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Heading to the Good Sam Rally in Phoenix. Heading to Bend. Oregon from there. I would love to avoid I-10 through California. I hate drivng the whole length of CA, long, slow, bumpy, and traffic. Thinking about driving through Nevada instead. Wondering how the road is and if it's a good choice. Can anybody please advise a good alternative route. Thanks, Lee

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The route we take ---

from Phoenix, take Hwy 93 to Kingman, then on up thru Las Vegas (the hwy is easy to bipass all the craziness in Vegas)
From Las Vegas, take Hwy 95 to Reno (try the Shamrock RV park there -- it's a great one)
From Reno, take 395 north, just before Susanville, take A3 (cutoff) and continue on 395 to Alturas

From Alturas, take 395 on up to Lakeview then on 395 up to where Hwy 31 cuts west. Take 31 to hwy 97. Take 97 north to Bend.

From Alturas, you can cut west on 299 to 139 and come out in Klamath Falls. Either route is good.

Easy routes, not to bad for hills and very little traffic. Roads are good (not like California).

Fuel stops on 95 in Nevada are far and few between....be sure to fill up and don't push it.

We've driven it with a 36 foot DP and pulling trailers. The above is our PREFERRED route.

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We travel the same way most springs, 395/31/97 to Bend for our annual service. Good roads, light traffic, but can be very lonely.


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amandasgramma wrote:

The route we take ---

from Phoenix, take Hwy 93 to Kingman, then on up thru Las Vegas (the hwy is easy to bipass all the craziness in Vegas)
From Las Vegas, take Hwy 95 to Reno (try the Shamrock RV park there -- it's a great one)
From Reno, take 395 north, just before Susanville, take A3 (cutoff) and continue on 395 to Alturas

From Alturas, take 395 on up to Lakeview then on 395 up to where Hwy 31 cuts west. Take 31 to hwy 97. Take 97 north to Bend.

From Alturas, you can cut west on 299 to 139 and come out in Klamath Falls. Either route is good.

Easy routes, not to bad for hills and very little traffic. Roads are good (not like California).

Fuel stops on 95 in Nevada are far and few between....be sure to fill up and don't push it.

We've driven it with a 36 foot DP and pulling trailers. The above is our PREFERRED route.

Happy traveling!


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The Texan wrote:

We travel the same way most springs, 395/31/97 to Bend for our annual service. Good roads, light traffic, but can be very lonely.
You know us -- we LOVE being out and away from everyone! And if you break down, there's always some farmer going by.........eventually!!!

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Yep, plus there is one particular Oregon RV park in the middle of nowhere with a hot springs, that we enjoy stopping at......C.O. after 9pm.......

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Thanks to everyone for your replys. Looks like we won't be saying "California here we come" this year One last thought, any issues with weather at the end of March?

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tcrider wrote:

Heading to the Good Sam Rally in Phoenix. Heading to Bend. Oregon from there. I would love to avoid I-10 through California. I hate drivng the whole length of CA, long, slow, bumpy, and traffic. Thinking about driving through Nevada instead. Wondering how the road is and if it's a good choice. Can anybody please advise a good alternative route. Thanks, Lee


A possible amemdment to the route you were already given is take a left at Beatty (190) and cut through Death Valley over to 395 and then take 395 all the way North from there. This gives you the chance to see Death Valley, Mount Whitney, Mammath Lakes, Yosemite, Mono Lake, and any other number of tourist type attractions on the way. 395 will have a lot more services and RV parks than 95 through Nevada, but either route has some interesting things to see, 95 just being way more remote.


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I live south of Bend --- can't tell you what the heck will happen in March. Usually we have 3 feet of snow and right now we have patches and lots of water!!!! The roads are clear now. I don't believe you'll have any problems in March actually --- most of the snowbirders around here head back to roost here in about March. You can keep an eye on the Oregon road conditions here (and DO watch it even up to days before you leave: LINK to Oregon Roads Conditions

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How about the weather and road conditions near Reno in March. My husband is concerned about going across Sierra Nevadas.

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