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Old 12-06-2021, 08:14 PM   #1
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Least traffic going to Dallas from the west

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We'll be staying at a Harvest Host site for the evening in Brownfield, TX on Hwy 380. From there we go to our next location in Denton, TX, on the NW side of Dallas. Hwy 380 goes directly to Denton. However, our Google maps shows a southern route that takes the same amount of time. That route takes us Hwy 380 to Hwy 84, and then south to I-20. We would end up in Fort Worth but then would have to drive on I-30 / I-35 up to Denton. Which route would you recommend? We are pulling a 41' fifth wheel, and the last time we were in Dallas we remember how narrow the lanes were and how much traffic there was! :-) Thanks for any help!
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Hi all,

We'll be staying at a Harvest Host site for the evening in Brownfield, TX on Hwy 380. From there we go to our next location in Denton, TX, on the NW side of Dallas. Hwy 380 goes directly to Denton. However, our Google maps shows a southern route that takes the same amount of time. That route takes us Hwy 380 to Hwy 84, and then south to I-20. We would end up in Fort Worth but then would have to drive on I-30 / I-35 up to Denton. Which route would you recommend? We are pulling a 41' fifth wheel, and the last time we were in Dallas we remember how narrow the lanes were and how much traffic there was! :-) Thanks for any help!


Id stay on 380 if you donít like big city traffic. I sure donít. And I try to avoid I35 like the plague.
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We're from Lubbock and now live just outside of FTW. Spent Thanksgiving in Lubbock.

Our preferred route from Lubbock to Haslet is 82/277/287 I don't mind a few extra miles for a much better road. This would be my recommendation, go up to Lubbock and stay on the Marsha Sharp Freeway through town and catch 82/114 to Seymour then go to Wichita Falls and catch 287 to Decatur then over to Denton on 380.

380 would be our second choice, we did it in October and it's OK. It's tighter and a bit rougher but not bad. We hadn't done this in years and most likely won't do it again for years to come.

If you take 380 it's 321 miles and 5 hours and 20 minutes or 82/277/287/380 it's 348 miles and 5 hours and 19 minutes.

Absolutely would not take I-20 to I-35 to Denton that's a nightmare.

We have driven all of the routes numerous times and like I said we would go up to Lubbock.
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I would not suggest any route through downtown Fort Worth in/with an RV. It is a mess on a good day. And at off times, like midnight, they often shut down lanes for construction.

Pretty much every major road is under construction.

I can't speak to the other routes, but I would take the unknown to the known.
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Good to know. Then we won't take I-35 north out of Denton. Thanks!
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Good to know the nightmare roads to avoid. My husband decided to go ahead with the 380 route because it looked like a straight shot....and as you said....not too bad. We left this a.m. and have now arrived in Brownfield, TX. So far, so good, and not much traffic this time of year. Thanks for your help!
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That's precisely why we were worried. We were in Dallas a few years ago (without the RV). The lanes on the interstates were narrow, and the traffic was insane. We'll try to avoid the worst roads, go around the north side of Ft. Worth and Dallas, take it slow, and pray! Ha! Thanks!
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...My husband decided to go ahead with the 380 route because it looked like a straight shot....and as you said....not too bad.

I'd suggest filling up at the latest in Post.
Not that many places along the way to easily pull a RV in along the way, especially on a Sunday.
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Good to know. Then we won't take I-35 north out of Denton. Thanks!
I-35 North out of Denton would be fine for a next leg. You just want to avoid I-35W and 820 on the north side of Ft Worth on your way to Denton if at all possible. It's under construction and has been for too many years. It's doable certainly if it saves a lot of time though.
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Good to know. Then we won't take I-35 north out of Denton. Thanks!

35 North from Denton isnít bad. I was referring to 35E and W in the metroplex.
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Will do! Thanks for the suggestion!
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Okay, thanks! We'll just stay on 380 after we leave Denton....all the way across the north side of Dallas, catching I-30.
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Since we're heading to Indianapolis, it doesn't actually make sense for us to go straight north on I-35 anyway. We'll stay on 380 across the north side of Dallas and catch I-30. Even if there is construction, it's a Sunday and hopefully traffic won't be too bad. Thanks!
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Okay, thanks! We'll just stay on 380 after we leave Denton....all the way across the north side of Dallas, catching I-30.
Lots of stop lights now through Frisco and McKinney on 380 east of Denton. That area is booming. Shouldn't be too bad if leaving early. Safe travels.
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