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Old 08-16-2012, 11:05 PM   #15
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I found that highway 26 is pretty good. Just did that from Jackson WY to Portland.
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I found that highway 26 is pretty good. Just did that from Jackson WY to Portland.
But that route takes you over Teton Pass and Togwatee Pass plus is two lane for much of it's travel. Someone trying to avoid hills are not going to do it that way. Togwatee isn't too bad, I worked at a Geology Field Station 12 miles from that one, but Teton can be challenging with steep sections (up and down) and often some snow by mid October in both of them.
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From Reno to Houston TX its best to go this route.
Reno, NV to Houston, TX best route map, driving direction

It keeps you out of the major passes. north of reno oi have not run in to many years.
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I'm from lacey, wa. I also drove semis for quite a few years. My suggestion would be for you to go west to Portland get on I5 and head south into Los Angeles and get on I 10 east until you get to Louisana.

Hills you will have to climb are Ashland, one called politican in ca, just past the rest area by the kalama river in ca. and the grapevine in ca. after the grapevine you are free of mountains but run across some small pulls a few miles before palm springs and one more about 20 miles east of palm springs. Than no more hills until the last few miles in Az. Once in Nm you will have mountains not that big but you will have them. Once in Tx you will run out of mountains and the remainder of the trip will be a breeze. This route should be clear of snow. Unless ashland starts eaily. If ashland gets snow and it's bad Or Dot will close I5 until 9am. So they can clean it.

This route is longer, but since your starting a new experience in your life. Start with an adventure.

enjoy your trip and smell the roses.
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Spend $16.95, and get one of these:

Mountain Driving Guide for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers

They list grades, descents, lengths and specific locations. A great resource.
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They list grades, descents, lengths and specific locations. A great resource.
I bought the Western one this year and it was a great resource. ( thanks Gary KD )
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Does anyone know of a good route to take from North East Oregon to the Louisiana area. I'd like to find the less mountainous route possible.

Looks like I may have sold the s/b and will be towing an auto (on a dolly) with my 38 ft Mountain Aire (gas, 1996) for the very first time. I've driven the MH quite a bit and am comfortable with it, however, I've never towed before. I've driven a Pickup and pulled a 3 horse slant loaded with 2 horses before, can even back it up. lol If there was a way to not tow, I'd do it, but plan to full time once house is sold.

Any suggestions as to route or any other suggestions?

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Your best solution is to find a driver to drive your rig there and you can then take a plane to your destination. It eliminates all of the anxiety of driving over the many steep grades if you don't have the experience or just don't want to go through all of that driving.

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From Reno to Houston TX its best to go this route.
Reno, NV to Houston, TX best route map, driving direction

It keeps you out of the major passes. north of reno oi have not run in to many years.
From NE Oregon to Reno can be full of hills!
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The I80 to I25, Laramine/Cheyenne to Denver requires going over the pass between Laramine and Cheyenne. There is a State highway that angles SE out of Laramine to Loveland Colorado and that is faily flat and by passes that pass in Wyoming. You join back into I25 just east of Loveland.
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The road from Laramie to Loveland/Fort Collins is US 287, considered the most dangerous highway in Wyoming. It has a number of long grades, up and down, with very limited passing lanes, so traffic backs up behind slow moving vehicles. I was on it in June and won't do it again. I-80 to Cheyenne, then south on I-25 has one long, gradual elevation to traverse, it is not even called a pass. The average elevation of I-80 through out Wyoming is 6500', the high spot between Laramie and Cheyenne climbs to 8700', so not a huge mountain pass like Loveland or Vail pass on I-70 in Colorado.
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Thanks George, have bookmarked and will order the Guides.

I have no interest in going to California ever again. Went to LA once, and once is plenty if not too much already. I'm not overly fond of Portland, OR either, I always dread having to drive my car there to go to the VA hospital.

Since I have no time table to get anywhere, I'll just take it slow and enjoy the ride.

Dr4film, thanks for your advice.

This past weekend I took the MH out to a place called the North Fork of the John Day River, I did drive a small hill called Battle Mountain, elev around 4200 ft. I did pull a small trailer with an ATV on it. Had no problems, even the small dirt one lane road wasn’t an issue. Had a great time.




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Kaye, I've been mulling this over since my first post; 9 trips south on 5 routes and all come up mountains. October travel, throws another curve ball into the mix. I've hit bad weather in Wash, Ore, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Calif. Around the first of November. If weather becomes an issue before you leave. I would chose to use I-5 to get as far south as possible. Then head East from Bakersfield to get on I-40 then drop down to I-10, in Arizona, for the rest of the trip. There are still mountains to go over but, temps would be moderate, and the distance between cities /rest areas is short by comparison to other routes, maintenance of I-5 in south Ore, North Calif. is very good.
Hope you find a route that fits your travel plan, and have a safe trip.
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