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Old 01-24-2021, 10:06 AM   #15
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...Not a fan of 1604, especially during rush hour ....46 is easy to drive...if you go to Boerne, its harder to get back to HWY90...see map...besides, you will get to see enough isolation while in the Big Bend area....Hill Top CG is north of Boerne so going back to SA is doable, also recommend a day trip up to the Fredricksburg area from Hill Top -- quaint little German town with lots to see and do in that area....
Scout, how would you reccommend getting from the campground north of Bourne to 90 when its time to head off to Big Bend driving the 43' rig with the towed Jeep? Would proceededing further west on 46 to 16 west to 183 south to pick up 90 west be the way to do it? I'm unfamiliar with any of those roads out there and their suitabiity to my rig and tow. Or are you suggesting its a better course of action to just take 10 from there out to Terlingua?
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Again, therein lies the challenge....most of the roads south and west from Boerne are a bit hilly and windy--not a real problem for our rigs but you seem to be concerned about road conditions so I probably wont recommend them....I haven't done it but 377 from Junction down to 90 or 277 from Sonora down to 90 might be better bets for you.
90 isn't difficult to drive at all with small towns widely distributed...Seminole Canyon park, Judge Roy Bean museum, and Gage Hotel in Marathon are all good stops along the way. South from Marathon to Big Bend and thru the park to Terlingua is a good route.
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Thanks guys - since buying the coach this is our first real "trip" so to speak so it's all new to us. We're staying at Top Of The Hill for a few days in Bourne to see whatever we can in the San Antonio area, then heading to a very smal park out by Terlingua for a week or so in Big Bend. There were a few highly recommended parks out in the Big Bend area, but they were all full - not a spot to be had. The place we will be staying is called BJ's RV Park. Not very picturesque in the photos, but it gets fair reviews and it's available. The owner has been very cooperative in getting things set up. All we really need is a place to hook up and act as a base camp, so it should be fine.



As for route, taking 46 up from Seguin and around to Bourne looks like a good idea. Assuming it's an open and easy drive, that'll work just fine. Going from Bourne to Terlingua, taking a more interesting road like 90 instead of a superhighway like 10 sounds good. Is 90 a good road, not too tight, etc?



Thanks for all the advice!
Top of the Hill is that the one off of I-10 to the right going west on I-10? We have seen it going thru the area to Medina Lakes.
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Scout, how would you reccommend getting from the campground north of Bourne to 90 when its time to head off to Big Bend driving the 43' rig with the towed Jeep? Would proceededing further west on 46 to 16 west to 183 south to pick up 90 west be the way to do it? I'm unfamiliar with any of those roads out there and their suitabiity to my rig and tow. Or are you suggesting its a better course of action to just take 10 from there out to Terlingua?
From Boerne just head over to Bandera and then down 173 to Hondo and pick up 90.
I don't know how much you driven in Texas, but most of our highways will accommodate a 43' RV and toad.

Use google maps satellite view and you can look at the road.
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When travelling I-10 I always take 1604 around San Antonio and the Sam Houston Tollway around Houston. Never had a problem with either. Have done many times.
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From Boerne just head over to Bandera and then down 173 to Hondo and pick up 90.
I don't know how much you driven in Texas, but most of our highways will accommodate a 43' RV and toad.

