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Old 12-06-2017, 02:27 PM   #1
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Hwy 10 Texas Routing Suggestions

30 Class A towing car; after passing thru El Paso thinking of taking Hwy 90, 67, 170, 118, 385, 90 to 173, 97, 123, around San Antonio & back on 10 headed East... At Houston thinking of taking Southern Hwy 8 loop to 225, 146 & back on 10... Thoughts please & TIA...
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Old 12-06-2017, 02:33 PM   #2
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get to San Antonio, take 1604 around to East and South back on I-10

Houston go straight thru just not at 5 pm.. the other way is toll roads and not worth it...
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We are big fans of 90. 118 and 385 means Big Bend! Also big fans of that. I normally use 90 into SA but not much help after that. IF you're not in a hurry you can turn north at Hondo for a side trip into Bandera. Another of our favorite places in the Texas Hill Country.
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Houston go straight thru just not at 5 pm.. the other way is toll roads and not worth it...[/QUOTE]

The loop also adds many miles
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Where are you going and why IH10?
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....mid-day traffic thru SA not that bad [except on 410 loop] so straight thru on 90, turns into I10...besides, not that much to see if you go south of SA....
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From where to where?

How much time do you want to spend crossing Texas?

What time of year?
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:07 AM   #8
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Your route has all good roads. You are obviously in no hurry. When in the Big Bend area, I suggest Maverick RV Park in Lajitas. Nice park adjacent to a golf resort. there is a state park about a mile away offering good hiking and biking. Really quiet out there. Good restaurants in the area (Starlight Theater and La Kiva). Marathon has a great restaurant also at the Gage Hotel. (I think you can boondock in a parking lot near there). There will be little traffic on your route around San Antonio. For Houston, I would just take the 10 avoiding 7-9am and 3-6pm.
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I don't see anything really wrong with your route, though it is certainly meandering through Texas, though I would suggest a few side trips. You appear to be in no rush, and if you want a more scenic route I would suggest consider taking I-10 to Hwy 118 through Fort Davis for a much more scenic drive, with a number of picnic pull outs, the McDonald Observatory visitor center, Davis Mountain state park, Ft Davis national historic site, etc. than Hwy 90 at Van Horn which is much better for truck traffic, but not so much for scenery. This section of 118 is somewhat narrow with a number of twists and turns, though should certainly be passable in a 30 ft class A as traffic is usually sparse. My bigger concern on Hwy 118 is the section south of Hwy 90, which again should be passable with a 30 ft coach, though I must admit it has been a number of years since I last drove that section of 118.

As to San Antonio and Houston, unless you want to take a specific side trip I think you are better off going straight through on both with Hwy 90 to I-10 in San Antonio and I-10 straight through Houston, though it has again been several years since I driving the south side of San Antonio. As to Houston, I see your intended route as an option, though I see no benefit, as it does add a number of miles, Beltway 8 is often busy, and is a toll Road (some sections are EZ Pass only), 225 in my experience is often has relatively low traffic levels for the number of lanes, but then you have to deal with 146 and the Hartman bridge across the ship channel (though modern, still one of the tallest bridges in Texas). Hwy 146 is mostly an expressway but you still have a few miles of stop and go surface street traffic in Baytown unless it has been rerouted in the last couple of years. Once back on I-10 east of Houston, until the Louisiana state line, you will have dense traffic most hours of the day, particularly where it drops from 3 lanes to 2 lanes going each way about 40 miles east of Houston.
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Be aware that there are some short, VERY steep grades on 170. In the 15% range as I recall.

So if taking that route, may want to disconnect tow and drive separately.

Here is a video of 170:
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One of the questions I asked was when are you traveling.

Right now there is a winter storm warning with ice and snow on the roads in that whole area.

https://www.google.org/publicalerts/...source=maps-sp
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Thanks Slice, Duoglide1, Luckyd, Oldscout, Jake21, Isaac-1 (Trek ), Wolfe10...Will take the 1604 around SA & 10 thru Houston, but not rush hour... Will pay attention to the weather as traveling early January to Florida...
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If you are coming into San Antonio on U.S. 90, it is WAY out of your way to take 1604. If coming from the west on I 10, 1604 is the suggested route.

So, from U.S. 90, just go straight through San Antonio unless right at the peak of rush hour.
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Wolfe10, I am glad you pointed 170 out. I missed that in the OPs post. I was thinking he was going through Alpine and then South.

I have not driven from Presidio, But I did hear it was not well suited for Motorhomes. I have cycled that 13% grade and it was a bugger. I would either let someone here chime in who has driven it, or call Maverick RV Park and ask them about it.

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