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Old 10-30-2015, 09:00 PM   #15
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We just came down from Whidbey Island and are now in Needles. We took the "other" 58 from Springfield Oregon to Klamath Falls, then down 395 to I-40. We mad the mistake of taking 139 into Susanville - DO NOT DO THAT, it was awful. Instead, catch 395 at Alturas.

I have driven this v route to Reno during the winter and it was OK. You need to watch the weather.

I will be leaving the MH in AZ and traveling down in my pickup in January. I am going to pick my route depending on weather but may well take you route through Bakersfield.
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Thanks for all the information and advice.
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We just came down from Whidbey Island and are now in Needles. We took the "other" 58 from Springfield Oregon to Klamath Falls, then down 395 to I-40. We mad the mistake of taking 139 into Susanville - DO NOT DO THAT, it was awful. Instead, catch 395 at Alturas.
Just south of Alturas on 395, there's a great little RV park near Likely, CA. There is a residential development on a golf course that includes the RV park. Called A Likely Place, it's out of the way and reasonably priced. Phones and internet are iffy though. Once again, it's out of the way.

As has been mentioned, pay real close attention to the weather in the winter before striking out on these secondary roads.

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We've taken that route thru Susanville and Reno as far south as Las Vegas. Two lane narrow roads most of the way along with a few pretty steep hills. Interesting for sightseeing and a long leisurely drive, but only if the journey is the destination!

I-5 from southern Oregon to Mt. Shasta is always a bit of a crap shoot in the winter. We drove it in April and it snowed. Taking 101 along the coast would be slower and perhaps longer but at least you'd probably have no snow issues.
narrow roads? i will have to disagree with that. they are all major roads that are traveled by cars and trucks 24 hours a day
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Narrow roads are what these roads are as perceived by the individual drivers.

To anyone who has been on Vancouver Island and has driven out to Ucluelet or Tofino on BC Hwy 4 we can attest that not all narrow roads are equally narrow.

Being I run about 30 miles of 4 every trip in and out with our motorhome I am quite comfortable on roads others perceive as too narrow.
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Old 10-31-2015, 01:36 PM   #20
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My two cents: The route Shasta-Susanville-Reno is great. Good two lane road, 55 MPH, not a lot of traffic. A relaxing drive, far better than I-5 or 99.
Few grades. With the speed limit of 55 for a MH on I-5 there is absolutely no advantage to taking that route and being exposed to some of the worst drivers in the world.
Have done this route a number of times both N and S.

As I said my 2 cents and that's all it's worth.

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I run I5 every year and would never cross the mountains in January to get into a totally freezing weather, can you say icy roads. Do an over night at Seven Feathers Casino, now you are in a place to make a decision on when to get to Calli. In the last 8 years we h a d snow once and just waited a couple hours for the road to get prepared for our crossing. You will need chains on board( I will never put them on but carry them) the law in Or. I follow the GPS from I5 on 58, there are acouple options, I like the south option 90 to Bakersfield. From the top of the grape vine you can take south then east, I40 has been RUFF.
I was running 63', have now down sized and will beheading south about Jan. 12.
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In OR off I5 i take 58 to 97 to 5 to miss the hills and snow on 5 around ashland
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