So as promised here is a summary of my trip. I left San Jose at about 3:00 p.m. on Thursday 12/15 with the goal to get home before Christmas. The weather was too cold for taking I40 so I figured I would take I5 to I10. So I started on I101 to 156 to 152, which got me to I5. I took I5 over to I210 until I got to I10. I decided when I got to the I20 split I would then check weather before deciding which why road to take.
As far as sleeping, when I got tired I would pull over and take a nap. Because of the truckers taking up all of the rest stop spaces at night, I quickly learned to sleep during the day and drive at night. The nights I needed to sleep I used my AllStays app to find a Walmart Superstore that allowed overnight stops.
One night I stayed at the Sunland RaceTrack Casino in New Mexico. They have 8 RV spots with water and electric. Dumps are also available but your must drive to them. The cost was $15 for the night. While there a neighboring RVís water lines broke and there was water all over the parking area. Well after a meal and some drinks I settled down for some sleep. I awoke to a huge wind storm. With all the other RVís still there I thought it would be safe to stay. So I went right back to sleep. I was awoken an hour later by a loud bang which was something that was blown of a building, but not near me. As I looked outside I was the only RV still in the lot. Needless to say I got myself the heck out of there. I was worried about the wind but it was very manageable.
As I continued on every time I stopped for gas I would check the weather. When I got to the I20 split the weather was suppose to drop below freezing so I continued on to I10. I realized that I had passed a number of nice places but was in a rush to get home so I really did not care that much. Funny thing was I did not see that many RVís on the road going east, but there were several going west. Now even with I10 being the most southern route it was still cold. Also the wind was blowing most of the days I drove.
I drove through Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on my way to Enterprise Alabama where my brother lives. By the way Louisianaís roads were not as bad as I thought they would be. The expansion joint bump was bareable since it did not last very long. When I did get to my brothers house I did stay for a day and relax. But was up and ready to continue the next day. From Alabama it was a straight shot to NJ. I took 85 to 26 to 81 to 76 for the rest of the way. By the way my Garmin 760 GPS had selected the same route I wanted to go, which made my planning very easy.
During this final stretch there was a really bad accident, 4 tractor trailers crash, which took over 11 hours to clean up. My GPS warned me of the accident well before I got there. So I pulled over a take a nap in a rest area. After a couple of hours I thought I was good to go. But I was wrong, I still got stuck in over 2 hours of traffic. There were a couple of more accidents on the road way but none where as bad. My last nap was in a Walmart in Maryland. I got there well after closing but there was another RV and trucks in the parking lot. After a short nap I awoke and got right back on the road.
I arrived at my friendly RV storage facility at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. I got a ride home, showered and sleep for a couple of hours. Went back to my RV to empty it out. Then headed home.
With regards to gas fill ups, I used Flying Jís and Loves most of the time. The gas was cheap and the RV fill up lanes were easy to use. I used a Chevron gas station once, but they were the most expensive by far. I always tried to fill up once I hit Ĺ a tank. This normally resulted in a bill of about $80 each time. Although I havenít totaled my gas bills yet I am guess it is somewhere around $1,100. I also learned that you should check your tire pressure with big temperature changes. There was as much as a 8lb difference from warm to cold weather. I had a pump on board so I adjusted them as needed. With the lower pressure the coach felt that it bounce around more. With the correct pressure the RV was more balanced, stable and controllable.
So this was second long coast to coast trip in a short amount of days this year. I am looking forward to doing it again but with more free time. My Newmar did a great job and was outstanding. The performance and build of this RV made my travels so much easier.
2015 Canyon Star 3424