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#1 DoubleDRv

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 12:28 AM

While traveling next year (March 2017) we are wondering about a stretch of road from Amarillo NM to Fort Worth TX on Highway 287. Does anyone have experience driving this way with a truck/fifth wheel? Just wondering if it's a good way to go. Thanks!
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#2 Cowdog353

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 05:58 AM

Road is good, just watch for possible bad weather. And I think you meant Amarillo ,Tx?
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#3 Al Florida

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 06:59 AM

4 lane mostly divided highway all the way.  Good road.  Speed limit 65-70mph.  There are a number of smaller towns to drive through.  Watch your speed limit in the towns. 


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#4 beyerjf

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 08:12 AM

Very popular truck route, attributes as mentioned above. Always more fun to get off the interstates and use the extensive US highway network that was built prior, and by and large has been improved. Going through the towns, stopping and seeing the real America is always a treat. 

Pick up a Rand McNally Truck Edition Atlas, which highlights the "National Network", all the interstates and any highway designated legal for 102" wide 53' trailers. You can't go wrong on any of those routes, with rare exceptions


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#5 GR 'Scott' Cundiff

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 09:29 AM

Man have I driven that route a lot of times!  We lived in the panhandle and drove it more times than I can remember.

 

Nothing much to add to all the others.  It's a "cruise control delight" aside from the towns along the way.  


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#6 Kirk

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 10:39 AM

While traveling next year (March 2017) we are wondering about a stretch of road from Amarillo NM to Fort Worth TX on Highway 287. 

Is there an Amarillo in NM? I'm pretty sure that you mean in Texas. 

Man have I driven that route a lot of times!  We lived in the panhandle and drove it more times than I can remember. 

I lived in Ft. Worth and drove to the panhandle as part of my work!  Typical of Texas major highways, well maintained, nice wide lanes and easy driving, but wind occasionally can be a problem. It isn't the most scenic stretch in TX but it is good road and there are a few interesting places to stop.


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#7 Tex Bigfoot

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 09:11 AM

Pretty much what the others have said . Good road mostly 4 lane .

 

One word of caution:  any RV park along that strech of road will have a very active  RR track running behind or in some cases through  it until you get to Wichita Falls and then its iffy .



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 03:42 PM

US Hwy 287 is still a big truck route and you should not have any problem.

I have had to spend the night due to snow and icy road on this route more then once.

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#9 Weffy

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 12:29 PM

We lived on the west side of Wichita County right off of 287 and it is a very good 4 lane highway.  The problem will be when you get to Ft. Worth with all of the construction



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Posted 07 December 2016 - 04:49 PM

i had not been that way in several years or more until this year and I was caught by surprise with the construction weffy mentioned. I hit it at a bad time but not the worst and had some issue with getting my lanes and exits right.  I used to go that way a lot and it was almost like somewhere I had never been as I was approaching Ft. Worth. I ended up on 820 to I20 going east  and even that was a bit of a shock. I got pretty fatigued dealing with it and ended up overnighting at Cedar Hill St Pk.



#11 Tex Bigfoot

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Posted 14 December 2016 - 10:07 AM

I have found that a good way to avoid the construction on I35 when coming or going north/ south on US 287 is to take I 820 around the west side of Ft Worth and then take Business 287 through Saginaw joining back up with the main HY south of Rome.