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TwoSyxPt2

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Posted: 01/11/20 12:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Joined the forum today and making first post. We picked up our RV last April. Lots of summer driving. Zippo winter driving. Looking for route advice for towing from Central IL to Tucson, AZ. Leaving last weekend in Feb. Have driven this several times without towing taking 44 West to 40West. In New Mexico, have taken I25/Hatch Road and RT54 through Alamogordo on to I10.

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What would you recommend?
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All depends on the weather forecast at the time. That same route may be fine. But if winter storms are forecast for OK, TX panhandle, or northern NM then you should probably head farther south to get to I-20 or even all the way down to I-10. Being weather aware should dictate your decision.

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x2 drop down to I 10. much better weather.

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the area to watch the weather forecast is from Illinois to Albuquerque. After that, pretty much clear and sunny. but even I 10 can get a snow/sleet storm between El Paso and Benson, AZ, so just pay attention to the weather news.
If you see it coming on the weather radar of your phone, stop at a rest stop or in a town, etc and let it pass over you. We ran into a heck of a sleet storm in west texas several years ago out by Van Horn. We just spent an extra day in an interstate rest stop.


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So are you going to PHX as your title says or Tucson? Makes a difference.


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Another vote for I-10 and unless you are in a time crunch, if the weather is bad, just pull in and sit it out.


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We take I-57 to US60 East to Poplar Bluff MO, then I30 south into Texarkana. We then have various routes depending on where we are going, but NEVER go thru Houston, Dallas-Ft Worth, Austin or San Antonio. There are some toll roads so you have to pay attention to that also . When we went a couple years ago we went west in TX, then south to I-20 and S down to I-10. Every FM (Farm to Market) road and state road we have been on so far has been just fine for a rv. Speed limits on many of those roads are 70 /75 mph.

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We took that same route as you last spring. We made a stop in Truth or Consequences NM and enjoyed the hot springs at River Bend Hot Springs. We went this way to avoid a bad snow in northern AZ. We were in a car no camper. I think that is also a good way to go to avoid mountain driving with a trailer. Weather will be the biggest factor in what route is best.

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In 3 weeks from now we'll be heading in that direction for the 3rd year in a row from Milwaukee, but I prefer to dewinterize as soon as possible so we go south to Memphis, then head west from there. So far, that has worked well. We watch the weather and our Plan B is to keep going straight south from Memphis if we have to avoid bad weather.
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azdryheat wrote:

So are you going to PHX as your title says or Tucson? Makes a difference.


Sorry AZDryHeat. Tucson would be closer to where we will be. I figured either way, I would be coming in on I-10.

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