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RE: East through Kansas

@JRscooby, As a FYI, we took the quick trip up 61 to 50 and ended up at Halsted. Just wanted to let you know as soon as we got off 54 and onto your suggested 61, the traffic cleared up immediately, night and day difference! The 61 to 50 transition was fantastic as well, hope the roads stay this nice the whole way!. Just wanted to give a quick update! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the route you suggested! Take it easy! DR
DustyRooster 03/15/22 02:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: East through Kansas

@JRscooby, thank you very much! I don't like hearing passing through Wichita is a pain from a retired trucker, so that is enough for me to take the route your experience recommends! You mention its a good route. Not to jog your memory too much, and it may have been improved. How were the roads on the said route? I imagine the Interstates are "decent", but how about K61 and US50, US24? US54 had some atrocious areas in OK. It was manageable, but they were absolutely awful with no obvious signs of construction. Also, by "watch your snot" did you mean watch the road with the big rigs? I can push along around 62Mph, but those big rigs on 54 are literally helping me move as a passing lane shows up. I know, the speed limit is 75 in many of those areas, but I try to stay off the interstates to not slow the trucks, and I end up doing it anyway on the US Highways.... Thanks again, JR, the feedback is much appreciated! DR To be fair Wichita might be improved by now. I spent a lot of "off duty" time there back in the mid/late '70s. I can remember often I could move across town using side streets, on my bicycle than traffic moved on 54. In 2010, I got involved in moving a crane out of the area, and permit ran us thru that way. Seemed like 40eleven traffic lights, and had to stop for each 1 twice. I hauled a few loads where that was most practical route, would time it for late night. The roads I listed where a mix of 4-lane, and improved 2 lane. Fairly flat, (you will be running mostly down hill), good shoulders, swing around most small towns, and passing areas well marked. The "watch" has little to do with traffic. (I always prefer to set my cruise about 62, and when it was clear in left lane, hug the right edge to make it easier to see to pass.) Many do not like to discuss things like this, but one night I heard the head of Kansas HP addressing The National Press Club. When asked what actions HP expected to take because of statewide budget cuts, his reply was basically with the laws in Co, we will be watching east bound traffic real close. If we stop enough vehicles, CAF will make up the shortage. Now I ran irregular routes nearly all the time. Meaning pick up load here, deliver there, you pick which roads to use. Over the years I have made some observations. Deciding this way or that, look at railroad tracks in the area. If one route runs along side the tracks, much less likely to have steep grades but if is a old line likely to have a small town about every 10 miles or so. (Many of the water stops never grew, many died, highways where routed around others) Any time interstates or US highways cross, likely to be a fuel stop. Nearly always a US highway running along side the interstate. Often it is not as well maintained as the I, but in rural areas, it is often a more pleasant drive. Maybe that jump on and off the bridge is less harsh because going slower? Thanks again for all of that @JRscooby. I do feel much better knowing I will be taking a good route instead of me looking at google maps and assuming I am taking the best one from a satellite view. There is such value in these forums! In regards to the HP. I don't think my rig will do much more than 62Mph, but if I see myself passing people when/if am running 62, Ill remember this discussion and slow it down! :) We planned the route to hop off 54 and on 61 in Pratt tomorrow and see how it goes! @OkieGene, Thanks for the suggestion! Hopefully we can make this happen! Thanks!!! DR
DustyRooster 03/14/22 03:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: East through Kansas

