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pigfarmer

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Posted: 01/23/20 06:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

enblethen, our GPS is a Rand McNally for trucks and Motorhomes. It has our length, and how high. It won't take us to low overpasses, etc. Since our bad experience on 104 we bought the Rand McNally Motor Carrier's Road Atlas. A road that is suitable for a trucker to use is outlined in orange. If it doesn't have an orange line, we don't use it. Hwy 104 does NOT have an orange line!! We have no idea why 'She" sent us on that road!!!





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You are right accsys. That is why we bought the Motor Carrier's Atlas. We were leaving out of Las Vegas, NM and at the time figured it was a short cut to get us to our road to I-40. By the time we realized we were in deep yogurt there was no where to turn around. I wrote this as a warning to anyone who might get on this highway by mistake. DON'T DO IT!!! Experience is the best teacher. The road we actually wanted was Hwy 84 the connector to I-40.

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Pigfarmer: We have the original Rand McNally 7710.
We use both of the trip routing, shortest and fastest. If you wold have switched to fastest, it may have taken you straight sound to I-40!
It is a good idea to verify GPS routing on paper!


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> Some of the grade is less than 9%.


So reassuring...


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enblethen, our Rand McNally shows the chosen route as a blue or a green. We honestly thought we were being sent to Hwy 84. You know how the GPS will send you on loops through towns to get you on your chosen route... it was too late by the time we realized we were not on the intended route. We certainly would not have gone on 104 on purpose. Can't always trust the lady in the box!!! Do you frequent FamCamps?

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Second Chance wrote:

104 isn't the "real" mountains in NM. Try US-64 from Taos through Angle Fire and Eagle Nest heading to Raton towing. These roads are a challenge, but I'll take them any day over the interstates in Louisiana.

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x2, we ended up recently driving this west bound late at night pulling the rig, luckily we were stopping in Angel Fire. Dodging the deer might have been the worst part though! We drove the rest to Taos the next day in daylight thankfully without the rig.


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I grew up boondocking in a Volkswagen bug, on the kind of dirt roads where you have to put one set of wheels on the hump in the middle and the other set on the edge of the road because the ruts are so deep. And sometimes you have to get out and push.

But the road that made me cry, I was so scared, was just an ordinary mountain freeway. I was in my previous van, and this was when I first got it and hadn't yet got the custom leaf springs that got rid of its wallow.

The downgrade was only 6%, and there was a guard rail and no ice or anything. But the way that van swayed, I was terrified.

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AJR wrote:

Alcan Hwy from Destruction Bay, YT to Tok, AK

225 Miles of frost heaves and even some gravel.

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Especially the last 50 miles before the Alaska border!


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Famcamps are getting too pricey and availability for short stays is nearly impossible!

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Mountain Directory West available as either a paper copy or an app will help keep you off those kind of roads. Wouldn't travel out west without it.

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