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Old 08-11-2015, 07:47 PM   #1
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Trip Port Huron MI to Mesa AZ

Could use some trip advice. Ontario CAN to Mesa AZ. Trailer checked and serviced at dealer. Brake prices and full check.....$1960.00. Crazy!!!
Leaving Ontario via Port Huron(One hour from border) and planning to be past St Louis first night. Possibly stay in Eureka Walmart.
Unsure how to hop and stop in Oklahoma, Texas , New Mexico and into AZ.
Anyone who has done this trip and has some advice to share, would appreciate any guidance we can get. Figuring 3 days at a push...possibly 4
Two male drivers with a 350 GM dually and a Cardinal 37RL.

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Old 08-13-2015, 05:23 AM   #2
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Smile Trip Port Huron MI to Mesa AZ

We did part of that trip last year except we left from Florida. We took interstate 10 it runs through the entire south from east to west. There is some very pretty country you will be passing thru.

Have a Safe Trip

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Old 08-13-2015, 05:54 AM   #3
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We have made that trip a half dozen times, but leaving from the west side of michigan (Holland/Zeeland area) and going to either Phoenix or San Diego.
Depending on weather and departure time, we would stop in Springfield MO the first night, then either Amarillo TX, or Albuquerque NM depending on the final destination.

A Walmart in each of the three locations, close enough to the highway exits. otherwise, check some of the RV dealers in the towns you want to stop in. The one down the road from us here in NY, Wilkins RV, has a 3 to 5 site "camp ground" for dealer/garage customer usage. The service manager there had mentioned it to us when i asked about a full brake service before we head to the Keys this fall. We are full time in our WPF and would be out of a home if the rigs brakes needed more than a tweaking. he said "no problem. if it needs parts we dont have, we will overnight order, and put you back together, set you out in our campground". then he proceeded to fill us in on the details. they have it for customers and pass thru customer usage. another option to check out as you travel.

If you like beer and good food, the Springfield Brewery has a wide variety of good beer, along with some great ones. as well as great food and a great atmosphere.
Amarillo has a great dive of a steak house just east of the Cadillac Ranch (Cadillacs buried nose down). I cannot remember the name of it though, Neds or Neals something like that, you know the type, super sized steak you get for free if you eat it all. But this place actually has really good steak. Tender, lots of flavor, and wood fire grilled. Worth the stop, even if you thinks the place is a dump....which you will. there are also a couple of ok RV stops on the west side of town too, Fort Amarillo and Rt66 something.

You will run into a lot of construction this year. the worst of it near St. Louis. they have been replacing highways there for years, and are years from done. If your not in a hurry, and like nostalgia, take Rt 66. its a bitch towing anything of size, but a cool drive with a lot of distractions and places to stay along the way. my wife and i took it home from Mesa back in 12. 5 days of travel at a slow pace, with a 7x14 enclosed trailer towed with our old 01 power stroke. no problems for us, but i sure wouldn't have done that with our new rig, weighing in at 29k. To much stop and go for that nonsense.

hope this spot of insight helped, Have a safe trip.
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:55 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info and stop offs. Truly appreciated.
Road work has been reported as an issue in some states. Bothersome, but
has to be dealt with as it comes I guess. Good news is that is being done rather than continued decay.
Thanks again. Drive safe
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Old 08-13-2015, 12:19 PM   #5
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I would come east of St Louis on I44 to Joplin, Mo which you get on Will Rogers Turnpike to I40 west. If you don't want on turnpike at Joplin take I49 south through Western side of Arkansas to I40 and go west to Amirillo, Tx then go south to I 20 straight shot to Mesa, Az.
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Old 08-13-2015, 01:26 PM   #6
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thanks for the guide and alternative route. Greatly appreciated.
Looks like quickest route is l40 to Holbrook then 377 south to Phoenix.
Have you taken this route and if so, are roads good?
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Old 08-13-2015, 05:28 PM   #7
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Eureka Walmart

Your mention of Port Huron caught my eye - I'm originally from there and now live just outside of Eureka Springs, AR. I assume it's the "Eureka Walmart" you mentioned. There is no Walmart in ES - the nearest one is in Berryvill, about 8 miles west on HY62. However, there are a variety of RV parks in ES, and several others about 4 miles west directly on Beaver Lake, if you like beautiful scenery. I would be happy to send you some phone numbers if you want. Regards, Alex.
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Old 08-13-2015, 05:52 PM   #8
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Passing Thru Michigan

Remember passing thru Michigan there are two seasons. Winter and construction. During the later orange cones grow rampart in the most unexpected places and last forever. Besides it is too hot in AZ right now and perfect in Mich. (Yes I am biased)
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Old 08-13-2015, 05:57 PM   #9
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Although it is faster to hit Holbrook and taking 377 down to 277 into Heber then 260 to Payson then 87 to Mesa...don't do it on a Sunday. Everybody is headed back to the city from the cool pines. The road is two-lane from Holbrook to Woods Canyon lake. The road is rough around the Forest Lakes area. The speed limit is 55 and 65 on 377, 55 on 277, 55 on 260 through the descent to Payson. There are several tight turns on the downhill but it's four lane road so the crazies can see how fast the can make a 45 mph turn without having to wait behind an RV.
The road eventually splits into a divided highway and 65 mph until about 15 miles outside of Payson where it goes down to a 2-lane and 55 mph. Watch out for the speed cameras in Star Valley, one right as you enter the town and one at the end of town. Once you're in Payson stay in the left two lanes to turn on to 87. You'll hit a couple of steep climbs and downhills with some turns between Payson & Mesa. Once you get over the last hill (3-lane climb) it's all down hill from there and fairly straight.
Hope this is enough detail!!!!!!
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Old 08-13-2015, 07:47 PM   #10
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Wow!! Many many thanks for the detailed trip. Food for thought there.
Are we better taking 40 west and down 17?
I've been on 17 before and is a good road as I recall.

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