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Old 11-15-2020, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hi there... Need advice from experienced RV Owners as to which ROUTE to get back home towing a new Outdoors RV 20BD Back Country from the factory in La grange Oregon in or around march or april of 2021

I will be towing with with a 2017 Ram 1500 5.7 hemi with a 3.21 Ratio & 8 speed (8hp70 ) 8Speed transmission. Equalizer 4 point hitch w/sway & Airlift 1000 airbags. I will be towing approx 7000 lbs in a trailer that rated for 9995 GVWR. My Ram is Rated at 6350 GVWR --Its Gross combined weight rating is
is 13,800lbs. I will be towing close to13,195 total (to be verified on a cat scale)
Also I have allowed approx. 750 to 800 lbs of tongue weight. According to SAE J2807 compliant specs, I should be good to go. I am aware that these specs put me close to max towing capacities but I just need to get back from Oregon to Reno NV. With this INFO which ROUTE would YOU take. I will be getting a Ram Cummins 3/4 ton in August of 2021 for long term towing to all the National Parks & Civil War Battlefields while they still EXIST....just sayin


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Hi there... Need advice from experienced RV Owners as to which ROUTE to get back home towing a new Outdoors RV 20BD Back Country from the factory in La grange Oregon in or around march or april of 2021

I will be towing with with a 2017 Ram 1500 5.7 hemi with a 3.21 Ratio & 8 speed (8hp70 ) 8Speed transmission. Equalizer 4 point hitch w/sway & Airlift 1000 airbags. I will be towing approx 7000 lbs in a trailer that rated for 9995 GVWR. My Ram is Rated at 6350 GVWR --Its Gross combined weight rating is
is 13,800lbs. I will be towing close to13,195 total (to be verified on a cat scale)
Also I have allowed approx. 750 to 800 lbs of tongue weight. According to SAE J2807 compliant specs, I should be good to go. I am aware that these specs put me close to max towing capacities but I just need to get back from Oregon to Reno NV. With this INFO which ROUTE would YOU take. I will be getting a Ram Cummins 3/4 ton in August of 2021 for long term towing to all the National Parks & Civil War Battlefields while they still EXIST....just sayin


Thanks to all of you who can help, Iv'e learned alot from this site.
I would take any route that promises at the time to not have snow and ice. Have you made special plans to take delivery at the factory? I didn't think they did that. At least I have not heard of that in my almost 7 years of ORV ownership and iRV2 forum watching.

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Whoops < My Bad____ Im Taking delivery at Thompson Rv in Pendelton, Oregon. I had the factory on my mind. Thanks for the correction Bob.I just turned 71---I find myself doing that alot.
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395.....carry extra gas......
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Why? are gas stations sparce on 395?
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Isn’t Thunder RV in La Grande
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Depends on the mileage you get towing and the weather conditions......can always pour in at home......
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I would take I-84 > Hwy 95 > I-80.
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Gas stops far and few on 95, just came that way....would again depend on fuel tank size and mileage one gets
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Gas stops far and few on 95, just came that way....would again depend on fuel tank size and mileage one gets
Agree, but even if there are no fuel stops on 95, if he fuels in Caldwell, ID, I believe it's less than 300 miles to Winnemucca, NV.
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84>95>80. I picked up my F26RLS in Meridian, Idaho, and went that way. I carry a couple of 5 gallon cans of diesel just in case. Didn't need to use them on the trip.
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There is gas in Jordan Valley, McDermitt and Orovada before you get to Mucca. Fuel wont be an issue but weather could be.
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We've been back and forth to Reno from Northern Idaho many times----either hwy 95 to Winnemucca and West on I-80, or hwy 395 through Burns will work fine. Depending on weather!! There are just enough fuel stops to make it easily either direction.
If you head through Winnemucca, it would be a good days drive from Oregon. There are RV stops and a Wally's on top of the hill for stopping.
If you chose 395, Burns would be a good stop over and there is a rest area South of Burns also.
I plan on under 200 miles per tank of gas when towing. Always run on the top half of the tank.
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Since it's new and so are you I'd suggest simple is better, take the Interstate.

This will take a lot of stress of you and you can break it up into a few days and enjoy the trip.
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