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Old 06-11-2015, 10:17 AM   #1
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Traveling Las Vegas to Austin Tx

I have a Thor Outlaw 37ls and was wondering if anyone can tell me if I am better taking Hwy 10 or Hwy 20 heading east?
Time wise they are close but wanting to see if one is smoother or better grades of travel.
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I prefer the I-10 route. There are lots of places to stop for breaks near El Paso.

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Old 06-11-2015, 11:06 AM   #3
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Have driven both routes, I-10 all day long, way less traffic, and on I-10 with an 85mph speed limit, you can make good time.
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There is also less risk of running into bad weather on I-10. Only thing to remember is that once you pass El Paso, there are really no RV parks until you reach Van Horn; so, if you pass El Paso late in the day, you will have to drive after dark to get to a park. After dark driving in west Texas on I-10 is a risky proposition due the large number of deer.
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Why are you going that far south this time of year? Pick up 1-40 in Kingman.take US 287 outside of Amarillo, towards Ft Worth, Pick up 1-35W north of Ft Worth, to I-820 to I-35W down to Austin. Also lots of other ways to go from Amarillo.
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Why are you going that far south this time of year? Pick up 1-40 in Kingman.take US 287 outside of Amarillo, towards Ft Worth, Pick up 1-35W north of Ft Worth, to I-820 to I-35W down to Austin. Also lots of other ways to go from Amarillo.
Absolutely. We drove both routes earlier this year and down to El Paso is way out of the way. Stop in Amarillo at the Big Texan for a steak.
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Absolutely. We drove both routes earlier this year and down to El Paso is way out of the way. Stop in Amarillo at the Big Texan for a steak.
Through Amarillo is an option, But the OP did ask specifically about the I20 or I10 option.

My concern with the northern entrance to Texas this time of year is the strong thunderstorm activity in that area. I'd keep abreast of the pending weather for the planned departure and traveling dates.

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If they really wanted to take the secret bat trail then taking 40 to Amarillo to Lubbock to Sweetwater to Bollinger to Brady to 71 all the way into Austin is the trick. But no way is fighting traffic and construction on I-35 faster. Guess the real question is what part of Austin they trying to get to? If they trying to get to South Dallas(Round Rock), then I-20 might be faster?
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Thanks gang ! Great options again I am just looking for the best route to go road condition wise.


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This time of year do you really want to go through all the heat in Arizona and around El Paso?

As far as storms go - you can pick them up anywhere on the east side of the Rockies - including El Paso, and Austin.

At Santa Rosa, NM you can pick up US Highway 84 - that will take you all the way to Goldthwaite, where you can stay on US Highway 163 on into Austin. Granted these meander a little, but will avoid the major cities.

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We live near Austin. Go to PHX, then I-10 past Junction, then across on 290 to Austin. We stop in Anthony, and Ft stockton
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93 to Kingman
I-40 to Clines Corner, NM
285 to Roswell, NM
380 to Brownfield, TX
137 to Lamesa, TX
87 to Brady, TX
71 to Austin

Probably the best route and road conditions I have ever driven since RVing. This is assuming you want to get there without seeing anything. Otherwise a detour to Palo Duro Canton would be worthwhile. We stayed at American RV in Albuquerque and La Vedera RV in Lamesa, TX. American RV is really nice. La Vedera was full of oil field workers but was a very decent place to stop for the night. Probably not as full these days. I have been up I-10 a couple dozen times in the last 10 years and it is about the fastest east - west route there is but it is about 60 mi longer.

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