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Old 08-15-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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Need less hilly route from Oregon to New Orleans

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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I84/I80 is probably the best route. Only other option I see for less hilly is I10. But you have lots of secondary roads to get there
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Do you want to stick to Interstates , or are you open to any route ?
You have one of the biggest pulls in your back yard, I-84 to Ontario.
Sooner or later you have to cross the Rockies, you may be better off to go from home on a route you've driven before.
From Canada, I'd think Spokane to Billings, Rapid City to get out to the flat land in short order , then SE from there.
When do you plan to travel ?
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450Donn, I've seen that look on the face of a Black Lab, allow me to translate, " Throw the stick dad, throw the stick!"
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Hi,

From our experience, just a thought re: towing over steep mountains...

if you have a traveling partner, it might be less stressful and a bit safer if you had them drive the car seperately over the steepest parts. Then once you get to flatlands and the midwest, tow away. A bit more fuel but easier on the nerves.

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Cabbage Hill E of Pendleton is a good climb, but very good road with truck lanes. Climb form I15 to I80 When you get to Denver it is all down hill. lol
Drop down a gear ad keep the RPMs up and you should be fine. Pulled Cabbage with a 32' F53 towing an 18' boat a few times.
If you came N to I90 you would have a good pull up 4th of July and Lookout pass.
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IMO, the interstates, like I84, are best for anyone wanting to avoid problem areas (including difficult climbs), since they have truck lanes (slow vehicle lanes) at the outside. So, you can settle into the correct gear and RPMs for a nice steady pull. No switchback worries. Much better than windy and often narrow smaller roads. Over mountainous terrain, the freeways give better visibility as well, and there is always space to pull over. Happy trails.
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Do you want to stick to Interstates , or are you open to any route ? - Any route.

If you have a traveling partner, it might be less stressful and a bit safer if you had them drive the car seperately over the steepest parts. - No traveling partner, well, other than my dog. lol

Cabbage Hill E of Pendleton is a good climb, but very good road with truck lanes. - haven't driven this MH over that hill, but have driven an older Winnebago up and down Cabbage. That hill doesn't bother me.

If you came N to I90 you would have a good pull up 4th of July - I did that hill in this MH (not towing) just last month. Went to the North Fork of the C/A river. While it wasn't fun (put the MH down in 2nd) it was doable.

So other than those two examples - where else am I looking at for steep grades?

I did Whites Pass headed West this past May (also not towing), I didn't find that too bad.

Looking at going mid-October - Pros - Cons??? Closing on house is supposed to be mid-October. Really don't want to spend any more time in Oregon than that.

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450Donn, I've seen that look on the face of a Black Lab, allow me to translate, " Throw the stick dad, throw the stick!"
Actually his is BALL BALL
He can be a real pest.
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I don't know of any way to avoid mountains between Oregon and Louisiana unless you put the RV on a boat and take it down through the Panama Canal and then up the Gulf of Mexico! That being said, I-84 is not bad, you have one long up/down SE of Pendleton, OR as I recall. (I just came from Portland to Denver via I-84 and I-70 in July) You have to get from I-84 to I-70, probably using I-15 and US 50. Then Vail and Loveland passes on I-70. Alternate route would be to go I-84 to Ogden, UT then east on I-80 to I-25 south to Denver. It climbs into the Wasatch Mts at Parley's Summit where it gets to 7100 ft ele., but that's about it. You will be adding miles to your trip, but it avoids most passes.
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Thanks Bob, your "Alternate route would be to go I-84 to Ogden, UT then east on I-80 to I-25 south to Denver. It climbs into the Wasatch Mts at Parley's Summit where it gets to 7100 ft ele., but that's about it. You will be adding miles to your trip, but it avoids most passes." sounds pretty good.

Anyone know what the weather would look like in the higher elevations in the mid-October time frame would be? Really would like to avoid that white fluffy stuff. lol
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Kaye, snow can happen in almost any month in Wyoming! I've driven in 3-4 inches of fluff at the end of July in Togwatee Pass.

Here's a truck driver's video of late October on I-80 Wyoming snow on I-80 elk mountain oct 26, 2010 - YouTube

That's probably not the usual, but with our screwed up climate change, I'd schedule a day or two for sitting to wait it out. WDOT is prepared for winter and does a good job of keeping traffic moving. You can monitor conditions here: WYDOT Travel Information Service (Laramie)
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Oh yuck Bob, I really, really didn't need that. LOL

I do appreciate the info and the video, yep, I can do sitting and waiting, well familiar with that old standby saying, "Hurry up and wait".
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you could drive down the california coast to San Diego and cut across through Arizona, NM, and Texas. a lot longer that way though.

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