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Lyrrik

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We are trying to go from Blythe, CA to Ukiah, CA to deliver my mother-in-laws Class C Motorhome (she just recently moved.) We are trying to avoid Pasadena as much as possible. Are there other routes that are both RV safe and fairly easy to navigate for someone with very little experience driving a 34' rig?

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95, 40, 58, 99, 46, 5, 20, 101 is one route.


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BTW Good cooling and brakes???

I've taken 10, 210, 5 midday, not to bad but certainly more traffic.

You can also go up 99 and cut over in Sac.

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Thank you. I was thinking about going up to the 40 and across. We've gone that way before, just not in the RV.

It has just had a pretty significant overhaul. New tires and brakes. I am not sure about the AC, but that is something we can definitely check on.

Do you happen to know what road conditions are like up around Tehachapi Pass in late March and early April?

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Pasadena isn’t bad in these Covid times. Just stay to the right and pay attention where I210 splits with the CA134.


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Tehachapi is a good route year round, unless you hit a freak snowstorm. Even that won’t last long.


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Lyrrik wrote:

We are trying to go from Blythe, CA to Ukiah, CA to deliver my mother-in-laws Class C Motorhome (she just recently moved.) We are trying to avoid Pasadena as much as possible. Are there other routes that are both RV safe and fairly easy to navigate for someone with very little experience driving a 34' rig?

Thank you!


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1. west to on 10 to North on 215
2. North on 395
3. west to 58
4. North I-5
5. west on Hwy. 20
6. North on 101 to Ukiah
This the route I take every year

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I would avoid Pasadena too. Not that there's anything wrong with the 210, but that's just not the right route.

The 58 from Barstow to Bakersfield is a great road now. Actually, it's the Barstow to Mojave leg that is great now, because that's the part that they widened and improved. From Mojave over Tehachapi to Bakersfield is good too though.

Once you get to Bako, you can pick your favorite route over to I5. The 46 is a pretty good road.

That whole drive should be pretty easy. Tehachapi is the only pass you'll go over, and it isn't bad at all.

Hopefully you're not in it for the scenery though, because most of that route is pretty bland.


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Posted: 03/02/21 05:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

95, 40, 58, 99, 46, 5, 20, 101 is one route....
This is the way we would go in our rig. I think highway 20 is one of the very few roads over the coastal range that is good for rvs use.
and the others are not bad at all. The descent from Tehachapi down to Bakersfield is the only part that gets a little hairy, and the traffic on 99 is pretty heavy. If it's too much for you, you can move west to I 5, but traffic will be heavy there, too.


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Pretty much all the roads you'll encounter are used by 18 wheelers. If the road is paved you shouldn't have any issues.


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