Hello to fellow RVrs-we're just back into RVing after taking a long break. We will be transporting our daughter, grandson, and 2 cats from NC to her husbands' new Army base in California in August. We have a 38 foot diesel pusher and wonder which route is better? Do we need to be concerned about border traffic? Heat? Mountain or bad roads? We will be returning via the northern route. Any info or advice would be welcome. Thanks!
Lot of times when we travel west, to avoid Black Mt & the gorge on I-40, sometimes I'll run down I-85 to Atlanta & then I-20 west to Birmingham Al & 78 back up to Memphis Tenn & I-40 the rest of the way west, but I'm north of you around the Rocky Mount area.
Most of the truckers here going west, will run I-95 south to Florance SC & then pick up I-20 west on out to Birmingham, 78 to Memphis & I-40 on out.
I-20 over to Birmingham is good road, rolling hills but not bad.
78 has stop lights out of Birmingham, but turns into fair 4 lane & is a bit ruff right as you get close to Memphis with congested 4 lane & some stop lights.
I-40 is real ruff out threw Ark, so batten down the hatches & has been known to flood in the low area during big rains.
North route back, all I've traveled is I-90 from SD east or west & its riff as a cob, one cement joint to the other.
A good note to remember, gas is cheaper in SC than NC, so that is a plus going that way & I dont know why, but everytime we fill up at the Flying J in Memphis, we get bad fuel mileage going west or east.
Gas is cheaper in VA as well.
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I'd rather go I-40 than I-20 thru Dallas!! You might keep watch on the weather as you get near Flagstaff. There is an RV park where we like to stop at exit 60 Amarillo then left to the park. Oasis RV Park. Paved, level, long pull thrus. Small cafe on premises. $30 per night full hookup.
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From Fayetteville, definitely I-40. MS Streets & Trips says to go south to Atlanta via I-20 and then through Birmingham. But we just left GA for TX and one of our son's told us I-20 at GA/AL border was delayed because of a potholes repair.
Years ago, we drove I-40 it all the way from North of Atlanta up to Chattanooga heading to the Redwoods. After the Grand Canyon, we were told to drive through the desert at night to not stress our van's radiator. Sure glad we did, the kids slept all the way.
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If I read your post correctly you're asking about CA-120 and not I-20 correct? Army base in Monterey? I know there's a Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey that has members of all services attending. My son got his Masters there. He's in the Navy Fort Ord is in Montery but that was closed decades ago. They will LOVE Monterey
I would take I-40 to Barstow CA and then pick up CA-58 to Bakersfield. Continue with CA-58 until you hit I-5. North on I-5 to CA-46 West. CA-46 West until you hit Highway 101. North on 101 till you get near Monterey and then cut across West to your Son-In-Law's base.
Enjoy your trip! Depending on when you go back you might want to use CA-120 and visit Yosemite National Park and then take CA-108 across Tioga Pass (closed during the winter but this year it's been very mild) to CA-395. You could then head North and visit Lake Tahoe, Carson City, and hit I-80. I-80 East will then take you to Salt Lake City ...
Lots of options. Live in Central CA and am familiar with the Monterey area cause we visited my Son and his family often. PM me if you have any questions that I might help you with.
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The wife and I have been staying at the Lazy Acres RV park in Fayetteville 2-3 weeks for the past 4 yrs. Recommend I-40 all the way to California. We plan our trip home to stay at Indian casinos to cut costs (do not gamble). Once you get into California I would recommend taking HWY 58 out of Barstow through Tehachippi and Bakersfield and then over to I-5. Be prepared to pay big time for gas/deisel once you hit California. Good luck on your trip.