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Old 09-29-2019, 08:34 PM   #1
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Washington state to Yuma Az in December doable?

I would like to Leave about Dec 15 and stay till the 1 of March. It is also our maiden voyage in this coach. Have serviced and checked everything all 100 % now also new tires. RV trip wizard has me going through Idaho and Nevada to Yuma. Have gone the other way through California in a car in December. Not bad at all. What do you think?
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Depends on the weather, if you want to be safe, from weather anyway, take I-5
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Old 09-29-2019, 08:50 PM   #3
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Left Vancouver Island on Nov 1st last year. Plan to do so again this year. Our route took us down the Columbia River Valley, close to Bend, then past Las Vegas. We’re a bit concerned with the early winter storms at altitude, but like the other responder said. There’s always I-5.

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There is snow and freeze warnings in Reno NV right now.
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I would like to Leave about Dec 15 and stay till the 1 of March. It is also our maiden voyage in this coach. Have serviced and checked everything all 100 % now also new tires. RV trip wizard has me going through Idaho and Nevada to Yuma. Have gone the other way through California in a car in December. Not bad at all. What do you think?
It would depend on where in WA State you are starting.

We are planning on heading from the Olympia WA area to Palm Springs Thanksgiving week. Returning the first part of February. Our plan is I-5 south. If the Mtns of S Oregon through to Redding are snowy we will head over to the Coast And head south to the Bay Area. Then back to I-5 to S. CA to Palm Springs.

We have plenty of time so no rush if we are taking the coast and miss snowy driving.

We have found our Class A drives ok in snow. But I would rather not.
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Here is what is suggested by Maps.Google.com

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Wash...32.6926512!3e0
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There's not much mileage difference and I-5 would have less chance of bad weather compared to Idaho. Be flexible and get a good long-range forecast for 3 days or so and then decide.
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Northern Nevada around Ely is pretty high and you can find snow. I still would try it and if it looks dicey consider heading over to I-15 which I travel often even in winter and is much lower elevation than going straight down Nevada and is maybe an hour longer.
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I do believe I-5 will have to do in December. I live close to Hood River, Or. so I am on the cold side of Washington and came from S. Texas. I have a need for 70's in the winter. I am not in a hurry so any places to stop recommendations would be nice
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I've driven the I-5 , in Nov. and hit bad road conditions , in south OR, Sexton Summit ( MM 72 )was actually worse than the Siskiyou. Followed two snow plows through at 35 mph.

JMHO: Stop for the night in Canyonville OR . There is the Seven Feathers RV park ( pricey but extremely nice), or there is a rest area right there too if you want to boondock , then check the weather on the passes ,and plan on leaving there and getting south of Redding in a days drive . Once south of Redding you're below the elevation where snow is common in Dec.

Most I-5 rest areas allow overnight 8 hour stops in CA.
Casino in Corning has an RV park and a rest area.
Flying J at the junction of I-5 and 12 has an area set aside for RV overnighting.

You'll want to avoid Sacramento at rush hour , and watch for the truck through lane to avoid merging traffic.
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Idaho south really depends on weather. We have done it 7 times in January with no serious snow or ice on the roads, but we watch the weather. Mid December is usally better. Idaho weather is typically storms followed by days of clear weather. Roads open up pretty quickly. The areas to watch are Twin Falls to Wells, and the pass just south of Ely.
Of course the other areas that can be troublesome are the Blue Mountain passes between Pendleton and Baker Oregon. This area is extremely well maintained and is usually good a couple of days after a storm.
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Not just snow to worry about. Think about ice also. Many times the night temps will freeze the water left on the roads from the days rain. I'm voting for I-5, with an option on the coast route. I've been almost every conceivable route now, up and back. Ely Nv often has freezing weather in mid October. Reno gets snow early sometimes too. If this is a first trip take the easy way on the 5 and enjoy your first trip. Save the questionable stuff for another year.
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Thanks for all the replies. The weather is the factor limiting the east routes. I know I-5 says it is only an 1.5 longer but that does not factor in delays from large cities and traffic. I would much rather drive a few hundred miles out of my way than sit in a traffic jam for 3 hours. So I will keep all routes as a possibility thanks to other who have driven the routes.

Any idea on best route to avoid LA. Got stuck in a traffic jam there for 6 hours. I guess that is my main concern on I-5.
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Thanks for all the replies. The weather is the factor limiting the east routes. I know I-5 says it is only an 1.5 longer but that does not factor in delays from large cities and traffic. I would much rather drive a few hundred miles out of my way than sit in a traffic jam for 3 hours. So I will keep all routes as a possibility thanks to other who have driven the routes.

Any idea on best route to avoid LA. Got stuck in a traffic jam there for 6 hours. I guess that is my main concern on I-5.
I totally understand that driving farther is better than interstates! That's what we always did.

If you do I-5 consider exiting at Bakersfield and taking 58 east to Barstow and I-15. . . a lot of semi truck traffic though.
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