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Old 06-03-2013, 12:56 AM
 
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That video should be of great comfort to the OP.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:23 AM
 
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That video should be of great comfort to the OP.
And from Hopes no less.



OP you'll be fine just make sure you are carrying chains and have complete confidence in your driving ability with your rig. If you have any flexibility in your schedule make sure to time your departure with the best weather conditions going over the pass. All the road doesn't need is a under confident newbie hauling a trailer in bad weather.

Caltrans website for your road conditions please.
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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Driving from Truckee to Kingvale the real curvy part is going uphill. On the downhill side the road is much straighter. This is because the Sierra's eastern slope is steep but the western slope is gradual. Towing in the opposite direction of the OP is a lot tougher than heading West.
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:32 PM
 
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Please, do not miss the final encampment of the Donner Party. The area is pleasant, pretty and reeking with history

Have a Donner Burger. Highlight of my visit!!
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:36 PM
 
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Please, do not miss the final encampment of the Donner Party. The area is pleasant, pretty and reeking with history

Have a Donner Burger. Highlight of my visit!!
Which one did you like the best

The Papa

The Mama

or the Baby burger.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:38 PM
 
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Eh, I have driven I80 between Sac and Reno, probably thousands of times. I have seen one truck fall over. It is just a road. Drive defensively, pay attention to the safety signs on the side of the road, and the speed limit, and you won't have a problem. If it snows in late spring or early fall, it will be a light snowfall, and be over soon, spend the night in Reno, wait till Caltrans lifts chain control, and drive over..
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:26 PM
 
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Sierravillian, that's exactly our plan, stay overnight in Reno and wait out for the weather to get better. Thanks Deans Trails, keep that in mind. BayAreaHillBilly, taking notes here. Bulldogdad, exactly, we'll try to time our driving on a nice weather. Read it really is a nice drive up there. We get lots of snow from lake effects and icy roads on top of that but we don't use chains. Worst scenario will be to drive extra 300 miles south. Hopes, yes driving to East Bay area and we'll be cautious with our speed limit. Snail pace if we have to. Hope drivers behind us will not honk and give us a middle finger seeing a MI lic plate and a woman driver. HereOnMars, drove the incline and decline in TN going to ATL few times. Wasn't bad, all truckers had their blinkers on and drove very slow. We are defensive drivers.
Thank you all the same...follow-up post in the near future...
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:31 PM
 
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Keep in mind that there might be clear roads at the time. In mid December 2011, I drove it and didn't see one snowflake on the window. Even if there is snow, road crews keep the roads pretty clear. Just take it slow and carry chains. You should be fine.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:43 PM
 
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HereOnMars, read an information there is a place where they can help you put the chains on. Thank you again:-)
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:53 PM
 
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HereOnMars, read an information there is a place where they can help you put the chains on. Thank you again:-)
There are road crews that will help you, Calinsight. There's usually a large sign and area where you can chain up. Local business will have people out there who will put them on for you, for a fee. You might want to pick up a set of chains now and practice putting them on before you leave. You can do it in your driveway. It's not difficult. Get yourself prepared before you leave.
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