Since the early 60's, we have traveled I-10 many times through West TX, at all hours of the day and night and have encountered no problems going through any checkpoint we came across. But we have no contraband in our vehicles, so we are not concerned. I would not hesitate to travel that route at any time, unless of course we were transporting illegal substances.
Yesterday, it became necessary for me to contact Good Sam for roadside assistance. From the time I first spoke with Kimberly, until I was safely at the repair shop, Kimberly made certain that everything was going as planned. Towing was arranged, a repair shop located, my motorhome was successfully towed to the repair facility in a timely and professional manner, and the repair facility stayed past quitting time to make the necessary repairs.
A job well done by all participants, especially Good Sam. All participants have been contacted by me and my thanks expressed to them.
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JOMO, have you considered cutting north at Mobile to Jackson, picking up I20 to Dallas then to Denton, to Amarillo to pick up I40?
As for camping cabins, google them for the area you are interested in staying. There is a lot of info on them.
Good luck to you. Be safe, take your time and enjoy your trip. I applaud your decision to take the trip. Be forewarned, it could be addictive!
Almost all of the Oregon state Parks are worth visiting. You can't really go wrong. Netarts Bay RV is a great private park. If you are a veteran, Oregon has a Veteran's pass which entitles the holder to 10 nights free camping each month. It can be obtained by mail. We used my pass a lot during our 3 months spent in the North West several years ago. Hope to be able to return this year.
The Gunnison area has a lot to see and do. A lot of scenic drives and places to go. Crested Butte is nearby and worth spending a day visiting. There are some nice RV parks in the area. Nice museum to spend some time in. We went there last year and planned on 2 nights, but ended up staying 2 weeks and would have stayed longer if it hadn't been for one of those infernal Dr. appts back home.
I guess a lot of folks don't like the drive on I-10 through west TX, but I always enjoy it. One stop you might consider would be Ft. Davis and Davis Mountains State Park, about 1 hr. south of Kent TX. Nice country and good campgrounds.