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Old 05-09-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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Hi! We are thinking of traveling from orange county to Medford, Or. We just purchased our first DP. Is the drive thru Shasta and Ashland hard to maneuver? We have drove in a car, but a little worried about the mountains. We are new at RVing.

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Old 05-09-2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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Stacy, take your time and enjoy the scenery. We travel that route in our 37' gasser, I personally prefer the scenery above Grants Pass, but it's all better than desert.

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Old 05-09-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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You shouldn't have any problem, I assume that your talking about staying on I-5. Grants Pass is a nice place to stay, camping right on the Rogue River, also all of the state parks we've been to have been very nice. I would suggest checking out the Oregon coast, we have been alone the entire Oregon coast many times and it's beautiful. Really like the Newport to Lincoln area. Hopefully we'll be up there again this summer.
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HI there we have driven the I-5 over a dozen times from B.C to southern california and back. The only time I've ever encountered bad conditions is in the winter months, even then it's generally plowed quickly. I have driven our travel trailer, fifth wheel and now our DP. The roadway is well maintained and the signage is good, if you drive the speed limit you will be fine! Use your jake brake on the down grades to maintain speed, and gear down to keep your rpms higher on the hills....there is a great rest stop at Klamath Falls too, worth stopping for lunch!
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Not a difficult trip this time of year. Be prepared for slow travel both up & down the pass, but it is freeway.

Ashland is a wonderful spot to spend some time. If you enjoy live theatre check out Oregon Shakespeare Festival Jacksonville, OR is close by and is also fun to explore.

Depending on time of year, Jackson County has GREAT parks with rv sites.
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Siskiyou pass on I-5 just inside the Oregon state line is a pretty steep and long downgrade with a couple of curves. Just use your jake brake if you have one, or a lower gear in the trans, or both. I was just over the route last fall, and the highway is in good shape. A few bumpy sections in central California, and you can run into some pretty heavy traffic thru Sacramento if you hit the morning or evening work commute traffic Hope you have a good, safe, and enjoyable trip. Relax and enjoy the ride.
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Comming from calif to ore I left the top at 60, hit the jake came all the way down never used the brakes. No problems, piece of cake
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We drive I-5 several times a year across the Siskiyous. It is four lanes and I have only two concerns: In the winter we watch the weather and snow reports. In the summer it may be HOT so keep the revs up on the engine and watch the temp.
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We drive from LA to Grants Pass 3 or 4 times a year with our '40 DP. I consider it a real nice drive. Enjoy your trip.
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by the time you get to the top of the siskiyous you will be and old pro. just shift down and let the engine/exhaust brake do the work. don't over cook your brakes by dragging them all the way down just a quick stab to slow down if needed.there is no truck speed limit off the hill so truck will blow by a 55 plus don't let them spook you
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