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Posted: 11/24/21 04:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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.

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Posted: 11/24/21 04:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would catch west US62 south of OKC, then 86 to US 60 into AZ. But that's the way I travel, non interstate.


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Where in AZ are you planning to end up? Do you have to be at your destination at any particular time or day?


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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

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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.

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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.


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valhalla360 wrote:

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!

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BB_TX wrote:

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!

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Dusty,

We live by:
Interstate:
Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.
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While our classic (antique) coach never has trouble keeping up with highways speeds, we chose to avoid them.

While the only thing we use that is common to you collection is the Road Atlas and a little Google Maps, we use what we have to target other than interstate highways. Per the above, we usually trying to enjoy the excursion. A few years back we went from SE MI to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta on the route of Rt-66. RT66 has been decommissioned years ago but much is marked.

If you have AAA (or a friend that does) you can order up a USA map and individual maps of all the areas you might transit. You can also order up guide books. They do a lot of that on line now.

There is the bug. Unless you can create your own hotspot with a smart phone (most can do this), any on-line thing is useless most of the time. Even with your own smartphone tether, it can still be useless a great deal of the time. That means that both RV Trip Planer and Google Maps can be counted on to not work when you need them.

There is also the problem that most all GPS can't decide on a decent route. To them, there is the interstate or cow path and no logical mix. Then there is the problem that the tiny screen is a poor planning platform for much travel.

Unfortunately, the good stand-alone planning programs have died off.
So, we use every thing we can and all at once. After dinner is time for the next day's route to be planed and loaded into the driver's GPS. We do that one day at a time. If we have wire, we will take advantage of that fact, but we don't count on it.

When Starlink is fully operational, I may change my opinions.

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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.


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