Use google maps satellite view and you can look at the road.
Gary, that's the route I was trying to describe above. I was concerned that it wild be super narrow and twisty, or all traffic lights or something. If youo've driven it and it's not a bad drive then I'll give it a try.
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Again, therein lies the challenge....most of the roads south and west from Boerne are a bit hilly and windy--not a real problem for our rigs but you seem to be concerned about road conditions so I probably wont recommend them....I haven't done it but 377 from Junction down to 90 or 277 from Sonora down to 90 might be better bets for you.
90 isn't difficult to drive at all with small towns widely distributed...Seminole Canyon park, Judge Roy Bean museum, and Gage Hotel in Marathon are all good stops along the way. South from Marathon to Big Bend and thru the park to Terlingua is a good route.
Those routes are good possibilities too, Scout. I think if given the choice I'd rather drive 90 than 10, a bit more scenery to liven up our first trip. I assume 90 has plenty of fuel stations that'll accomodate a rig the size of ours? Thanks to all of you, I'm finding that the chalenge of learning about planning the trip is part of the fun! As for the wind aspect of driving a rig like this, I have read about it but haven't experienced it yet. I guess we'll soon see...
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Top of the Hill is that the one off of I-10 to the right going west on I-10? We have seen it going thru the area to Medina Lakes.
That's the one. I picked it beacuse the original route we were going to take was 10 and it's on the way. I wanted to gat through San Antonio on day 1, and spend a few days enjoying the city. My stepson has never seen the Alamo, and we can spend some time on the River Walk, etc. The Top Of The Hill park gets decent reviews, and they've been very helpful on the phone. Again, it's just a place to hook up and be a base camp, so hopefully it's ok.
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Wanted to ask, since you are new to the route and the coach, do you have a gps that's can account for weight, height, and length ? All the planning goes out the window if they send you under a 10' overpass or a 10k bridge


While some poo-poo GPS's, I've depended on updated Garmin's through 4 or so 5'ers, TT's and coaches and been disappointed twice, both time when the wife said I didn't listen to the lady
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That's the one. I picked it beacuse the original route we were going to take was 10 and it's on the way. I wanted to gat through San Antonio on day 1, and spend a few days enjoying the city. My stepson has never seen the Alamo, and we can spend some time on the River Walk, etc. The Top Of The Hill park gets decent reviews, and they've been very helpful on the phone. Again, it's just a place to hook up and be a base camp, so hopefully it's ok.
It will be a drive into San Antonio from there, but while there consider going to Fredericksburg to see the Museum of the Pacific War. It is at Adm. Nimitz hometown and it is a very nice museum. We went last January (2020) when we were sitting at Medina Lakes. We were wanting to go back this past April but with the Covid issue we could not make it, added it to our things to do again list.
If your wife likes SAS shoes there is a factory, and factory outlet store SW of San Antonio going toward Laredo. Wife found it because she loves SAS shoes. Also if you use Wash Wax All for cleaning your rig they are also out of San Antonio, around the airport area.
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When travelling I-10 I always take 1604 around San Antonio and the Sam Houston Tollway around Houston. Never had a problem with either. Have done many times.
That's precisely what we do. No problems using those routes for ~10 years.
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Wanted to ask, since you are new to the route and the coach, do you have a gps that's can account for weight, height, and length ? All the planning goes out the window if they send you under a 10' overpass or a 10k bridge


While some poo-poo GPS's, I've depended on updated Garmin's through 4 or so 5'ers, TT's and coaches and been disappointed twice, both time when the wife said I didn't listen to the lady
I joined RVLife for the RV Trip Wizard and their GPS program. Is that a good system or should I be looking at something that works better? I agree with you, I wanted something that would keep me from going somewhere I shouldn't be as far as the rig passing through or over somewhere it won't fit, etc.
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It will be a drive into San Antonio from there, but while there consider going to Fredericksburg to see the Museum of the Pacific War. It is at Adm. Nimitz hometown and it is a very nice museum. We went last January (2020) when we were sitting at Medina Lakes. We were wanting to go back this past April but with the Covid issue we could not make it, added it to our things to do again list.
If your wife likes SAS shoes there is a factory, and factory outlet store SW of San Antonio going toward Laredo. Wife found it because she loves SAS shoes. Also if you use Wash Wax All for cleaning your rig they are also out of San Antonio, around the airport area.
Good ideas, thanks! Google maps sayd I should be in San Antonio from the RV park in about 30-40 min. That'll work ok. I'd rather drive the Jeep for a few extra minutes than be much closer to San Antonio with the RV. It's also an easier shot from there to Fredricksburg, Kerrville and Hill Country from there.
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That's precisely what we do. No problems using those routes for ~10 years.
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