Oregon to Quartzite, AZ in January. Which route?
We live in southern Oregon and the wife wants to go to Quartsite, AZ in January for the big mineral show. I do NOT want to drive down I-5 but am unsure what to expect on alternate routes CA 395 or AZ 95 in mid winter. The rock show lasts a month and our schedule is flexible so we can easily avoid any big storm by watching the forecasts.
We normally boondock and are quite happy to do so, except this time we may need to plug in (or run the generator all night) to power the "Arctic Pack" tank heaters to avoid freeze damage. (As in the forecast overnight low is 10 as opposed to 30). So I'm not averse to staying in RV parks when needed, but would rather not.
I know that 395 runs at high elevation behind the Sierras, but I was surprised that 95 is fairly high too, as far as winter night time low temperatures.
Any locals or travelers through these areas have any advice, especially about which route to take? We'll be in our 2015 Forester MBS (W) class C motor home. There is no "basement" so the black and grey tanks are exposed, which is why they have heaters.