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Old 07-31-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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Question Going West for winter

We are thinking of heading west for the winter for the first time. Looking at picking up "40" in Arkansas and heading west into Arizona. Reason is we have family in OK., NM., and AZ. then we are heading back to Galveston TX. How are the road condition and instate 40 road?

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From Ar line to OKC much improved....can't speak from OKC west.
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Just be careful EXACTLY when you run the leg from OK to Albuquerque. Winter weather can close that section in an eye blink. A couple of years ago we saw 70 degrees in Tulsa, then 2 days below freezing. Ran 40 into ABQ and the road was closed the next night, just behind us. We were there about Jan 3rd or so as I remember. Just keep a close eye on the forecasts. Also from ABQ I'd take I-25 down to Hatch, then the cutoff from Hatch to I-10. 40 to Flagstaff is high plains too and also subject to tough storms, specially around Gallup and Grants
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I would take the Kilpatrick toll road around Oklahoma City. The interstates through the city are very rough. From Oklahoma City west I-40 is good. I watch the weather very closely, and I am prepared to turn south at Oklahoma City, Amarillo, and Albuquerque. One year I thought I would have to turn south at Albuquerque, but saw a had a window to be able to make it to Flagstaff and on south to the Phoenix area. Glad I did not turn south, El Paso had 7 inches of snow.
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:30 AM   #5
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I 40 is fine when there is no winter weather. When it gets slippy get down to I 10.
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X2 on what gruelens said. It just depends on the weather, go south as fast as possible
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Depending where you need to visit in OK and NM and what months you're talking about, I would highly suggest you stay as far south as you can. I-10 is the best in winter. Storms are common along I-40.

A suggestion would be to take I-10 to Arizona and save OK and NM for your return.
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Ref Mrboyer's comment, Beware of the kilpatrick freeway. There are two toll stations both are exact change. The first is manned, the second is not manned and only exact change in coins. Make sure you are well armed with quaters etc. When dropping coins from the heighth of the motor home window a significant number missed the bucket or bounced out, joining 5 to 10 dollars worth of others on the ground.

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you can buy a pike pass for OK toll roads ... saves a lot of grief ... and lets you bypass toll booths
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Just be ready to rattle your innards on I-40 in the Western half of Arizona. bad as interstates in Indiana...maybe worse....just very rough.
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We can't leave till mid-January--we are 30 mile SE of you We go to SW Arizona. (Quartzsite). We head south to HWY 10. Not sure when you are leaving but 10 will give you much better weather in January.

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