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Old 11-19-2018, 09:18 PM   #1
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Heading up to BC to pick up a new trailer at the end of this month. Wondering if anyone has any route advise back to western CO? Hoping to minimize my chances of encountering snow and ice. I know I am rolling the dice and it is winter so no need to reply if that is your advice. I have about 3-4 days for the trip. Anyone have experience with a great route to CO? Thanks!
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Old 11-19-2018, 10:03 PM   #2
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Heading up to BC to pick up a new trailer at the end of this month. Wondering if anyone has any route advise back to western CO? Hoping to minimize my chances of encountering snow and ice. I know I am rolling the dice and it is winter so no need to reply if that is your advice. I have about 3-4 days for the trip. Anyone have experience with a great route to CO? Thanks!
We just did this in mid to late Sept -- but we went across the WA mountains which might not be a good plan-- but you are already probably planning to go down I-5 to "the gorge" and hope the Columbia Gorge is good. Our best advice is to do what we do and look at the weather and roads each day as you plan how to get there. Look at which mountain passes are highest and consider driving further than you would need too. We lay out our options each morning and night - don't drive too early so the roads have a chance to get cleared and/or melt. There are some potentially bad roads whichever way you go from Chilliwack to CO -- but I'd stick to as many freeways as I could. My husband and I will try to think about this a bit more. It would be good to have some options - such as storing it someplace if the weather goes crazy. Good luck to you!!
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Old 11-20-2018, 05:51 AM   #3
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IF you're planning to take I-5 to Portland and then east on I-84, PLEASE keep an eye on the weather: https://tripcheck.com/
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Old 11-20-2018, 06:29 AM   #4
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Thanks! I was looking at that route and then continuing on 84 but have heard some horror stories about the drive.
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:16 AM   #5
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Thanks! I was looking at that route and then continuing on 84 but have heard some horror stories about the drive.
My husband and I - who travel a lot through all of that area cannot come up with anything other than watching the weather and being ready to change plans. We tossed around which of those many Mountain passes (or the Columbia Gorge) CAN be worse - they are all bad at times. They are all over 6000 feet. This weekend we are getting up to 2 feet of snow in our Mountains out of Bend OR. Though the weather varies a lot. We think what would work - though be a long way -- is to take I-5 to Los Angeles (seriously) and then go over the pass that is by San Bernardino - head across AZ, NM and then go N into CO. So, either you find a decent weather pattern that gets you over up North - on one of your approximately 3 options - or you head South. Staying safe is paramount and you know you are planning to travel during a time that might be very bad. We put our Escape away for the winter. I am sure you have contemplated leaving it until March or so? March often allows passage out of these Mountains. Of course that big Southern loop would be long and it might get bad weather also.
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Old 11-20-2018, 11:34 AM   #6
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I've used I-90/82/84, with the I-90 portion in a snowstorm (steadfastly followed the semi's tail lights in front of me), and the other routes in rain and wind. My choice, weather permitting, is: get over the Cascades as soon as possible, so: First choice: I-90; Second choice: I-84 through the Columbia Gorge.

As Donna says, check w/tripcheck. You may have to wait for a weather window. Once you're east of the Cascade mts., I-84 takes you home, with weather similar to what you're familiar with in W. Colorado.


I would not aim for So. Calif, unless it's an intermediate destination, because you'll have to deal with weather on Siskiyou Summit-4310 ft. (I-5 at OR/CA border) and Tejon Pass-4144 ft.(I-5, 100 mi. north of Los Angeles).(Yes, we get snow in Ventura County: Wed. - snow down to 5000 ft. is possible, so Tejon is just under it)


FYI: you must have chains in your possession in Oregon in winter.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:51 PM   #7
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How about Seattle, Yakima, Boise, Ogden to Cheyenne or Provo and East on 40.


Assume you will run into snow and ice and provision accordingly. Plan for worse and hope for best. Blankets and water in your tow vehicle and fully charged cell phone at all times..
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:05 PM   #8
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Thanks for the route advice!
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:53 PM   #9
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This time of year, the longer you are on the road, the more likely you are going to run into weather somewhere (hard to know where). So, I wouldn't gamble on a longer route requiring more time on the road, as a way of avoiding the weather. I would (1) stick to the interstates, (2) make sure I had the flexibility in my schedule that a couple of days of weather delay wasn't the end of the world, and (3) pack for a cold weather camping trip.

A guy in your situation probably should have ordered the spray insulation undercoat as an option and ought to take delivery with the propane tanks full.
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:13 PM   #10
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We were going to do the same trip to pick up our 5.0 same time and we live in South Western CO. We contemplated having Escape store it until spring but we really want it for a camping trip in Utah in late March. If you have to make the trip this time of year you really need more time. I don't know where you live maybe it's North Western CO so not as far as it is for us. I would consider it four days of driving under the best road conditions especialy with towing a trailer on the return. If you can get a couple more days for the trip that would make it much more doable.

Best of luck and be safe
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