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Old 07-12-2015, 09:20 AM   #1
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Help Needed; Columbus, Ohio to Portland Oregon

What is the safest route from Columbus, Ohio to Portland Oregon? We are planning an August trip in our 32 foot Aspect, and this will be our first trip across the Rockies in our rig. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks R & S

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Safest? No gang warfare? Most Accidents per mile? Get the picture? Define safest.

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Old 07-12-2015, 09:43 AM   #3
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What is the safest route from Columbus, Ohio to Portland Oregon? We are planning an August trip in our 32 foot Aspect, and this will be our first trip across the Rockies in our rig. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks R & S

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Your 32 foot MH should do just fine on major roads. A long grade, up or down requires patience from all of us. Find a lower gear that is comfortable and keeps brake use to a minimum.
Do you have a GPS? That and a PC should do well.
Allstays is a good ap for finding places to camp.
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Old 07-12-2015, 02:39 PM   #4
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You might consider purchasing the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers - Western Edition'. It is very helpful on mile-by-mile on the passes. Purchase through the publisher - about $23; Amazon is a lot more expensive for some reason.

However, with your 32' you should have no problems with any route. Have a good trip!
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Old 07-12-2015, 02:53 PM   #5
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I second the recommendation for the "Mountain Directory West" ... it will give you information about roads to avoid if you aren't interested in challenges ...

There are some US highways in Wyoming and Colorado that you should probably avoid but they will be pointed out in the directory.

If you have never driven in the mountains before the dangerous part is on the downgrade. Make sure that you slow down at the crest, shift into the lowest gear that you were in on the way up, and when it is necessary to use your brakes ... stab them hard for a few seconds to get your speed under control and then release ... DO NOT RIDE YOUR BRAKES.
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In 2012 we took I-90 to Seattle. No problems. I wouldn't take the northern route any later than Sept. though. Weather changes fast up there in Oct. Plenty of sights to see along the route.
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:10 AM   #7
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Get on I-80 to I-84 and Go!! have done it many times. save your money and forgo the directory. most of the Mt passes are very gradual. I think your steepest long downgrade is in eastern Oregon (cabbage patch hill, aka deadmans pass). safe travels.
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Both wife and I are from OR/WA, went to school in Portland and have lived near Dayton OH for 35 years, also lived near in Newark for 3 years). Have made the Trip with RVs at least 30-40 times, sometimes twice a year). Have tried about every route possible from north to south and most possible combinations. Have made the Trip (2400-2500 miles)from Dayton to Portland (my home was in the Gorge about 55 miles from Porland) in 4 days but normally take 6-7 when had time. In my opinion (unless you want to swing way south and add many miles) your best route is I 70 to Indy I 74 ( we go stright thru) to Davenport pick up I 80 to Salt Lake then I 84 to Portland. We like this route, more interesting and better places to overnight or spend a day or two. Worst part is climbing out of Cheyenne, long steep grade and often side winds. Avoid I 70, its longer has has just as many climbs and brakings. Going up to I-90 would be my second choice and going through the Dakotas is easy but boring and still have to go over the mountains. There's no free lunch choice and I'm sure you'll get differing opinion.
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We've done I-84/80 eastbound and I-90 in both directions. Both nice rides, but if you're going to Portland it should be 80/84.

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