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I've a 35' MH and will be towing my car via tow dolly. Live in North Bay (Napa, CA) and headed to Quartzsite.

I was hoping for an alternative route, and considered Hwy 58 Bakersfield to Barstow, then on to I-40, after which I'll head South on 95...

Didn't really want to go the Grapevine route, but weather forecast shows little chance of rain (or snow) either way I go...

Help!


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I drive home from CA most of the time on 58 then I-40. I like AZ95...goes near the CO river at Lake Havasu and by Parker. Never been on US95.

I can't understand why anyone would want to drive down into the greater L.A. area with motorhome if there is an alternate route.

In October, I drove down I-5 from Oregon to Santa Clarita Valley (over Grapevine, but located north of L.A.). As soon as I came to Santa Clarita I wanted to drive right out of there! But I was there to visit family and friends. I still drove up to Barstow to catch I-40 to go home.

Check the weather for Tehachapi...that would be your highest pass.

If you're driving down I-5, don't take 58 to get to 99. Instead take 7th Standard Rd just north of 58 to get over to 99. Much easier and less busy.


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obiwancanoli wrote:

I've a 35' MH and will be towing my car via tow dolly. Live in North Bay (Napa, CA) and headed to Quartzsite.

I was hoping for an alternative route, and considered Hwy 58 Bakersfield to Barstow, then on to I-40, after which I'll head South on 95...

Didn't really want to go the Grapevine route, but weather forecast shows little chance of rain (or snow) either way I go...

Help!

Take I-5 or hwy 99 to Bakersfield Hwy. 58. Go east to Hwy. 395 then go south though Apple Valley to Palm Springs at I-10. Go East on 1-10 to Quartsite. Going over the Grape Vine will drop you onto I-10 and you will have to deal with congested L.A. traffic with crazy drivers. Not my 1st choice!!

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Posted: 11/17/20 10:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take 58 to Barstow. Just a better drive regardless of less hills.
And go down the 99. 58 from the 5 seems to add a bunch of time.


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Janss wrote:

I drive home from CA most of the time on 58 then I-40. I like AZ95...goes near the CO river at Lake Havasu and by Parker. Never been on US95.

I can't understand why anyone would want to drive down into the greater L.A. area with motorhome if there is an alternate route.

In October, I drove down I-5 from Oregon to Santa Clarita Valley (over Grapevine, but located north of L.A.). As soon as I came to Santa Clarita I wanted to drive right out of there! But I was there to visit family and friends. I still drove up to Barstow to catch I-40 to go home.

Check the weather for Tehachapi...that would be your highest pass.

If you're driving down I-5, don't take 58 to get to 99. Instead take 7th Standard Rd just north of 58 to get over to 99. Much easier and less busy.


From I-5 take Hwy.46 east right to Bakersfield then Hwy 58 to 395. U.S. Hwy 95 is not my first choice, a narrow 2 lane road with no places to pull off the Hwy. if you have mechanical problems or need to change a tire. I took it ONCE by mistake[emoticon]

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Why not take I-80 across and then get on US 395 south? Much more scenic and the last time I was on it the road surface was in excellent condition for Cali.


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agesilaus wrote:

Why not take I-80 across and then get on US 395 south? Much more scenic and the last time I was on it the road surface was in excellent condition for Cali.


Yeah, have considered that, too... 395 IS a very scenic route, particularly along the backbone of the Sierra... I'm going to look at that again... thanks!

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We race in Las Vegas and routinely take 80 over to 95 in Nevada. No silly trailer speed limits in Nevada and better roads.


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Posted: 11/18/20 10:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This would be my route: 5, 58, 15, 40, 95, etc.

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Posted: 11/18/20 11:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you take 395 I would drop into Death Valley NP for a few days.
Although the grade in/out of DVNP will make Grapevine look like an overpass.

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