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Old 11-25-2017, 11:07 PM   #1
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Traveling 380 Through Roswell, NM

Can anyone tell me what the road conditions and travel are like for trailer towing over 380 through Roswell, NM to Texas?
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Old 11-25-2017, 11:51 PM   #2
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You're taxing my memory now. It's been about 8 years ago since I took Hwy 380 east into Texas. I try to avoid Interstate highways and see the sights. I wasn't towing anything then but it was a very nice route, some of it 4 lane in Texas. Watch out in the little villages you go through in New Mexico. They have 35mph speed limits and the cops hide in every one of them behind the boarded up buildings and wait for the fast drivers. Ask me how I know, I was about 8 miles over. In Texas the speed only drops to about 45 or 50 mph in the small towns. It wasn't flat country but rolling terrain no big hills or mountains though. I have read on a forum when you get to the north side of D/FW it has many,many traffic lights now.
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Old 11-25-2017, 11:55 PM   #3
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I have driven my rig through there many times, from San Antonio NM to Roswell. The entire road is easily doable for RV travel. Lots to see along the way. Just pay attention to weather reports during the winter.
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Old 11-26-2017, 12:06 AM   #4
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I went from San Antonio to Albuquerque via Roswell 2 years ago. The roads were in good shape. However, I was amazed at how strong the winds were. I had to lean into them when walking! If the winds are blowing - take it easy!
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Old 11-26-2017, 09:54 AM   #5
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I went from San Antonio to Albuquerque via Roswell 2 years ago. The roads were in good shape. However, I was amazed at how strong the winds were. I had to lean into them when walking! If the winds are blowing - take it easy!
Exactly what I remember as well.
Roads were great but the conditions were something else!
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Old 11-26-2017, 02:12 PM   #6
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380 is a good 2 lane road all the way from Roswell, NM to Brownfield, Tx. We travel this road quite often, the speed limit is 65 so if you obey it you will have traffic backed up behind you, but other than that there should be no problem. Pit stop locations would be a rest area about 45 miles E of Roswell and at Tatum, NM. I have not been over 380 E of Brownfield in a number of years, but Texas typically does a good job of road maintenance. You didn't say where you are going in Texas so I can't give you any further advice without that info.
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Old 11-26-2017, 04:30 PM   #7
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We've been across US 380 from San Antonio NM to near DFW and the road is good all the way for towing. There are a couple of long climbs coming from San Antonio but nothing serious. The road between Capitan and Hondo is narrow with very narrow shoulders so be careful when driving this stretch. After Hondo, you have 4-lane all the way to Roswell. the road between Roswell NM and Post TX is an excellent 2-lane. Watch the oil-field traffic between Roswell and Brownfield as most drivers have lead in their foot; them driving 80+ mph is not uncommon; faster is generally the rule. From Post east, the road is good but not particularly scenic. It does wind quite a bit with several sharp turns. After Post, I would go down US 84 to Snyder and pick up US 180 east. Very scenic.

As previously mentioned, watch the small town cops and strictly obey the speed limits.
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Old 11-26-2017, 08:45 PM   #8
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I just did that drive this summer. Roads were just fine. It's a state highway, not an interstate. I don't remember a lot of gas stations along the way, but the roads were good. Lot's of wind and dust devils the day I drove it.
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Old 11-26-2017, 10:48 PM   #9
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I was across 380 eastbound out of Roswell last week. Roads are good. It is summer like weather with daytime temps in the 70s. Just don't let the aliens in Roswell get you
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Old 11-27-2017, 10:06 PM   #11
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Thank You All!

Wow! Everyone was sooo helpful on this! Your recollections were entirely accurate (including watching for speed traps 😁 no tickets!) and convinced us first-timers to go home to Texas by this scenic way. We “earthlings” did all the “probing” this time in Roswell! Thank you all again for the helpful replies.
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Wow! Everyone was sooo helpful on this! Your recollections were entirely accurate (including watching for speed traps no tickets!) and convinced us first-timers to go home to Texas by this scenic way. We “earthlings” did all the “probing” this time in Roswell! Thank you all again for the helpful replies.


FWIW, going south from Roswell to Carlsbad to see the caverns is pretty neat. From there we went south on 62 to 54... no traffic, lots of wide open spaces... especially nice in the late pm. We camped in Van Horn and then headed east on 90... again no traffic and WIDE OPEN!!! Be sure to keep your tank full, as there are not a lot of fuel stops.

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