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Old 11-19-2011, 11:37 AM   #1
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Boise ID to Detroit MI the last week of Nov in Workhorse 30' gas.

I need to drive a 30' MH workhorse gas 4 speed from Boise to Detroit later in November. I'm Ok with cold but hate the snow/ice. This is our first MH but I have 20 years experience pulling a 30' trailer. This will not be a sight seeing trip: just need to get to Detroit safely. Any advice on best route to take at that time of year would be appreciated.

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Old 11-19-2011, 03:09 PM   #2
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Pay close attention to the weather reports as you near Chicago. You will be traveling around the tip of Lake Michigan. Weather conditions (snow) can be extremely dangerous between Gary IN. and Benton Harbor MI. We have seen Rt. 94 closed several times. Other times we have experienced white out, white knuckle conditions.

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At weather.com there is an option to get weather forecasts along all the interstate highways ... I suggest you find that and bookmark it ...

When a storm comes across the plains you can experience extreme winter driving conditions.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:20 PM   #4
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I took this trip about 2 weeks ago to wisconsin. My wife blogged about the trip. Lots of places to stay, but most places had their water shut off. Lucky for me they still all had full prices for me to pay

You will probably have snow to deal with - my biggest problem was the wind. There was a stretch where we headed north for an hour and we where really battered around.

The scenery was amazing tho!
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Generally you won't have much in the way of Snow or Ice in Detroit till later in December... I know Snow at Thanksgiving is rare there. Christmas common. (I do indeed have a war story about that).

Idaho however... I simply do not know.

In 2006 I took the "high road" from Detroit to Utah, going through Nebraska nad Wyoming. I left Detroit the night of the Tuesday BEFORE Thanksgiving.. I had no snow till I got to the point where I turned south and then it was minor.

However.. There was a major bilzzard that dang near caught up with me, I mean it was, at one point, not more than a day behind me.. They were air lifting hay to cows in NE fields by the time I made Salt Lake.
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There are two routes available, through Wisconsin and the Mackinaw bridge or south around Chicago. Either way you are going to be crossing the great plains in early winter, be prepared for just about anything. Keep the fridge stocked, carry bottled water, warm clothes a cell phone and watch your propane. You don't want to run out. Watch the weather reports, if you get bad conditions coming in wait it out in a major center. Have a safe trip.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:03 PM   #7
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I'm here in the Battle Creek Michigan area and it is Sunday Nov 20 2011 and at noon it is 46 degrees with a light wind. It is chilly but not really cold. We has 2 inches of snow a week ago but was gone in 24 hrs. Road conditions haven't been an issue.
It is deer hunting season in Michigan until the end of November when driving be alert there are deer moving every where.

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