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Old 09-26-2017, 08:01 PM   #1
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Leaving next week for Arizonan from the East Coast. We had planned to jump on interstate 10 and go along the gulf coast. Does anyone have any info about the conditions around Houston TX or other location that got hit by the hurricane? Any problems with fuel or getting a campground, etc. or should we go Interstate 20 or 30?

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Old 09-26-2017, 08:15 PM   #2
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Last October we went west to east and the road is awful. I wanted to take the people who built it out behind the barn and beat the stupid out of them.
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:43 PM   #3
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You should be fine in and around Houston. We were down there, last week sans RV, and had no issues.

We were originally taking our RV to Houston, but cancelled that as we didn't know what was going to happen to the campground, relatives (thought we'd be cleaning up) and fuel availability. We ran by the RV campground we were going to stay at last week and it was fine with no damage and no issues on fuel that we saw. Most of the refineries are online.

I'd definitely call ahead for a reservation if you are close to Houston though. I think a lot of folks may have moved into their RVs when their houses were damaged. Coupled with additional workers in the area it might be difficult to get a place.
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:52 PM   #4
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I live in the Houston area. No problem with fuel availability. Not sure about campground availability. I do know of at least one RV park on the Gulf Coast that bought a bunch of small travel trailers and are renting them out to folks needing temp housing. They said they had no RV site vacancies for the next six months.
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Old 09-26-2017, 10:35 PM   #5
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There a couple weeks ago. Fuel and main highways are not a problem. Would not waste much time looking for RV spaces around Houston and plan travels with stops well on either side. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 09-27-2017, 04:44 PM   #6
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Parts of the road (I-10) in TX and LA are just plain awful. And thats PRIOR to the Hurricane.
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Old 09-27-2017, 05:11 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. I think I will take interstate 20 then dropped down to interstate 10. At least that should limit my time on 10
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:40 PM   #8
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Have you considered non interstate? Sometimes less traffic and better roads. Works if you're not in a hurry. Quite often the US highway parallels the interstate and has sparse traffic.
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Old 09-30-2017, 11:29 AM   #9
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Thanks Wonderdog.
May try going off the interstate. Not in a big rush and differently would be more to see than the interstate
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Old 09-30-2017, 04:33 PM   #10
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Leaving next week for Arizonan from the East Coast. We had planned to jump on interstate 10 and go along the gulf coast. Does anyone have any info about the conditions around Houston TX or other location that got hit by the hurricane? Any problems with fuel or getting a campground, etc. or should we go Interstate 20 or 30?



Thanks Montana Mike


My wife and I made the trek from Southern California to the Houston area (Spring, TX) around the 4th of July this year, and went out by HWY 40 through Flagstaff, Albuquerque to Amarillo, then southeast on the 287 to Ft. Worth, then south toward Houston on the 45 into Spring, Tx. It was upper desert most of the way, and we generally considered it glorious.

On our trip home, we too THOUGHT it would be cool to take the I-10 all the way back. IT. IS. A. PIT. Bleak, barren and hot. Extremely long stretches of UGLY nothingness, as compared to long stretches of BEAUTIFUL ‘somethingness’ along the northern route.

I don’t want to disrespect Texas OR Arizona, but the I-10 corridor is for people and trucks (OH, the Semi’s) who are in a hurry to ‘get there’. Granted, it was about a bazzilian degrees in July, so even the weather contributed to making the trip home barely-bearable. Think Circle 6 in Dante’s Inferno. El Paso isn’t Hell, but you can certainly see it from there! And no, that wasn’t a ‘dig’ at Ciudad Juarez..... although it probably COULD be.

And then there is ‘entering’ Arizona from the south, vs. the way in through the north. Comparing an approach through Flagstaff to one through Tucson is like comparing walking up to a horse from its head, or from its..... nether-regions. Let your mind make all of the comparisons you want.

As my wife and I talked about the route comparisons while still on our trip home (I think it may have been about the ONLY thing we talked about except the 118-125 degree heat), we definitely agreed that we would never, ever, ever voluntarily make the trip along the I-10 again..... good weather, or bad, there are just some things you know you wouldn’t enjoy experience: root canals without anesthesia, tax audits, home-invasion robberies, are but a few.

The Interstate 40 route also parallels, and at points is conjoined with historic and iconic Route 66, so there is lots to see if you are willing to take a few small side detours. You will see a lot of scenery and pop-culture sights that clearly have inspired Disney, and if you happen to be traveling with children or grandchildren, taking a DVD of ‘Cars’ along merely feeds the imagination further. [Full Disclosure Note- the kids/grandkids thing provides a handy smokescreen/excuse for Lightning McQueen fans like me to watch those movies guilt-free].

Both routes are generally RV-friendly, but there has been a lot of highway construction both ways, which may add up to an hour a day delay to your itinerary. None of the roads are especially smooth, which made me first start considering a steering stabilizer mod on my Miramar, but they are imminently drivable and there are lots of great campgrounds along the way.

Anyway... my thoughts. But I’m from California, right? My idea of scenery has been calibrated on the Left Coast.
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:09 PM   #11
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Been all 3 routes, 10, 20, 40 & once into west Texas there's not much to see. The stretch from San Antonio to El Paso on I10 is a loooooong look at nothing, the interstate through El Paso is HORR8BLE & has been under construction forever.
The I 10 across Louisiana is also HORRIBLE with miles & miles of whoopty doos from all the concrete joints so have some aspirin handy cause it'll give you a headache.
As they said they are all passable, but some are not so enjoyable.
Enjoy your adventures!
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Old 10-02-2017, 04:54 PM   #12
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Well sounds like I should avoid Texas and Arizona and would be more fun and better off using the time getting a colonoscopy!
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Old 10-02-2017, 06:01 PM   #13
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I'm a big fan of US90 west of San Antonio if you have the time. A much prettier drive than I-10.
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Old 10-02-2017, 06:08 PM   #14
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I'm a big fan of US90 west of San Antonio if you have the time. A much prettier drive than I-10.


Agreed about I90 vs. I10. And NEVER underestimate the value of good diagnostic means (sometimes invasive and slightly embarrassing) for maintaining a healthy Colon!
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