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Old 10-01-2020, 10:14 PM   #1
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Anyone pull a 5th wheel (38' OR Longer) between these two cities on Highways 501,4,126? If so, would you do it again?
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We've driven it with the Jeep. 126 is paved at both ends but there's about 10 mi. of one to two lane dirt road and could be washboard and will be slick in rain. It has curves and would be slow-going with a 38' 5th. Pretty drive though.
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Old 10-01-2020, 11:56 PM   #3
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If it is a 5th wheel commonly used for hunting trips into high country, then the route mentioned is reasonable. If the 5th wheel is more set up for paved roads, better to drive the extra to San Ysidro and take 550 from there to Cuba.
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Old 10-02-2020, 12:03 PM   #4
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Do not take a fifth wheel on 126 west of Fenton Lake. Not only is it not paved, there are lots of washed out sections, sharp turns and grades that I don't even like navigating in my pickup. It's a long bumpy 10 miles for sure. I probably wouldn't take a fiver into Fenton Lake either but people do it. Not many sites in there that are close to level. I've seen some pretty creative use of leveling blocks used in there.

I've camped in the Jemez and wanted to head towards Cuba, and always take 4 back to 550 and back up. Another one to avoid is 112 from Cuba to Tierra Amarilla. The road through the reservation is bad enough but across the El Vado dam it's single lane with sharp turns and a weight limit. Scary enough with four wheels much less 6 wheels or more.

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Old 10-10-2020, 12:16 PM   #5
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I also recommend staying on 4. It is a very good road, with some great scenic stops at Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Falls, Jemez Springs hot springs, and the Jemez NHL ruins.
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