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Old 04-30-2020, 07:28 PM   #1
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5th wheel trip Bellingham Wa to Florida via NC

We are planning a trip around the middle of November maybe earlier if we can get our commitments completed.

We will be starting in Bellingham and want to get down to the Florida Keys but want to see friends in Greensboro NC.

The shortest route is coming up as I 94 or I 90 or even I 70 but were a little concerned about weather at that time of year and thought maybe go down into California and pick up I 40.

We will be driving a ram with 4 wheel drive pulling a 40' Grand Design, we have chains but definitely do not want to use then unless we really had to, would rather avoid the ice or white stuff.

We are planning on taking around 4 months.

Any thoughts?

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Old 04-30-2020, 07:49 PM   #2
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If you don't have reservations in the Keys you better try to make them ASAP. Thanksgiving is the usual start of 'the season' down there when the snowbirds fly in. Be prepared for extreme sticker shock. Reservations in south Florida for the season can be very difficult to get, the further south you go the harder it is. People make reservations for the next year before they leave.


I'm no expert on the weather but I think you'll probably be OK on I-40
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I5 south to SoCAL. I hate to suggest CA to travel through, but with your starting time you will want to get as far south as possible before heading east.
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We've taken I-10, I-20 & I-40 out to Colorado/AZ. We definitely prefer I-40. Better roads with less construction although I-40 between Asheville and Knoxville needs to be driven very cautiously!!
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Every year we leave the Oregon coast to go home around Oct. 20. Although we like to take different routes sometimes we have to head south to avoid snow and ice. Most times I/90 or I/80 will be fine but many times we have gone directly to southern CA before heading east. Be flexible with your route and carefully watch the weather (it changes fast sometimes)!
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This past November, 2019, in Marion Ohio, our grandkids missed 2-3 days of school because of HEAVY snow. Marion is about 40 miles north of I-70. Plus not sure of which campgrounds will be open, since most in that area close for the season around the end of October. You may want to reconsider your route of I-70 for that time of year.
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Wa to Fl

I-10and I-20 are both terrible from Texas to Alabama.
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