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RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

Been to Roswell in Rv twice. Roads are good, only West out of town is 4 lane. Watch weather closely as it can snow this time of year. rocmoc n Th Southwest USA / Baja Thanks for the feedback! In regards to the snow...I'm from Michigan, so what type of snow are we talking here? A night of snow and melt in the morning, or days of snow and accumulation? We took a couple US-Highways South today, and what a difference in how less stressed I felt. A couple of the roads were bumpier that an Interstate, but tolerable. Was a beautiful day for travel!
DustyRooster 11/26/21 03:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

We did this in October with a 36' HR Neptune and Focus as toad and did not have a problem. We did 250 to 300 miles a day starting at 8 and ending by 4. Dog and I need rest stops. My max speed is 63 mph and use the second lane if there are three. People are not always polite so I let them go. I do like alot of room ahead. I use this GPS which is large and great for our size. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PPFSGZC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I also try to avoid I-40 all year and use I-20 or I-10 unless going to Havasu to see family. Learning to enjoy the travel and not try to get to the destination is the biggest learning curve. We are now in FL so not worried about snow like I-40 might have. Enjoy the trip and be safe. PM for any questions. Thank you! Our HR Admiral is a little gasser, so 60mph would be the max I would feel comfortable with, especially with the car in tow. I would have thought the smaller the rig the easier to handle, not the case. We plan on heading out tomorrow and head South off I-40 on US-81 then eventually hit 62-West --> 83-South. We want to check out the Roswell area first for some possible boondocking. We are going to try and take the US Highways to see if that lets us take it a bit slower and enjoy the ride/journey a bit. Do you have any experience with the roads I mentioned on the way to Roswell?
DustyRooster 11/25/21 05:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

In google maps, set your destination. Then click on the three small dots in top right hand corner. Click on route options. Select “avoid highways”. That shows routes avoiding interstate highways and instead choosing other smaller, but still major, highways. Thanks for this! This is another area we have been struggling. We have Google maps, RV Trip wizard subscription, and also have a Rand McNally RV GPS (and a paper road atlas). Between these 3 the directions seem to never be the same and can get very frustrating. Pros and cons to each I guess, but a mistake on our part is having to try and look at all 3. We have tried to "check" the "avoid highways" and the route it took us was definitely not meant for a motorhome, so I should perhaps make sure if Google (or one of the others) steers me off a US highway, I should really pay attention instead of assuming these directions are considering my RV specs i plugged in. This is all part of becoming a seasoned traveler I suppose. Lessons learned and asking those with experience to be able to one day pass the knowledge. Wife and I so much appreciate the feedback and suggestions! Happy Thanksgiving! DR
DustyRooster 11/25/21 07:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

Assuming you aren't on a schedule, turn south and slow down. We shoot for between 100-200miles driving and usually don't drive more than 3 days per week. If the weather isn't nice, we will happily stay an extra day. Check the wind with www.windy.com. It's not fun driving in 30mph winds. This site allows you to see the wind along your route during the proposed driving time. Last time we went direct Michigan to Arizona, it took us a month. PS: what are you feeling is "too slow". If you are struggling to make 50mph, that's a problem. If you are chugging along at 65mph, you are probably fine. Thank you! We have been hunkered down in Ok for a couple days to let this wind let up some, and we will be heading a bit South now towards Roswell NM instead of directly East to Albuquerque. Appreciate the windy.com suggestion, this will be extremely helpful as the wind has actually been one of the most daunting parts of the trip even though I installed sway bars and a track bar on the rig. Our original goal was ~300 miles per day (but 100-200 sounds MUCH better), and it was nothing but a rushed feeling which is no fun. We plan on really paying much more attention to the weather during the rest of the trip, especially the wind on windy.com and try to enjoy the journey instead of the destination. Appreciate your feedback and insight. Happy Thanksgiving! DR
DustyRooster 11/25/21 06:52am Roads and Routes
RE: Michigan to Arizona route advice

Thanks for the quick feedback @WE-C-USA. My wife is currently looking at Google Maps at your suggestion. @ItsyRV We plan on hitting Yuma and Quartzsite areas, and we are taking the winter to do this. We do not have a timeline for this journey
DustyRooster 11/24/21 05:10pm Roads and Routes
Michigan to Arizona route advice

Hi Everyone! Looking for some advice from some seasoned travelers regarding routes. My wife and I are on our first trip out west from Michigan in a 30ft Holiday Rambler with car in tow. We have made it past Oklahoma City on the Interstates (currently I40) and I am almost ready to tap out. The Interstate has been dreadful to say the least. With the 18 wheelers the 30-40mph winds, and my rig barely being able to keep minimum speed, this trip cross country is becoming a nightmare. Do any of you have any suggestions for a more "relaxing" route that we can both start to enjoy the country as we make our way out West? Or is it a matter of sucking it up and limping out there on the interstate? I have owned the RV for 4 years and have made numerous smaller trips, but travelling the interstate cross country is a completely different story. Just looking for some insight/help on alternate routes. Thanks for any help, its appreciated! P.S. the search feature on these forums isn't too stellar, but I did try searching for my answer that way.
DustyRooster 11/24/21 04:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: SS TracBar Install (F53)

Good Morning! Just wanted to provide an update. Track bar install was easy peasy! I did keep the levelers down, and once installed I dropped the RV and tightened everything up. Just finished my first leg of the trip and I cannot believe the difference the Track Bar made. 80-90% of the dreaded "semi push" was eliminated! So happy about the purchase! Now onto an anti sway bar to help reduce the crosswinds! Thanks again everyone for the input and advice!
DustyRooster 11/17/21 06:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: SS TracBar Install (F53)

Thanks for the feedback! Much appreciated! I am not too far off level in my garage, but I will put the slides in and raise the levelers before the install to basically mimic the way the motorhome when cruising down the road. Thanks again!
DustyRooster 11/09/21 10:51am Class A Motorhomes
SS TracBar Install (F53)

Hi all! I will be installing a SS401 tracbar on my F53 chassis. Hoping one of you could help me determine whether or not I need the RV levelers down before the install? With the levelers down, the RV is "level" but does that also mean the frame/diff is the most level as well, or should I drop the levelers and install? Any help or insight would be much appreciated. Thanks!
DustyRooster 11/09/21 07:28am Class A Motorhomes
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