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Old 05-03-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Oregon 5 to the coast via Cascades

I'll be heading up thru Oregon on Hwy 5 and want to cross over the Cascades to the coast around Hwy 38 (to Reedsport). I'm pulling a 35 ft Rockwood TT. Anyone have any info on Hwy 38 with a long TT?
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Old 05-03-2014, 05:53 PM   #2
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Got my answer on another forum...Hwy 38 is totally fine.
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'll save that info.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:34 PM   #4
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the Cascades are on the east side of I5, not the west side.
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We've used Highway 6 between Tillamook and Portland and it's no sweat. The highway between Crescent City and Grant's Pass is not as easy, but still do-able in our MH. Wasn't a lot of fun in heavy rain all the way last time, though! We've used 99 from Portland to McMinnville and then 18 from there to Lincoln City several times as one of our kids went to Linfield College. That's a fairly easy drive.
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I see that you have already learned what you were after, but just to add a little...Under normal circumstances, Hwy's 26, 18, 20, 34, 126, 38, and 42 are all perfectly fine for large vehicles. They each have their own highlights and pitfalls. Personally, I like following the Umpqua River the best (Hwy 38), even though I live on 126. Enjoy your trip!
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:25 PM   #7
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We've used Highway 6 between Tillamook and Portland and it's no sweat. The highway between Crescent City and Grant's Pass is not as easy, but still do-able in our MH. Wasn't a lot of fun in heavy rain all the way last time, though! We've used 99 from Portland to McMinnville and then 18 from there to Lincoln City several times as one of our kids went to Linfield College. That's a fairly easy drive.

We normally take 99 from Portland over to the coast as well. We're coming in from BC via I-84 and it seems to be the best straight shot when pulling a trailer.
On the bikes, well Hwy 20 is better, and 199 from Grants Pass over to the coast is beautiful. (FYI, if you are in Grant's Pass look for the BBQ joint downtown...it's pretty damn awesome)

We'll actually be heading to the coast for the first two weeks in July. We can't wait for some good ole Oregon Coast R&R.
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If you haven't done it before, an alternative to dragging through Seattle or Bellevue is to take off west on SR-20 at Burlington and follow it to the ferry at Coupeville. After crossing over to Port Townsend, you can take US 101 all the way down the WA coast and over the Columbia River Bridge to Astoria. Nowhere near as quick as I-5/405, but a nice trip.
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If you haven't done it before, an alternative to dragging through Seattle or Bellevue is to take off west on SR-20 at Burlington and follow it to the ferry at Coupeville. After crossing over to Port Townsend, you can take US 101 all the way down the WA coast and over the Columbia River Bridge to Astoria. Nowhere near as quick as I-5/405, but a nice trip.
And while you are waiting for the ferry, enjoy the park area around the toll booths. Our Coupeville Lions Club does the maintenance.

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