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Old 08-01-2016, 07:50 PM   #1
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How late is to late???

Wife and I have an orientation and pick up of a 21 on the 17th of October. Planned on picking it up,camping around Summas somewhere for a week or two to check everything out. Than head south to So. Cal and Arizona for the winter before going home to New York in April.
The wife has had back problems for about 25 years, proloi Therapy, Injections, and exercise has kept her going all this time, well the muck just hit the fan! Lower disc blew out. Nothing left to do but Spinal Surgery , scheduled for this Thursday ( August 4th).
Doctor said if all goes well she should be able to make the trip,but we are thinking another month, mid November.
So my question is - what are the roads like at that time of year? Need to get through, Washington state, Oregon, and North cal. How late can we navigate the roads and passes before a ton of snow and freezing temperatures shuts us down?? For you Brothers and Sisters that live out that way, I truly need you advice.
No stress here. Wife get surgery, paid for trailer roughly 3200 miles away and winter coming on. No stress
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Old 08-01-2016, 07:58 PM   #2
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The answer- it just depends. If your time is flexible you can wait for a stretch of dry days. Snow doesn't shut the passes down for long; the trick is to be flexible enough to watch the weather reports and stop if snow is on the way. At that time of year odds are pretty good it could be, but in 30 years of driving back and forth to California on 5 I never hit a closed pass.

You can go down 101 in the event of pass closures on 5 but I absolutely hate 101 in the winter and would not recommend that.
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Old 08-01-2016, 07:59 PM   #3
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I wouldn't worry about traveling through Western Washington in late November. You might catch an odd-ball storm but it would pass quickly. The only difficulty may be the Siskiyous down in Southern Oregon (the only mountain pass on this side of the Cascades heading down I-5) but even that probably would not be a problem. If it was, you could just head over to the coast.

Not to worry. I'm still camping then!
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:53 PM   #4
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I agree on the I-5 route through Washington/Oregon. Lots of places just off the freeway to hole up should you have a storm blockage. As the major truck route on the West Coast, I-5 closures are rare, and if it happens, only a day at the most.

Make sure you have new windshield wipers, rains a lot here that time of year!
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:34 PM   #5
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Wife and I have an orientation and pick up of a 21 on the 17th of October. Planned on picking it up,camping around Summas somewhere for a week or two to check everything out. Than head south to So. Cal and Arizona for the winter before going home to New York in April.
The wife has had back problems for about 25 years, proloi Therapy, Injections, and exercise has kept her going all this time, well the muck just hit the fan! Lower disc blew out. Nothing left to do but Spinal Surgery , scheduled for this Thursday ( August 4th).
Doctor said if all goes well she should be able to make the trip,but we are thinking another month, mid November.
So my question is - what are the roads like at that time of year? Need to get through, Washington state, Oregon, and North cal. How late can we navigate the roads and passes before a ton of snow and freezing temperatures shuts us down?? For you Brothers and Sisters that live out that way, I truly need you advice.
No stress here. Wife get surgery, paid for trailer roughly 3200 miles away and winter coming on. No stress
A few years back made the trip mid Nov to pick up . Snow through mountains , but roads were fine . Lot's of rain though . First time I ever pulled a trailer . And I am not young anymore . Just do as others have said and you should be fine . Pat
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