My husband and I make the trip from Florida to San Diego about once every 18 months or so. We never tire of the scenery, even in the barren West Texas. Our last trip along this route in Nov 2012.
Some Texas pointers ... Texas allows overnight stops in their rest areas. Texas is revamping their rest areas state-wide to make them bigger and more over night friendly. However, it seems the last ones to be revamped are on I-10 west of San Antonio. When we travel, we make sure we stop early enough to get a place at the rest areas. All the Texas rest areas now have free wifi, which is a big bonus.
Traveling through El Paso can be challenging with an RV, as there is always lots of freeway construction going on. Unless you are familiar with how Texas organizes its on/off ramps, I would not suggest stopping anywhere in El Paso. You might even want to plan on driving through this town on a weekend day (and I am a seasoned, Southern California freeway driver).
If you need gas to get through, there is a Flying J on the far east side of town. Fill up there, and don't get off until you are in New Mexico. If you are familiar with the Texas freeway system, feel free to ignore this hint. Coming back, there is another Flying J at exit 0 on the east side. It is easier to pull into than the Pilot at the same exit.
If you don't already have one, I would also suggest you get a copy of "The Next Exit" which will give you all the rest area locations along the whole route, as well as what restaurants, etc are at each freeway exit, We never leave home without it.
There are many nice parks in Arizona, as this is a big snowbird destination. Many parks are PassportAmerica, and the deals are great during the summer, because the parks are nearly empty. We routinely stay at Saddle Mountain RV park, which is west of Phoenix.
Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions. We have traveled this route at least 50 times, 20 of them in the motorhome.
Thank you so much for this information. I hit El Paso on my return and you were exactly correct. The traffic was a nightmare. The back-up was at least an hour and the temps were 105.
I did have an amazing trip. I stayed on I-10 and traveled to Fort Stockton when I was going west. Then I got off I-10 and proceded north to Carlsbad, New Mexico. The area was awesome as well as the caverns. I then proceded to Gallup, New Mexico and got off I-40 west and travelled through th Navaho and Hopi nations to end up in Conway at the Conway Trading Post. This just happened to be the night of the LIVE WIRE guy crossing the little colorado river gorge on the tight wire. I was there as it was happening!!!! The next day, I met a film crew guy who was doing a live shot for the news and then as I proceeded to the Grand Canyon, I saw the area where the Jumbo Tron was set up and then farther on the actual area where the event took place.
Temps at the grand canyon were 66 that morning and the high was only in the 80's. The Grand Canyon was incredible. What can I say.
I then proceded to the Gila National Forest and Flagstaff, Arizona and finished the "Loop" off with a drive through the Petrified Forest, driving south through the park. The Painted Desert in was cool. I continued on to Deming, New Mexico where I got back on I-10 and headed East.
Texas is huge.
I am now in Louisianna, just east of Rayne at the Frog City RV park. Its Friday the 28th of June. This is a passport park and they don't honor passport on the weekends but they did in my case. Why? Because they are nice.
This is a nice park. The sites and roads are not paved but it is nice and open with a nice pool and big pull through sites. I would definately recommend it especially since it is next to a big rig friendly gas station!!!