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Old 10-10-2019, 03:09 PM   #1
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Old Route 66 trip with 45ft class A with toad starting OK to NM

I'm planning to head out west on a trip and would like get to see some of old route 66 (never been on) probably starting from Oklahoma City to either amarillo tx or Albuquerque NM. I read that some of the road intertwined with I-40 and some of the rt 66 roads are not well maintained or even driveable. I know people with cars and some rvers (smaller ones?) have gone of these roads. Anyone with a 45ft class A and toad (65ft total length) been on the rt 66 stretch from Oklahoma to new Mexico? If so, what is your experience...is it driveable? Are there certain sections to avoid or to skip...such as bridges, small roads, etc? Are there sections I should go and not go on route 66? Any recommendations on places to go along that route? I tried searching online for this, but most of stuff I read is geared to cars and maybe smaller rvs. Any online resources on rt 66 for big rigs or large MH. Much appreciated for any help.
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Here is an excellent mile by mile description of route 66. Give it to your copilot to put on their lap and follow the sights and attractions for each mile. We used it like the"Milepost" publication of the Alaskan Highway. Easy to read with lots of descriptive detail. It will entertain you for the whole trip.

Here is the Amazon site to purchase.

https://www.amazon.com/Route-66-EZ66.../dp/0988924617

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There is more of the actual highway left in Arizona. There is a stretch west of Oklahoma City that has the Pony Bridge over the Canadian River. It has a weight limit of 15 tons. I took a video of it when we crossed it. Cheers.
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Here is an excellent mile by mile description of route 66. Give it to your copilot to put on their lap and follow the sights and attractions for each mile. We used it like the"Milepost" publication of the Alaskan Highway. Easy to read with lots of descriptive detail. It will entertain you for the whole trip.

Here is the Amazon site to purchase.

https://www.amazon.com/Route-66-EZ66.../dp/0988924617

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Thanks for providing a resource/guide to use. Will look into this guide. Where did you started off and ended off on route 66? I see you had a 39ft rv...did you also have a toad? Any difficulties with driving the rv on your rt 66 trip?
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There is more of the actual highway left in Arizona. There is a stretch west of Oklahoma City that has the Pony Bridge over the Canadian River. It has a weight limit of 15 tons. I took a video of it when we crossed it. Cheers.
Thanks for the info and posting the video on the pony bridge. Wow, my MH alone would exceed the weight limit of that bridge. Will have to find a way to go around it. Where did you started and ended on your journey on rt 66?
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Thanks for the info and posting the video on the pony bridge. Wow, my MH alone would exceed the weight limit of that bridge. Will have to find a way to go around it. Where did you started and ended on your journey on rt 66?
That's why I noted the weight. We were in a 40 ft motorhome pulling a car. We were pretty much right at the weight limit. Interstate 40 bypasses the bridge. You have to get off the Interstate to cross the bridge. Much of the old hwy is bumpy, and dead ends where they have taken out bridges etc. A good chunk of route 66 on your route has been incorporated into the Interstate, but pieces of it are still there. You will find better luck hitting the old towns. The original route 66 is now the main streets of these towns. We started in St Louis, and went all the way to California. On the stretch you are on, we more or less just hit the towns, and the odd stretch of original hwy. There is much more of the old highway intact in Arizona. Check out Justin Scarred on YouTube. I watched many of his Route 66 videos before we went.

He has a playlist of around 60 or 70 route 66 videos
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We only ran Rt66 from Joliet IL to Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

There is a lot of the old road left, but with a big A, you best be careful. There is a lot of the Mother Road still there, but it is not suitable for a large coach. While I was not worried for us, I do not recall any clearance issues south of Joliet.

If you are following EZ-66 (Backwards) you will get adequate warnings.

We would like to go back and do the rest some day, but I personally am afraid to go into California.

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