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MerryLynn

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Posted: 10/12/19 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello,
I'm an RV newbie and have been living in my RV for the past month. I had planned stay in Texas for the winter, but my situation changed and now I'm moving to the coast of Washington State. I'm leaving in late October and taking the trip slow; planning to drive about 300 miles a day for a total of 10 days. I'm towing a 20-foot Rockwood Mini Lite travel trailer with a 2018 Toyota Sequoia.

To avoid the winter weather likely on the most direct route, I plan to take Interstate 40 to California and then head north on Hwy 101.

Can you see any potential problems with this route? Any areas I need to avoid? (Note: I've already removed California's restricted routes from my plan)

Thanks in advance for your help!
Merry

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Posted: 10/12/19 11:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The 101 is definitely prettier than I-5.

Going up I-5, you would need to cross the Grapevine, which is a tough tow.

If you take the 101, you'll have a big grade after you get out of L.A. before you get to Canejo and another one after San Luis Obispo (the Cuesta Grade). There's also a small grade between those two in Gaviota. Don't let your nav send you over the San Marcos Pass. You'll hate it and everyone on the road will hate you. It only shaves 20 minutes off the drive for a passenger car--not worth it.

You can avoid the Canejo pass if you're coming in on the 10 by taking 210 > 118 > 23 > 101. This avoids a lot of city traffic too.


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Posted: 10/12/19 12:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Weather-----Weather --- Weather,, You may luck out, I-40 to 25 to I-80- I-84 -I-90
Well traveled route, Even I-5 may have snow and hazardous conditions.


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I'd work my way over towards Bakersfield, then north up towards Sacramento and then a little farther north, take CA 20 over to Clear Lake and then west to US 101. Follow US 101 all the way up thru OR (some nice CG's along the way) and then crossing into WA. Next route depends on where you're heading in WA. Either work your way over to Olympia and then up I-5, or if you're going to the coastal area, stay on US 101. If you're going up to the NW part of WA, then catch WA 20 which is west of Port Townsend and take it over to wherever you may need to go. Big thing about I-5 is that you need to plan on driving thru Seattle area between 10 and 2 to avoid heavy commuter traffic, Sunday is the best day unless there is a football game. Have a good trip!

* This post was edited 10/12/19 01:03pm by Islandman *

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Posted: 10/12/19 01:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've been over most of the roads mentioned so far in this thread and Islandman's suggestion sounds the best to me for avoiding weather conditions and tough grades.


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Posted: 10/12/19 03:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Be prepared for freezing temperatures....antifreeze etc...but it should be a great drive.


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While the coastal route will avoid snow, it may still get hit with November storms - wind and rain. At least in Washington, November is the stormiest month. Landslides are more likely and can delay or force a reroute.

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I agree. 101 can be treacherous this late in the year with wind, rain, and fog. There are two passes on the I-5, Grapevine and Siskayou, and while long pulls neither are insurmountable. The rest is an easy run although not very scenic except around Mt Shasta. When you get to Washington you will need a raincoat, high boots and an umbrella.

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Posted: 10/13/19 09:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MerryLynn wrote:

. I'm towing a 20-foot Rockwood Mini Lite travel trailer with a 2018 Toyota Sequoia.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Merry



"20-foot Rockwood Mini Lite"

none will have a problem have to load in the hills.

you will have more problem with snow in Or.

best route is a direct, an get it over with.

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Posted: 10/13/19 09:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Remember I-40 to Santa Rosa Nm. to Las Vegas Nm. cuts off 200 miles off the trip. It's a great highway

I-40 west does get to 7000' and does get plenty snow.

get chains, even if you never use them use them.

* This post was edited 10/13/19 09:16am by Tom/Barb *

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