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Old 12-15-2017, 12:43 PM   #1
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I5 Seattle to Sacramento in Feb/18

First time heading to Arizona for a winter break. This is our first trip down Interstate 5, hoping to do 300 to 400 miles a day. Is this too much given the amount of daylight? Any advise on what to expect when traveling during this time of year and if any one has recommendations on where to stay on the way would be appreciated.
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Old 12-15-2017, 02:50 PM   #2
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We just did that trip over Thanksgiving and have stayed at a few places on that stretch. There are a lot of options, many have easy on/off to the freeway. It might be helpful to throw out where you will most likely be those evenings.

I think the mileage is doable if the wheather cooperates. The only area we’ve had issues is near Yreka, CA, but there are other passes along the route that may be an issue if it’s cold enough.
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Old 12-15-2017, 03:40 PM   #3
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As NorCal Matt says the hard part of I5 is from Ashland OR to Yreka CA. That is the Syskiyou pass that can be closed due to weather. If it does there are several RV Parks in the Ashland area, Emigrant Lake one is a nice one, you can stay at while it clears. You will have to be fast! to find an open spot.
After that I5 is a breeze, but it is only two lanes so people will be whipping past you.
At Stockton you should look at switching to Highway 99, that is 3 lanes and more truck & trailer friendly.
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Old 12-15-2017, 05:03 PM   #4
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Stopping places. Near Woodland Washington is Columbia River RV resort. Seven Feathers Casino RV in Canyonville OR easy on and off. Good place for fuel as well. Many places in Ashland Oregon to pick from.

When approaching Portland Oregon consider using I205 around the city. It may add 10 minutes but its much easier. The only time I use I5 through Portland when towing is if its early morning on a Saturday or Sunday.

As has been said it is hard to make good time from Cottage Grove to about Shasta. Steep grades and some windy road. Keep an eye on the weather before crossing the Siskayous, you can alway divert to the coast if it looks a little dicey.

Enjoy your trip!
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:05 PM   #5
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Seven Feathers Resort at Canyonville Or is the one of the best places stop. Clean, great prices and best prices on fuel. You can't go wrong there. That is unless you spend too much time at the Casino next door. Dave
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As suggested our origianl plans were to get to Salem (276 miles) on the first day, Redding (377 miles) on the second day and Modesto (250 miles) on the third. We have to make a stop in Corona for some work on the trailer before heading to Sedona. First three days to ambitious?
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As suggested our origianl plans were to get to Salem (276 miles) on the first day, Redding (377 miles) on the second day and Modesto (250 miles) on the third. We have to make a stop in Corona for some work on the trailer before heading to Sedona. First three days to ambitious?
Only if the pass closes you down. Otherwise, it's just steady travel.

You might start early and push day one a bit more (300-350 miles). Then day two can start later and end sooner. That allows any ice that forms overnight to thaw before you start and gets you parked on the South side before the sun sets. As long as the mountains are not blocked, you should do well. The Redding to Modesto leg can stretch a lot. We do the Bay Area to the California border in one day as a normal route plan.

Might be worth looking at the elevation of the way points on 101. It is a work around if I5 is problematic and you can not wait for the weather to clear.

Take your chains and Travel safe. Pat
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Old 12-15-2017, 08:51 PM   #8
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As a younger person I used to do San Fran (Presidio) to Seattle (Ft Lewis) in a hard solid 12 hours. Whew that's what youth is for but some times you gotta do the hard drive to get there.

One of our favorite stops was Grants Pass Oregon right next to the river.

You've been told just watch for snow in the pass. Beautuful drive.
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As suggested our origianl plans were to get to Salem (276 miles) on the first day, Redding (377 miles) on the second day and Modesto (250 miles) on the third. We have to make a stop in Corona for some work on the trailer before heading to Sedona. First three days to ambitious?
Assuming you've already winterized your RV, I would leave it that way until you are far enough south to be confident that you won't be hit with a hard freeze. You'd be camping in a tin tent, but you'll be dry and warm enough. Test your propane furnace before leaving to be sure it's working, and ensure your propane tanks are full.

