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Old 01-11-2007, 07:00 PM   #15
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Hi, I was born in Long Beach and have been here ever since. [59 years] There is no good time to travel here now. Freeways are always busy. In some places, there seems to be about 6" wiggle room on both sides of your trailer. Drive one lane over behind the big rigs. As mentioned earlier they know the way and are in that lane for a good reason. Make it your challenge, and anywhere else becomes a cake walk in comparison. I live here and dread doing it every time while towing my trailer, but become so relaxed once out of this area. If you can drive through here, you can drive anywhere; Sort of like a driveing test. Have a good trip.
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Old 01-11-2007, 08:14 PM   #16
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I was born and raised in hawthorne Ca ,lived in lawndale ,manhattan beach ,
Torrance etc .Traveled back and forth to SB from LA area for years .My take on the LA traffic and freeways is ,Im totally not interested in any fashion
in towing my trdwnd that direction from SB which is north of LA. I thought
about the nor cal ralley in 29 palms and decided quickly that sitting in traffic
for hours on end is not the trip Im interested in taking .Ive done it for years.
without any trailer and hated it .The 405 interchange there from the 101 going towards LAX ,hawthorne ,westchester etc is a nightmare ,traffic on the grade going up and over into LA on the 405 and bumper to bumper all the time even at 10:00 at night .As LA natives we accepted this dreary travel all the time .Now ,I don't need to do it nor choose to .Im going north if Im going to be on the road .

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Old 01-11-2007, 08:57 PM   #17
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.Im going north if Im going to be on the road .

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Ah, Scott, too bad - you 'll never make it to Baja going North....
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Old 01-11-2007, 10:42 PM   #18
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Ah, Scott, too bad - you 'll never make it to Baja going North....
Hi, I'm with Scott, I'm going North and maybe East on my travels. I personally have no interest in going anywhere south of the border. As soon as this house goes on the market, we are moving North; Maybe Oregon or Washington. Then some of my travels will have to be South, but once again, no farther than San Diego.
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Old 01-12-2007, 12:29 AM   #19
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Can anyone tell me if trailers are allowed in the carpool lanes? Thanks. Just arrived back home to Aptos from San Diego (today).
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Old 01-12-2007, 12:36 AM   #20
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Hi, I'm with Scott, I'm going North and maybe East on my travels. I personally have no interest in going anywhere south of the border. As soon as this house goes on the market, we are moving North; Maybe Oregon or Washington. Then some of my travels will have to be South, but once again, no farther than San Diego.
You guys are a bunch of sissies. Just have another margarita and chill, oh, thats right, you are going north, you are already going to be chilled..and wet. I am just playing with you, I mean no disrespect.

But seriously, the original poster, Turtle, was searching for support and suggestions on how to deal with LA traffic, he was already commited to a trip. Let's try and help him to overcome his wifes fear with good advice. I know we all mean well when we post opinions.

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Old 01-12-2007, 12:38 AM   #21
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Can anyone tell me if trailers are allowed in the carpool lanes? Thanks. Just arrived back home to Aptos from San Diego (today).
Sorry, no trailers of any kind in the HOV (carpool) lanes in California.

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Old 01-12-2007, 12:44 AM   #22
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Can anyone tell me if trailers are allowed in the carpool lanes? Thanks. Just arrived back home to Aptos from San Diego (today).
Hi, good question. My understanding is that vehicles towing trailers are allowed in the right two lanes only except to pass and then into the third lane only while passing. The other exception is when a sign says "Trucks OK." But I have seen almost everything in car pool lanes. I say No!
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:12 AM   #23
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Any truck, or vehicle with a trailer is restricted to the right hand lane, unless passing. In that case they may use the second lane. You are always restricted to the right two lanes unless signs direct you otherwise. I was with my dad when CHP gave him a ticket for using the 3rd lane to pass while towing a trailer.

In comparing LA to other Metro areas, the road surfaces stink in CA, but in my opinion, CA generally has better signage than other states, with more advance notice of upcoming offramps, etc. May have something to do with the high number of attorneys per capita in our fair state.

IMO, October would be better to spend any time at the beach, less fog. On the other hand, that is Santa Ana wind season.

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Old 01-12-2007, 01:23 AM   #24
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oh hey time machine ,no offense taken ,I drove PCH from oxnard to hawthorn
for quite some time and did the 405 ,the 10 ,pomona freeway the 91 ,you name it ,ive been on those freeways ,long beach freeway on and on .Its just
not an enjoyable experience anymore .See ,Ive done that challenge many times ,so as a veteren LA freeway driver ,Im lookin for more cruisein than
stressin .These days its the 14 out to IH ONLY in lancaster (travelall parts)
or the 126 to the 5 off to Frasier park for some 4x4 trail ridin or on up north
to the 138 to see the California poppys in bloom ,or the poppy reserve out
there.So north is the way ,soon to casini ranch rally in April ,i think it is .

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I purchased our Bambi in L.A. and my first tow with it was out of L.S heading to Arizona in rush hour traffic. I studied maps in advance so I knew where I need to make exits and then used my laptop GPS to keep me well informed of where I was and where I would be needing to go. I stayed in the far right lane when I was within a few miles of needing to exit, and in the second lane when on a long stretch without needing to exit (it seems that the far right lane sometimes disappears without much warning). I have to say it was not really nerve racking at all.
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I find no problems pulling my 32 anywhere. Altho I have not pulled in LA I lived in Orange County for 6 years. Seems as most people are always in awe when they see an AS, you know kids with their noses pushed up against the glass as their parents ease on by you and give you a little nod of respect. Thats pretty much my experience. Makes me wanna pull all the time! Keep relaxed and drive safe! Tim Scott I'm north see you in April!
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Old 01-12-2007, 10:02 AM   #27
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On a four lane or more freeway you are restricted to the right two lanes. HINT: Don't stay in the far right lane. Too many on/off ramps and merging and it often turns into an exit only lane. Stay in the #3 lane (lanes are counted from the center divider out) and cruise along at 55. In L.A. traffic will flow around you. Just get in the lane and remember at 55 mph you are the turtle in the stream so relax and let the fish swim by.

If you have to go fwy to fwy. get into the merge lane early.

If you PM me where you are going and what Fwy you are coming in on I will give you the easiest rte based on traffic patterns and fwy width and ease of driving.

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It's really hard to avoid a metro area anytime you tow. We like Death Valley and even though we take hwy 95 through Navada, there is still Reno or even Las Vegas if we go farther. So the driving tips for LA work for all metro driving. I was looking for tips on what freeways were better than others and I got those tips. Thank you very much. As for the tip of avoiding Southern California altogether, that was the best tip but sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. Did I ever tell about the time I had a flat on the trailer on the I-5 in Tocoma during a light snow in heavy traffic... Jamie
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