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Old 03-27-2018, 06:08 PM   #1
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Austin to Santa Fe/Summer in Taos

I am now finalizing my travel plans to take the Airstream 350LE from Austin to Santa Fe leaving Austin bright and early April 12. In an earlier post, I was able to read that 285 should be avoided due to the impact of the oil and gas industry so I've followed that Forum Member's recommendation.
The attached route through Fort Stockton, north to Portales and west to Vaughn and on to Santa Fe is recommended route.
With a 7 am (or earlier) departure from Austin, at 50 mph average, I would reach Fort Stockton around 8 hours later or say 4 pm allowing for a lunch refuel stop. I would prefer to then head north on route 18 until twilight and then stop for the night. however, this is flat open country and finding an overnight stop may be difficult.
Alternatively, we stop in Fort Stockton, overnight and leave at first light for Portales, Vaughn and on to Santa Fe. Again allowing for a refueling stop, I estimate at 50 mph this will take me some 9 hours or, leaving a 6 am, I would arrive in Santa Fe around 4 pm. However, as you can see, both legs involve long days at the wheel
I would appreciate any observations or alternatives.
Finally, if any Member knows of an economical RV park between Santa Fe and Taos that would serve as a summer staging area, I again would be most appreciative.
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Old 03-27-2018, 06:53 PM   #2
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We'll be wandering around northern New Mexico for a couple weeks in August, but have never been so don't have any firsthand experience to offer. I'll be relying on the Campendium website/app, which has been great for locating all manner of parks & overnight possibilities. We've also used the app for several closer-to-home trips and a jaunt through the Midwest. Wishing you safe and happy travels!

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Old 03-27-2018, 09:59 PM   #3
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When we ski Taos, we go Abilene, Lubbock, Clovis, Ft Summer, Santa Rosa. Hwy 84 is good. Lubbock has the best fuel prices. Only my 2500 HD can make it that far.

Looks like mighty long legs you want to drive. I like to keep the miles to 250 or less. Only take two days to get out of Texas.

Angel Fire has a nice new RV cg. Slow down in NM.

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Old 03-28-2018, 10:22 PM   #4
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We'll be wandering around northern New Mexico for a couple weeks in August, but have never been so don't have any firsthand experience to offer. I'll be relying on the Campendium website/app, which has been great for locating all manner of parks & overnight possibilities. We've also used the app for several closer-to-home trips and a jaunt through the Midwest. Wishing you safe and happy travels!

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Thanks for the Campendium website/app hook-up..
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Old 04-06-2018, 06:01 PM   #5
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The 350LE is now fueled and provisioned. We depart early Thursday morning and plan to tie-up for the night north of Fort Stockton on rt 84 and early next morning, head-off for Sant Fe via Vaughn. The drive is some 800 + miles from Austin and I estimate around $300 in fuel. We have French MRE's, new tires, new plumbing, new upholstery and a brand new 454 Chevy engine. To quote Jake...."Elwood: There's 800 miles to Santa Fe, we've got a full tank of gas (60 gallons), half a pack of WD40, it's dark out, and we're wearing sunglasses"
what could go wrong?
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It's still April with the chance of pretty darned cool weather in the mountains. (The weatherperson on the tube mentioned a few minutes ago that the current temp in Clayton is 30 degrees. )


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Old 04-06-2018, 08:09 PM   #7
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Sounds like a fun trip! One word of caution. I was not aware that NM is really windy in March and April. (In Indiana, March winds just make kites fly better). A couple of weeks ago we drove across NM on I-40 (and back). Both directions had long periods of 30-40 mph winds. Westbound, there were relentless 60mph gusts and I was fighting to stay in the lane. We had tumbleweeds hitting us like a college snowball fight. I had to drive our high profile Airstream Interstate around 50mph for several hours.
If you encounter those type of winds, slow way down and retire early for the evening. I did not realize how fatigued I was until we finally quit for the night.
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Portales has a great state park. Oasis State Park. I've used it several times when traveling from Austin to Angel Fire. Highly recommended.
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