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Old 11-22-2020, 04:12 PM   #15
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just thought I would add when you get to the 36 turn off whatever you do don't go west from i5

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Thanks all. Our plan would be to travel from north (Washington - Oregon) to south during the first two weeks of October. I assume that would be a bit early for snow.
I think you missed October for this year and next year's is over 10 months away. I guess early planning is the way to go!.
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Unfortunately, one has to plan far ahead. Colter Bay CG in Grand Tetons NP is already sold out through September 2021. Can't stay there in mid October and head north from there at that time of year. At least, this guy does not care to do that. Plans are to leave Colorado end of August, work my way to Yellowstone and Glacier NP's, then over to Vancouver area early September and south along the coast of Washington, Oregon, and northern California later part of September early October. What's the point of having RV Trip Wizard if you're not going to plan or play what-ifs.
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just thought I would add when you get to the 36 turn off whatever you do don't go west from i5

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Sorry but I have to ask, why? On the map the road west looks ok. I did notice there are some switchbacks or sharp curves going east, but they don't look that bad. Just want to make sure you didn't really mean don't go east.
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If you want to go south, exit I-5 at Mt Shasta and take 89 to 44 to 395 at Susanville, then 395 to Reno, then decide, 95 or 395. As roads go, 95 is a better choice, but you end up in Las Vegas for a bit. October is fine, any early snow will be gone quickly.
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If you want to go south, exit I-5 at Mt Shasta and take 89 to 44 to 395 at Susanville, then 395 to Reno, then decide, 95 or 395. As roads go, 95 is a better choice, but you end up in Las Vegas for a bit. October is fine, any early snow will be gone quickly.
Well I've just taken a closer look at the route RV Trip Wizard planned for me and I have questions about it. I'm coming down the coast through the Redwood NP and following Rt. 299 over to Redding then following 44. I could drive down to Rt. 36, someone said, whatever you do don't drive that road. What's my best option for crossing west to east before Sacrament and Reno. As for 395 vs 95, I think 395 looks much more interesting. I'll most likely never make it back to California again, sooooo....
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44 is better but there is no reason to avoid 36.
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44 is better but there is no reason to avoid 36.
Rt. 44 doesn't appear to go over to the coast. My choices seem to be Rt. 299 or Rt. 36 from the coast to I-5. Which of these is the better route?
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I'm losing track of what you all want to take in but if you're traveling from Washington to Oregon to California on Hwy 101 - which is very doable and recommended and then want to get to Sacramento area, the best way to cross from 101 is on Hwy 20 just south of Willits, CA. Then if you want to get to the Tahoe/Reno area without using the interstate, take Hwy 50.

I would also advise you to get the 'Mountain Directory West for Truckers & RVers'. It gives excellent descriptions of all the 'iffy' roads in the western states. Even if they are in the publication it doesn't mean you can't drive them although you'll see that some would not be advisable. It just gives you a 'heads up' on what's ahead. We love mountain driving and used it all the time even if we've done the road previously. It was a good refresher.
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Thanks TwoGypsies. I do have the Mountain Directory West and just read about 299 and 36 and I don't think I want to use either of those routes. It's a shame because I'm sure the scenery is beautiful, but I'll look at your suggestion of using Rt. 20 and Rt. 50.
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I take the 20 when traveling from I-5 to Hwy 101. Good road but it gets slow around Clear Lake because it is low speed limits. The Casino in Nice has good food. The fuel station across from the casino has the cheapest price on fuel in the area. The name is Robinson Rancheria Casino. https://www.rrrc.com/ Fuel is also available at the Love's Truck Stop in Williams.
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Traveling the coast of Washington and Oregon south on Rt. 101, I was only planning on following it down to Klamath, CA., then start heading to the eastern side of the state to take 395 down.

My GPS wants me to turn around at Klamath and go north back into Oregon following Rt. 199 to Grants Pass to I-5 then south to Mt. Shasta then taking Rt. 89 over to 395.

I'm running into issues using RV Trip Wizard to plan the trip (route), then when I go to enter it into the Garmin RV 770 LMT-S, it wants to route me differently. Sometime I can tell the Garmin to follow another route, and sometimes I can't. I trust the Garmin more than the RV Trip Wizard app.
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We also did our routes by first looking on a paper map to see options of where we wanted to end up. Then check the Mountain Directory. Then we put it in the GPS. We never ran into an issue doing it that way. We loved secondary highways vs. interstates. We liked to do it OUR way.

People got to where they wanted to go for many, many years before GPS. I think some put too much faith in them.
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We also did our routes by first looking on a paper map to see options of where we wanted to end up. Then check the Mountain Directory. Then we put it in the GPS. We never ran into an issue doing it that way. We loved secondary highways vs. interstates. We liked to do it OUR way.

People got to where they wanted to go for many, many years before GPS. I think some put too much faith in them.
I can't ignore that it knows my height and presumable knows where low over passes and tunnels are. I hate to second guess technology too much these days. However, that's why I'm asking people on here that have personal experience on these routes. I've never traveled on any of these roads. It would probably be dumb of me not to use all the resources I can find in order to avoid a really bad day.

I appreciate everyone's help.
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