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Old 10-26-2004, 10:21 PM   #1
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Would appreciate route info >> Santa Fe (NM) to Bend, Oregon... One way!

We're doing Santa Fe to Bend, Oregon in two weeks pulling our 22'... Ideas for routes? We ran the numbers on the straightest route - about 1200 miles. Going I40, up to Reno, and west to the coast and north is around 2000 miles. Worth the difference do you think? Where should we worry?

Any thoughts on running the furnace while driving if it gets too cold (might have a cat or two in the trailer...)? We have tank heaters... Our trailer's been winterized already but I'll probably need to use it on the trip and do a "redo" later...

Appreciate the help.
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Are you in a hurry to get there, or do you have time to take in the sights along the way? I would head over to I5, and cut over to 97 at Ashland,OR then up 97 to Bend. Heading over to the coast is a little out of the way, but beautiful scenery. Heading back to Bend from the coast will take you over some mountain passes that may be getting snow soon, so I think cutting over at Ashland is a better bet.

What's this about one way? You're not moving up here, are you?
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Any thoughts on running the furnace while driving if it gets too cold (might have a cat or two in the trailer...)? We have tank heaters... Our trailer's been winterized already but I'll probably need to use it on the trip and do a "redo" later....
I have done this while traveling in early spring and late fall, it works fine, but uses lots of propane.
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Yes it would use a lot of propane, wouldn't it? The trailer is effectively getting 60 mph winds at ambient temp which would tend to cool it pretty effectively and fight the furnace all day long. I bet it runs almost continually. Never thought about that before.I say give 'em a blanket, they'll be fine.
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On the route question. I would head west over to Calif and go up I-5 which avoids crossing the high plateau of Nevada, Utah, etc. which will be cold all the way. When you come up I-5 you will have some options:

a) most expedient is to go all the way up I-5 to Weed, then veer off on Hwy 97 all the way up to Bend. A nice drive but it can be better...

b) go up I5 past Sacramento to Williams, then grab Hwy 20 west to Hwy 101 then north, and you will get a beautiful drive up through the redwoods to Eureka, then along the coast to Crescent City. Take 199 from CC to Grants Pass Oregon, another pretty route, then jog east on I-5 south to Ashland (about 40 miles) and cut over to 97 from there, like Stef mentioned. Probably adds 8 hours, although add a day if you want to stop and look a lot - it is beautiful.

C) if you have a bit more time even, stay on the coast up to Florence and then take 126 east all the way to Bend, passing through Eugene (where I am at the moment), and on up the MacKenzie Hwy which is also very pretty. Only caveat is Santiam Pass can get a lot of snow so watch the ODOT weather reports if you choose this route. If it is bad, hole up at Belknap Springs, near MacKenzie Bridge which has hot springs and is right on the river. Stay in the historic lodge or in your Airstream looking at the river - awesome place in the winter I'll send you a pic if you want.

Have fun - this is beautiful country.

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If your looking for a straight route, why all the way to the coast? Avoid crossing the Sierra. I recommend US395 north out of Reno. It's a straight shot- 395 to 31 to 97 to Bend. It's a beautiful and little traveled. No big passes that I can remember. A few small ones, though. I driven it a few times and love the backside of Cal and Oregon. My two cents.
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Dee, Stef, John, Brett,

Appreciate the info. I'm studying the map.

Dee, tell me about the back route into Bend (you wrote, "I recommend US395 north out of Reno. It's a straight shot- 395 to 31 to 97 to Bend."). Beautiful? What can we expect on that stretch?

John, post the pic of the lodge, it might sway us to take that route. Appreciate the insight in I5, etc. I've driven it before - many years ago. Might make perfect sense if the weather turns foul. I ran some rough numbers and I40 to Bakersfield then up to Redding, moseying to Bend using your Weed route is somewhere around 1550 miles. Not bad. Might save that much time by traveling mostly interstates. What's I5 like through most of No CA? Anything to look at or are we waiting for the views on 97? My wife would love to do the Redwoods route if we aren't pushing it too hard at that point... Hey, what about gasoline in California? Has premium hit $3 a gallon yet?

Stephanie, Yep! Hope we can link up with the NW 'streamers... You guys winter camp by any chance? Thanks for the route advice. I'll factor it in.

