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ThomasC 03-06-2020 12:41 PM

Florida to Denver
 
My Bigfoot 25TB will be in soon. I was thinking of a southern route into Texas then north to Denver but the weather has improved so much that I shouldn't have to winterize my trade-in.

Does anyone have any route suggestions or places to avoid?

CPW 03-06-2020 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by ThomasC (Post 770195)
My Bigfoot 25TB will be in soon. I was thinking of a southern route into Texas then north to Denver but the weather has improved so much that I shouldn't have to winterize my trade-in.

Does anyone have any route suggestions or places to avoid?

Avoid Atlanta during commuting hours if you go that direction.

IMEd 03-06-2020 09:29 PM

You didn’t say what your time frame was, but through mid-April and sometimes well into May, nighttime temperatures in Colorado are almost always below freezing.
A few years ago we had a big Mothers Day snow storm.

Terry G 03-07-2020 08:30 AM

Almost any route will get you from Florida to Denver but the big caveat is to always check the weather to avoid storms. If you come up from the south, Raton Pass can get very treacherous with ice. If you come across the plains on I-70, then the roads can have ground blizzards with zero visibility. Bad conditions seldom last long so be prepared to layover for a day or so before proceeding.

Jon in AZ 03-07-2020 08:35 AM

If your goal is just to get there in the least time, let google pick the route, but be prepared to adjust your route (or your timing) in the event of a late snow storm. They can happen well into May, but are usually over and done with fairly quickly.

If you’re looking to enjoy some camping on the way out, then the southerly route will be nicer through early May when it starts to get too hot in some areas.

If you choose a colder route and keep some heat in the trailer at night, winterization is not usually needed unless it dips down into the teens. Open the bathroom door and cabinets that contain plumbing to let heated air circulate. Just to be safe you can put some RV antifreeze down the shower drain.

Of course avoid major cities around rush hour. If you happen to hit at the wrong time, pull off, enjoy a nice meal, and continue when it thins out.

DanoFL 03-07-2020 12:26 PM

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Originally Posted by ThomasC (Post 770195)
My Bigfoot 25TB will be in soon. I was thinking of a southern route into Texas then north to Denver but the weather has improved so much that I shouldn't have to winterize my trade-in.

Does anyone have any route suggestions or places to avoid?

I have traveled from east central fl to Colorado many times.

I go up I 75 ( I visit an elderly friend in St Cloud on the way out) & stop at one of the FL state parks (weekends are too busy to just show up - use their website).

THen across SW Alabama (Silas Creek USACOE)

Then across MISS and into Arkansas, first stop Pendleton Bend USACOE

I follow the Arkansas river all the way past OK City then cut up into the panhandle by Fort Supply (last USACOE - many other USACOE choices on stops along the way. Gentry creek in east OK is my favorite - by then I am ready for a 2 nightery anyway.

I usually take I40 until west of OKC, I have cut thru backroads but I have never felt a burning desire to hang out in AR or OK

USACOE is on Recreation.gov 1/2 off with NP senior pass. Campgrounds are usually quiet and along waterways

After fort supply one can cut across ne New mexico or go up se Colorado - I prefer the latter and stay a night in Campo CO - they have a free city park - quiet & there are toilets there. The Campo Café is a good breakfast place too.

I then take US160 west bound, depending on your destination other options may be appropriate.

safe travels!

ThomasC 03-07-2020 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Ed Colorado (Post 770214)
You didn’t say what your time frame was, but through mid-April and sometimes well into May, nighttime temperatures in Colorado are almost always below freezing.
A few years ago we had a big Mothers Day snow storm.

The next couple of weeks. I have been watching the forecast for Denver and so far it has bee above freezing even at night. I have been thinking of route 10 west into maybe Texas. I might turn northwest in Louisianan though. Then through Oklahoma and into Kansas. I don't know.

minke 03-07-2020 03:19 PM

In the front range of CO March is the month with the most snow and April comes in second.

This year has been weird, at least in Colorado Springs. In January there was no snow. The real estate sales people here tell everyone that we have 575 sunny days a year and that it doesn't snow on snow. The last half of that sentence tends to be correct. Yet in the last couple of weeks of February it seemed to snow every 2 or 3 days, before the previous snow melted or sublimed.

There is a financial services ad on TV a lot (Vanguard?) that says that plans should include the possibility of changes of plan. Plan on that!

Jann Todd 03-07-2020 11:19 PM

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Originally Posted by ThomasC (Post 770195)
My Bigfoot 25TB will be in soon. I was thinking of a southern route into Texas then north to Denver but the weather has improved so much that I shouldn't have to winterize my trade-in.

Does anyone have any route suggestions or places to avoid?

Be aware between Colorado Springs and Denver on I-25 both directions of an area called the gap. The construction is horrible, concrete barriers on both sides of the road making it very narrow with a lot of curves and rough places marked very poorly. Don't do it in the dark or rush hours. Try to do it mid day. We did it in our Yukon and won't do it again unless totally necessary until construction is over in a couple of years. Don't take E-470 the toll road around Denver. They send you a bill giving you a few days to pay but don't send the bill until after the bill is due. It is expensive.

Lauren in Colorado 03-08-2020 08:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Jann Todd (Post 770314)
Be aware between Colorado Springs and Denver on I-25 both directions of an area called the gap. The construction is horrible, concrete barriers on both sides of the road making it very narrow with a lot of curves and rough places marked very poorly. Don't do it in the dark or rush hours. Try to do it mid day. We did it in our Yukon and won't do it again unless totally necessary until construction is over in a couple of years.

