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Old 08-02-2016, 07:52 PM   #1
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Hi, I was wonder the best route to take from portland to phoenix mainly the roads that have the less grades to deal with, not like I5 and the shasta area or east of the grapevine east of pendelton thanks
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Well....you have to get across those mountains some way. You're not in Kansas. I'd say I-5 is your best bet.
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Well it has been a while but you might look at I think US-26 to US-97 towards Klamath Falls then CA-139 to Susanville, then US-395 to Reno I-80, then to US-95 and down. I have not checked the elevation changes but might be less than down I-5. I have not been on US-95 very far south of Reno.



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the other way is run up I-84 to biggs junction, pick up 97 there, would bypass 26 and mt. hood that way. would have a little pull up outa 84 right at first, nothing bad at all, then run the rest of the way with minimal hills and steepness up or down. about the flattest you will find to vegas. a little farther tho.
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What rv trekkers said.
That's the route we used every time we went south to Buckeye
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thanks for the ideas lot of good choices
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+I've always run down I-5 with no troubles. It's not that bad other then a terrible road conditions of the CA roads!
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Well, you could cross over west from Portland to US 101 and go to LA area and then across I-10 to Phoenix. Out of curiosity why not the mountain passes?
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not sure I have never driven any type of rv and the route we take every year is 84 to twin falls great drive but the grapevine east of Pendleton concerns me a little the coach is still in az so we won't bring it back until may so my driving skill will improve enough that the pass won't concern me.
Plus it might be nice to have a change of scenery.
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Welcome to iRV2.

Over the past three decades I think I've driven every possible route , north/south through the western states, to the point where I think I've got more miles on those roads than I have in my home province.
As twogypsies said your going to cross a mountain pass; or two, or three; somewhere on your route no matter which one you choose.
For a rookie RVer , you may want to go with the route that has the least amount of traffic during your learning curve.
It would help a little to know what you'll be driving , and if it's a motor home , will you be pulling a toad on your first trip.
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not sure I have never driven any type of rv and the route we take every year is 84 to twin falls great drive but the grapevine east of Pendleton concerns me a little the coach is still in az so we won't bring it back until may so my driving skill will improve enough that the pass won't concern me.
Plus it might be nice to have a change of scenery.
I'd think interstate freeways are the easiest to drive, exception being traffic in crowded cities. Generally state and local highways are narrower, sharper curves and steeper hills. At least that's what I think.
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thanks for the reply we bought a 38 foot Holiday Rambler dp and will be towing a gmc Acadia. I have pretty much decided to go from Vages up the great basin highway to Twin Falls them take 84 into Portland not bad except for the grapevine east of Pendleton, as other have said just follow a semi down the grade
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thanks for the reply we bought a 38 foot Holiday Rambler dp and will be towing a gmc Acadia. I have pretty much decided to go from Vegas up the great basin highway to Twin Falls them take 84 into Portland not bad except for the grapevine east of Pendleton, as other have said just follow a semi down the grade
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The Great Basin highway; NV 93 ; is one of my preferred routes, but I avoid the loop through Caliente, using 318 for a little shorter trip, and less climbing.
Watch for radar traps on the route. The in town speeds are strictly enforced.
Down the hill on I-84 , I start at the top in 3rd gear at 30 mph with the exhaust brake on and keep below 40 all the way down.
Check the exhaust or engine brake operation before you get too far with the coach so your familiar with it before you get to the top of I-84.
Caution through Vegas's spaghetti bowl , timing to avoid rush hour is a must.
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