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Captain_Happy

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Posted: 12/10/19 09:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I took I-40 last year at the end of December, stay overnight in Moriarty, NM. Woke up at a snow storm that had closed I-40 form Santa Rosa to Gallop. NM. I wasn't towing or driving an RV either. 15 MPH the entire way. So what I'm saying is, if you decide on I-40 that time of year, good luck.

Now as for I-10 goes, it's the southern route that most people who travel this part of country in winter take. When was the last time you drove thru Phoenix, AZ? It's a total nightmare. So here's my route to keep you out of the nightmare, take I-8 over thru Gila Bend (the Phoenix by-pass route). Go west toward Vicksbury, take hwy 72 and head north to Parker, AZ. From Parker, take hwy 62 to Vidal junction, then hwy 95 to Needles, CA, back on I-40 west for about 10 to 15 miles, and get on California 95 north all the way to Las Vegas.

Now if you want some real fun, from Buckeye, AZ take I-40 all the way over to Quartzite, Az. THis time of the year there's a really big get-to-gather. It's where all the RV nuts go in January. I've never been there because I just kind of stay away from 100,000 or more people out in the Desert.

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I-40 will definitely have more hills. While being the shortest it will also be more likely to have winter weather issues in January.

Consider dropping down to I-20 and follow it to I-10 in west Texas. That route will be flatter than I-40, and shorter than an all I-10 route. Then keeping an eye on weather forecast. If winter storms are forecast for any where along I-20 then there are many places to drop on down to I-10.

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Posted: 12/10/19 12:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you want to stay clear of hills and winter chances, a slighter risk is I 85 to I 20.. then figure out AZ from those out that way..


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I-10 is the flattest --- and the most boring.

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BB..TX wrote:

Consider dropping down to I-20 and follow it to I-10 in west Texas. That route will be flatter than I-40, and shorter than an all I-10 route. Then keeping an eye on weather forecast. If winter storms are forecast for any where along I-20 then there are many places to drop on down to I-10.


Exactly what I was thinking.





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I-40 can be a smooth sail with some cold days or it can suddenly become a 2 day parking lot in the freezing snow.

Taking I-10 is longer but will avoid most weather concerns so long as you can stay awake along certain parts of that route.

You know your comfort level.

I do agree with Captain Happy to use I-8 at Casa Grande to avoid Phoenix as the South Mt. By-Pass in Phoenix won't be completed so you'll have to transverse the heart of metro Phoenix. You'll be dealing with all the business tourist at their conventions and golf courses flinging around in their rental cars like lost puppies plus every single snowbird who should have had their drivers license revoked years ago will be on those same roads clogging things up. I-8 gives you a couple of alternatives to the potential mess going through the metro area.


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Remember folks - LuluL, the OP posed the question what is the flattest and WARMEST route to Las Vegas in January. There is nothing warm about taking the I-40 route.


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I-10 is the flattest through Phoenix which sets at about 1000ft. The peaks surrounding Las Vegas reach elevations of over 10,000 feet, and act as barriers to the strong flow of moisture from the surrounding area. (snow & ice) I have been in Lake Tahoe (6200ft) in Oct on a bike and got stranded in Las Vegas due to snow going back, December & January are the coldest months.


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Posted: 12/10/19 08:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Flattest and warmest would be an airplane. Even on I-10 you will run into cold weather when you have to go between 4 and 5,000 elevation until you drop down into the valley in AZ. I would also say use I-8 instead of going thru Phoenix. Phoenix is a mess with traffic and more traffic and yet some more.

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Posted: 12/10/19 10:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DFord wrote:

Remember folks - LuluL, the OP posed the question what is the flattest and WARMEST route to Las Vegas in January. There is nothing warm about taking the I-40 route.


I-10 is probably the best option...but it can still get cold. We got stuck in Deming NM for a week one year...saw a high of -5F a couple of days. The park was rationing propane sales, limiting it to only those staying in the park.

Obviously, an odd cold snap but below freezing weather in January will not be unusual.


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