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Old 01-13-2015, 08:45 PM   #15
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Sometimes on 5 trucks trying to pass one another cause slowdowns that become tedious because so many people tailgate and then slam on the brakes. It can take a few miles for a trucker doing 55 1/2 mph to pass a truck doing 55.


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Old 01-13-2015, 10:33 PM   #16
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Other than Stockton, I-5 would be my choice. Stockton for me is white knuckle driving. Lots of traffic, narrow lanes, rougher than a cob!!! I'm going to check the maps for some of the ways to bypass that place!
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:02 PM   #17
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Many good suggestions. Since we live in Visalia we don't usually go all the way to Bako.

I would do 99 south of Sac until Stockton. Take 4W to get back to I5, this will avoid the construction on the elevated section in Stockton. Stay on I5 until 46. 46E to 99 north of Bakersfield, then 99S to your destination.

Yes, I5 is much more boring that 99 in scenery but it is also more boring in road condition. Much of 99 is three lanes, EXCEPT the portion going through OUR county!

FYI, when we take our trailer to Sac we do 99N to 180W to 33N to I5.
Your choice on the above route.

I-5 or 99 to from Sac to Stockton, south of Stockton we get off I-5 at Hwy 33 and head to Santa Nella on the nice 2 lane Hwy 33 . It takes you through a bunch of small farm towns and is flat and has good road surface only adds about 30 min.

On the other hand I-5 is farther west from 33 and is hilly along with a lot of trucks climbing and passing each other mixed with cars trying to go 80+. Weekends are especially bad with the weekend warriors trying to get to point B in less time then legal.

Now if your a law abiding driver and travel at 55 m.p.h. (trailer and truck speed limit in California) , on I-5 you will be a road hazard. On 33 you will be at the speed limit.

Santa Nella is where I-5 crosses under Hwy 33 and there are lots of gas and food places and a few RV parks to spend the night.

The drive from I-5 to I-5 along Hwy 33 is interesting and relaxing as opposed to the stressful , Hilly and boring I-5.
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Old 01-24-2015, 03:15 PM   #18
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We took 99 a couple years ago most of that stretch and it was very busy and quite boring. We tried to be invisible hiding behind trucks doing 60 or so—the speed limit for all trailers in Cal. is 55, but few go 55, so the truckers know when and where to go faster. I don't recall a rough road. We've never have been on that section of I-5.

If I had time, I'd look for more a scenic route than either.

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Thanks for all the input. We will head south on Monday for Death Valley.
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Old 02-06-2015, 04:06 PM   #20
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Scaler, you may be in Death Valley now and off the internet there. When you can, post some pictures of it and tell us about your stay. We've been there a couple of times and it is an amazing place.

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Old 02-07-2015, 08:38 AM   #21
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Thanks to everyone for your replies. We came down I5 and had a good trip. It was first time for us and we were fascinated by the farming activities. We took CA Streamer's plan and took Hiway46? through Wasco to and over to 99 north of Bakersfield. Again thanks to all for posting ideas.
In reply to Gene we did not go to Death Valley. I developed tooth issues so we came straight to Phoenix to be near a Dentist. The tooth is under control.
We are camped in White Tank Regioal CG looking out on the lights of Phoenix. I would recommend this CG. $30 an night and water and electricity to our site.
When we head back north in a couple weeks we may do Death Valley then.
If the mild weather holds I may investigat going up the East side of the Sierras, Lake Tahoe, Susanville CA and to I5 north of Redding. We will see. Home is Western Wa
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We are doing the same trip leaving Bellingham WA February 24. Plan to take in Death Valley on the way down to Phoenix. Will be in AZ for March and hope to do some of the Utah parks on the way home. My son teaches at Mesa Valley CC and my wife's two sisters snowbird in Surprise so we will do some visiting. Looking forward to it! Rick
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Riverdrifter in March there are several local Airstream get togethers if you feel like a visit.
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Would be fun! This is our maiden voyage in our AS! Are the get togethers in AZ?
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Yes, one on the west side of Phoenix and the other in Cave Creek on the north side. They are on the rally page on March calendar
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Anyone who lives or drives an AS in California needs to go to Home Depot to purchase an Arrow Pop-rivet gun and rivets. Seems like every trip I took, the bumpy roads accounted for a few rivets from the ceiling and walls ending up on the floor.
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River', if you are taking a long trip at the end of this month, try to fit in 1 or 2 short ones beforehand so you can test everything and how it tows. Better to have problems when close to home than in Podunk.

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Thanks Gene-We actually bought the trailer in Sacramento CA and towed it back to Ferndale WA. I have also towed the trailer down to Seattle (120miles) and back twice for service work. The trailer tows like a dream. I just put on new tires and I have tried every system several times, so hopefully we won't run into any trouble! We just haven't spent the night in it! Right now we are getting it all outfitted with towels, cookware, tools etc. This has been facilitated as we have a 10' slide in truck camper we have used for 15 years, so we have a pretty good idea of what we need to cook, sleep, etc! Rick
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