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Old 05-13-2016, 09:40 PM   #1
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leaving st.louis for la driving38 ft safari simba small front cummins diesel.towing flat bed alum trailer,with Honda element.should I take I 40 or I 10 concerned about mountainssome rvrs think I should take i10
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Louisiana, or Los Angeles? We live close to Los Angeles. If that's your destination, you will be traveling over a mountain range no matter which interstate you choose. If memory serves me, you traverse one in Arizona around the ShoLo area on the 10 I think, and you go over some on the 40 in the Flagstaff area....2 that I can think of off the top of my head. HTH.
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Neither of these routes has long steep climbs ...

I-40 has higher elevation in Arizona near Flagstaff and Kingman and in New Mexico near Albuquerque ... but the gain in elevation is pretty gentle

I-10 has climbs in New Mexico near Los Cruces and Arizona near Wilcox

My guess is the headwind will be a bigger potential problem for you than the grades ...
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should have said los angeles
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Could have been Lower Alabama too!
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We were quite taken aback, 4 Easters ago, while attending church services in West Monroe, Louisiana (Duck Dynastyland) when introduced to Miss Kay & sharing that we originated from a town near LA, she thought we meant Lower Alabama. Your reference to the freeways clarifies it though. Both routes are frequented by 18 wheelers & RV's of all sorts. Download the Mountain Directory app for specifics. The bigger concern in choosing a route may be minimizing your entrapment in traffic congestion once in the Inland Empire (San Bernardino/Riverside) egressing to Los Angeles.
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leaving st.louis for la driving38 ft safari simba small front cummins diesel.towing flat bed alum trailer,with Honda element.should I take I 40 or I 10 concerned about mountainssome rvrs think I should take i10
I think another question you should ask yourself is which highway will be hotter? I know we drove 40 across last summer and it was brutal with most of the trip being well over 100*. I would take that into consideration as well looking at temps along 10 and 40 to see which will be more agreeable. I will say that with the exception of Arkansas the pavement on 40 wasn't too bad. Arkansas was brutal.
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I agree with the concern about temps. 11 years ago this summer we were on our way from So Cal to San Antonio in very late June for my son's graduation from AF basic. Pulled into a park in Casa Grande with the air temp at 116*F at 6 pm. I made the mistake of kneeling on the ground while putting pieces of wood under our jacks. Burned the heck out of my knee. From that point on, we left early in the morning & stopped by early afternoon. In an RV park in Fort Stockton, heard a number of people talking about blowouts on their towables. Consensus was that driving at Texas speeds in those temps was more than the tires could handle.
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