As a general rule, I try to avoid driving east in Kansas. Watch your snot. But I have made many trips, normally longer and heavier than you are. Wichita is pain to get thru on 54/400. I would take K61 at Pratt, catch US 50 at Hutchison. That is a major truck route, I435/I470 along the south side of the KC metro area. Drop off I470 on US50. Good route, plenty of food and fuel. Sedilia Mo, take US 65 north. If want to avoid interstates, turn east on US 24. 24 will drop you on US 36, that will put you into Ill far enough south to find a path that does not include Chicago @JRscooby, thank you very much! I don't like hearing passing through Wichita is a pain from a retired trucker, so that is enough for me to take the route your experience recommends! You mention its a good route. Not to jog your memory too much, and it may have been improved. How were the roads on the said route? I imagine the Interstates are "decent", but how about K61 and US50, US24? US54 had some atrocious areas in OK. It was manageable, but they were absolutely awful with no obvious signs of construction. Also, by "watch your snot" did you mean watch the road with the big rigs? I can push along around 62Mph, but those big rigs on 54 are literally helping me move as a passing lane shows up. I know, the speed limit is 75 in many of those areas, but I try to stay off the interstates to not slow the trucks, and I end up doing it anyway on the US Highways.... Thanks again, JR, the feedback is much appreciated! DR
DustyRooster 03/14/22 12:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: East through Kansas

US 54 runs from TX to IL all the way thru KS. We make the trip thru there every couple of years or so. Some 2 lane, some 4 lane. It all depends on how far off of US 54 you want to go and what you want to see. A bit north of US 54 is Dodge City KS. 1800s history of KS. A lot of the small towns will have museums or tourist info covering the settling of KS. Also a bit off US 54 at Hutchinson is the underground salt mine. Wichita has a couple of nice museums. Thanks, Wadcutter! This is what I was looking for! We are headed back to Michigan, and I must have missed 54 went that entire way. The 2 lane vs 4 lane doesn't really bother me except the really narrow and soft shoulders on some of the 2 lane, that's a bit un-nerving at times in the rig, but doesn't seem to be long before a nice shoulder appears. Thanks for the feedback! DR
DustyRooster 03/13/22 02:08pm Roads and Routes
East through Kansas

Morning! After all the great advice over the last half year I've gotten from so many of you, I'm going to try keep it going! We will be leaving Meade Kansas next week after a storm front blows through and was looking for a nice way to head East through the state with our Class A gasser with car in tow. We will land in Meade Kansas from US 54, but was not sure how to proceed after that. 54 looks like it turns into 400, and from looking at google street view, 400 doesn't look great? Looking for an easy drive in the rig, trying to avoid the interstates, but will obviously hop on one to continue the trek. Again, all the insight is so appreciated! DR
DustyRooster 03/13/22 07:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Deming NM East Via CR-26?

54 From Vaughn to Santa Rosa is a straight shot with a few rolling hills. From Carrizozo to Vaughn it is hilly with some narrow shoulders, sharpish curves, and has frequent and steeper grades although shorter. I think it is more scenic from Carrizozo to Vaughn but requires more attention to the road due to curves, critters, and traffic. Just a FYI NMDriver2, Your description was spot on in regards to 54 from Carrizozo to Vaughn, you must have driven that 100 times. We took that route today with some nasty winds and snow. Needless to say, we took a pitstop in Vaughn. Looking forward to the next driving day to reflect your description from Vaughn to Santa Rosa! Thanks! DR
DustyRooster 03/11/22 03:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Deming NM East Via CR-26?

54 From Vaughn to Santa Rosa is a straight shot with a few rolling hills. From Carrizozo to Vaughn it is hilly with some narrow shoulders, sharpish curves, and has frequent and steeper grades although shorter. I think it is more scenic from Carrizozo to Vaughn but requires more attention to the road due to curves, critters, and traffic. Thanks again @NMDriver2 appreciate it!
DustyRooster 03/08/22 07:01am Roads and Routes
RE: Deming NM East Via CR-26?

US 60 follows the easier grade but both 60 and 380 climb out of the Rio Grande Basin. 380 has more scenic and historic attractions but is more up/down and around. 60 follows the railroad tracks and is straighter with gentle grades but still has some long pulls. I think you will be better off on 60 from your description. Plus, 54 is a much gentler ride from 60 north than from 380 north. Perfect, thank you for that input! Based on that I will more than likely take I25 North to 6o then to 54. Out of Curiosity, you stated 54 is much "gentler" North of 60, vs from 380 North. What did you mean by "Gentler"?
DustyRooster 03/07/22 03:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Deming NM East Via CR-26?

