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Old 02-05-2019, 01:51 PM   #1
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Crossing Texas in February

Need advice on which route...10 or 20? We are on Georgia heading to Dan Diego. Also any advice on stops and places places of interest. We like to hike and have a dog.
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:19 PM   #2
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Stay as far south as possible. Have made the run from San Diego to Huntsville Alabama many times. In February the weather can quickly turn against you with little warning on the more northern routes.

Build some extra time into your schedule in case the weather gets bad in Texas. The local joke is that the only thing between Texas and the North Pole is, "a barbed-wire fence, and it's down!" I've found that to be true--when the wind is howling and the rain/snow is horizontal, the last place you want to be in Texas is on the road. Better to wait out the storm for an extra day or two.

We sat out a strong storm in the hill country. With the trailer still hitched to the truck, the stabilizers tight down, and the wind howling, we sat for an extra day--the AS was still swaying, and our dogs tried everything they could to stay indoors. Walks for potty breaks went about 6 feet from the trailer, did their thing, and then they wanted back inside instantly. Don't blame them a bit!
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:25 PM   #3
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Stay as far south as possible. Have made the run from San Diego to Huntsville Alabama many times. In February the weather can quickly turn against you with little warning on the more northern routes.

Build some extra time into your schedule in case the weather gets bad in Texas. The local joke is that the only thing between Texas and the North Pole is, "a barbed-wire fence, and it's down!" I've found that to be true--when the wind is howling and the rain/snow is horizontal, the last place you want to be in Texas is on the road. Better to wait out the storm for an extra day or two.

We sat out a strong storm in the hill country. With the trailer still hitched to the truck, the stabilizers tight down, and the wind howling, we sat for an extra day--the AS was still swaying, and our dogs tried everything they could to stay indoors. Walks for potty breaks went about 6 feet from the trailer, did their thing, and then they wanted back inside instantly. Don't blame them a bit!


Thanks! That’s my worry. So route 10 sounds like the way.
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:38 PM   #4
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Patty, correct on I-10. It’s in great shape and good gas stops along the way. Check out the state parks going through Texas. There are quite a few along that route. You may want to check out a recent thread entitled “OR to Florida Hee Haw”. They give a play by play along I-10. Check out Fredericksburg. Just 20 minutes off the freeway with plenty of German beer and some nice RV parks. As you are leaving Texas near El Paso is Hueco Tanks SP. great hiking and ancient Indian rock art. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:55 PM   #5
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Try to stop for lunch or dinner in Monahans, Texas. Pappys BBQ is one of the best little BBQ places in Texas--the entire town is between two exits on the highway. We found the place by pulling off for gas at the WRONG exit...and have been stopping there ever since. Really good food, friendly folks, home-style sides, and a nice atmosphere. There is a big empty dirt lot around the side of the place suitable for parking a large Airstream and tow vehicle while you are dining.

Address: 1901 S Stockton Ave, Monahans, TX 79756

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Old 02-05-2019, 02:57 PM   #6
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Need advice on which route...10 or 20? We are on Georgia heading to Dan Diego. Also any advice on stops and places places of interest. We like to hike and have a dog.
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Patty


Forget 10 and 20. LA will kill you. We’re heading that way in April. Texans will tell you to use Hwy 84 from GA to TX
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:13 PM   #7
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I'd say take the I-10 west, then head south on the I-15. That keeps you out of LA proper. I agree, LA is NO place to be traveling with a narrow Airstream--your 20-footer is the same width as our 22-footer, and the traffic in LA can be daunting when NOT towing.

You could come into San Diego from the east on highway 8, but its tough even in a turbocharged car, and the grades are straight out of "The Long, Long Trailer" movie.

I-10 is reasonably flat and the I-15, outside of rush hour is decent heading the San Diego. We live just south of Anaheim in Corona, CA, not far from the I-15 and 91 freeway intersection. San Diego is where we lived for over 17 years, so we make that run fairly often. I-10 exit to I-15 and then to San Diego is about 110 miles. Rush hours are typically 06:00-09:00am then 3:00-7:00pm on weekdays in that area.

