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Old 07-03-2022, 02:28 PM   #1
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Scottsdale AZ to Bend OR - 44' Class A

What is the best route from Scottsdale AZ to Bend OR?
We are 44' class A with toad

Going direct.... But I have heard that some routes have less climbs than others?
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It sounds like you're asking for the most direct route. It would also depend on if you want to make any stops along the way and veer off the route. There are many ways to get there.

We've been on this direct route with our 40' MH that Google Maps gives. Easy driving:

1130 miles:

AZ93 to Las Vegas
NV95
OR20
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Just looking to get from point A to B. Not looking for things to do or see on the way.
But I have heard that some routes have less climbs than others.
What are the climbs & how long are they?
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You certainly don't have to worry about any climbs or descents with your motorhome!

I'd advise you to get the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers'. We used it all the time not only for new routes but to refresh ourselves on routes taken in the past.

That said - from the Directory:

AZ on 93: From Wikieup, MP123, south to MP160 there are some 5-6% grades both uphill and downhill. (Keep in mind that even on interstates you'll find some 7% grades so 5-6% aren't biggies). From MP161 to MP172 is a long descent for northbound traffic & a grade of 3-4%. On descents, get into lower gear and let your engine brake do the braking.

On 93 between Kingman, AZ and Boulder Dam - ups and downs from 2% - 6%

Nevada: On 95 south of Goldfield, the northbound descent starts with 1/2 mi of 5% grade, then 1/2 mi of 1-2% grade then 4% for 3/4 mi into Goldfield.

Tonopaugh, NV has a very nice 'RVers-only' rest area for an overnight called Miller's Rest Area. https://www.campendium.com/millers-rest-area

Oregon: Hwy 20: west of Juntura, OR - Drinkwater Pass, EL 4212':

The descent westbound is 6% for 3 mi into Buchanan.

That's it! A very easy drive.
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We've been on this direct route with our 40' MH that Google Maps gives. Easy driving:

1130 miles:

AZ93 to Las Vegas
NV95
OR20

Are going from AZ to Bend?
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Are going from AZ to Bend?
Sorry.. I don't understand your question. The route I gave is going AZ to Bend and I gave the Mountain Directory's report on what you will encounter along the way. There are no big hills/mountains on the route.
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Are going from AZ to Bend?
Piece of cake in your rig. We have driven this many times. Biggest issue you may encounter is wind.
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I drove that route when I was a truck driver, I preferred 95 to 395 to 20
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Maybe since it is a big motorhome just take the interstates and stop worrying.

Of course there is Grant's Pass on I-5 on Oregon but you could just jump off I-5 at Weed, CA (odd name?) and take US97 right into Bend.
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I drove that route when I was a truck driver, I preferred 95 to 395 to 20
But it's so boring compared to 395
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