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Old 09-01-2016, 09:26 PM   #1
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Best route East coast to Yuma, AZ?

We have had a dream 1st year being retired. Started in April from Yuma headed East and up through Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia, Vermont, Maine, as well as New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Had planned to return to Yuma via the Great Lakes, Niagara Falls, etc after the leaves changed but ended up buying house in Yuma and now we need to get back there while it is still way too hot. Currently we are in Central New Jersey visiting family and planning to leave here after Labor Day. Looking for the best route to Yuma. Don't know if that means fastest if it is also the least scenic. And since we are driving a 2005 Allegro Bay 35' gas motorhome towing a Jeep, mountain grades are not our friends. Have read the forums, and most everyone is diesel. Hoping someone has been across country that can advise on which Highways/interstates to avoid and which to plan on. These forums are the best. Such a wealth of knowledge is shared.

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Old 09-03-2016, 07:02 AM   #2
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We live in Wisconsin and winter in Yuma. I have a pretty good feel for the roads between the Mississippi River and Yuma ...

I-44 then I-40 is a decent roadway from St. Louis to Albuquerque ... then south on I-25 to Hatch NM ... then NM 26 to Deming ... then I-10 west to Eloy ... then I-8 west into Yuma.

Westbound there are no significant grades ... there is a couple of short downhills as you approach Albuquerque from the east. There is a nice bypass around the north and west side of Oklahoma City.

Your life will be much simpler if you get a pass from Oklahoma for their toll roads.

I-70 through western Colorado is very scenic ... but has several significant uphill pulls and serious downgrades ... I-80 between Cheyenne and Salt Lake City westbound has a couple of serious downhills but is not very scenic.

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If I were you I'd get a big USA map and pick a route using as much of the interstates as possible. That shouldn't be a problem for your and tow car. When looking at the USA map you might notice a place or two you'd like to visit on the way. I have an old MS streets and trips program and it recommends interstates from NJ until northern AZ then US highways down to I-10 and I-8. Enjoy the trip (if you can)
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I have a gasser also and towing our car on a KarKaddySS. Leaving from Minnesota going out on 90 to Rapid City Then South to Hot Springs and into WY too Lusk then across Exiting @ Evanston and into Salt Lake City then South into Vegas then South on 95 into Yuma.
I know there will be a few long pulls so why not take the Toad off and have the wife drive it up and over the passes. We are planning on doing this I don't like putting our 1982 454 under any more stress than I have too.
We did your route last year and wanted to see something more than oil Rigs. Because of a winter storm predicted we dropped south to Hwy 10 and hit the storm @ El Paso a Ice one at that stayed at a Flying J for 2 days waiting it out. That was between end of Dec first of Jan.
This year we are leaving end of September. Enjoy your trip and be safe no matter which way your going.
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Getting ready to head to Quartzsite from NH. Will do the southern Rt. Will swing thru FtWorth TX.
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Best way to I20 (Cowtown RV Park on West side of FTW is about the best available) in FTW. The I20 to I10 to Yuma. Maybe we see you in Quartzite
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The above post by 'SKIGRAMP' is the way I would recommend to get there fast without big grades to cross.

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