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Old 09-30-2015, 09:25 PM   #1
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Planning on heading South on about Oct 25. from Edmonton AB to California
Highways southbound are 2, 3, 4 then onto I 15 through Montana southbound.
Whats the odds of permanent snow covered roads. How far South before I can slowdown. Or should I head through BC then South on I5.
First 5th Wheel and first trip, learning curve now.
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Old 10-01-2015, 01:43 AM   #2
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8 years of doing the snowbird thing, I'll be passing through Montana to visit friends who can no longer travel, the same week as you. Two years ago , last week of Oct. on the Monida Pass on I-15 there had been snow overnight, but it had melted by noon.
Going south from B.C. ; 97 or I-5 at similar time , I've hit snow on both routes, there are high passes on all routes.
Have food and propane on board , so you can wait for the stuff to melt if you have to, and at that time of year it will melt , late November is another story.
Is your truck a 4X4? Some funny chain up regulations in the states.
What part of California are you heading to?
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Thanks Skip

Thanks. My truck is 4x4. You mentioned chainup rules, am I to have chains? Hope not.
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Old 10-01-2015, 12:41 PM   #4
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Odds of permanent snow covered roads is low IMO. There should be residual heat in the pavement so they should melt off.

If you are heading south there may be some temporary issues at Great Falls, Butte, Monida and Cedar City at that time. Always a crap shoot. Anyone can predict the weather would make a lot of money.

Can bypass Butte and Monida by taking the highway at Boulder and come out at Dillon.

We have driven the road numerous times and seemed never to get a clean run. We leave normally the beginning of Oct and return the end of March, beginning of April.

Coming north is the same issue. Cedar City has not been bad but we have run into snow at Butte and icy roads at Lethbridge.

As mentioned it is OK to stop and wait out the storms. We have used 4 wheel drive but never been required to chain up. If I have to use chains it is better to stop (has not happened yet).
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I carried cable chains for my 4X4 and never had to use them, some states require chains on all trailer axles with brakes , so getting off the road till the chain requirements are lifted is the best bet.
If your going through Salt Lake City, on I-15, in the last week of Oct. south of SLC you would be unlikely to get snow.
If you go over to 93 in Nevada , south of Ely, use 6 then 318, to avoid the high ground in Caliente. After the 6/318 junction the elevation drops considerably and so does the possibility of snow.
Note: Some people don't like this route because of the spotty cell phone service, but I enjoy it because of the light traffic. Jackpot and Alamo are nice stops.
JMHO: I-15 in SLC is a nightmare as far as I'm concerned and with the raised speed limit since I was last there, probably even worse.
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Thanks for the info
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A few things to remember.
Passports.
Cell phone , check that you have the proper plan for roaming in the USA. otherwise it can get very expensive , even to have your phone turned on.
I carry a US pay and talk and turn my Canadian cell phone off at the border.
Travel medical insurance. DO NOT cross the border without it.
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Thanks again folks
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States that require chains on trls only require a set on one axle only . Called a drag chain.
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