Check the weather forecasts before you leave, focusing especially on towns between Canyonville, OR, and Redding, CA. Be prepared to stop and wait out any snowstorm that may hit - preferably before you get into it. You may want to carry chains for your tow vehicle. (We did, because at times sections of I-5 through this area can *require* that you carry chains, depending on conditions.) However, don't drive in conditions that merit the actual use of chains unless there is literally no other choice.

The first day you could extend to Eugene, OR. Very nice city park campground there at Armitage Park. (Oh, and do NOT try to fill your gas tank at the Costco near Armitage park. Their parking lot is a freaking disaster if you're towing a trailer. Stay away, stay away, buy your fuel elsewhere.)

Second day from Eugene to Redding is also do-able as long as there's no snowy / icy weather from Canyonville, OR, to Redding, CA. That entire section is mountainous. The road is fine, but you'll be traveling at elevations and at greater risk for snow and ice. There are plenty of traffic cams you can look at from the web before setting out. In Redding, consider stopping at Mountain Gate RV Park. It's quite nice.

Here's a route from Armitage Park to Mountain Gate, but do *not* let Google trick you into taking any route other than I-5. That road will be clearest for travel through the mountain passes.

Oh, and here's the route we just took from Tucson to the Seattle area. There's one overnight stop you can't replicate (Viaggio winery) unless you're a member of Harvest Hosts, but otherwise this route worked well for us. It was an exhausting run, day after day after day, but we made it work.

Safe travels, enjoy the sunshine!
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Old 12-16-2017, 10:26 AM   #10
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Plan to stay at the Rolling Hills Casino RV Park south of Redding! All pull through spots, great food in casino and all 72 spots used to be $28 each! Call ahead for reservations!! Safe travels!!
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Others have told about the long high stretch of mountain road and it can be a nightmare during winter storms, but by Feb, less so - though could still get snow and be aware of 'black ice'.

But I just wanted to add a thought. We found a great liquor store at the first I5 exit in CA, about a mile south of OR. It's called something like Star Liquor, and prices are the best ones we have come across in CA - much cheaper than WA due to the high taxes.

Someone before commented on staying on the river at Grants Pass, and I think that is the Valley of the Rogue S.P about 4 miles past Grants Pass. We stayed there about 4 years ago and liked it. We stayed there last spring and were shocked how much it has changed for the worse. Maintenance wasn't the best and it appears the park is used by more or less homeless campers more than before. It is convenient, but we were saddened in its decline.

Happy travels!
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we do #! Columbia River Rv in Portland ..... #2 Seven Feathers ...#3Rolling Hills .... #4 and My favourite stop south of Sacramento is "Harris Ranch" ... they have an amazing restaurant with probably some of the best beef Ive ever tasted ... you can park in the lot for free ... we end up loading the freezer with beef and also have a great dinner ..... so the free night is a smart move on their part...LOL .... next day Palm Springs
Seven Feathers can load up as they are know to be the spot they close the highway if the weather goes bad. Drive safe
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As suggested our origianl plans were to get to Salem (276 miles) on the first day, Redding (377 miles) on the second day and Modesto (250 miles) on the third. We have to make a stop in Corona for some work on the trailer before heading to Sedona. First three days to ambitious?
We live in Bellingham and usually get to 7 Feathers RV resort in central Oregon the first night and Sacramento 2nd night. That may be pushing it for you but it has worked well for us. I agree with 99 south of Sacramento. We too have had work done in Corona. Bad traffic around there and most RV parks are a ways away. Consider on the way back going through Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Boise and then up to Seattle. Much easier driving, less traffic and not much farther.
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...Consider on the way back going through Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Boise and then up to Seattle. Much easier driving, less traffic and not much farther.


Absolutely right about the return trip! In warmer weather there are far better and shorter routes back to WA.
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