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Old 12-12-2016, 12:28 PM   #1
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Cali to NJ starts this week

Okay so I am getting ready to drive my Newmar Canyon 3424 back to the east coast this week. Should be on the road Friday morning and will see when I get to NJ. Like my trip out to Cali there will be very little time for relaxing and taking in the sights. My goal is to get home before Xmas. With the weather acting up I had 4 plans for driving back. I80, nope that's not going to happen. I40 is starting to freeze up. I 20 just a little warmer. Finally I10, it doesn't get warmer than this in the US any way. With the three options I40 is about 3,200, I20 3,500 and I10 4,000 miles. Second weather concern is when I should head North. I am thinking 81 or 95 but then again its based on the weather. I most likely make my decision as I go but this should be a fun adventure.
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If I were you I'd make the decision the day before I leave. That way you can get a look at the weather forecast for the different options you are looking at, and because you'll be heading east if it's looking good in front of you then you'll be staying ahead of any weather system coming from he west/NW. This time of year it's totally possible to have an ice/snowstorm as far south as I-10. Once you get east there's nothing you can do if a Nor'easter is moving up the East coast except wait it out. If the weather is looking good I'd probably go with one of the shorter options vice I-10. Also, when I think of I-10 and Louisiana my teethe just automatically start to rattle because of how rough that stretch of interstate is!!! Another consideration in you planning.


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Old 12-12-2016, 01:48 PM   #3
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Just one comment about I-40 v the I-10...

All the northern routes are shorter in miles - BUT - they all have high altitude climbs/falls along the route in the west.

I-10 does not really have any serious climbs over the Sierras or San Gabiel Mtns and the Rocky's...the range's just sorta get flatter in the south.

I would expect that where you turn North is dependent on weather. We usually go 8 to 10 to 20 (west TX). After Dallas, planning gets easy as storms move across the region.

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40 years driving the big rigs coast to coast 9 out of 10 times you'll run into a bigger snow storm trying run around one. If you're below Fresno I40 is the shortest route but if you believe the weather report another storm is going across this weekend. Good luck and be safe😎
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I just watched the weather report and it doesn't look good for you if your planning the northern passage.
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Okay so I am getting ready to drive my Newmar Canyon 3424 back to the east coast this week. Should be on the road Friday morning and will see when I get to NJ. Like my trip out to Cali there will be very little time for relaxing and taking in the sights. My goal is to get home before Xmas. With the weather acting up I had 4 plans for driving back. I80, nope that's not going to happen. I40 is starting to freeze up. I 20 just a little warmer. Finally I10, it doesn't get warmer than this in the US any way. With the three options I40 is about 3,200, I20 3,500 and I10 4,000 miles. Second weather concern is when I should head North. I am thinking 81 or 95 but then again its based on the weather. I most likely make my decision as I go but this should be a fun adventure.
Safest route weather wise is I-10 to I-95 north.
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This time of year, I wouldn't consider any route but I-10. Just the thought of icy roads would make the decision easy for me. I would have a chance of controlling a car . A 20,000 lb MH, forget about it! Be safe. You are not an over-the-road trucker on a schedule.
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Hi Everyone thanks for all the pointers. I have been and will continue to track the weather until I make it home. LOL. I have checked and double check all the systems, tire pressure, batteries etc. I have to dump my tanks and get propane, should be on the road Friday. Will have a basic plan and will amend it day to day. Of course road of last resort is I10. Nothing over I40 is even in consideration. If I meet Santa I be sure to tell him you all said Hi.
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Hi Everyone thanks for all the pointers. I have been and will continue to track the weather until I make it home. LOL. I have checked and double check all the systems, tire pressure, batteries etc. I have to dump my tanks and get propane, should be on the road Friday. Will have a basic plan and will amend it day to day. Of course road of last resort is I10. Nothing over I40 is even in consideration. If I meet Santa I be sure to tell him you all said Hi.
I think you should look at a map. If you arn't going on I-40 or further north you are going on I-10. The only outher option would be to go I-10 to where I-20 splits off and take I-20 east through Dallas. They are already forecasting sub zero weather in Dallas by next weekend.
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I think you should look at a map. If you arn't going on I-40 or further north you are going on I-10. The only outher option would be to go I-10 to where I-20 splits off and take I-20 east through Dallas. They are already forecasting sub zero weather in Dallas by next weekend.
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Where did you find that info for the Dallas weather be below zero?
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Ok they have revised it. Sat the 12th High 73 low 24 Sunday the 13th 32/20 Monday 40/27 Tuesday is back above freezing. 51/37. The forecast for Amarillo (I-40) on 12/17 is 39/6 with chance of snow showers.
But keep checking it will change again.
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I-10 to Mobile, Al, I-65 North to Montgomery, Al (make sure you have enough fuel between Mobile and Montgomery), I-85 North to I-95 to NJ. Should miss any bad weather until you get north of Richmond, VA. Drive on the top half of the tank in case of bad weather so you have reserve. I-40 across Tennessee may get snow in East Tennessee.
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Well I did it. Sorry for the lack of the blow by blow but my Newmar got me home with out a problem. So I left San Jose the sfternoon of 12/15 and got to NJ on the morning of 12/21. I spent a day in Alabama hanging with my brother. So in 6 days of driving I completed 3,664 miles. My first and last days were over a thousand miles. Average speed was 65 miles an hour. I stayed at a casnio, walmarts and rest stops, no RV parks this run. I will fill in the details later, going to see Rouge 1 then get smeo much needed sleep.
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