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Old 02-15-2009, 09:16 AM   #1
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We are on I-5 heading south, and the weather in the Siskiyous looks iffy. Any experience with going over to the coast, and back to I-5 further south? Recommendations on what road to take with a 32-foot rig and a tow vehicle? We don't have to cross until tomorrow, and could wait the weather out a day or two, but thought we'd check while we're sitting her in Corvallis, OR. Thanks! Not-interested-in-icy-roads!
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:53 AM   #2
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If you decide to go the coastal route, do not cut back to Hwy 5 via Hwy 299. The black ice can be treacherous this time of year. Use Hwy 20 instead.
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We have taken Hwy 38 to Reedsport and taken the coast route to Petaluma. A nice break from I5 but you will add a day to your trip.
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Two sailors is right, 101 to Petaluma and then I-80 back to I-5. We are in the Coos Bay area right now and sent our nephew and his wife back to Nevada by that route today. Too much snow and too much iffy weather around the Siskiyous.
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We have taken Hwy 38 to Reedsport and taken the coast route to Petaluma. A nice break from I5 but you will add a day to your trip.
How is Hwy 38 from I-5 to Reedsport with a motorhome?
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Old 02-28-2009, 04:51 PM   #6
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How is Hwy 38 from I-5 to Reedsport with a motorhome?
We have traveled it often at all times of the year in our 40' towing a crewcab chevy truck. It is a great drive, just not a super fast one. You can maintain an average of about 45 mph as there are some decent grades that you will come upon suddenly if you are not familiar with the road. You will also hit some areas where you can go 60 to 65 if you want to.
Just before you get to Reedsport, you will find a large turn-out area for Elk viewing. Good place to stop for a break. Just slightly more windy than Hwy 16 going to Murieta.
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It only cost me $145.00 plus the cost of Traffic School for driving 65mph on Hwy 38.
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Sacs and I actually prefer to take Hwy 138 from I-5 at Sutherlin to Hwy 38 (at Elkton) on over to Reedsport. It is a very scenic country road.

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How is Hwy 38 from I-5 to Reedsport with a motorhome?
Drove it last fall, no problems in a 37' MH with toad. We did drop down on 138 connecting to I-5

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I live off Hiway 101 on the coast of Oregon. When we go down to AZ in early January each year we go down to Hiway 38 to 138 at Elkton and to I-5 at Sutherlin. Spend the night at Valley of the Rogue State Park in Rogue River, Oregon. Get an early start to hit the 4300 ft Siskiyou pass between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. This allows the trucks and MotorHomes to beat the ice and snow to slush and generally I can sail over w/o putting on chains. One time I did the coast route all the way to the Redding turn off (Hiway 299) and had more trouble with snow, ice and black ice then playing the timing game over the Siskiyou's. Never tried it again. Just my opinion - good luck with which ever way you decide to go. At this time of the year, I vote for Siskiyou Pass. Weather report shows sunny weather for the next few days! Good luck - enjoy the drive. Road info here: http://167.131.0.179/Pages/RCMap.asp...ns&curRegion=7
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