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Old 11-21-2014, 05:15 AM   #15
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I thought about doing the same this year. However I checked the normal temperature ranges along that coast route and it can get very cold over there, way below freezing. So I opted out mainly not wanting to contend with ice in the early parts of the day.

I decided to stay on I-5 where the DOT has all the equipment working to clear the roads in the event of inclement weather.

I will add that many people have traveled that route at that time of year and I am pretty conservative about doing "new things" when I am bucking weather. So I'm a big chicken.

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Old 11-21-2014, 08:09 AM   #16
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If there is bad weather, stop at Seven Feathers Casino. Great stop. Long pull throughs and a shuttle to test your luck and reasonable food. When the weather clears make your way over the pass and to lower elevation with higher temps. We have had a small, a couple inches of snow while over nighting there and a 9:00 departure had the roads in good shape.


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Old 11-23-2014, 11:18 AM   #17
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My DW and I are leaving the Vancouver, BC area between Christmas and New Years, picking up our MADP in Coburg, Oregon and heading south to Las Vegas and then on to Quartzsite and other Arizona locations for the remainder of the winter.

Our plan is to watch the weather and follow plan A, B or C.

A: If the road conditions look good we'll depart from Coburg down I-5 the 320 miles to Redding, CA in a single day. That should put us south of the higher elevation and related weather issues.

B: If the weather is questionable along I-5 we'll backtrack to Corvallis and head over to the Newport on Hwy-20. We'll then take 101 south to the Bay area. This route adds about 200 miles to our trip over slower roads and forces to navigate through the heavy Bay area traffic. On the positive, the weather is traditionally milder along the coast and snow is far less likely.

C: If weather does not look promising along route A or B then we'll hunker down and wait for the roads to improves and hopefully still hit the time window for CES in Las Vegas.

As OLYLEN said, if you want a good place to stay along I-5, north of the mountains, Seven Feathers RV Resort (operated by Seven Feathers Casino) in Canyonville is one of the nicest parks my DW and I have stayed in recently. There rates are not cheap but with Good Sam and their own loyalty card program (free) the rate drops to under $40. Their loyalty card is acquired at the casino and also provides a $0.03/gal discount on fuel at their truck stop. Their diesel prices were the lowest we saw while going through Oregon and their discount just makes it better. They have a free 24/7 shuttle service to the casino and more and a beautiful indoor swimming pool. If we have to wait out the weather, we'll be doing it at Seven Feathers.

If you had considered going to Grants pass and then taking Hwy 199 over to Crescent City on the coast, be aware that there is a length restriction on that Hwy.

Also, thanks to those who mentioned the chain requirement. I'll likely order a set from Amazon in the next few days to have them onboard. A quick check on Amazon shows cable chains in my tire size (295/80 22.5) available for $115 with free shipping. As I would be buying them solely to satisfy the legal requirement, but not actually use them, price has a greater bearing than quality.

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Old 11-23-2014, 05:36 PM   #18
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"If you had considered going to Grants pass and then taking Hwy 199 over to Crescent City on the coast, be aware that there is a length restriction on that Hwy."

I wasn't aware of that. We're leaving Salem, OR so if after checking weather and road conditions we elect to go 101 we'll do as you are and head west at Corvallis.

Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:06 AM   #19
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Drove 199 from Grants Pass to Crescent City today, January 19, 2015.

We have a 38' Motorhome and tow a Ford Edge. I found the road very adequate for our setup which is about 60' total.

The last 8 miles is narrow with lots of curves many of which are 20, 25, 30 and 35 mph. That part is slow going but there are many turnouts and traffic is not bad.

I wouldn't hesitate to do it again and was not uncomfortable with this drive at all.

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