RV travel -Calgary to Arizona in October?
We are new to snowbird travel and are planning to pull our travel trailer from Lethbridge to Arizona. Any advice re routing and when to depart would really be appreciated.
The route we're planning essentially involves following the I-15 through Montana, Idaho and Utah. We're thinking that we might head to Las Vegas first, and then over to Phoenix and then Tucson.
Concerning dates, we know that a consideration for us clearly has to be the six month maximum we're allowed, as Canadians, to be in the U.S. So if we leave early (mid September), this means returning in mid-March - probably not the best time to be traveling with a trailer.
So, advice would be appreciated concerning:
1. How late in the Fall we could leave Lethbridge and still have a reasonable chance of avoiding winter road conditions. (If we left in mid-October, what are the chances? We know there are no guarantees, and we're prepared to wait out occasional adverse conditions, but we'd like to at least increase the odds of good conditions along the way.)
2. To anyone who's had experience with I-15 any problematic points (elevation, weather, etc.) along the way? Any better alternatives to this route?
3. We've heard that Salt Lake City can get pretty congested. SHould we try to avoid this?
4. Even though longer, would it be better to head over to Las Vegas, and then down to Phoenix, versus, going though the mountains of Utah?
So, again our most pressing questions are WHEN to leave, and whether the I-15 is a good route.
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