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Old 10-29-2017, 05:56 PM   #1
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Yuma, Az I10 to San Antonio, Tx in May 2018

Planning on going from Yuma on I 8-I 10 to San Antonio and was wondering how that freeway was. We will be in a truck with a 36í fifth wheel. Going 5/2018. Will weather be ok along that route & no steep mountains? Thanks for your help. Trying to plan ahead.
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:41 PM   #2
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Easy, no issues although watch the wind forecast between Benson AZ to ElPaso. They do get an occasional dust storm. I'm not a huge fan of I10 so unless I was in a big hurry I'd turn off on 90 at Van Horn TX and see some Texas scenery. Be safe.
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Old 10-30-2017, 01:39 AM   #3
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Thank you. Will check it out. We will be in no hurry.
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:20 AM   #4
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We always avoid the Interstates as much as possible. There is so much more to see on the back roads.
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Old 11-02-2017, 12:41 AM   #5
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There is a bypass around El Paso but I don't know it. The traffic on I-10 thru El Paso can be challenging. I'm sure some will chime in and give you the details of the by pass.
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The bypass is Trans Mountain. It can save time if there is traffic. If is longer in miles, but a much more relaxed drive once you are over the pass. El Paso can get challenging. Very narrow lanes, traffic and slow drivers.
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Old 11-03-2017, 05:52 PM   #7
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X3 on the loop around ElPaso. Much more relaxed than going thru on 10
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Worst part will be urban San Antonio. ELP bypass is to get off I -10 on the NM Hwy 404, (O Hara rd), proceed east over the mountain to NM 213, then south to get on 54, then quickly onto 375. That loops east and south around the Army facilities and drops you down to I-10. You do NOT want to drive thru ELP on I-10 unless it is Sunday.
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Lived in El Paso 22 years. As with any city avoid rush hours.
Going the loop 375 around downtown is 10+ miles out of the way, But very very scenic. Some stop lights. And 2000' elevation climb over Franklin Mtns.
Watch for winds and storms any time of year, spring, late summer especially.
Fuel at both ends of city, hard to get into and traffic mid city on I10.
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Agree the bypass is a good way to go. But... a year or so ago when we last did east bound there was construction on the bypass/I10 junction on the east side of El Paso that was no fun to go through (or I missed a sign somewhere). Westbound ok and I think I saw somewhere that was done. If not, think about taking 52 east then dropping south to Van Horn.

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If you do go eastbound on I-10 through El Paso, get in the third lane from the left near the NM/TX line and stay there. No further lane changes will be necessary until you are beyond ELP. I found this tip some time ago on IRV2. It helped reduce my stress level!
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Advice about El Paso right on - follow it if you use I-10.

However, try another route - any route. I-10 can be mind numbing. Since you are not in a hurry, zig zag a lot!! The back roads are fun with places to stop and have a bite to eat, small towns to take a break from driving and walk down main street. Lots of place to overnight along the way - just don't expect lots of resort stuff. (There are exceptions, but for the most part, very utilitarian - and to us, generally more rewarding when travelling)
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