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Old 03-18-2006, 12:02 AM   #1
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Talking Austin, TX to Irvine, CA (So Cal)

Whoo Hoo!!! Wife has got a meeting at her Irvine CA headquarters March 28-30, and her boss has approved for us to drive out for the meeting instead of flying and hotel!!

Soooo, this will be our FIRST LONG TRIP across mulitiple state lines with the Diesel Excursion and 28' Safari!!! We can't wait!!

What we would like to know from all you seasoned travelers and residents of the soutwestern states is recommendations of cities and campgrounds to stop along the way.

We plan to pull out of Austin on Wed afternoon or Thursday the 23rd, and head west on I-10. From there, we have a few choices to take either I-10 thru Phoenix and all the way to LA and down to Irvine, or to take I-10 to I-8 to San Diego and up to Irvine... Maybe we should go one way and out the other? What do you all think? Any resident or traveler experience? I'm a bit nervous taking the trailer thru LA!?!?!

We want to take our time and perhaps stay a day or two along the way, perhaps in New Mexico and/or Arizona. Can anyone recomend and "must stop and see" places along the way? Any campground to recommend or look out for?

As I said earlier, we plan to pull out no later than Thurs the 23rd, and we must be in Irvine by Monday the 27th for her meeting the next 3 days. After that, we would like to be back in Austin on April 4th, so that we can still stop along the way home.

Our Wedding anniversary will be April 2nd, so this will be AWSOME to spend it on the road!

Thanks in advance for any info anyone may have to help make our first big long jouney.

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Old 03-18-2006, 08:21 AM   #2
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Hi Kevin: We live in So. Cal so I have lots of suggestions.

First, definitely do not go through LA, since you are not experienced. So, coming up from San Diego is the best choice, and a MUUUUCH easier drive. There is a campground in Carlsbad/Leucadia called San Elijo State Campground. Imagine standing on a bluff in your campsite with 180 degree ocean view!!!!! Hard to get campsites there so don't think about Fri or Sat, but Sun nite might work. From San Elijo it is only a 1 or so drive to Irvine, so a Monday nite stay might work as well.

If you like you are welcome for courtesy parking with us in Los Alamitos, which is about 30 minutes from Irvine. No hookups, nothing, just a place to park in our residential neighborhood, which is good for at least one night.

Besides San Elijo, there is Bolsa Chica, which is also on the water camping, and about as close as you can get to Irvine. Bolsa is 40 minutes or so from Irvine.

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If you're betweem Yuma and Gill Bend Az on I-8 there is a neat little rv park at Dateland Az. Oasis RV park is off the hwy about 2 miles. Folks are friendly and is priced reasonable. Tell Lucy we said hello--------mike

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Old 03-18-2006, 09:29 AM   #4
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I haven't explored that far south, yet, but as you go, take lots of photos and if you find great BLM boondocking spots, post them in the "best boondocking..." thread!! By that time, maybe we'll have a boondocking forum. A request has been sent to the moderators.
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We plan to pull out of Austin on Wed afternoon or Thursday the 23rd, and head west on I-10. From there, we have a few choices to take either I-10 thru Phoenix and all the way to LA and down to Irvine, or to take I-10 to I-8 to San Diego and up to Irvine... Maybe we should go one way and out the other? What do you all think? Any resident or traveler experience? I'm a bit nervous taking the trailer thru LA!?!?!
My only suggestion is to avoid Phoenix COMPLETELY!!! If you want to take I-10 into the LA basin take I-8 to hwy 85 at Gila Bend, then 85 north to I-10. Another suggestion is to avoid the 91 freeway in SoCal, lots of construction I'm told. I know from experience that I-10 westbound near the I-15 interchange gets VERY ROUGH in the right 2 lanes when towing.

