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Old 10-02-2014, 03:26 PM   #1
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Hi guys. This my first major trip traveling in a 38 Monaco with Mini Cooper toad. Leaving Jan5 and should be gone for 6 weeks. Starting Vancouver BC to Eugene Oregon to have work done on rig (suspension at source engineering) then to San Francisco. Then to San Diego(7days); Palm Springs (14 days); Sedona (2 days); Grand Canyon (3days) Vegas (3days) then work our way home via San Fran. My main concern obviously is the highways and snow issues at this time of year. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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Using I-5 coming or going , the problem area is Redding , in California to Canyonville OR. The area can be subject to sudden snow storms , ice fog and a whole list of other winter travel nasty events. Have food on board and be ready to spend the night or so to let the DOT clear the roads.
Travel with propane tank full and keep the fuel level in the top 1/2 of the tank. 7 Feathers RV park / Casino , in Canyonville, is a great place to hold up if necessary.
I'll dig up and repost the links to OR traffic cams.
I've travelled the route in Dec. & Jan. it can be smooth sailing , or ....
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:39 PM   #3
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The area south of Canyonville, Sexton Summit, Grants Pass and the Siskiyou Pass , down to Yreka, are the areas where I've run into trouble.

TripCheck - Road Cams, Road & Weather Conditions in Oregon - ODOT?....

Give me a while to double check this link.

EDIT: Ok it works keep the site on file . Also if your not a regular traveler on the route , use the 405 around Seattle and the 205 around Portland, both add a few miles , but save time if you avoid rush HOURS, but being from Hongcouver , you know all about them.
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Yes I have travelled through Seattle with my previous older rig with a buddy and I believe it was just south around Kent that we hit a stretch of highway that we both pulled over to check our tires as we thought we had a blow out. The cement joints were uneven and it was so rough we had to slow down to 30 with 4 ways on. I swore next time we would take the 405 bypass!
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The I5 is constantly being rebuilt or in need of repair in one stretch or another! Nevertheless it is by far the Safest and most Direct Route from Vancouver B.C. to the Mexican Border !

Winter Travel along this Corridor has been a mixed bag for Us over the past fifteen Years! We have only encountered a closed Road Once which really wasn't a problem as We were happily ensconced at Seven Feathers near Canyonville at the time!

Wonderful RV Park ...Great Free Overnight Parking in the Rest Areas ... Decent Prices for Fuel.... Up to date Casino with Free Shuttle Services ... several Restaurants to choose from!
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Just came through Seattle and Portland....just LOVE the traffic...OMG! Plan for non rush hour times or use a GPS with traffic warnings. How does someone lose an Excavator off a trailer?
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Just came through Seattle and Portland....just LOVE the traffic...OMG! Plan for non rush hour times or use a GPS with traffic warnings. How does someone lose an Excavator off a trailer?
It's been done more than once.
Including an incident near Edmonton that destroyed an overpass.
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