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Old 06-03-2016, 01:02 PM   #1
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Summer trip Florida to Nevada

We're planning a trip in the next few weeks from S. Florida to Las Vegas area in the Forester. We're retired and in no hurry, and no specific destinations on the way. We haven't been out west before and would like to go the southern route through Texas, but a little concerned about it being hot weather. We're from Kentucky and living in Florida now. I don't see how 110 degrees in the desert west could be much hotter than the 95 degree high humidity here. Am I wrong?
What would you experienced travelers recommend for this time of year, southern route or head north and then west?
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:17 PM   #2
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Well, I have spent a lot of time in both climates. Although there is no humidity to speak of, it is very hot. It really is like being in an oven. If you do not have shade, and there is very little, you just cook. I am not sure Vegas past May is a good plan, unless you are towing a pool.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:45 PM   #3
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Don't understand why you're doing this trip in the summer, since you're retired and can go off season, when it's less crowded and WAY cooler.

I wouldn't want to visit Vegas in the summer in a RV.
Best to be in a hotel for those 110+ days.
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No, you are not wrong. I lived in Tampa for five years and currently live just outside Phoenix. There are only on average about 12 days a year above 110. 105 here feels better to me than 90 in Tampa. They are both hot, but at least I am not sweating the minute I step out the door. My son got married in July in Vegas 10 years ago and it was 110 and hot. All the pavement heats up and adds to it. Didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves and walked for miles. If you have good A/C I wouldn't worry about it.


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Old 06-04-2016, 12:29 PM   #5
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I don't think the route will make a difference in temperatures. The plain states can hit 100 degrees in summer. Been there done that. Plan the trip, take your time and enjoy the experience.
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Old 06-04-2016, 01:00 PM   #6
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S. Florida, Atlanta, Memphis to pick up I-40 all the way to Kingman, AZ and then north to Vegas. Hot and not so hot areas. I-10 route has hot and hotter areas.
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Maybe come through Salt Lake City over I-80 to I-15. The Wasatch is an amazing range with camping elevations at 8,000 feet. Cool and gorgeous. Just a thought. I have a neat route to Vegas from here that is quite nice - if you are interested I can write it out with GPS coords.
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Old 06-04-2016, 03:19 PM   #8
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Yep, Dan you don't completely understand. We are retired and can make a leisurely trip, but circumstances dictate when I need to be there. It has to do with my son, a Naval officer in Ca. He's going to meet up with us, and soon after has orders for a 2 year deployment. Other than that we would probably wait.
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No, you are not wrong. I lived in Tampa for five years and currently live just outside Phoenix. There are only on average about 12 days a year above 110. 105 here feels better to me than 90 in Tampa. They are both hot, but at least I am not sweating the minute I step out the door. My son got married in July in Vegas 10 years ago and it was 110 and hot. All the pavement heats up and adds to it. Didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves and walked for miles. If you have good A/C I wouldn't worry about it.


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That's about what I figured. We're going to take in all the advice we can get from the experts here and then lay out a route. Really appreciate all you guys and gals help.
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S. Florida, Atlanta, Memphis to pick up I-40 all the way to Kingman, AZ and then north to Vegas. Hot and not so hot areas. I-10 route has hot and hotter areas.
I like your route, except for Atlanta, Maybe head out on I 10 for a ways, then north. Have you been this route?
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