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Old 11-05-2013, 04:47 PM   #15
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It's not that bad and, yes, I've done it. Got to watch cars and 18 wheelers slide into the ditch and the drivers climb out as we passed (slowly).
X2! Exactly the same experience here! One night, we were in a blizzard so bad, that we couldn't even tell where the actual road was, except for the all of 18 wheelers and cars sitting on their side/roof lining the ditch on each side of the Interstate! I was really amazed by how well and stable our Ford chasssis handled under such adverse conditions.
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:55 PM   #16
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We just got our first snow today (3 inches) and it plugged up Spokane according to the news. Several roads closed down due to accidents. It is worse east of here in Idaho and Montana. It's only the first of the month....not the end of it so it's only going to get worse. Carry chains. Some passes require them or check state transportation web sites before you go. Good luck and don't be in a hurry!!
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:45 PM   #17
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This is so appreciated! If everyone would keep this updated I'm sure there are others that could benefit when heading out on the road.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:55 PM   #18
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Hi and welcome to the forum. We traveled out of Alberta to AZ. a few times while we lived there (near Red Deer) and we watched the forecast and waited for cool clear weather and away we went. There are weather sites that you can check the weather in each state. We would check the long range forecast for like a 14 day trend and plan around that. Each state has a road advisory as well to give you up to date road conditions. I 15 is a good route and we have gone down through Twin falls Idaho to Vegas on 93 I think it is as well. For the first time I would recommend I 15. We would always stay the first night at Walmart in Great Falls Montana, and stock up on supplies. Have a great trip and enjoy!
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:33 PM   #19
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Congrats on taking the leap, you'll love it. Been South 4 times and hit blizzards either coming on going (pressed by our work schedual). Best tip is use the internet and check the Dept of Transport Road Conditions for all the states you pass through. Their DOT sites are excellant and have web cameras of most of the roads and passes.
We take hwy 36 South from Viking and connect with I-15 at Coutts. Dick's RV Campground in Great Falls is open year round and full service. No reservation needed. The interstate has max grades of 6%. If you go up a grade in 3 or 4th gear, make sure you start down the other side in 3 or 4th. South of Helena at Boulder I like to turn East onto Hwy 69. First 5 miles look like a country lane, but it is a nice quiet level 2 lane following a river, so no steep grades. Check the weather/road cond it may be clearer than I-15 and you can avoid Butte and a couple of passes. One steep hill down to T intersection at Hwy 90, take it in 2nd or 3rd. Hwy 55 and 41 take you to Dillon.
I like to avoid Salt Lake area so turn West at Pocatella and then South at Twin Falls. Overnight at Jackpot behind the casino good camp ground. Great barrier hwy through Nevada has very easy summits, and it is liking driving through Saskatchewan, Flat and Straight. In Ely we switch to Hwy 6 climb the Murray Summit and then catch Hwy 318 until it rejoins 93. Comes out just North of Las Vegas. We do 500 miles per day to get ahead of the snow. Have a safe trip, eh.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:22 AM   #20
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Thanks ARollingHome.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:34 AM   #21
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Take your time and wait when you have to. If it's not a race to get there, enjoy the adventure. Find and follow a snow plow if needs be. You should be fine. Make friends at first stop and travel together. Always better in a small group looking out for each other.

Enjoy, how long are you going for?
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:51 PM   #22
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Hoping to leave nov. 23rdish. Weather permitting, till the end of jan. Going to follow ARollingHomes's route. We r considering leaving RV in storage in Phoenix area & fly back in spring to drive it back. Any feedback on that? Any one?
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:18 PM   #23
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I have driven to and from Ca and Ariz at the end of Dec, Jan. and Feb. It was not a problem but we travelled I5 right thru to BC. It all depends on the weather. Hit snow/hail once when we were in Oregon at Seven Feathers RV resort, but it turned to rain fairly quickly.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:47 PM   #24
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Deborita,

If this is your first winter trip to AZ; just in case you are not familiar with Quartzsite, you have to go there at least once. Free camping all over the desert!

http://www.quartzsitebusinesschamber.com/images/rvs.jpg
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Would also suggest a REALLY GOOD smart phone weather App! I use them all the time in making decisions when to proceed or when to hunker down and let the weather pass... Highly recommend eWeather HD and RadarScope.
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Don't forget to get your MH, especially the underside, washed as soon as possible after you encounter road salt. When you get to PHX...do it again.
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A lot of good advice on making the trip South. Now, once you have made it South just start cruising I-10 East and West and enjoy it all.
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Yes it is our 1st trip. Very excited. Hoping to b there for at least 2 monthes. Quartzite looks neat. I'm assuming those tents r like a market thing. All the tips & replies already make us feel we r traveling with a group. . Thanks guys
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