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Old 12-23-2016, 03:40 PM   #1
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Looking for information on the best rout from Sioux City IA to Tucson AZ. We are leaving on Jan 2 ... Traveling in 1990 Monaco Signature Series 40' diesel towing a full size GMC
this is our first year to AZ for three months other years it was alway been Florida. Any input on the best road is welcomed
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Old 12-23-2016, 04:00 PM   #2
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Definitely watch the weather carefully. I'd recommend getting south as soon as you can - down to I-10. I-40 can really be bad between Albuquerque and Flagstaff, AZ so monitor it.

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Old 12-26-2016, 08:53 PM   #3
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This is pretty much the route we will take in the Spring to go back to Wisconsin.


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Old 12-26-2016, 09:15 PM   #4
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Pastor ...

I suggest that you study the map between Iowa and Arizona ... notice where all the north-south interstates cross the east-west interstates ... then collect weather information at each of those crosses ... whether you go south or west depends on the weather forecast for points beyond there.

One year we were travelling from Wisconsin to Arizona ... we got to Oklahoma City with clear roads (that is where I-40 crosses I-35) ... we got weather info ... we went west on I-40 ... because I-20 was a skating rink (ice covered) ... we continued to Albuquerque and headed south on I-25 and the roads were clear.

One of the things to keep in mind is that I-40 is about the last east west road that has any snow removal equipment ... south of that they get ice and little snow so they are not prepared for snow removal.

Be safe ... keep your LP tanks full so that you have heat ... and get off the road if conditions get dicey ...

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Be sure you have diesel #1 or a winter additive in your tank in case you hit cold weather. You DON'T want the fuel to gel on you. Gotta remember to turn on my engine preheat first thing in the morning!
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Don't forget your winter coats! it was 20 degrees last night and 34 tonight here in Tombstone AZ. The good news is the high will be around 70 degrees tomorrow. Also bring a spare propane tank. In Laws are here too and going through several gallons a week. Mom says they are paying as much to heat coach as they do during winter in Michigan in their house. If I were you, I head east to South Florida!

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