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Old 10-01-2020, 11:43 AM   #1
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Winter trip?

We will be traveling from S.E. Washington state to Phoenix AZ the first part of January. Has anyone made the trip that time of year? Do you have recommendations for the route? Thanks in advance.
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Welcome to iRV2 .

Weather , any of your routes , could have bad storms in January.
I've driven through Nevada , from Jackpot to Vegas in Dec and seen just a dusting of snow on the side of the road .
Same route in Nov. and been plowing through 8" on the road.
I-5 in OR in Dec . 6" of ice in Grants Pass ( luckily in my van ) three weeks later bare highway in the coach .
97 to the I-5 in Weed could be the most predictable . But there could be issues going from Bakersfield to LA, or even Bakersfield towards Nevada on # 58.
But checking for a four day good weather window , and being ready to hunker down in place for several days is very important. No matter which route you choose .
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I would come all the way south on the I-5 to Bakersfield, CA58 to the I-40 (Barstow) to the AZ93 (Kingman) and then down to Phoenix.

These are all very good roads and should keep you out of any snow/ice once you get through Redding you should be clear from cold concerns. The 58 over Techapai is a quick climb and then you're in the desert all the way to Phoenix.

You could also make your way down the 95 9 miles into AZ past Needles through Lake Havasu and Quartzsite to the I-10 then on to Phoenix if you wanted to see either of those places along the way
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Google map Kennewick to Phoenix. Meacham Summit is the only sketchy spot so check DOT prior to going over.
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I would come all the way south on the I-5 to Bakersfield, CA58 to the I-40 (Barstow) to the AZ93 (Kingman) and then down to Phoenix.

These are all very good roads and should keep you out of any snow/ice once you get through Redding you should be clear from cold concerns. The 58 over Techapai is a quick climb and then you're in the desert all the way to Phoenix.

You could also make your way down the 95 9 miles into AZ past Needles through Lake Havasu and Quartzsite to the I-10 then on to Phoenix if you wanted to see either of those places along the way

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remember oregon requires chains even if you don't need them.
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Old 10-07-2020, 04:56 AM   #7
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Winter travel is cool. But wait a bit before planning. We do not yet know what winter will be and what will be the situation with the pandemic. It is difficult to plan anything now.
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Do you know if the chain requirement is only for motorhomes or includes travel trailers?
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Do you know if the chain requirement is only for motorhomes or includes travel trailers?
https://tripcheck.com/Pages/Minimum-Chain-Requirements

You should call the Oregon Dept of Transportation for specific questions you have to get the correct answer. A travel trailer hitting a patch of ice would create a dangerous sway.

California:

https://dot.ca.gov/travel/winter-dri...four%20wheels.

Many snowbirders leave in November to avoid the issues.
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