No issues with CR-26 as it is commonly used as a shortcut from Deming to I-25. The rest of the route through NM is also well suited for any size RV as we have had no issues traversing these roadways with our 40' class A. Thanks for the feedback! Any preference between US-380E or US-60E off of I-25? I assume your class A is a pusher so moderate "hills" are no issues for you. Our gasser has a real hard time with grades. Are 380E and 60E pretty clear of significant grades like the one in White Sands on 70?
DustyRooster 03/07/22 09:53am Roads and Routes
Deming NM East Via CR-26?

Morning fellow Rv'ers! Heading home from the winter in Quartzsite and picking up on our "tour" of Small town America. We will be landing in Deming NM in a few days and was wondering if any of you had experience with taking CR?-26 out of Deming to I-25N. Then I-25N to 380E or 60E, eventually hitting US-54 N to Kansas? We are not in a hurry to get home, hence the route I am mentioning. We are looking to avoid any significant Hills/grades and major cities and we don't want a county road or US highway to surprise us anywhere. We went through LasCruces on the way West, so we have "been there done that" Any of you have experience with the roads I am mentioning? As a FYI we are in a 32ft Gasser HR with a car in tow. Thanks for any insight! DR
DustyRooster 03/07/22 08:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Heading back to Michigan from Quartzsite mid-March?

US 70 has a pretty good climb east of Las Cruses. You have to climb, it’s the Rockies you are crossing. BTW, did you mean US 54, instead of US 52? If you really want to avoid climbs stay on I-10 to I-20 until you get to Big Springs, then head north to Amarillo. Yep, I meant 54. Was thinking about US54 to US60 then catching I40 in Amarillo (or 54 directly to 40). Looked like 54 and 60 avoided the climbs up to Amarillo, but was unsure what the roads were like. From google street view they "look" just fine. I suppose these routes all depend on the weather come March, so it's good to have options to think about. Appreciate the I10-->I20 suggestion. We had that mapped out, again, depending if North is to crappy weather-wise.
DustyRooster 02/03/22 02:59pm Snowbirds
RE: Heading back to Michigan from Quartzsite mid-March?

Why do you avoid Albuquerque? Hi! I am not purposely avoiding Albuquerque for the pass through. I am trying to route a way home with the least amount of elevation/grades for my rig. On the way to Quartzsite my setup did not do well in grades whatsoever (I know, its not Colorado), so I am attempting to find a route that avoids those grades as much as possible (some avoiding big cities I suppose). The route I happen to post in this topic happens to be a route I found on "FlattestRoutes.com". Is my route not wise for my goal of reduced grades?
DustyRooster 01/26/22 02:00pm Snowbirds
RE: Heading back to Michigan from Quartzsite mid-March?

We had to return back to Michigan in March a few years ago. Took I-40 to St. Louis. Had no problems finding camp grounds up to that point. I-70 out There are open camp grounds near Effingham. Then stayed in Meijer parking lot near Ft Wayne. 4 hour trip from there to home. Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for! Appreciate it! DR
DustyRooster 01/23/22 03:07pm Snowbirds
Heading back to Michigan from Quartzsite mid-March?

Morning all!! As the subject states, my wife and I are currently planning on heading back to Michigan mid-March from Quartzsite. We will more than likely be taking I-10E to US70 --> US52 (to avoid ALBQ NM), up to I40 E. Question I have is regarding RV parks that time of year. Am I going to have a problem finding a campground that is open? Being from Michigan most parks are not open until April/May. Not being from the West side of the country, am I going to have a problem finding places to stay on our way home? Any help/suggestions always welcome, Hope everyone's winter is going well! DR
DustyRooster 01/23/22 09:49am Snowbirds
RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

Thanks everyone for the feedback!
DustyRooster 11/29/21 05:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

