-13-2019, 10:29 AM   #72
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Lots of great advice in these replies. If you are looking to just get through Texas, We have found I-20 has much less truck traffic, less congestion, and generally better roads. Either way enjoy your travels!

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Old 02-13-2019, 10:47 AM   #73
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Yes, you should consider stopping in Marfa and taking the day-long Chinati Foundation tour. You can stay at the Marfa Yacht Club or the Tumble In. Texas route 90 is a favorite of ours, and a stay at Seminole Canyon SP on the way is a must and a treat. If you're in the Marfa/ Fort Davis area on a Saturday night you can attend a Star Party at the McDonald Observatory for just $12. Then its north to El Paso and Interstate 10 again. In Tucson we like to stay at Gilbert Ray Campground, which is first come first served, line up by about 7am and you have a good chance of getting in on a weekday. Close to Saguaro NP West. Then you can take the 86 west and stop in at Organ Pipe NM, which is worth the trip, and on your way out you can stop for a look around in Ajo, which is a very interesting small town. Safe Travels.....
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:57 AM   #74
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Big Bend Nat’l Park!

+1 for Big Bend! Pulled in Monday and am staying at Stillwell Store RV Park just outside the park entrance. It’s actually my first rv park and my first excursion with my Airstream, and I could not be more pleased. Incredible scenery...incredible weather!
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:03 AM   #75
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Originally Posted by Ridge1960 View Post
+1 for Big Bend! Pulled in Monday and am staying at Stillwell Store RV Park just outside the park entrance. It’s actually my first rv park and my first excursion with my Airstream, and I could not be more pleased. Incredible scenery...incredible weather!
Safe travels Ridge1960. Enjoy!

Great pic by the way. Where was it taken?

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Old 02-13-2019, 11:24 AM   #76
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Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are all so dog friendly. Restaurants in Albuquerque went way beyond to make sure our dogs were happy and us well fed. The dogs loved the trip thru the petrified forest.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:24 AM   #77
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Christmas, we just returned to the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay after a 2-month round trip to Southern California to attend our daughter's wedding on December 1. We planned different outgoing and returning routes with the goal of seeing new stuff and avoiding cold weather. The return trip, we went through southern Arizona, New Mexico, El Paso, Big Bend National Park Texas, a state park in the Texas Hill Country, Galveston, southern Louisiana, Mobile, the length of the Florida Panhandle to St. Simon's Island. From there, we turned north along the coast.

This is, more or less, the I-10 route, with a lot of detours. We did it in 21 days, including staying 3 nights in Big Bend. No issues with snow. We did not take I-10 through Louisiana. Instead, we went south, stayed at 2 different state parks and at an RV Park in Lafayette, the heart of cajun country. We also did not take I-10 through metro Houston, which is not scenic and no fun. Instead, left at Beaumont/ Port Arthur and headed down the Bolivar Peninsula, taking the free Bolivar-Galveston Island Ferry. There's a nice state park right on the beach at Galveston Island, south of the city. If you keep going south on Galveston Island, you can eventually get off near Freeport/Victoria and head west. Our stop prior to Galveston (we were going east; you will be going west) was a lovely state park near Uvalde (that would be south of I-10). After that you could get back on I-10, if you don't want to detour to Big Bend NP. However, west Texas is worth it. There's a fantastic old hotel, lovingly restored in Marathon, and the nearby towns, such as Alpine are worth a visit. We kind of blasted through southern New Mexico; the weather was rainy. Tucson has a nice, but popular state park just north of town, Catalina SP, in the Catalina foothills. We've twice (in 2016 and again last December) been to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in western Arizona on the Mexican border. No hookups, but water and dump station available. Beautiful place and one of Campendium's favorites. In SoCal, Anza-Borrego state park is lovely (been there twice). if you can do without hookups, those sites are in a prettier location and are more dispersed. The hookup sites are squished together. Further west, Joshua Tree NP is very popular -- almost overrun I would say. No hookups, but the campgrounds are pretty.

