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Old 11-20-2016, 03:47 PM   #1
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Dec 1 trip Bend, OR to Chicago Advice

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.
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Old 11-20-2016, 06:03 PM   #2
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I-84 across ID is a good highway with moderate grades. Going around Salt Lake to I-80 is good highway as well. You also have Stinkwater Pass on OR 20 which is fine when dry. BUT, it all depends on the weather. The flatland can be worse than the mountains with snow, wind and ice. If you need to hold up, you may not be able to find a place with hookups to run your heat. If you need to stay in a hotel, you might need to blow out your waterlines to avoid freezing pipes. Do you have a compressor?
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Old 11-21-2016, 10:52 AM   #3
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Don I'm sure many will reply but, based on your post being 19 hours ago you are likely looking at the storm that just dumped several feet. Seems like your route will be totally dependent on weather. Safe travels
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Old 11-21-2016, 11:21 AM   #4
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I live just east of Missoula right off I90. If you decided on this route you have a few "major passes" that could be problematic. I might add that I've driven to and from Montana four times over the past three years. Twice in the winter and once with our AS.

Coming from the west you have 4th of July and Freedom pass. Both of those are constant winter issues. At Butte when crossing the Continental Divide is another issue to watch. Continuing east between Butte and Bozemen shouldn't be a problem. However the stretch between Bozemen and Billings could be problematic....especially when you cross the pass at Livingston. Beautiful area but even on the clearest of days it is subject to "extreme high winds".. There is signage as you approach this area and it will tell you to drop down and go thru Livingston. Wind speeds at the top of Livingston pass can approach 100 mph.

Once you are south of the state and on the plains you just need to watch the weather very carefully. Take your time....did I say take your time? You're not going to make a lot of distance daily . Don't make the same mistake I recently made when pulling east to Southern West Virginia. It turned into a "nightmare"....and this was late September early October. Upon our return,Big Timber which is between Billings and Livingston had already received 10 inches of snow although the roads had been cleared.

Even though your not going to be pulling...at least I hope not...your trailer "in the snow" I would add a set of "tire chains" for your TV just incase you get caught in a bad situation.

I've said it once already but I'll add it again. Plan on taking your time and "enjoy" your trip it's going to be an "adventure" at this time of the year.

One thing I might add...I traveled Iowa from end to end on I80. I used to live in Iowa and I can tell you traversing I80 is now the "worse interstate highway" I have ever travelled. It is bumper to bumper. That at high speed is a disaster waiting to happen.

If Chicago is your home...your familiar with what to expect there. It's either no snow at all or way too much at one time.

Good Luck on your trip. And should you come by exit 126 east of Missoula on I90..."honk your horn". I live way up on the mountains and I can see 90 about a mile away down in the valley.
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Your best friends for this trip are internet access, weather forecasts, weather doppler radar and a full tank of propane. If OR 20 is passable, you would avoid Cabbage Hill east of Pendleton, where we have seen I84 closed due to snow in early June.
Having made several winter trips from the west coast to Nebraska in December, we favor going the I84-I80 route. If you have to stop over, the Salt Lake valley offers a more temperate climate than any place on I90. You can stay there until a weather window opens to travel across Wyoming. If possible, plan on driving through Wyoming in one day.
Wyoming and western Nebraska close off I80 if conditions warrant. Major snow storms like blizzards roll fast from the NW across Nebraska.
Look ahead at major cities' forecasts along your route. Look at what the overnight lows would be. Weather forecasting & information is far superior today. Stay warm! Carry chains for both trailer & truck. Safe travels!
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Old 11-21-2016, 11:49 AM   #6
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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.
Good luck! I drive back and forth to MT from TX each Christmas with my 4x4 F150, without the AS and I would not consider pulling this time of year on that route. The roads I take from TX can have black ice, high winds, snow "snakes" blowing across highway in TX, CO, WY and Billings area can be treacherous enough without towing. Safety this time of year is my biggest concern. I see several big rigs on their sides along the road from December thru March in the areas mentioned...also in TX by the way. What ever you do, check roads ahead of time and be safe.
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:24 PM   #7
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I-84 across ID is a good highway with moderate grades. Going around Salt Lake to I-80 is good highway as well. You also have Stinkwater Pass on OR 20 which is fine when dry. BUT, it all depends on the weather. The flatland can be worse than the mountains with snow, wind and ice. If you need to hold up, you may not be able to find a place with hookups to run your heat. If you need to stay in a hotel, you might need to blow out your waterlines to avoid freezing pipes. Do you have a compressor?
Mojo, thanks for the info. I do winterize on the fly with rv antifreeze via a bypass valve.
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Patrick, thanks for all the info.
I shall be towing, but hope to avoid I90. And we shall be in no hurry at all. So if conditions are not good, I shall stay put. And if they are good, I shall travel slow and cautiously.
Black ice is my biggest concern and uncertain mountain passes next... as I have not towed them.
Thanks again
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:32 PM   #9
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Great info and I shall heed all.
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:38 PM   #10
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My advice is to wait until June 15th.

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Old 11-21-2016, 09:56 PM   #11
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Don, run over to Discount Tire and get a set of Bridgestone Blizzaks for all four on your tow rig. Then I would go to Les Schwab and get one set of drag chains for your trailer. That setup will let you safely get off the road if it gets ugly. Discount will price match Costco, and they offer a lot better and faster service.

I've been running Blizzaks for about six years now going back and forth from the valley to Bend in the winter. They are terrific tires for snow and ice. That said you still have to drive safely.
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Weather permitting, of course, you may want to consider staying on US 30, through Pocatello, Soda Springs, Montpelier, and Kemmerer, before it joins I-80 west of Green River. This route generally follows the railroad. You can also avoid I-80 over Elk Mountain (between Rawlins and Laramie) by staying on US 30 through Medicine Bow, as it again follows the railroad. Having said that, unless the conditions are undeniably clear, be very careful crossing Wyoming.
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Old 11-22-2016, 11:42 AM   #14
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I purchased my trailer last year, and went to pick it up in Salt Lake City, driving from Denver, the first week of December. I went across I-80 from Cheyenne. It was a nightmare even without the trailer. The wind creates black ice, and there isn't much equipment out there to do anything about it. Solid line of semi's the whole way with several road closures while they cleared off accidents. I would NEVER tow a trailer in the winter across it.

We waited a couple of days in Salt Lake for clear weather, then towed it back on I-70 through Colorado. Vail Pass is the main issue, but with good weather it was fine. I second the Blizzak suggestion, they make a remarkable difference if you insist on trying this trip.
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