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Old 01-10-2020, 10:32 AM   #1
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I-10 or I-40 Eastbound Mid to Late March

Hiya fellow RV folks..

We live in Nevada and will be traveling to Perry GA in mid March to a National Dog Agility Championship. I was just wondering in you folks have any thoughts on travelling either I-10 or I-40 eastbound at that time of year.

We would be leaving from Las Vegas and either ending up going through Flagstaff Eastbound or going down to Phoenix to Tucson and taking I-10.

Not having traveled through any of those areas that time of year have no idea what weather conditions would be like especially taking I-40 up through the Flagstaff way.

We will be traveling in a HR Vacationer 33C towing a Jeep Rubicon. We will end up in Perry which is a bit South of Atlanta area.

Trying to decide which way to go so we can lock in some stops along the way.
I realize weather is the big unknown here but anyone with experience on those routes your words will be welcome.

Thanks a bunch..

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If you can afford to potentially get delayed for a day or two by freak late season snow, take I-40 if not take I-10. It is not unheard of for snow storms to close down I-40 for up to 24 hours in mid to late March.
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Old 01-10-2020, 03:26 PM   #3
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Thanks Issac. We have a couple day buffer built in for such occasions. I would like to take I-40 if possible but I am kinda sick of snow (we live just south of Reno) and really do not want to take the RV through snow at all. We can spend a day or two to sit out weather.
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Old 01-10-2020, 03:31 PM   #4
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Then out of the two routes I would lean towards I40. We did a 3,200 mile loop from Louisiana to the Grand Canyon and southern Utah in October, meeting I-40 at Amarillo, TX outbound and driving back I-10 meeting up in southern New Mexico. Overall except for the cross winds I liked I-40 more, particularly as it avoids El Paso, San Antonio and Houston.


p..s if spending a night in Amarillo, make sure to go eat at the Big Texan steakhouse, they have free limo pickup service from all area hotels and RV parks. (take the limo you don't want to try to park there yourself)
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From Oklahoma east you will be fine. Cannot speak for what happens west.
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We’re plant an early March trip from Tucson back towards home in Florida. We’re going to try to take 40 across rathe than 10 if at all possible. I’ll have a week to make the trip (I’m still working full time) so a delay day or 2 may not be an issue. I look at it as I can always bail on 50 and head south toward 10 if I absolutely have to.
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Old 01-11-2020, 04:36 AM   #7
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I-40 is shorter but if weather forces you to go south to I-10 you may want to connect onto I-20 just east of Van Horn. Less traffic than I-10, better road too. Only negative is going thru Dallas but if you time it right it is not a problem.
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Why not make a loop using more than 1 highway?
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We actually are going to transition to I-20 after visiting friends in Albany TX. I was just wondering if initially traveling on I-40 would be ok through AZ and NM at that time of the year. It would be more out of the way to go down to connect up to I-10 in the Phoenix area.
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i would plan on taking i-40. there might be weather problems in which case either stay put for a while or revert to plan b. this is a major truck route and efforts are made to keep it open. but no guarantees for the exact day you want to use it. just be adaptable.
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Sounds like a plan. Thanks all for your thoughts...
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We've run both routes in the last few weeks. Can't help you with the weather side of things, but the condition of I-40 and the traffic is so much better than I-10. If you can take the chance on the weather being OK I'd do 40. We get off at Memphis and head down I-22 to B-ham then US 280 to Columbus GA then US 80/ GA 96/ US 341 over to Perry. Pretty much great 4 lane roads all the way.
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I have hit a snowstorm in Flagstaff in April. It was the kind that layered ice on my wipers and filled up the grill with a layer of ice. Get to I 10 and go through Phoenix. Aslo, the truckers seem to be more hateful on I 40. If you stay away from rush hour 3PM to 6 PM Phoenix traffic is OK
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I'm with Mingus. I-40 is a crap shoot. It can be great, or it can be very bad in winter. Do ya feel lucky, mister? Well, do ya?
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