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klieneine

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Hi Everyone,

We will be heading out from Las Vegas this weekend to make our way to Durant, OK for about a month.  We will be taking the 1-40 to US 287 Route.  I know that the Flagstaff, AZ area is a concern for winter weather.  Are there any other areas that we need to be concerned with as far as weather is concerned?

Do you know of any potential height issues on US 287?  We have driven I-40, so we know what to expect on there.

Also are there any RV parks/ State Parks/Campgrounds that you would recommend on the route?

Thank you  :D

Lauren
 
Flagstaff is the biggie for problems on I-40 if the weather goes bad. Of course, we've also hit crummy weather and bad roads in Albuquerque and Amarillo (and they don't know what to do with snow in Amarillo). Best bet is to keep an eye on the weather and use a weather app if you have a smart phone.

We took 287 from Amarillo into Dallas back when we had a Class C and there were no height problems.

There used to be a nice little city park campground in Wichita Falls just off the freeway.

Wendy
 
We just did that run, and if you have not gotten used to planning using the weather, please do. I-40 from Flagstaff to Little Rock this time of year can be a crap shoot, especially on the western end. If the precip doesn't get you, the winds will, and they can stop you in your tracks. We beat the snow out of Santa Fe by just a couple of days, and stayed ahead of the weather by two or three days all the way east.

We just ran US 287 out of Amarillo to US 82 to US 75/69 into Durant. All of that stretch is decent, some small towns, and we run 55 while towing, until you get to US 75/69 and that is one off and on stretch of ratty highway.

Our stops were at Blake Ranch in Kingman, AZ, Oasis RV west of Amarillo, and a cute little way stop is Goodlett, TX and the Ole Cotton Gin RV Park. The Choctaw Casino KOA in Durant is hands down, the finest dressing room facility we have been in anywhere, anytime in two and half years of full timing, and we have stayed in some Good Sams's 10 across the board parks. We actually broke even for our stay in the casino! We can recommend all of those stops.

Again, the weather is your biggest enemy and trying to get in a hurry with big chunks of mileage, you will miss your stops.
 
I live about 20 miles south of I-40 from Winslow & Holbrook.
It started snowing this afternoon around 4pm and we have over 2" by 6pm. More coming with this storm and another storm after it.

I hear that Sun/Mon might be clear and warmer.

Good luck.
 
Wendy said:
Flagstaff is the biggie for problems on I-40 if the weather goes bad. Of course, we've also hit crummy weather and bad roads in Albuquerque and Amarillo (and they don't know what to do with snow in Amarillo). Best bet is to keep an eye on the weather and use a weather app if you have a smart phone.

We took 287 from Amarillo into Dallas back when we had a Class C and there were no height problems.

There used to be a nice little city park campground in Wichita Falls just off the freeway.

Wendy

Thank you,  I do have a weather app on my phone, so I'll be checking that periodically.  Luckily we have some flexibility on when we arrive.  Hopefully we can get past flagstaff before the snow hits tomorrow.  We plan on leaving early tomorrow.

skyking4ar2 said:
We just did that run, and if you have not gotten used to planning using the weather, please do. I-40 from Flagstaff to Little Rock this time of year can be a crap shoot, especially on the western end. If the precip doesn't get you, the winds will, and they can stop you in your tracks. We beat the snow out of Santa Fe by just a couple of days, and stayed ahead of the weather by two or three days all the way east.

We just ran US 287 out of Amarillo to US 82 to US 75/69 into Durant. All of that stretch is decent, some small towns, and we run 55 while towing, until you get to US 75/69 and that is one off and on stretch of ratty highway.

Our stops were at Blake Ranch in Kingman, AZ, Oasis RV west of Amarillo, and a cute little way stop is Goodlett, TX and the Ole Cotton Gin RV Park. The Choctaw Casino KOA in Durant is hands down, the finest dressing room facility we have been in anywhere, anytime in two and half years of full timing, and we have stayed in some Good Sams's 10 across the board parks. We actually broke even for our stay in the casino! We can recommend all of those stops.

Again, the weather is your biggest enemy and trying to get in a hurry with big chunks of mileage, you will miss your stops.

Great to hear that you like the Choctaw KOA, that is where we will be staying.  We experienced the winds through New Mexico and Oklahoma last October when we drove out to Las Vegas from Jersey.  I really hope we don't hit them, what a nightmare.  Thank you for the suggestions on stops, I am compiling a list so that we can out run the weather and stop when the weather allows. 

n7qvu said:
I live about 20 miles south of I-40 from Winslow & Holbrook.
It started snowing this afternoon around 4pm and we have over 2" by 6pm. More coming with this storm and another storm after it.

I hear that Sun/Mon might be clear and warmer.

Good luck.

Thank you for the weather update.  How are they with clearing the roads/highways out there? 
 
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