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Old 07-08-2015, 04:42 PM   #1
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How Crazy are we?

Ok... so our trailer is going to be finished the first week of January. We're in Maine... Escape is in Chilliwack, BC.

January... Maine... British Columbia.

We're thinking of driving to BC from Maine in January to pick up the Escape. Shortest route takes us north of Lake Superior, then through Michigan, North Dakota, etc.. Optionally, we could have it delivered to Indiana for $3,000... but I'd kind of like to go to the factory and have the TV and hitch set up by them... then we would head south to the LA area to see our two kids who live in that area (so there are some other fun reasons to travel all the way out there).

Whaddayathink? Thoughts? Advice? Ridicule? I'm ready!

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Old 07-08-2015, 04:52 PM   #2
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It sounds like fun as long as you're willing to stay in one spot as long as you have to if the weather is bad. We did it in the summer so we didn't have to deal with weather.. Also, there are places where roads are closed for long periods during snow season so that might call for detours. If you have lots of time then it could work

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Old 07-08-2015, 04:55 PM   #3
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As long as you're not tight for time, forcing you to travel on a day that would better be spent waiting for the weather to improve, it's quite possible to do it in Jan.

Here to LA is a case in point. Most of it could be quite clear sailing but there are a couple of passes down Oregon way that can have weather problems temporarily but if you can afford a few days to sit out poor conditions; go for it.

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Old 07-08-2015, 04:58 PM   #4
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No, no one is crazy. It just depends how much time you have. Take a southern route back, head back up the east coast, and watch the weather. I would avoid the great plains. And visiting children is the best excuse there is. Loren
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:01 PM   #5
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Guess it depends on the weather & road conditions. A drive north of Lake Superior sounds sketchy to there a southern route, longer, but with better road conditions? You would be better off with a 4 wheel or all wheel drive tug. You could hit a swell sweet spot of weather or horrific conditions, so who can say? Dead of winter, but we're "supposed" to have a mild, El Nino influenced winter........warmer, but wetter.

What about shipment to LA for pick-up? Cheaper than Maine, and you can skirt a lot of rough snow country.
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:27 PM   #6
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reasonable to me

I would go south to good/ better weather then go west. Return trip same, go south first, then you can visit kids twice. Stay close to oceans if you can for the longest time.
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:36 PM   #7
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Exciting! Beautiful trailers!
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:24 PM   #8
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I would go south to good/ better weather then go west. Return trip same, go south first, then you can visit kids twice. Stay close to oceans if you can for the longest time.
I agree, Most northern roads will be closed in the winter at least some of the time so going south on I81 down to I40 west would be the best route. You can always take the northern route next summer when you attend the Escape Rally in Osoyoos, BC
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:33 PM   #9
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I would avoid the northern route entirely unless you have alot of time (and it could be weeks) to spend stuck when the roads are closed.
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:40 PM   #10
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Salleman, while I don't know how much you've traveled in the West and Upper Midwest, as other posters have noted, they have gates on those Interstates for a reason, and sometimes they are down for several days. Even though a Southern route will take a little longer, you could easily eat up the additional fuel cost in motel costs hunkered down for two or three days, and it might not just happen once. It's nice to think about the success of "running the gauntlet", Mother Nature can be a cruel lady and straightening out sheet metal on your TV ain't cheap. We detoured around the Bighorns for a 12 inch snowfall on our way to Osoyoos in late may this past Spring.

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