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Old 11-22-2016, 01:42 PM   #15
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Take I-84, then I-80. Look for an open weather window, wait a couple of days, and you can make it. It should just take you 4 days. Be aware that a lot of weather coming from the north does not affect our Bend-Idaho-Utah-Wyoming-western Nebraska stretch, but hit can hit you hard further east. Safe travels. jon
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Old 11-22-2016, 02:19 PM   #16
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You said you "can hole up if necessary" Instead, drop down and take a southern route, I-40 or better I-10. You have been advised by several folks about the conditions of I-80 & I-90, which I won't repeat, but agree. Your AS, TV and life are worth more than a direct route to Chicago. GO SOUTH YOUNG MAN!!!
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Old 11-22-2016, 04:09 PM   #17
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GO SOUTH YOUNG MAN!!!
I wholehearted agree with this if the weather looks iffy. Any route out of Bend can be tough going east if the storm gods get their hackles up.

If you don't mind adding several days to your trip you might look at US 97 south to I-5 around Weed, then down to I-40 and east from there. At least you'd avoid most of the tricky mountain passes.
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Old 11-23-2016, 08:58 AM   #18
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I am currently in Oregon and plan on leaving about Dec 1st from Bend, OR and heading home to Chicago. We have a Ford F-150 2X2 towing a 25FB.
I have had advice to take I90 East, crossing from Spokane, WA to Missoula and continuing on I90. However, I am considering leaving from Bend, OR taking Hwy 20 East to I84, then picking up I80 at Salt Lake City and taking I80 to Chicago.
I understand blowing snow can be an issue on the flat lands. We have some time to hold up if bad weather is predicted.
I am unsure of the I84 to I80 section thru the mountains.
Advice and suggestions welcomed.
Thanks in advance.
You might also think about the salt from the roads that will get on your AS. Please let us know you made it okay.
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Old 11-23-2016, 09:25 AM   #19
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...we have a ford f-150 2x2 towing a 25fb.
2wd?
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Old 11-23-2016, 10:30 AM   #20
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Grandpa Don; congrats. Congrats to you too, Lana
Check weather channel and go from there.
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Old 11-23-2016, 07:27 PM   #21
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Driven them all, if it were me I90, watch the weather, I80 in winter is a lot rougher, , so far we haven't had any winter here in Billings, go for it, if it gets bad ,park it..
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Old 11-24-2016, 11:04 AM   #22
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Mike, thanks and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and Dana.
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Old 11-25-2016, 08:58 PM   #23
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One thing you might do is look for lower elevation alternatives to the passes. We recently decided to give Lookout Pass on I-90 a miss, and take the lower and scenic HY 200 between Missoula and Sandpoint, ID.

I-80 in Wyoming can be brutal if you get ground blizzard conditions. It can be clear and sunny overhead, but with white-out conditions from horizontally blowing snow. You would get this information off of highway conditions reports, not from the weather forecasts.

Also, the plows may not clean up surface snow and ice immediately. If it snowed on one day, the roads may still have snow on them the following day.

I assume you are winterizing your AS prior to making the trip, as temps may not rise above freezing during the day.

Make sure you're dressed for outdoor conditions, including your footwear, not the nice toasty conditions inside your vehicle. If you do slide off the road, or have to step outside for unexpected reasons, you'll be thankful.

Safe travels.
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Old 11-26-2016, 01:56 AM   #24
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At the very least buy tire chains for your tv and trailer. Also trip check is a great resource in the NW.
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:18 AM   #25
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A quick update.
We decided to leave on 11/29 from Corvallis, OR, took Rt20, and spent the first night in Ontario, OR. The roads were in good shape and the scenery from Corvallis to Bend was worth the drive. At Corvallis we picked up I80 and headed to Laramie, WY via Ogden, UT. Again the roads were great with the exception of a stretch of about 30 miles just west of Laramie. During that stretch, there was a little ice and the winds hit about 40mph (this according to reports and road info signs). The winds were more of a factor the road surface conditions. The temperatures dropped to 15 degrees and we stayed in a motel. The next morning we headed to Des Moines, IA. The temperatures quickly returned to the high 30s and road conditions were great. On Friday we drove the rest of the way with great weather.

I think we caught the weather right with a good window for taking this route. Had conditions been worse, it could have been a long drive. I did have chains with me, but they were never needed. I felt that elevation and grade changes were never an issue. Road surface and wind would be my concern in using this route.
As advised by many here, be prepared, monitor the weather and road conditions and drive cautiously.
I want to thank everyone for the advise, suggestions and comments I received here.
Safe Travels and Merry Christmas
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