Brett, I'll plan on checking the propane frequently if we need to run the furnace. I've never camped in the cold in a 60 MPH wind that I can recall. Makes sense. We're going to "hotel it" this trip...

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395 is my favorite way north and usually do it once every summer. It is "beautiful" because of the open expanse. Quiet, pure and very little population. Small towns (few) that haven't changed much in last hundred years. Oregon calls it the outback. It's kewl!

I always stop for a few nights at Goose Lake State Park. Very nice park and never more than 3/4 campers a night. But will problably closed be closed for season now. The are other RV parks open year around though.

I usually do San Jose to Reno Hilton KOA to Goose Lake to Crown Villa RV Park, Bend. Easy day drives. Great start to a Northwest trip.

You are right about I5 being boring. Man o man, it is deadly. It all changes after Redding though. Shasta is awesome.
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Xray,

While living and working full time in Portland, Oregon, I built a home for my folks outside of Sierra Vista, Arizona near Fort Huachuca which is southeast of Tucson. When I was in a hurry, as always, it took me 30 hours nonstop one way. I traveled the following detailed route at all times of year. Generally I would avoid this route with a trailer from the end of December until March. Just keep your eye on the long term weather forecast before you decide. If you like the outback and beautiful vistas, this is the way to go. I worked part of this route as an engineer for Ma Bell and my father-in-law drove a double fuel tanker along this route.

A fast way between I-40 and Bend is to turn north on Highway 93 at Kingman, Arizona, go through Las Vegas, and continue on Highway 93 to I-80 and turn west on I-80. At Winnemucca, Nevada turn north on Highway 95. Stay on Highway 95 to Burns Junction and turn left on Highway 78 to Burns. At Burns, turn left on Highway 20 to Bend.

If you decide to take the 395 route, I also recommend the Goose Lake Camp Ground on the Oregon California Border. We just returned from there a few weeks ago. It is one of my wife's favorite places to stay while we prospect for semi precious gem stones. Just south of the campground on 395 there is an excellent plum winery. The direct phone line to the camp ground is (541) 947-3111 or check www.oregonstateparks.org. I believe it is open all year.

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Our Unit used to winter camp, but as the most active folks got older they began heading south for the winter. I hope to get some mini rallys going for us younger campers who stay behind, so we will probably be doing some stuff off and on this winter. I'm planning our first one for mid-november, which is probably too soon for you, but I'll keep everyone posted of future plans.
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Our Unit used to winter camp, but as the most active folks got older they began heading south for the winter. I hope to get some mini rallys going for us younger campers who stay behind, so we will probably be doing some stuff off and on this winter. I'm planning our first one for mid-november, which is probably too soon for you, but I'll keep everyone posted of future plans.
Stef, if I'm still around, count me in for the November mini rally!!!

BTW, I took 395 all the way south and loved it. It was incredibly beautiful. The only thing I didn't like - and this was sans trailer - was going through Reno. When I head out this time, I think I'll take I5 but 395 is appealing. Maybe I'll just let the weather be my determining factor.
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I say give 'em a blanket, they'll be fine.
I think the cat's should NOT travel in the trailer... Have YOU ever ridden back ther? It's creaky & bumpy...I would think it would terroize your cats!

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I think the cat's should NOT travel in the trailer... Have YOU ever ridden back ther? It's creaky & bumpy...I would think it would terroize your cats!

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I'm taking the CCD out for a test run tomorrow and I'm going to ride in the back myself to see how bad it is. Might change my mind but there aren't many alternatives.

I can appreciate your comment, Shari, but the 3 dogs always ride up front... (3 adults and 3 dogs). Remember, this is just a stop-gap measure to get us to our destination all together and not a regular thing we are contemplating doing...
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A fast way between I-40 and Bend is to turn north on Highway 93 at Kingman, Arizona, go through Las Vegas, and continue on Highway 93 to I-80 and turn west on I-80. At Winnemucca, Nevada turn north on Highway 95. Stay on Highway 95 to Burns Junction and turn left on Highway 78 to Burns. At Burns, turn left on Highway 20 to Bend.
Xray, it would be another excellent route to avoid major mountain passes. Burns to Burns Jct has always intrigued me. My interest in this lonliest of lonley roads has always gotten piqued everytime I have driven past this route. And I love loney roads. Maybe next summer.
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