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Old 01-22-2019, 02:51 PM   #1
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Heading to SOCAL in early February from NW Washington. Wondering if I need to be worried about liquids freezing while traveling over the high elevations near Mt Shasta? We are heading daytime from Central OR to around Sacramento on day 2.

Being a very very much newby I am concerned.
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Old 01-22-2019, 03:05 PM   #2
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Hey there, neighbor! It’s unlikely that anything will freeze during one overnight trip. You would need to see sustained colder temps for a couple of days, without any daytime warming up, before you might have any problems.
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Old 01-22-2019, 03:13 PM   #3
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Heading to SOCAL in early February from NW Washington. Wondering if I need to be worried about liquids freezing while traveling over the high elevations near Mt Shasta? We are heading daytime from Central OR to around Sacramento on day 2.

Being a very very much newby I am concerned.
The Siskiyou pass is only 4,000 feet so not super high. We have been over the pass at this time of year several times with no issue. Providing you don't dawdle over the pass, its not cold long enough to freeze things up.

By the way, the Rolling Hills Casino at Corning, CA is a good overnight stopping place. There's a campsite there if you want full hook ups, or a big parking lot if you want a freebie. We used to unhook from our TV every night, but now when we are on a long drive, we just don't bother any more, its a waste of time. We just level up our vehicle.

BTW Rolling Hills is 175 miles south of the Siskiyou summit and therefore an easy day's drive from central, OR.

Also lots of people stop at the All Star Liquor store just across the CA border.
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Thank you for the advice. We have been to Corning, but motel camping only. Our destination is Gustina, CA and the Santa Nella RV Park. Planning the stops is the most difficult part of this whole deal.
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Thank you for the advice. We have been to Corning, but motel camping only. Our destination is Gustina, CA and the Santa Nella RV Park. Planning the stops is the most difficult part of this whole deal.
Yes indeed. There's a useful app, called Allstays, which provides some guidance on available camping/rest stop and overnight places and facilities available such as propane, dumpstations and the like and overlays it on a map. Its a premium app, but we feel worth it as it often tells you where free places are etc. Many of us will use Walmart, but for some reason, Oregon Walmarts seem to be off limits for overnight stays. Casinos too are often good bets.
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We traveled down I-5 fom Sumas, WA 6 days ago. No problem going over Siskiyou Summit but trouble on the CA side. Torrential rains and high winds for two days. We could see the snow line just above I-5 on the cinder cones near the freeway. Biggest problem we had was finding an RV park space in Corning or Red Bluff as the campgrounds are full of evacuees from the Paradise fire. Make reservations where you want to stop, well in advance.
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Thank you for the advice. We have been to Corning, but motel camping only. Our destination is Gustina, CA and the Santa Nella RV Park. Planning the stops is the most difficult part of this whole deal.

Just remember that if you're using Googlemaps for distance/time between different spots, to add at least 1-2 hours to that time, depending on how long it is. If it says 5 hours, I usually figure 7 hours to be safe. that way I have time to pull over to piddle, stretch my legs and eat a snack. Or even take a nap, if need be. You're also not going to be going at the speed limit most of the time. CA has a speed limit of 55 for anything with 3 or more axles, which means you!


If you're not in a pull through site, it's lots easier if you arrive before it's dark.
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We traveled down I-5 fom Sumas, WA 6 days ago. No problem going over Siskiyou Summit but trouble on the CA side. Torrential rains and high winds for two days. We could see the snow line just above I-5 on the cinder cones near the freeway. Biggest problem we had was finding an RV park space in Corning or Red Bluff as the campgrounds are full of evacuees from the Paradise fire. Make reservations where you want to stop, well in advance.
Thanks for this information. Did you look at the Rolling Hills Casino parking lot when you came past? There's a big parking area for rigs and that's a stop we might consider.
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We are heading daytime from Central OR to around Sacramento on day 2.

That's a long stretch to travel. When we come home from Oregon on I5, we usually stay one or two nights in Canyonville (Seven Feathers ... pricey but nice) and then on to Durango RV Resort in Red Bluff (about 5+ hours, 242 miles). From there, we're home in another five hours (Santa Cruz). Eugene to Sacramento will take about about 8+ hours. Remember that the speed limit in California while towing a trailer is 55 mph. Granted, there are those that go faster (like the semi trucks) but we figure, why risk it.
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