When our son came down from Washington State with our 22 footer, he was driving in the heights of that weekday afternoon rush hour--no dings, no problems, but he had trouble prying his hands loose from the steering wheel when he got to the house...
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Interstate 10 in Louisiana is brutal. If you take Interstate 20 through Louisiana, it is passable but take the I220 bypass around Shreveport. I love Louisiana but they haven't spent a dime on their roads in a long time.

Once you hit Texas, the Interstates are excellent
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:22 PM   #9
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Interstate 10 in Louisiana is brutal. If you take Interstate 20 through Louisiana, it is passable but take the I220 bypass around Shreveport. I love Louisiana but they haven't spent a dime on their roads in a long time.

Once you hit Texas, the Interstates are excellent


Such great info! I am so happy to have these inputs. We are from Vermont and have never driven cross country. Airstreamers are wonderful!
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:25 PM   #10
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Very true--we are usually a bit north and try to avoid the washboard roads in Louisiana...we go in and out of Huntsville, Alabama, typically, park the Airstream at our middle son's house, then take the TV down to Orlando, Florida for Disneyworld...we board the dogs in Huntsville to avoid the hassles.

Coming from Georgia, I'd shade a bit north, then head across west on I-10 or so to avoid the awful roads in Louisiana as much as possible.
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Another stop if you take Interstate 10 is San Antonio. A famous little Mission there (I'm sure I'll remember the name, but it escapes me right now).

Also, the River Walk is nice, especially if the weather is as warm as today. Many restaurants there with outdoor patios where your dog can go with you while you eat and watch the tour boats go by. A fair amount of steps & stairs, however.

From there, you can detour a bit South and take SH90 all the way to El Paso. You could see the best rest area in Texas at Langtry and take a free tour of the famous Judge Roy Bean Saloon. If you take this route, I suggest you stay overnight in Seminole Canyon state park near Del Rio. They have some sites with electrical service.

If you have time for a rather big side trip, you could visit Big Ben National Park. However, I only recommend it if you can stay in the Chisos Basin campground, but they only allow really small trailers and motor homes under '24 ft. due to the road up. For you, they have lower campgrounds as well, but the sunset from Basin always my favorite.

So SH90 is an option if you want to stay off the Interstate. It re-joins IH-10 at Van Horn.

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I'd prefer I20, personally, but I live 15 minutes from it. I20 is a fairly boring drive, but easy. Even getting around Dallas isn't bad on I20 if you don't hit rush hour.



If you take I10 through Texas, make sure you don't hit Houston near rush hour. The drive through the hill country of Texas is lovely at any time of the year if you choose that route. There are some decent wineries near Fredericksburg, and some good barbecue joints in the area.



Either way, most of the Texas highways are pretty good. If you decide to take the I20 route, send me a pm.



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Check the weather and take I-20 to I-10 if the weather is good. Louisiana can be hard west of the Atchafalaya Basin and west of the TX LA state line. As of last November it was.


How far do you want to deviate from the I-20? The drive from Balmorhea to Ft. Davis is the prettiest in West Texas if not all of TX. Davis Mtn SP is a nice respite. Try to get site 5.



Monahans SP might be a good stop on I-20. Have not been there. Remember this is the south when we tend to camp. Texas Parks and Wildlife has a good reservation system.



I have seen ice conditions from Amarillo to Houston and everywhere in between at the same time. Going south does not always work.


And remember, this is Texas. Fuel early and fuel often. The next town might have closed.



It's only 859 miles across the State. Is that 1/3 of your trip?



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Monahans SP might be a good stop on I-20. Have not been there. Remember this is the south when we tend to camp. Texas Parks and Wildlife has a good reservation system.


John from El Paso, Austin, Amarillo, Houston and Dallas and Marshall Ford

Monahans Sandhills SP is really cool. Dunes of white sand in the middle of nowhere. Decent spots if I remember correctly.


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