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CA to Texas
May 31, 2012
12:13 am
Josh
CA
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So, I am moving from CA to Texas next month and we have decided to rent a 28 foot RV to fit our dogs and all of our family along the way.  I am debating on two routes, the first would take me straight across from LA to Houston on Interstate 10 and the other would be to take route 66 into texas and then break off towards Houston.  I'm from Northern CA so I would drive right by route 66 on my way to the 10. 

According to Google maps they are almost identical mileage and time door to door.  Seems like a no brainer for the scenic route but I've never driven an RV before and I'm nervous that the drive might be a little more difficult.  Does anyone have any thoughts?  I really don't want to get myself stuck in a bad situation in a vehicle I'm not familiar with but it seems like a cool trip so I want to do it.  Please alleviate my fears!

Josh

May 31, 2012
4:51 pm
frank
usa
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Scenery wins!  The only problem area on Rt 66 would be the mountain section around Oatman in western AZ.  Since you indicate you are a first-timer in your RV, I wouldn't recommend doing that (relatively small) stretch.  It's narrow blacktop, steep grades, white knuckles, etc.  

You could take Rt 66 to I-40 just before Needles CA, then follow I-40 to Exit 44 in AZ, just before Kingman, and get back on 66.  (In fact, this was the way Route 66 went from the early 1950s onward, when the Oatman section was bypassed.)   

The rest of the trip on 66 won't present any real problems.  The 18-mile "dirt" section from San Jon NM to Glenrio on the TX line is generally fine--except during or just after thunderstorms.  And I-40 is right nearby.  The RV will only serve to limit your exploration of abandoned sections etc.   

You could then follow 66 to Amarillo, Oklahoma City or even Tulsa before breaking off for Houston. 

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