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Old 02-16-2011, 08:06 PM   #1
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Interstate 8 safe?

Is I-8 safe to travel from Phoenix to San Diego? Going that way with the family in a few weeks want to stay overnight around Yuma area. I have been reading about drug/people smugglers. Should I find another route?
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:40 PM   #2
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I travel from Tucson to San diego down I8 often. I have never had any problems. I have not overnighted at any rest stops. But I am not worried driving down I8. Good highway no problemo.
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We just spent a week in Yuma, no problems other than the wind and dirt.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:10 PM   #4
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No problemo....as mentioned, I wouldn't spend the night at any rest stops but that's just common sense. Have a safe trip.

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Is I-8 safe to travel from Phoenix to San Diego? Going that way with the family in a few weeks want to stay overnight around Yuma area. I have been reading about drug/people smugglers. Should I find another route?
Don't think you are going to find any issues out there. We live in Tucson and run I8 back and forth to San Diego with the RV fairly frequently. The same caution we need to use elswhere, but nothing more. Having said that we hear a lot of scary tales but like anything else you have to kinda ignore the sensationalism.

Go for it and have a great trip. There is lots of nice scenery on that route.
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I-8 is a nice highway and Yuma is nice this time of year. Happy trails, Joe
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:20 PM   #7
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I have been in Yuma for the past 7 weeks ... there has been absolutely no incidents on I-8 during that time. I plan to travel to San Diego in another 10 days. I have absolutely no concern about my safety.

There are lots of nice RV parks in Yuma for your overnight.

PS, There is a Flying J at exit 12 and a Love's at exit 3... fuel is cheaper in AZ than in CA.
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I would have no concerns about traveling I-8 but I definitely wouldn't spend the night at rest stops anywhere in California. I also wouldn't dip in to Mexico at all. I don't know about the interior but the border towns are more dangerous than they have probably ever been.
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[QUOTE=cliff841;840473]I would have no concerns about traveling I-8 but I definitely wouldn't spend the night at rest stops anywhere in California. QUOTE]

California has taken care of that concern by closing most of the rest stops due to lack of money to maintain them.

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...I also wouldn't dip in to Mexico at all. I don't know about the interior but the border towns are more dangerous than they have probably ever been.
We just got back from San Jose Del Cabo/Cabo San Lucas area and never once felt our lives were in jeopardy. We did fly there though.

I did drive down there once but that was 25 years ago so that information hardly counts for anything...but, again, no problems at that time.
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Yes it's safe. Stop in Dateland before you hit Yuma, the bathrooms in Dateland are very nice!
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