Been to Roswell in Rv twice. Roads are good, only West out of town is 4 lane. Watch weather closely as it can snow this time of year. rocmoc n Th Southwest USA / Baja Thanks for the feedback! In regards to the snow...I'm from Michigan, so what type of snow are we talking here? A night of snow and melt in the morning, or days of snow and accumulation? We took a couple US-Highways South today, and what a difference in how less stressed I felt. A couple of the roads were bumpier that an Interstate, but tolerable. Was a beautiful day for travel!
DustyRooster 11/26/21 03:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

We did this in October with a 36' HR Neptune and Focus as toad and did not have a problem. We did 250 to 300 miles a day starting at 8 and ending by 4. Dog and I need rest stops. My max speed is 63 mph and use the second lane if there are three. People are not always polite so I let them go. I do like alot of room ahead. I use this GPS which is large and great for our size. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PPFSGZC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I also try to avoid I-40 all year and use I-20 or I-10 unless going to Havasu to see family. Learning to enjoy the travel and not try to get to the destination is the biggest learning curve. We are now in FL so not worried about snow like I-40 might have. Enjoy the trip and be safe. PM for any questions. Thank you! Our HR Admiral is a little gasser, so 60mph would be the max I would feel comfortable with, especially with the car in tow. I would have thought the smaller the rig the easier to handle, not the case. We plan on heading out tomorrow and head South off I-40 on US-81 then eventually hit 62-West --> 83-South. We want to check out the Roswell area first for some possible boondocking. We are going to try and take the US Highways to see if that lets us take it a bit slower and enjoy the ride/journey a bit. Do you have any experience with the roads I mentioned on the way to Roswell?
DustyRooster 11/25/21 05:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

In google maps, set your destination. Then click on the three small dots in top right hand corner. Click on route options. Select “avoid highways”. That shows routes avoiding interstate highways and instead choosing other smaller, but still major, highways. Thanks for this! This is another area we have been struggling. We have Google maps, RV Trip wizard subscription, and also have a Rand McNally RV GPS (and a paper road atlas). Between these 3 the directions seem to never be the same and can get very frustrating. Pros and cons to each I guess, but a mistake on our part is having to try and look at all 3. We have tried to "check" the "avoid highways" and the route it took us was definitely not meant for a motorhome, so I should perhaps make sure if Google (or one of the others) steers me off a US highway, I should really pay attention instead of assuming these directions are considering my RV specs i plugged in. This is all part of becoming a seasoned traveler I suppose. Lessons learned and asking those with experience to be able to one day pass the knowledge. Wife and I so much appreciate the feedback and suggestions! Happy Thanksgiving! DR
DustyRooster 11/25/21 07:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

Assuming you aren't on a schedule, turn south and slow down. We shoot for between 100-200miles driving and usually don't drive more than 3 days per week. If the weather isn't nice, we will happily stay an extra day. Check the wind with www.windy.com. It's not fun driving in 30mph winds. This site allows you to see the wind along your route during the proposed driving time. Last time we went direct Michigan to Arizona, it took us a month. PS: what are you feeling is "too slow". If you are struggling to make 50mph, that's a problem. If you are chugging along at 65mph, you are probably fine. Thank you! We have been hunkered down in Ok for a couple days to let this wind let up some, and we will be heading a bit South now towards Roswell NM instead of directly East to Albuquerque. Appreciate the windy.com suggestion, this will be extremely helpful as the wind has actually been one of the most daunting parts of the trip even though I installed sway bars and a track bar on the rig. Our original goal was ~300 miles per day (but 100-200 sounds MUCH better), and it was nothing but a rushed feeling which is no fun. We plan on really paying much more attention to the weather during the rest of the trip, especially the wind on windy.com and try to enjoy the journey instead of the destination. Appreciate your feedback and insight. Happy Thanksgiving! DR
DustyRooster 11/25/21 06:52am Roads and Routes
RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

Thanks for the quick feedback @WE-C-USA. My wife is currently looking at Google Maps at your suggestion. @ItsyRV We plan on hitting Yuma and Quartzsite areas, and we are taking the winter to do this. We do not have a timeline for this journey
DustyRooster 11/24/21 05:10pm Roads and Routes
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