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loudgmc

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Posted: 07/11/11 11:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Leaving on a Sunday afternoon/late evening. Will stop for the night & continue on in the morning. Thru LA? Or Barstow & avoid the LA traffic? We'll be pulling a 32' 5th wheel.


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Posted: 07/11/11 11:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Forgot to add: any recommendations for a place to stop for the night? (WalMart parking lot? KOA along the way?).

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Leaving Sacramento you are probably going down 99 that would be the prefered route. There are not a lot of rest areas between Bakersfield and Sacramento on the 99 but there are vacant areas off the highway and several truck stops. I like to pick areas on the edge of the truck stops away from the other rigs if thats possible. You could make reservations ahead of time for the Fun and Sun RV park in Tulare and tell them you will be coming in late. Tulare would give you a decent start to your trip since you are starting late in the afternoon. There are not a lot of RV parks on the 99.

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Posted: 07/11/11 12:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Go 58 out of Bakersfield. Avoid LA I saw signs just out of Lodi saying major traffic delays in LA due to road construction.
Last time thru we stopped in Tehachapi at the Home Depot for the Night.


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Posted: 07/11/11 01:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take 58 thru Tehachapi. There is a KOA just east of Barstow on 15 at Yermo. There's a connecting road to 40 nearby. We always use this KOA, going to Vegas or OK/TX.





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Posted: 07/11/11 02:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have stayed at the Walmart in Bakersfield on Rosedale Hwy. and at the Walmart in Kingman and Avondale. There is also a rest stop near Boron and saw some rigs at Kramer Junction.


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Posted: 07/11/11 03:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Suggest you check a weather web on the internet ( I use Weather Underground) and check the WIND CONDTIONS for the week you will be driving out on Hwy. 58.
If the wind is less than 15-18 mph. then I have used that route many times. You just have to decide how white you like your knuckles if the wind is above 20MPH!!!! Fill up in Bakersfield before you pay outragious prices for fuel later.
For the last 5 years, I have taken a different route to Phoenix every winter.
1. I-5 to Hwy. 41 (great fuel stop with plenty of room for RVs right off of Hwy. 5 at Hwy. 41.)
2. Hwy. 41 to 101
3. 101 to Hwy 126 at Ventura to I-5 (much more scenic than the desert and no wind)
4. I-5 to 210 through Pasadena to Hwy. 57 south to I-10.
5. I-10 east to Phoenix
Try hitting 210 during the weekends or mid day and you miss any major traffic.


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Posted: 07/11/11 04:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Avoid LA. The 405 will be shutdown from the 10 to 110 for 58hrs starting Friday morning ending sunday night monday morning. The traffic will be a joke - even more than usual. All the secondary roads will have to absorb the traffic and no telling where the backups will be. Happy traveling.


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We'll be taking I-5 down--much nicer road, & fewer stops thru all the small towns that you encounter on 99.
Thanks for the suggestions on where to stay for the night--keep 'em coming!

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Posted: 07/11/11 06:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, I was also going to mention 'Carmageddon' - so if you are planning for this weekend, I would avoid the LA area.

A slight correction to Doc Browns post: the freeway will close Friday evening - fully closed by midnight, and will open again Monday morning at 5am.

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