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Old 07-29-2018, 05:51 PM   #1
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Route suggestions from MN to AZ in late Jan.

We are heading out for the first time south for 2 months this winter. We plan to watch for a good weather opening and head out late January . We are traveling from southern MN to Benson AZ. We hope to arrive in Benson around the first week in February. I'm looking for anyone who has traveled this route and wondering how far you travel each day and how long we should expect to be on the road. . Also any suggestions of campgrounds, stops, route , etc are appreciated. We are very much newbies to our 5th wheel (28.5 Eagle HT) . Thank you in advance !
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:14 PM   #2
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You're asking for some very specific route information, but I just have a general suggestion HEAD SOUTH QUICKLY! There's a lot of territory for you to cover, but the safest route for you will be the warmest one. Due to the time of year, my frequent trips between MI and AZ won't be of much help.

You'll likely have lots of freezing weather along the way, so you may not want to de-winterize until you're confident of the weather. Be ready for cold weather camping. Last January we encountered freezing weather all the way from AZ, along the Gulf coast, to the panhandle of FL. Not what we wanted.
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In most cases... you are going to be heading thru Albuquerque. We liked the Route 66 Hotel and Casino RV Park.
Home has a new park. They are right along I-40 and we liked it a lot.
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Old 07-29-2018, 07:46 PM   #4
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We are heading out for the first time south for 2 months this winter. We plan to watch for a good weather opening and head out late January . We are traveling from southern MN to Benson AZ. We hope to arrive in Benson around the first week in February. I'm looking for anyone who has traveled this route and wondering how far you travel each day and how long we should expect to be on the road. . Also any suggestions of campgrounds, stops, route , etc are appreciated. We are very much newbies to our 5th wheel (28.5 Eagle HT) . Thank you in advance !
As mentioned, head south to I-10 and then west.

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In most cases... you are going to be heading thru Albuquerque. We liked the Route 66 Hotel and Casino RV Park.
Home has a new park. They are right along I-40 and we liked it a lot.
Hey, look at that--a FG and SG Seneca in one shot! The best and the best.
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:13 PM   #5
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I know my question is pretty challenging as it is very specific. I was hoping to find another crazy Minnesotan that leaves after the first of the year. We are hoping to put in some long travel days to get to warmer weather ASAP. Thanks for the advice on not dewinterizing until we get warmer. We figure some motel stops will be necessary as I assume it will be difficult to find CG open until we reach a certain level of heat. Thanks for all the help....we came to the experts!
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:21 PM   #6
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Not the most scenic but January and cold weather stay on truck routes. When it is snowing just fall in line with the big trucks if they slow down to 45 or even 35 they probable know something you don’t. After you establish your route get the Dept of transportation web site and phone numbers for each state you are traveling through. Plan on being off the road by 4pm. Many camp ground offices close at 4 especially in the winter. Make some calls most KOA’s are the exception they take check in generaly to 7 pm.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:03 PM   #7
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Thank you Old Skipper....Great info!
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:46 PM   #8
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Last year was Our first escape from MN/WI winter in search of warmth. The “advantage” of leaving late in the year is that it’s too cold to snow. The down side of a -15 degrees start of the trip is that use of the trailer is out of the question for a few days - thought we could on the second night but the foam mattress was still rock like. Choose a destination for night #1 that includes a hotel and hope for better conditions on night #2.

Our other challenge was keeping stuff from freezing. Drugs, toiletries and cooking stuff was a bigger challenge than anticipated.
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:49 PM   #9
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Stingray75....Thanks for the information. We figured we would do hotels, suitcases, and a cooler for food. Did you make reservations in advance or just drive until you were done and see what you could find? Hopefully hotels will have BIG parking lots !
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You will be traveling in the winter and not around the holidays. You should have no problem finding a room or worry about room in parking lots. Traveling in the winter, the road conditions and the cold weather will be your most challenging issues.

Of course if a big storm hits your planned route ahead of you, some parking lots might have lots of snow piles in them. Also, they do close down the highways during severe winter storms (this becomes more likely the farther north and west you are traveling). If they do, then motels near the highway can fill quickly, but you'd have the option of using your trailer so travel with full propane and fuel tanks.

Be safe and let the weather guide your travel plans.
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