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Old 07-05-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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Newbie on I-10 in San Antonio

Could use a little help here....new to motorhome, will be driving east on I-10. Do I stay on I-10 through San Antonio or use what look like beltways...C.W. Anderson Loop? 410? I'm sure these are non-issues to you with experience but I have nightmares about one way streets, low bridges and traffic cops pounding on my window. Houston I know I'll take the loop, but north or south? any difference? Thanks in advance....
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Old 07-05-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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The way around San Antonio is 1604 (C.W. Anderson Loop) ... the first (and majority) of this is freeway ... then there is some four lane with some cross traffic ... and the last few miles are very good two lane road ...

This is an easy drive .... I have done it several times ... this route was recommended to me by a friend that lives in the area ...
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:36 PM   #3
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I live in San Antonio. You won't have a problem going straight through on I-10. Do it all the time. It will be a much shorter trip than going around.
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:41 PM   #4
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BTW, as you leave San Antonio on I-10, just outside loop 410, you will find a Pilot, a T/A, and a Flying J.
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What time of the day are you planning to come through Houston. If it after 0900 and before 1500, I'd take I-10 straight through and not use the loop 610 or the expensive Sam Houston Toll road.

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Ken is correct, I-10 straight through is the quickest and just as easy as 610. The Beltway (Toll) is the LONG way around. And as stated, the hours between 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. are the the hours of less traffic. 11-1 is lunch and can get slightly busy. During rush hour traffic, 0630-0900 and 1500-1800 it will not matter if you are on I-10, 610, Beltway or otherwise - it will be slow.

The West side of I-10 is just about complete with 5-6 lanes in some areas. Just past Katy-Mills around Brookshire, it will go down to 2 lanes, but not all at once. There will be lane narrowing signs ahead of time.

When traveling through the big cities, stay in the middle lane (second from right) and avoid slowing and speeding up with the on/off ramps. Try to travel the speed limit, or no less than 55 on the freeway through the city unless otherwise posted. The faster traffic will be in the left lane, and those behind you will go around. Just be careful of the jerks that cut in front of you quickly. They just don't realize how much room you need to stop.
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I have lived in both San Antonio and Houston (current) and went to both Kerrville and Medina last month. I prefer to use Loop 1604 in San Antonio. It may be a little longer, but it is a much easier drive. Gas prices are good there too (although about 10 higher than Houston).

As for Houston, no matter when you come thru here, there is traffic. Stay away from the heavy traffic times if at all possible. I-10 going West comes to a crawl about 5:00 PM. There is no easy way to get thru Houston - just know it is coming and be prepared for it. In my opinion I-10 would be better than 610 and it is easier to drive. If you get off the freeway in Houston you will find the cheapest gas prices here. I bought regular gas at the Wal-Mart at Hwy. 6 @ Hwy. 290 for $2.44 ($2.41 with Wal-Mart card) last Friday.

Good luck on your trip and enjoy your new RV!
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I live here in San Antonio and I use 1604 to get out of town (east and westbound) in my MH.
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