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dsender

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Posted: 06/18/12 10:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I could use some advice on this route. I have a 40 ft MH towing an Acura MDX. I am in Las Vegas and know that there is a HUGE climb on I-15, if I take that route. I've also looked at the possibility of going from Las Vegas through Needles on US 95 to SR 62 (California) to 177 to I-10 west.

I know this alternate route is longer than the I-15 route but wonder if it's an easier drive without the mountains...although I'm not sure if there are other mountains that I'll need to cross with this alternate route.

Any experience/advice, especially given the extreme temperatures this week?


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Well for a quick start on what you don't want to do is take route 95 south of Needles down to 62 at Vidal Junction. It's narrow, constant rolling up and down and no shoulders to speak of. Drop a wheel of the road the chance of going down into a deep gully is a good possibility. To confuse the issue in that area, on the California side of the Colorado River there is that US route 95. Twenty miles to the east in Arizona there is a state route 95 down through Lake Havasu City.

Down south of Havasu the right turn to the east onto 62 down at Parker puts you on a very narrow bridge across the Colorado River over to Earp. It can be done and lots of RV do it but it will test your narrow bridge skills.

This post is cautions and not really a route recommendation.


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Thanks... didn't know the road was so bad. I did know about the 95 in both states. Guess we'll go over the mountain and just leave early before the heat and maybe not tow up the mountain. Thanks for the cautions.

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dsender wrote:

there is a HUGE climb on I-15
You must be thinking of the Cajon Pass. In your route to Palm Desert its not a huge climb but a fairly long decent. If you have a jake brake its a no brainer. If your coach has an exhaust brake its still very doable.
Good luck.

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More To See wrote:

don't.. take route 95 south of Needles down to 62 at Vidal Junction. It's narrow, constant rolling up and down and no shoulders to speak of.
I've taken it many times. Not enjoyable, but definitely driveable. Lots of trucks. We like to overnight at Vidal Jct. Huge open gravel areas.

The Havasu route is much nicer.

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Altern wrote:

dsender wrote:

there is a HUGE climb on I-15
You must be thinking of the Cajon Pass. In your route to Palm Desert its not a huge climb but a fairly long decent. If you have a jake brake its a no brainer. If your coach has an exhaust brake its still very doable.
Good luck.


I don't think dsender is referring to the Cajon Pass. Between stateline and Baker is the Baker grade on I-15, and climbing the Vegas side is a significant climb.

But we've done it a number of times in our DP & toad, just gear down and take your time. And yes - avoiding the mid-day heat is a good idea.


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You can take the back roads through the Mojave Preserve, it's the shortest most direct route. It's a 2 lane road with little traffic. We've taken it in our 38' MH and seen several others thru the years. Take the Nipton turnoff on I 15 to Ivanpa road then Kelso to Amboy to 29 Palms on to Palm Desert. You'll bypass the climb from stateline to Mt Pass and Baker grade. Be sure to stop at Kelso Depot.


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Posted: 06/20/12 09:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I second Highland Socal route.A bit remote but pretty good road all the way.

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