We are planning on traveling the southern route through Dallas, El Passo, and Yuma. Any recommendations? Are there any safety issues traveling so close to the border? I have never driven over the mountains in this area. How are the roads? We will be driving a motorhome and pulling a toad.
Harvey, need to check your map ain't NO mountains but I would take something to beat off the XXXXX. You're not going to have a safety issue. JMO
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Just mount a few cannon on the front and some side machine guns. Who knows Pancho Villa may have been cloned. Seriously, The only part close to the border is the El Paso to San Diego part. I live 12 miles from the boarder as the crow flies. Don't worry about it on this side of the border.
No border issues along that route at all. About 60 miles east of the San Diego area you will climb a 9 mile grade up out of the desert. After that a few up and downs but nothing much to speak of. If you do this mid summer it could be well above 100 degrees coming across the desert. Gas up in Yuma before entering California to save a few $$$.
They will inspect the vehicle a couple of times as you are leaving the border area, (for illegal aliens) and you are not allowed to bring wood or home grown vegetables or fruit to California. (California has a 7 billion dollar agriculture industry, and does not want bugs from other states living here.)
When you are going through Tucson, on the south side of town is a huge air museum, dozens of planes, 2 ex-presidential planes.
There is a nice campground west of town, if you like dry camping among the cactus. It should not be warm this time of year, they are a fairly high altitude, so it stays cooler.
Once in San Diego, Santee Lakes is a county run park, with lakes, and a reasonable camping fee, with full hookups. There are a couple more camping locations, one along I5, that overlooks the beach, near San Onofre, it is about a mile long walk to the beach. Another that is closer to the beach is San Elijo, from the electric and water hookup sites to the beach is about 500', and mostly level.
There is a Marina in Chula Vista (I think) that you can look across the bay to Coronado Island, and also on Coronado Island there is Silver Strand State Park, right on the beach camping. Yet you might need reservations there well in advance, no hookups, I think they have a dump station.