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Old 07-05-2016, 11:11 AM   #11
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287 throught Dalhart?

Outstanding report!! which I really appreciate.

I am heading that way in a couple of weeks but I am confused. My maps don't show 287 going through Dalhart. My maps show that 87 goes through Dalhart and 287 goes through Dumas. Is the problem, low clearance and construction in Dalhart or Dumas? I am looking for a route around the problem.
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Outstanding report!! which I really appreciate.

I am heading that way in a couple of weeks but I am confused. My maps don't show 287 going through Dalhart. My maps show that 87 goes through Dalhart and 287 goes through Dumas. Is the problem, low clearance and construction in Dalhart or Dumas? I am looking for a route around the problem.
I was trapped there about two months ago, pulling my 26fkws.

It is a horrid mess, with only ONE road crossing the tracks......ONE !

And that is the one they are fussing with -- one man with a shovel and six watching.

And the side streets have Fulda Gap tank traps for water runoff at each intersection.


Avoid it at all costs.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:05 PM   #13
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Great Trip Report

Great report and pics always make them better.
Thanks for posting it and sharing your experiences.
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Old 07-05-2016, 04:22 PM   #14
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Sorry for the confusion but we took Hwy 287 to Dumas and then jumped on Hwy 87 to Raton. The horrible construction is in Dalhart pretty much the entire length of the city limits. Going south is not as bad as north. North is horrible.
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Ditto on Dalhart, TX

Construction is ridiculous ! ! Completely through town and many impatient drivers cutting across neighborhoods and then trying to get in front of cars. Went through yesterday. 5 days in Yellowstone, 5 days in Idaho, 4 days in Montana, and 3 days in Wyoming . . . had a great time. If you get close to Arco, Idaho . . . Mountain View RV park is nice and you won't find better ribs anywhere ! ! Also, the huckleberry cheesecake to die for ! !
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:53 PM   #16
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How much delay are we talking about in Dalhart? I was planning on spending the night there as it is close to the maximum I like to drive each day. The next rv park involves about a a 30 mile detour to avoid Dalhart. Is it worth it?
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:24 PM   #17
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Spending the night in Dalhart

We spent the night on the way up from Ft. Worth. The jam is getting through the light. The campground was a right turn from the light, so in the morning, we turned right and traffic wasn't bad leaving town. Just got to get past that light.
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We went through mid morning. I would say a good 30 min delay.
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I live in west TX and just returned from a Colorado trip. Yup, the construction traffic in Dalhart is terrible, the whole town is torn up right now. Plus the hills around Raton Pass kill your fuel mileage and time.

Let me suggest an alternate route that worked very well for us last week. NB out of Amarillo, take 287 through Dumas. You continue north through the Oklahoma panhandle. In Lamar Colorado turn straight west on US 50 to Pueblo, where you pick up I-27. This route only adds about 20 miles to the trip and I got considerably better fuel mileage and made better time. By avoiding the mountains around Raton, I maintained 10.1 mpg and just left the cruise control set on 65 the whole way. I will never go through Raton and Dalhart again.
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