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Old 10-19-2015, 02:34 AM   #15
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I-5 south to Drain/Elkton (S of Cottage Grove) and down the Umpqua to Reedsport, then south on 101. It's the lowest pass through the Coast Range.
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Old 10-19-2015, 06:23 PM   #16
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Wind chill only affects living things! Wind does NOT lower temperature! Water freezes at 32 degrees, wind or no wind. It may feel colder and drain your body temperature but the Airstream will not notice!
My concern was if the ambient temperature is around 36 F, travel speed may may take the outside water lines below 32 F. We have read warnings about this on the Forums.
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Old 10-19-2015, 06:29 PM   #17
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There were few affordable trailer parks in the greater Palm Springs area.
We are booked into the Happy Traveller, which is a 15 minute walk/2 minute drive from the main downtown of Palm Springs. Mind you, we had to book it almost a year in advance! But you are right - when we looked for this past February there was nowhere else to go, either commercial places or state/municipal parks.
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Old 10-19-2015, 06:33 PM   #18
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Greetings from Joshua Tree! Definitely do not miss our beautiful nation park! BTW, we did get snow here this year. In February. But it was only about 3" and was gone in a day. JT is a great place to live and a great place too visit.
We love JT and will probably come up for a visit, but only once we've parked the AS.
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Old 10-19-2015, 06:37 PM   #19
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I don't know the particulars about chains for your 23 FC but you definitely must have chains in your possession for your tv to cross the passes. They do check.
It looks like the Mud and Snow tires we have on the VW Touareg will cover us based on this CalTrans link:
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We will check with our dealer on what the AS might need.
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:38 PM   #20
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My concern was if the ambient temperature is around 36 F, travel speed may may take the outside water lines below 32 F. We have read warnings about this on the Forums.
That is not how wind chill works. As long as the temp is above 32 degrees F your water lines will not freeze. It's a physics thing.

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Old 10-19-2015, 07:52 PM   #21
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That is not how wind chill works. As long as the temp is above 32 degrees F your water lines will not freeze. It's a physics thing.

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Wind chill... one of the biggest hoaxes perpetrated by the Weather Channel and every "weather reader" on TV.

Wind chill is a rate of cooling - how quickly something cools to ambient air temperature. When I lived in Alaska and people were concerned about wind chill we used to explain it by asking, "if a bucket of water is outside and it's 35* but the wind is blowing so hard, the wind chill is 25* how long will it take for the water to freeze?" The answer is never. It will only cool the water down to the ambient air temperature of 35* but no lower. BUT, it will "cool" the water at the same rate of cooling as if the temperature was 25* - difficult to understand, but the good news: now you can travel even faster to Palm Springs with no worries!!
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:21 AM   #22
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Wind chill is *is the perceived decrease in air temperature felt by the body on exposed skin due to the flow of air. It is caused by evaporation away from the skin that subtracts from the ambient temperature.
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:15 PM   #23
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Read the Cal Trans link carefully. A 4WD vehicle with M&S tires meets R1 restrictions, but NOT R2 or R3 restrictions which require chains in the vehicle (R2) or on the vehicle (R3) regardless if the drive train. The restriction levels vary based upon local conditions at the time. You will not be allowed to proceed, or may be cited, if you do not meet the requirement. That said, if conditions are such that Cal Trans is requiring chains on or in 4WD vehicles without trailers, I definitely would set up camp until the weather and road conditions improve.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:16 PM   #24
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Read the Cal Trans link carefully. A 4WD vehicle with M&S tires meets R1 restrictions, but NOT R2 or R3 restrictions which require chains in the vehicle (R2) or on the vehicle (R3) regardless if the drive train. The restriction levels vary based upon local conditions at the time. You will not be allowed to proceed, or may be cited, if you do not meet the requirement. That said, if conditions are such that Cal Trans is requiring chains on or in 4WD vehicles without trailers, I definitely would set up camp until the weather and road conditions improve.
You need chains in Oregon too.
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Wind chill is *is the perceived decrease in air temperature felt by the body on exposed skin due to the flow of air. It is caused by evaporation away from the skin that subtracts from the ambient temperature.
Yep ...
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Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this. I am just starting the planning now and your comments are very helpful!

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