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Old 05-22-2015, 06:04 PM   #1
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Looking for advise on particular routes in Northern CA & Southern OR

I am planning a trip from Sacramento CA north to as far north as Bandon OR.

I am thinking of these routes. I am driving a class A Diesel Pusher 43' with a flat bed car hauler. total length is just under 65'. 13'1" high & 40K gw.

Routes from Sacramento I-5 to highway 20 west,
to Hwy 101 CA north,
continue on Hwy 101 north OR to Bandon OR ,
to hwy 42 east, to 99 & I-5 south,
to Hwy 140 east/south in Central Point just north of Medford,
to HWY 139 south to Hawks Nest RV park near Lava Beds National Monument, to rd 97 to rd 10 to hwy 161, to hwy 97 south , back to I-5 into Sacramento.

I am mostly concerned with traveling on Highway 20 west between I-5 & Hwy 101 and then in Oregon from hwy 101 traveling on hwy 42 to I-5 and Hwy 140 south to 139.

I am not a timid driver, I have many miles under my belt driving large vehicles. But I am a cautious driver, & like to know what I may be heading into. Any advise is greatly appreciated. I am open to suggestions.
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Old 05-23-2015, 07:54 PM   #2
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While I have not been on Highway 20 through the Mayacamas before, I have been on several of the other roads in and around Lake Berryessa and south of Clear lake. I don't think many of those roads would be ideal for a rig the size of yours. I would look at coming down I-80 and going across Highway 37 in Vallejo. It would more miles, but the time wouldn't take much longer since its mostly freeway. Just don't leave after 11 or 12pm or traffic will be a bear this route.


Last summer we were westbound on Highway 42 headed towards Coos Bay. Our rig is a 32' MH with toad at a little over 51' total and the route was a piece of cake. Plenty of twists and turns, but nothing too bad. The DW didn't like it, but that's nothing unusual, she gets car sick sometimes. There was one section in the mountains about halfway across that a landslide/clean up had closed to one lane, but the wait was only about 10 minutes.

If you haven't been there before check out McArthur-Burney Falls SP, beautiful. Instead of backtracking up to Highway 97 continue on down 139 to 299 and go southwest from there. Then take 89 south and back to Redding and/or stop in Lassen Volcanic NP, too.

Enjoy the trip!
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Hwy 20 is not a bad drive, just slow down and enjoy the scenery. We live South of 20 on 101 and drive 101 North all the time. One area in the Redwoods gets tight but still very doable. We drive a 40' plus tow car.
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Old 05-24-2015, 05:39 AM   #4
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Percival6 & UFO Pilot, thanks for the advise, just what I was looking for.
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20 is just fine. As is 42. Not freeway, but just fine.
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While I have not been on some of the roads mentioned, what I look for is the semi tractor trailers. I figure if they can drive the route I want to take then so can I. The sisters boy friend is a long haul driver, and if often ask him about roads that I am thinking on taking. He has always given me good advise on which routes to take or NOT to take.
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Hwy 20 is not a bad drive, just slow down and enjoy the scenery. We live South of 20 on 101 and drive 101 North all the time. One area in the Redwoods gets tight but still very doable. We drive a 40' plus tow car.
I agree with this. And BTW, if you want a great Italian meal, Louis Cairos in Williams (which is on I5 where you will be joining 20) is the best. Be sure to order the "Louie bread," so much garlic it will lower your cholesterol, lol.
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Thanks for all the great advise. We will be leaving Escondido this Saturday, stop over in Sacramento to find our next RV park home for the next 3 months then north for a much needed week & a half vacation.
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Thanks all for the route advise. We are completing our trip & will be back in Sacramento tomorrow. We left Escondido a week ago this past Saturday. Headed up 5 then took Hwy 99 to somewhere below Fresno. DW found a casino. Stopped there for the night & boondocked in their parking lot. Nice Casino with decent buffet & senior discount if over 55. Then we headed to Sacramento the next day to find a rv park for the summer for the DW's job. We again stayed at another casino, Thunder Valley north of SAC. Another nice casino, although they took my money & didn't give us any back. We stayed here 2 nights. Then we headed north on 65 to 20 then across 20 to 101 north. HWY 20 was not bad pulling our car hauler with the 43' mh. 101 was a little tight when we were in the redwoods with single lanes, but still doable, just had to be aware of oncoming vehicles. Again we stayed at another small casino, Coyote Valley Casino. Did very well here ate at the bar, they gave us $5 each for signing up for their card then spin the wheel for another $25. We turned that $35 into $49. We traveled 101 up to the Avenues of the Giants & stayed at Ancient Redwoods RV Park. Very nice park with several long pull through sites where we didn't have to disconnect the trailer.We spent 2 days here then headed into OR to Cape Blanca State Park for 2 days. Again this park has some long sites also, however we needed to disconnect due to not being able to make the cut backing into the space with the trailer attached. This park can see some very windy days , however there is a lot of vegetation around most sites to help fend off the wind. We left here & headed up to hwy 42 above Bandon OR east to I-5. This was a very nice route that was even easier than 20. Stopped at Rouge River State Park for the night with long pull through sites. We are now at Rolling Hills RV Park beside the Rolling Hills casino. They have a nice buffet with a senior discount of over 50 of $1 with their card & 50% off on Tuesdays & Thursdays. They gave us $10 each for signing up for their players card, we turned that $20 into $60, which paid the rv park fee & dinner. Notice a pattern here, we keep finding casinos. We like to play slots, but we don't spend a lot of money on them. We just play for about a hour or so with a min bet on most machines & we play the same machine together.
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So glad you gave us your trip report! wish more would do so. It sounds like a fantastic time.
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Great info. We have a 42ft diesel and we tow- last was a van, now will be a jeep patriot. That route up to Oregon was one we have considered. We are north of Sacramento, and have even spent a couple nights at Thunder Valley Casino. Where in Sac is your home base?
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That I5 between Sac and LA is so torn up it isn't much better than a dirt road. A few places are OK but most just shake the devil out of you. I'll do the 99 next time.
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Great info. We have a 42ft diesel and we tow- last was a van, now will be a jeep patriot. That route up to Oregon was one we have considered. We are north of Sacramento, and have even spent a couple nights at Thunder Valley Casino. Where in Sac is your home base?
You should have no issues if you just take it easy around Clear Lake. We did pull over several times and let the cars & tractor trailers go around us. We are at Mark J's RV Park for the summer. Our Actual home base is Hampstead NC, small town just north of Wilmington, NC on the coast.
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