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Old 02-13-2020, 01:48 PM   #1
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Hello! first timer doing this so please bear with my mistakes. bought a 34.5 ft coachman and am planning our first trip to mt hood(Oregon)from east coast mass. in early May.I'm seeking advice on EVERYTHING. routes, sleeping options, boondocking,etc. would allowing 2.5 weeks driving be to fast? want to see a few sights but must attend a wedding on the 22nd. also, stopping in Lansing first for 2-3 nights. just me, wife, & dog
Thanks for anything you can share! Charlie

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Old 02-13-2020, 02:11 PM   #2
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2 1/2 weeks is plenty, I would expect the trip to take 6 to 7 days of normal driving so that leaves you plenty of time to sightsee. If you want to boondock you'll find it takes some preparation, try these resources for more info: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/boondock-free-camp

And there are many more on the net.

As for route the obvious ones are I-80 or I-90. I-90 will take you thru the Black Hills, lots to see there, by Devils Tower--good for a couple of hours. And close to Yellowstone. There are many other spots to see along the way too many to list and more than you have time for. I-80 runs further south and doesn't run close to many big national parks. If you take 80 then you'll probably want to connect with 90 via I-84 north of Salt Lake City.

Boondocking sites really multiply once you are west of the Mississippi and especially once you get to Wyoming or the Dakotas. BLM land is almost all boondock territory.

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Old 02-13-2020, 06:56 PM   #3
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Hi Charlie,

I'll start with a question. You say you need to be there by the 22nd. The 22nd of what. If you are talking February you will almost certainly face some serious winter conditions somewhere on this 3000 mile route either coming or going or both.

If you are planning a summer excursion your plan is still VERY ambitious. It is really hard to average more than 50 MPH in a motorhome. 3000 miles divided by 50 MPH is 60 hours. If you drive 10 hours per day that is 6 days each way not counting any stops except to sleep, eat and re-fuel.

Maybe plan a longer trip? Maybe fly to the wedding and save the RV trip for leisure voyage to see the sights?
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:13 PM   #4
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I will tell you this, that even in early May, you can get into some real weather conditions coming across I-90, so I would certainly be checking weather conditions. I traveled across I-90 in late may and got into a snow storm in the mountains, and really cold rain across the Plains. It will take at least 5 or 6 days. Driving a Motorhome vs Car across the United States is a lot different. You can tend to tire a lot faster fighting road and weather conditions in the Motorhome.

Give yourself lots of time, anything can go wrong. Like mechanical or weather problems. But, most of all enjoy the trip. Motorhomes are lots of fun to see the U.S. and are meant to be enjoyed. The key to success is to make a plan, and be prepared for any emergency that may arise.

Last, welcome to the forum. There are lots of great folks on here who can help you with lots of questions. Even this one. My answer is watch the weather, plan according and be well prepared. Good luck and enjoy the trip. Lots of beautiful places to see out west, even on the Interstates, but back roads is were the real beauty is.
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:59 PM   #5
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We went to Mt Hood many years ago specifically to visit the Timberline Lodge where "The Shining" was filmed.

Where are you planning on camping around the MT Hood area? I suggest making reservations early as we wound up having problems getting a space to camp in.

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I'd recommend taking I-80 to I-84 in May; not I-90.

You don't need reservations along the interstates at that time of year so just drive until you're tired.

Watch the weather carefully as you travel.

Do your off-the-interstate siteseeing after the wedding when you're not pressed for time. Perhaps driving along the Oregon coast on Hwy 101 would be good.

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