The hardest part about towing on the CA freeway system is lane and speed restrictions. CA law limits you to 55 MPH while towing, I tow @ 60 all the time and never have a problem. Towing in the far right lane can be nerve racking because of the numerous on and off-ramps, I'd suggest the 2nd lane from the far right whenever there are more than 3 lanes. PLAN AHEAD and you'll have no problems.
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Old 03-18-2006, 11:01 AM   #6
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Kevin,

First, it is 1380 miles from Austin, TX to Irvine, CA that would be 460 miles per day for three days. You will be hard pressed to average more than 50 MPH with stops unless you travel at 70+ and make very short stops for gas, food and bathroom breaks. That means nine hour travel days, I don't believe that you will have time for much sightseeing, unfortunately. Phoenix, like most big cities, can be a real challenge during rush hours. Someone from there can clue you in to the best time or route through. I would suggest I10 to Palm Springs rather that I8 to San Diego because the grade into San Diego County is much greater that the grade on I10. Take I10 to I215/CA91 in San Bernardino then CA 55 to Irvine/Newport Beach. The beach campgrouds that Robert & Sherry suggested are good but no hookups. San Mateo at the south end of San Clemente has elec and water at each site but no sewer. For the Beach campgrounds check with ReserveAmerica for openings, usually booked every weekend all year long. Bolsa Chica is next to the coast highway, check Airstream Life Tour of America blog for a picture and Rich's opinion. I suggest Newport Dunes, very nice, somewhat pricey but centrally located to Newport Beach and Irvine.

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hello kevin,

anyway you cut it you will hit bad traffic. i would suggest I-8 to north I-805 to north I-5. north 805 in the afternoon is a breeze, in the morning a real pain.

mentioned earlier the camp ground at san mateo. i live in this area and think you will not find a closer camp ground than san mateo. N I-5 to christinitos road (on the border of san clemente) and then east a mile or so. park your trailer and then drive to irvine about 30 miles north. have not used the camp ground but have been to it several times. state parks in the golden state i believe are about $30 per night. not sure about the sewer.

the drive into irvine from san mateo is pretty easy, north 5 to the north 405 split. traffic will be heavy during rush hour but not bad between 10 am and 3 pm.

i worked in irvine before my retirement and made the drive from oceanside each day. if you can go with the wife then you will use the carpool and this is a GOOD thing.

stay out of LA-LA land with your trailer unless you want a bad education.

good luck and let us know how the trip goes!

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My only suggestion is to avoid Phoenix COMPLETELY!!! If you want to take I-10 into the LA basin take I-8 to hwy 85 at Gila Bend, then 85 north to I-10.
If you decide to take the I-10 route, I agree completely with Steve's suggestion of avoiding Phoenix by traveling west on I-8 and north on SR-85 back to I-10.
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Wow - lots of great pointers!!

You guys are great for chiming in and giving me pointers so quickly!!

OK, this is what we have figured out so far:
  1. We will stay at Newport Dunes RV resort for the dates of Mar 27-31 at the unbelieveable rate of $91+tax per night for a beachfront back in site!!! (->me) (-> wife's) I have never been to an RV site that was that expesive, but since this will be our first trip to So Cal with the trailer, I figured we splurge a bit on the site, and it's the closest one (15 miles) to her office on Irvine Blvd too. I'd hate to drive 30 miles in ever morning and evening in rush hour.
  2. We will avoid LA, and drive up from San Diego on I-5. Question for Bill - (wkerfoot),
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    the grade into San Diego County is much greater that the grade on I10.
    ... What do you mean by that? Is is the mountains? You think the Ford diesel will have issues up or down those grades?
  3. We will avoid Phoenix, but we know we have limited time to get to and from Irvine, but we want to stop at Scottsdale for a day and a night if possible to see the sights. Not sure how or if we can do that but we'll take a look and see if it's do-able.
  4. We probably won't boondock, unless we have to along the road at night, so sorry Zeppelinium, no boondock pics or notes on this trip.
  5. Mike Lewis - thanks for the recommendation on the RV park in AZ, we'll look into it and if we stop by, we'll definitely say hi to Lucy for you.
  6. Robert and and Sherry, thanks for the offer to courtesy park at your home. Wow - ya'll so nice to do that. We're not even member of WBCCI, but thanks so much.
OK, wife and I are in front of the PC and have Microsoft streets and trips, 2006 Trailerlife directory, and another PC open to look up campgrounds all at the same time to prep right now. Thanks for all the suggestions and keep them comming. I'll let ya'll know when we come up with anything new for the route and overnight stops.

