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obgraham wrote:

Just plan on fueling in the towns -- Monticello, Cortez, and Shiprock. My preference would then be 491 down to Gallup, as 550 is a lot more remote. But all of them are quite safe in my opinion.
Moreover, if you have some sort of problem, the folks in Navajo Nation will be more helpful than on the rest of your trip.
Things are buttoned up there, though, as they've had a rough go with the virus.


Thank you, yeah I think I like staying on 491, it looks like a more traveled road.

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I don't see much issue with the roads or security, I would be much more concerned with driving a class A that far with unknown reliability. We have owned virtually every class of RV over 3 decades of RVing and without a doubt class A rigs have so many things that could go awry. Good luck and safe travels, hope your new to you rig is all that you expected.

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550 is 4 lane and a major route with more traffic, support facilites, and state patrols. 491 is more desolate, with fewer support options. I-40 from Gallup to Albu has a lot of traffic, some construction, and many support facilities.

DO NOT try to follow 191 all the way down to I-10. The stretch south of US 60 is not for large vehicles.

Crime will not be a problem, the weather may be.


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OK, now I am confuse, is 491 or 550 a more traveled road south of Shiprock.

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SLT to South Florida. at this time of year, use the major highways. get south as quick as you can..

1-80 - I 25 - I-70 - I-35 and south.

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OR I-15 all the way south and Phoenix.


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Tom/Barb wrote:

SLT to South Florida. at this time of year, use the major highways. get south as quick as you can..

1-80 - I 25 - I-70 - I-35 and south.

Weather [emoticon]

OR I-15 all the way south and Phoenix.


I would avoid as much of new Mexico as possible, thus I-15 to St George and then 89 down to I-17 and follow that down to I-10. You can then get thru NM without spending a night in the state.


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shft22 wrote:

Our plan is to drive thru until we reach I-40, then do an overnight at a rest stop. Maybe stop at a place here or there, but not really leave the rig unattended.
There where some comments on another site in reference to security in New Mexico in general, so I figure I ask here.

Are there any particular places close to Albuquerque recommended for an overnight.


Remember ALTITUDE. Flag Staff is 7000' high, winter comes early there.

Get off the high county as soon as you can.

STL-Denver- and south east is the quickest way off the high county

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Don't sweat the indians. I'd be more concerned about the NM Gov. closing down everything, which she just did. Avoid NM at all cost.


They are termed native americans not indians

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Tom/Barb wrote:

Remember ALTITUDE. Flag Staff is 7000' high, winter comes early there.

Get off the high county as soon as you can.

STL-Denver- and south east is the quickest way off the high county


Actually, thinking about it...if the weather across I-70 to Denver looks good, that might be a better option.

Once you hit Denver, multiple options open up and you can choose a route based on weather. From there on, pretty much everywhere is more developed, so if you have issues, you can get assistance more easily.


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smarty wrote:

azdryheat wrote:

Don't sweat the indians. I'd be more concerned about the NM Gov. closing down everything, which she just did. Avoid NM at all cost.


They are termed native americans not indians


How can they be native Americans when there was no America. I prefer first nation peoples though that is a misnomer as well.


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