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Old 12-16-2011, 10:03 AM   #1
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Oklahoma 69, South from I-44 to Dallas

Now that my inquiry on RV.NET RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Oklahoma 69, from I-44 South to Dallas. Good? Bad? has been hijacked by two dudes who want to argue, I am no longer getting any "useful" comments on this route.

Anybody here have any useful comments and experiences traveling on Oklahoma 69 from I-44 going down to Dallas? If it's really as bad as some have said on RV.NET, I'll just go the extra miles and take I-44 to Oklahoma City, and then South on I-35.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:12 AM   #2
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I haven't been on US-69 since 2007 when we traveled from the Houston area to Branson, MO and back - we took US-69 from its southern junction with US-75 up to I-44 and back. At that time, I can honestly say that US-69 was worse than I-30/I-40 across Arkansas or I-10 across Louisiana at their worst. Uneven expansion joints and gaping potholes in the concrete road surface just about beat us to death.

Maybe the entire road has been refurbished by now - I don't know. Based on our experience, though, we'd be looking for alternate routes if we had to do it again.

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Old 12-16-2011, 10:18 AM   #3
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Route 69 is rough in many places. High truck travel to stay away from toll road & short cut. I took it by mistake a few months ago & I would avoid it at all costs. My suggestion is to take the Turner Turnpike (I44) to Tulsa & the hwy. 75 south. You will hook up with 69 again at McAlester. You will encounter another toll road, Indian Nation Turnpike between Henryetta & McAlester Hwy. 69 is a good road from there on south & even better in Texas.
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We took 69 south from I44 to Sherman then west to I35W about a month ago. It is very rough in some areas. The left lane is better than the right lane but not by much. While it is rough, it saves enough time that I will use 69, but I reduce my speed to 50-55 mph to lessen the bad area. However, our coach is a very heavy coach and has a 10 air bag suspension. If drove a pickup with a trailer or 5th wheel, or a coach without air bags I probably would avoid 69!!
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In July we left Joplin area on 71 south, picked up I-40, then 69 & continued on to Dallas. Like any highway there were some rough spots but I'd do it again.
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With all respect, my memory of US-69 was that the worst stretch was from I-40 (Checotah, OK) on north to the I-44 junction near Big Cabin, OK.

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In July we left Joplin area on 71 south, picked up I-40, then 69 & continued on to Dallas. Like any highway there were some rough spots but I'd do it again.
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Cinderdog; If you want to go sightseeing that is not a bad way. Shorter from Joplin I-44 to Big Cabin, Ok US 69 south, it merges with I-75 and on into Dallas. I am a retired cross country trucker. I have driven that route more times than I want to count. Old Trucker
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We lived in NE Oklahoma for several years and traveled Hwy 69 more time than I care to remember. The last time we were on it was exactly 2 years ago and there were some pretty rough sections. They are SLOWLY making repairs on it. The only thing to do is to slow down and not tare up the rig. The right lane is really the worst so we would drive in the left lane if there was no traffic and move over when we were being over taken.

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