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Old 07-08-2015, 07:41 PM   #11
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Very doable, but like others said, just be ready to sit out extreme weather conditions. As long as roads are clear, a bit of snow and ice on the surface are no problem if you are used to towing. I have hauled all kinds of trailers around in the middle of winter, and often through bad snowstorms. You don't have a choice workwise when living in Canada.

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Old 07-08-2015, 07:46 PM   #12
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Think I'd let it sit at ETI till later in the year, maybe April.
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:59 PM   #13
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Think I'd let it sit at ETI till later in the year, maybe April.
Exactly what we did Bob. It killed us to wait another couple of months, but it was a wise decision. Only a few flurries in the higher elevations, and a much more pleasant trip. Plus, campgrounds were actually OPEN on the way home.
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:14 PM   #14
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I believe in being adaptable. I'd say, plan several different routes. Try to find routes that intersect where you can expect weather to be bad. If the weather is good... stay on one route, if the weather is bad, detour to the other one.

I don't think anything beats picking up your trailer at the factory. But, I also live six-eight hours from Chilliwack...

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Old 07-08-2015, 09:10 PM   #15
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You can always plan for January, and monitor the weather for a travel window west, probably on I 80.

Once you leave Chilliwack, you'll be on the I 5 corridor, which is rain in Washington and Oregon, until you get to Eugene, Oregon. Then you must negotiate Siskiyou Summit near the Calif. border, at 4310 ft. ±.
I 5 is kept open and has heavy truck traffic year around (lots of tires on the pavement!), so it's driveable all year. You may have to wait for a passing storm, then follow the snowplows over the pass.
Once you're in CA and off the Siskiyou mts. (at Redding), it's rain or fog only until Tejon pass between Bakersfield and Los Angeles, at over 4000 ft. It can get snow but not many storms make it this far south, so the probability is low that you have to wait for the plows.

Watch the weather, and take your time.
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Old 07-08-2015, 09:48 PM   #16
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Other than the Siskiyou Summit (CA border) that you need to pay attention to.... in Oregon on I-5, there's two passes: Stage Coach Pass and Myrtle Creek. ODOT trip cams are your friends in the winter.
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Old 07-08-2015, 11:29 PM   #17
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Really great information. Thanks so much to you all. Will keep you posted on our plans.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:26 AM   #18
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"How crazy are we?". About average I'd guess.
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:42 AM   #19
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I agree with a southern route - I think last January you could have driven across Lake Superior - no need to 'go around' Not to mention, you guys had an awful lot of snow in Maine last winter. Maybe wait a few months and enjoy the trip.
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Old 07-09-2015, 02:47 PM   #20
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You're not crazy. Maybe we're too cautious Our trailer will be ready in November and we are waiting until March/April to pick it up. And we only have to worry about the southbound west coast leg of your trip! But then again we are new to towing and don't want to take on anything too challenging. As it is, our current plans are to hug the coast all the way back and avoid the mountain passes. With a (probably) January retirement we are looking forward to taking our time.

Having said all that, if we have a 'light weather' winter again, and we get tired of waiting, we may head out sooner. It sure seems that the closer the finish date arrives, the more real the trailer becomes and the excitement seems to build faster too!
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