Rgds,

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kevin,

the grade that has been mentioned is one big hill. you will be going through the desert at sea level on 8 west and then go up over a mountain that has an elevation of about 4500 feet. it is an easy pull unless you have a 4 cylinder in your ford diesel. i drive it often with my cummins and airstream and find it a very beautiful easy drive.

check you map and think about taking 8 west to 805 north to 5 north. that 805 will cut some of the san diego traffic out and north bound after 10 am will be much easier than 5.

when you are on top of the mountain there is a indian casino called "golden acorn" and they have diesel fuel. can be real windy on top of that hill so be prepared for that.

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Old 03-19-2006, 01:54 PM   #11
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the grade that has been mentioned is one big hill. you will be going through the desert at sea level on 8 west and then go up over a mountain that has an elevation of about 4500 feet. it is an easy pull unless you have a 4 cylinder in your ford diesel. i drive it often with my cummins and airstream and find it a very beautiful easy drive.

check you map and think about taking 8 west to 805 north to 5 north. that 805 will cut some of the san diego traffic out and north bound after 10 am will be much easier than 5.

when you are on top of the mountain there is a indian casino called "golden acorn" and they have diesel fuel. can be real windy on top of that hill so be prepared for that.

good luck,
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Thanks for the clarification and fuel stop tip!!! I'll try to stay out of the casino... I need my $$ for all the fuel with diesel prices as they are today. I cringe at the thought of the price of diesel on the west coast.
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Kevin,

David has explained the grade on I8 and I agree with what he said. One issue with I8 is that I assume that you will be arriving at the Dunes late in the day, this means that you will be in traffic from San Diego all the way to Newport Beach, taking I10 through Palm Springs you will be against traffic most of the way to the Dunes. Regarding the price at the Dunes, I told you it was pricey, they spaces off the beach are much cheaper and still close, the park is not on the ocean but on the Back Bay. Too bad you can't stay for a while, the Vintage Vacations rally is May 18-20 and the VAC rally is October 4-8 both at the Dunes.

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ps: diesel is about 2.79 and usually more expensive in San Diego and near the ocean in Orange County.
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David has explained the grade on I8 and I agree with what he said. One issue with I8 is that I assume that you will be arriving at the Dunes late in the day, this means that you will be in traffic from San Diego all the way to Newport Beach, taking I10 through Palm Springs you will be against traffic most of the way to the Dunes. Regarding the price at the Dunes, I told you it was pricey, they spaces off the beach are much cheaper and still close, the park is not on the ocean but on the Back Bay. Too bad you can't stay for a while, the Vintage Vacations rally is May 18-20 and the VAC rally is October 4-8 both at the Dunes.

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ps: diesel is about 2.79 and usually more expensive in San Diego and near the ocean in Orange County.
Bill, thanks for the info. Actually, as of now, the plan is to pull out of austin Wed afternoon the 22nd, and with 2 nights on the road, we'll arrive scottsdale/mesa in the mid afternoon (avoiding phoenix area traffic at rush hour) on Friday the 24th for 3 days to take in the sights around there. Then, on Monday the 27th, we'll pull out early and push it to Newport Beach CA..., and if calculations are correct, we should arrive mid afternoon in Newport, avoiding much of the traffic in the area (I hope).

Now we're fiizing the exact parks to stay at along the way, as Newport is the only one we booked so far.

One night in Sonora Texas, One night in Deming, NM, and 3 in Scottsdale/Mesa. Somewhat spaced out to maximize seeing Mesa/Scottsdale and Newport.

The return is still in the works....

Thanks

Kevin

P.S. I assume that in Orange CA that diesel is actually cheaper than regular gas?, or still the most expesive fuel?!?!
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Kevin,

If weather permits, I'd like to recommend I-40 for the return leg. We did a Vegas run from here last March, and found it far nicer than I-10 through El Paso. We spent one night in Holbrook AZ at a KOA, then an easy leg through Albuquerque to Santa Rosa, then next day took the cutoff to Abilene. From there we were easily back home before dark. At the time we went through Flagstaff there was snow on the ground, but it was above freezing and the roads were relatively dry.

BTW, there's a GOOOOD Mexican restaurant in downtown Deming!
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