QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Nov 4 2007, 07:51 PM)
Where did you get your "apparent" info? Check with each state (WA, OR, and CA) dept. of transportation concerning chains and RVs. You may be freaking out again about this trip for no reason. I do not know about I-5 in the Weeds area near Mt. Shasta, but the I-5 passes in southern OR are only around 2000 feet so we are not talking about long, steep climbs over high mountain passes. I certainly can not guarantee that you won't see snow in these areas, but I think mid to late November is a little early for heavy snows at 2-300 feet in the I-5 corridor of OR and northern CA. Also, I hope that by this time you have realized that you will not be driving anywhere near the feared L.A. traffic on your visit to Lancaster.
Thanks, Jerry! Well, November 1 is the day that WA allows chains and studs. The TV station here said chains were required in OR and CA, too, on Mountain Passes. And I agree with you, that the I-5 corridor shouldn't get that much snow, but years and years ago (I was in my 30's) I drove it in a car in January and hit a little skiff of snow in northern CA.
I have my trip all mapped out on Good Sam trip routing, except Good Sam recommended exiting I-5 at Stockton or somewhere and following HW 99. My friend said DON'T DO THAT! (And he said that a week before the "pileup" that occurred this last weekend on HW99!!!). I checked Mapquest, and Mapquest routes it the way my friend said.
Yes, I'm still panicking, but I have to do this, so I know how I do with LONG DISTANCE driving that takes more than two days.