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    Hello, I am planning a trip from PA to Portland OR the end of November to the first of December. What would the best route be to get over the Rockies? Incase of snow who do I call to see if the passes are open? I would appreciate any advice. It will be a truck hauling an RV. Thanks!

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    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default keep it direct

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    In general, the best route for a winter trip is the shortest route. That keeps you on the road for the least amount of time, giving you less days where you could see a storm, and the most time to wait for conditions to improve if you do see bad weather.

    In your case, I-80 or I-90 are about the same distance. I-90 does cross the mountains at a lower elevation, and is often one of the better choices, especially because I-80 across Wyoming can see high winds, which can make it tough to tow and adds to problems of winter travel. However, having said that, I would still make my final decision based on the specific weather forecasts at the time of your trip. It's possible that I-80 could be clear while, I-90 is seeing a storm - or vice versa.

    Also, considering you are towing, I'd try to avoid the tollways if possible, as they can get quite expensive. Depending upon exactly where in PA you are starting from, that will likely mean going down to I-70 across Ohio and Indiana, then using I-74 to get back to I-80, and take that across Iowa. Once you get to Western Iowa, you can decide if you'll be better off sticking to I-80, or using I-29 to catch I-90 in South Dakota. Of course, if there is bad weather in the east, then you might want to look at other options too.

    Again, depending upon where in PA you are starting from, this trip will take you at least 5 days to do it safely, but I'd try to have at least 6 or 7 available just in case the weather turns against you.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    If you are anywhere near I-80 in PA, take that to Youngstown, then I-76 to I-71 to Columbus to get to I-70. If you are in southern PA, you could get to I-81 south to Hagerstown, I-70 to I-68 to I-79 back to I-70.

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    Thank you! I really appreciate your advice!

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