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Old 10-02-2010, 03:09 PM   #1
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Traveling from St Louis to Ft Worth

My wifes next job assignment looks like it will be in Ft Worth TX. We will be leaving St Charles MO on Oct 16 or 17th.

Can anyone tell me what the toll costs are through OK on I 44 from MO state line to OK City for class 3. I looked up the OK turnpike tolls but was not sure if I was reading it correctly. Do you pay the toll at several toll booths along the way or do you pay when you exit. I think it will be about $14. I google mapped the route & changed routes to avoid tolls. I came up with an extra 90 miles by staying on interstates. At 7 mpg's it would cost apprx $35 in gas.

Next question. If we leave on the 16th it will be late in the afternoon. Would like to drive only about 3-4 hours. This puts us just North of Springfield MO. Are there any easy off/ easy on camp grounds just North of Springfield? There is a Wal Mart in Marshfield that appears to be just off the interstate. Has anyone parked here for the night? Is it a safe area and do they allow boondocking? I will of coarse call ahead if we are going to boondock there.
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Can anyone tell me what the toll costs are through OK on I 44 from MO state line to OK City for class 3. I looked up the OK turnpike tolls but was not sure if I was reading it correctly. Do you pay the toll at several toll booths along the way or do you pay when you exit. I think it will be about $14. I google mapped the route & changed routes to avoid tolls. I came up with an extra 90 miles by staying on interstates. At 7 mpg's it would cost apprx $35 in gas.

Next question. If we leave on the 16th it will be late in the afternoon. Would like to drive only about 3-4 hours. This puts us just North of Springfield MO. Are there any easy off/ easy on camp grounds just North of Springfield? There is a Wal Mart in Marshfield that appears to be just off the interstate. Has anyone parked here for the night? Is it a safe area and do they allow boondocking? I will of coarse call ahead if we are going to boondock there.
We love the the turnpike and consider the small tolls a donation for nice comfortable drive.

We have stayed a couple of times at the Walmart near St. Robert and believe that is the one you are talking about. Its is nice spot and they welcome overnighters.

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Old 10-02-2010, 04:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion, but we would like to get about 50 miles south of St Roberts. But this is good to know in case we get started later than expected.
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I live in St. Robert, the one you are talking about is in Marshfield and is close to I-44. I don't know if they allow RV parking but would think they would. It is a small town and I think it would be safe.
The toll in Okla. I believe you only pay once and get a refund when you leave the interstate. You don't go all of the way to Okla City I don't think. In fact i always get off on Hwy. 69 at Big Cabin. The road is not the smoothest but it sure saves a lot of miles.
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Bill2 Looks like 69 would cut out about 40 miles. Is 69 a 4 lane highway?
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We went up and back on US69 for the 2007 iRV2 National Rally in Branson. It's undoubtedly the worst road I've had the misfortune to drive on. It's a concrete 4-lane, but every expansion joint is kicked and humped. It makes I-10 across Louisiana back 5 years ago look like a pool table.

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Rusty, you are correct about it being a concrete road and it being a 4 lane. I will agree it is not the best road in the US but I can tell you that it isn't as bad in a MH as it would be in your 5th wheel. You don't notice the expansion joints as bad.
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May be ok in the MH but I believe my wife would not be happy following me in her Mazda MX5/Miata. Tight suspension & low profile tires.
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Going to OKC you will have two different turnpikes, or possibly three. The Will Rogers from the MO state line to east side of Tulsa and the Turner Turnpike from the west side of Tulsa to OKC. You can take the Creek Turnpike around Tulsa but to me it adds time and distance onto the trip. Just be aware there is construction going through Tulsa. There are only a few services on the turnpikes but quite a few on the east side of Tulsa, e.g. Pilot, Flying J, and a Shamrock Truck Stop. Never used the Pilot but doesn't look like there is much room if you are in a gas rig. There isn't any need to use the Kirkpatrick in OKC as it will take you out of your way. The Turner ends at I-35.

The way the turnpikes work is you get on and the full toll is collected about midway. If you get off before the toll booth they charge you there. Be aware that some of the booths are unmanned and correct change is required, aka No Change. When you get back on you get a ticket that tells them where you got on and then pay at the toll. If you get off after the toll booth they will give you a refund based on your receipt.

If you and/or your wife are going to be running the turnpikes you might want to get a Pikepass. No stopping at any of the toll booths in the state. There is a slight discount to the tolls and it can be moved from car to car but you do have to change the records which is easily done on-line. I've had one for decades and have moved it from my car to a motorcycle to a MH to a MH w/ a toad. They like to have a credit card to keep a minimum balance but I have mine set for manual and add money to it when I am going to be travelling through the state.
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Mageksl, Thank You for that info on the turnpikes. That is exactly the info I was looking for. As far as the Pikepass goes, this is just a one way, one time trip. We will pay the cash price at the booth. This method of a one time toll if you don't exit is in my mind a much better way than the FL toll booths that are setup every couple of miles around Miami, Ft Lauderdale & Orlando. We will be making this trip in a week from today. New town, new adventure. We are excited. This is a great way to see this beautiful country.
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Well we made the trip from St louis to Ft Worth. Stayed the 1st night at the Walmart in Mansfield MO. Not a very large parking lot, but it served its purpose for us & another 5th wheel & a few tractor trailers at the other end of the parking lot. Thanks Walmart.

Headed into OK on I-44. Stopped at the 1st rest area welcome center. The lady there strongly suggested taking I-69 due to construction in Tulsa OK. The first part of the turnpike was pretty bumpy also. So we opted for I-69 with the possibility of taking I-40 west if we were not happy. I-69 was ok for the first half then there were some very bumpy areas south of I-40. I suppose it would have saved us about 90 miles if we had stayed on route into Ft Worth but we decided to head west to wards I-35 in the southern part of OK.

We wanted to stay at the Winstar Casino campground Sunday night. So we saved about 40-50 miles and maybe some time. The Winstar campground was very nice. The casino was nice but not to us. It took our money & gave nothing but a few hours of fun back. LOL We had a good meal at the Fish & Ale restaurant in the casino & the breakfast buffet was OK but a bit overpriced for what you got. Back to the campground after breakfast, did some laundry and packed up & left for Ft Worth.

Arrived in Ft Worth around noon and headed for the Campers World on south 35W. Parked the MH there for the day while we searched for an rv park for our 3 month stay. The internet does not give even a partial lising of rv parks in the Ft Worth area. We were quite surprised at the amount of parks & dealers in the area. Also the internet does not give the full pictures of the parks that are listed. One in particular had a great view on the internet website. We spent over a hour & a half traveling to one in particular after our GPS sent us around town to avoid a traffic jam, only to find the nice view, was of the farm field that was fenced off from the behind a gravel rv parking lot. No thanks.

We did find a very nice, well maintained RV park south of Ft Worth.

Thanks for everyones advice on our traveling route.
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Dsbike,
I will also be traveling from St. Louis but to Austin, TX on the first of the month unless plans change in the mean time, so I thank you for the update on the road conditions.
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Which RV park are you in? RV Ranch?
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I will also be traveling from St. Louis but to Austin, TX on the first of the month unless plans change in the mean time, so I thank you for the update on the road conditions.
If I was to make this drive again, I would still use I-69. Just because of the nice drive, small towns & saving a good amount of mileage. Just be aware of the bumpy road at times.
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