There's no traffic-free way to get into coastal SoCal. So, you just have to grin and bear it. Plan out your route in exact detail, so you know what lane to be in, what exit you want and so on. You will find that the right lane disappears many times. Do not depend on the GPS to navigate you. While accurate, sometimes it's too slow to react to where you are when the next move is coming up quickly. We have done a lot of driving on the SoCal freeways, both on this last trip and in 2015-2016 when we used the Malibu RV Park as a base for exploring all of California, Nevada and Arizona. It can be done safely. California has a maximum speed limit of 55 mph for all towed vehicles, including semi trucks. Our experience is that, subject to a 5 mph "fudge factor" everyone observes that. In some other western states, especially Texas, you'll find that speed limits are really high. It's not uncommon to have two-lanes in Texas with speed limits of 70 or 75. Because of my own views about the stopping ability of our truck-trailer combination, and the limitations of our GYM trailer tires, I observe a personal speed limit of 60-ish or the posted limit, whichever is lower.
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:15 PM   #78
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A boat recently collided with I-10 support structure causing major damage.

I understand the repairs will take a LONG time.
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:48 PM   #79
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I 80 in .Wyoming is the most often closed interstate in the US, and for good reason. It can snow any month of the year - and does. Between
Cheyanne and Laramie its over 9000', Laramie is at 7200'. Wonderful place to visit in The summer.
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:55 PM   #80
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I-10 Yes, I-20 No

Been across I-10 from Slidell, LA all the way to PHX about 7 times. I don't remember terrible roads in LA and the VERY LONG Atchafalaya Bridge is pretty cool. Always detour around San Antonio after getting caught there in rush hour once, and go up toward New Braunfels and eventually back to I-10 for the rest of the way to PHX. My wife loves to stop at Balmorhea State Park which is very close to the junction of I-20 and I-10 and Ft. Davis is close as well I believe. I did do I-20 one time but the transitions to and from the overpasses in Jackson MS had me worrying about breaking the tongue off my trailer, so never again. Also, I would debate that there is any difference in the weather between the 10 and the 20.
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:40 PM   #81
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So I live just off I-10 west (north actually) of San Antonio TX, in Boerne (pronounced Bur-nee) in the TX Hill Country. As many have said, I-10 is a bit tough in Louisiana. My I-10 concerns start at the Louisiana/TX border heading west. Plenty of construction starting there and lasting through Houston. Try to miss Houston anywhere from 7am-9am, then again 3pm-7pm else you're going to need some meds to make it through. West of Houston things open up great, and good roads/stops etc the remaining 600miles of Texas I-10. San Antonio is 250 miles west of Houston give or take. Boerne, Kerrville, Fredricksburg TX are all great places to visit as you're looking at San Antonio in your rear view. Safe Travels!
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Old 02-14-2019, 04:18 PM   #82
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A lot of helpful info posted here, even for someone from Texas. However, if you do plan to take back roads thru Texas, one word of caution.

Be extra alert in the early hours and at sunset, as the deer are very active at that time, especially in the Hill Country. Made the trip from East Texas to California last week, and while on TX29 between Llano and Mason, near sunset, we had to slow down quickly a few times as deer crossed the road. If there is one, there are usually more not far behind...

We have a Texas ranch truck as a tow vehicle, which the original owner equipped with an extra heavy duty brush guard. So, if we were to hit a deer it would be a bad day for the deer, but a trip to the car wash and we would be back in business. However, we quickly re-routed to Hwy 10 for the remainder of the evening.

Also, as others have mentioned, the wind can be very intense. We were being blown all over the road while in route from Fort Stockton to El Paso, and pretty much all the way to Tucson. After multiple adjustments, we finished the trip with our sway bar totally bottomed out, which still wasn't quite enough during high gusts and while next to semi trucks, who were often swaying worse than us.

There is an app called Windy (also which came in handy on this trip, and also helps alert us to pull in the awnings before leaving camp...

Happy Travels!
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:04 AM   #83
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Safe travels Ridge1960. Enjoy!

Great pic by the way. Where was it taken?

Sorry for the delay, RowieBowie. That pic was taken on the Lost Mine Trail in Big Bend...a 5 mile hike (up and back down). Great meal afterwards at the nearby Chisos Mountain Lodge. Every day here has been magical.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:27 AM   #84
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I remember one. Trip San Antonio to Brownsville where I never got above 2d gear the entire way. 4 MPG,

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