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Old 11-03-2015, 06:31 PM   #1
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Greetings one and all,

The DW and I have to travel to southern Arizona around the 10th of January.

We want to travel thru East Oregon on I84 to Twin Falls Idaho and then South on HGY 93 thru Nevada to Las Vegas Nevada and then onto Casa Garande,Arizona for our get together.

We will be pulling out unit with us. Would like to hear from anyone whom has traveled this way that time of year. We do not have chains,do we need them?

I am not able to put chains on myself. Just looking for the groups advice.

My truck is in excellent condition,new tires and runs great.

Thanks in advance..

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I'd plan extra days if you have to wait for road conditions to improve. No point trying to trail blaze through fresh snow, let the road crews clear the road, then you won't have to worry about chain restrictions.

I'd also bookmark state road condition websites so you can decide each day if you should proceed or stay in place. That's how we travel in winter, it's too hard to make general predictions one year to the next.
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Old 11-18-2015, 12:34 AM   #3
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Having traveled that road many times in the winter I will say that you could run into severe weather in the Blue Mountains all the way to Baker City heading east. I have been stopped numerous times because of semis sliding off the road. Don't even consider that route without chains for both the truck and trailer. If you don't have chains on the trailer once it starts to slide you're done for.
Last piece of advice, fill your gas tank before hitting the hills and maybe carry an extra small gas can. At least twice I was stuck long enough to idle through 3/4 tank of gas. Plan ahead and don't take chances. Your final destination is worth the trouble.
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I guess he wants other opinions than what he got here?
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It's a crap shoot. Normally there's a 1-2 week period in Jan where the weather is dry and sunny. Been living here for 62 years and worked construction for 30 years. Every Jan we always get a long stretch of clear cold weather. That should help get you out of the state. What happens in ID and south is any bodies guess. I would be looking hard at forecasts for your route and prepare to stay overnight if the weather turns crummy.
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