100% ditto that. We're in Colorado Springs, and when we need to take our trailer to/through Denver, we avoid I-25 through that section - it's hairy enough right now in a regular car. Depending on where we're headed in Denver, we either take Hwy 83 (to the east) or Hwy 105 (to the west). If you come up from the south & are headed to Trailer World - I'd take Hwy 83. Incidentally, if you're looking for a place to park the trailer close to Trailer World to plug it in, test out all the systems, etc. - try Cherry Creek State Park Campground. It's right off Hwy 83 north of Parker, and is within 15 minutes of Trailer World. :-)

minke 03-08-2020 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Jann Todd (Post 770314)
Be aware between Colorado Springs and Denver on I-25 both directions of an area called the gap. The construction is horrible, concrete barriers on both sides of the road making it very narrow with a lot of curves and rough places marked very poorly. Don't do it in the dark or rush hours. Try to do it mid day. We did it in our Yukon and won't do it again unless totally necessary until construction is over in a couple of years. Don't take E-470 the toll road around Denver. They send you a bill giving you a few days to pay but don't send the bill until after the bill is due. It is expensive.


I agree about the gap. I almost always avoid E-470 due to the price but haven't felt abused by the system.

ThomasC 03-08-2020 06:46 PM

Great info! I will stay away from I-25.

I have been thinking of 75N to 10 W all the way to Lafayette LA. Then 49N to Shreveport or Texarkana and end up on 35N to 70W. I can't decide on what to do in Texas. To stay away from Dallas I would have to go to Texarkana and take some minor routes to 35.

If I plug Tampa and Denver into MapQuest, or any GPS app it will send me on an arc through Georgia, Nashville, Illinois, St Louis, then west to Denver. Maybe I should go that way except I wanted to stay south as long as possible.

Friz 03-10-2020 11:40 PM

I can help you with LA & Texas. If you like Casinos, MS & LA have plenty, and some have nice RV parks. At Lafayette, LA the Acadiana Nature Park is a real gem, and cheap. 2 mi. off I-10.

I-49 is a nice ride. Several state parks. Natchitoches LA has some neat things to see. At Shreveport, Diamond Jack's has a nice RV park. Might as well take I-20 to the West, if you cross Arkansas lots of hills & 2 lanes. Just don't hit Dallas/Ft. Worth at rush hour.

If you go north on I-35 there is a nice city owned RV park at Lewisville near the lake. In OK, there's Lake Murray SP then Turner Falls just to the north. Just don't let the Winstar casino take your money. It does have a nice RV park, $40. OKC Fairgrounds has an RV park. $30 for 30A hookups. No resv.

Then on to Colorado. I have taken this trip before a few times.

ThomasC 03-11-2020 11:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Friz (Post 770537)
I can help you with LA & Texas. If you like Casinos, MS & LA have plenty, and some have nice RV parks. At Lafayette, LA the Acadiana Nature Park is a real gem, and cheap. 2 mi. off I-10.

I-49 is a nice ride. Several state parks. Natchitoches LA has some neat things to see. At Shreveport, Diamond Jack's has a nice RV park. Might as well take I-20 to the West, if you cross Arkansas lots of hills & 2 lanes. Just don't hit Dallas/Ft. Worth at rush hour.

If you go north on I-35 there is a nice city owned RV park at Lewisville near the lake. In OK, there's Lake Murray SP then Turner Falls just to the north. Just don't let the Winstar casino take your money. It does have a nice RV park, $40. OKC Fairgrounds has an RV park. $30 for 30A hookups. No resv.

Then on to Colorado. I have taken this trip before a few times.

Thanks everyone has been very helpful. I will do 49 then 20 and avoid rush hour, then approach Denver from the East.

Trailer World called today to tell me my RV will be in on the 16th. I will probably be leaving Tampa Sunday or Monday.

Lauren in Colorado 03-12-2020 07:23 AM

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Originally Posted by ThomasC (Post 770607)
Trailer World called today to tell me my RV will be in on the 16th. I will probably be leaving Tampa Sunday or Monday.

Very exciting!!! Safe travels to you - hope all goes well!

steve dunham 03-12-2020 08:22 AM

I would take the shortest route by just heading West
I’d rather contend with the possibility of snow then heading south to contend with freezing rain .

minke 03-12-2020 09:51 AM

Heard this morning on the radio that the horrid section of I-25 just has it's speed limit dropped from 60 to 55 due to too many accidents.

ThomasC 03-12-2020 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by minke (Post 770627)
Heard this morning on the radio that the horrid section of I-25 just has it's speed limit dropped from 60 to 55 due to too many accidents.

I'm definitely avoiding I25.

minke 03-12-2020 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by ThomasC (Post 770640)
I'm definitely avoiding I25.


I haven't driven south of Colorado Springs nor north of Denver for a while. That said, NM to Monument (mm 0 thru mm 161 or so) is OK as is Castle Rock north (IIRC mm 180 or so thru mm ∞).

ThomasC 03-19-2020 07:24 PM

Thanks
 
I would like to thank everyone who posted with advice. The advice was all good and worth it. I am west of St. Louis MO and heading home to Massachusetts with my Bigfoot.


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