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Old 12-30-2006, 09:27 AM   #1
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Can anyone suggest what highways to take to get from north of LA (say, Bakersfield) to the south (say, Escondido) without getting in all that traffic? I hate doing it in a car, let alone an RV towing a toad!

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Old 12-30-2006, 09:27 AM   #2
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Can anyone suggest what highways to take to get from north of LA (say, Bakersfield) to the south (say, Escondido) without getting in all that traffic? I hate doing it in a car, let alone an RV towing a toad!

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Old 12-30-2006, 11:43 AM   #3
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From Bakersfield take road towards Barstow
You will come to US 395, tutn south to Riverside, 215 splits off and proceeds to Esscondido.
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Old 12-30-2006, 12:16 PM   #4
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As Jim and Linda said, take Hwy 58 east to US 395. You will still hit some traffic around San Bernadino and Riverside but not as bad as going thru L.A.
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Old 12-30-2006, 03:13 PM   #5
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Thank you. That would also avoid the Grapevine, which was another concern.
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:30 PM   #6
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All you are doing is trading the Grapevine for Cajon Pass. If it was me I'd stay on I5 to the 210 and take the 210 to the 15 south. The Grapevine is a mystical beast and it's not all that difficult to travel over, especially in the cooler months.

Whichever route you choose be sure to watch the wather reports because they can both get snowed in from time to time.
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Old 01-21-2007, 12:38 PM   #7
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I drove right through downtown LA during rush hour, with toad attached and it wasn't nearly as bad as I had anticipated. I just got in the center lane and stayed there as much as possible. Jim just sat in the copilot seat and screamed. It was a piece of cake!

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Old 01-21-2007, 03:27 PM   #8
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I read your post to my wife and she laughed like crazy. Said that if she was driving I'd be screaming too!

Thanks for lightening my day and good travels.
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Gary, Judy's tip was excellent, I often travel through LA via I-210. I stay in the second lane from the right, that way avoiding traffic entering and exiting the freeway, you will notice big rigs doing the same. Speed is usually not a concern since it usually moves around 60MPH. Just take you time and keep your eyes closed.

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Old 03-15-2007, 06:31 PM   #10
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TRy it eitherat midday on Sunday or after midnite.
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:01 PM   #11
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Dick Clark:
TRy it eitherat midday on Sunday or after midnite. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's somewhat restrictive--I don't usually drive around in my RV after midnight.
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Old 03-16-2007, 03:04 PM   #12
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We used to live in Castaic, CA, the town right at the bottom at the south end of the Grapevine. We ran that hill all the time and if the weather is decent it's no strain. the Tehachapi pass on Hwy 58 is almost the same to me. Ok so if you do come down the I5, the 210 to to I15 is good. We used to go to the San Diego area 2 or three times a year and never had a problem. Just avoid rush hour!!

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Oh all the times I've driven the Tehachapi Pass.. And I remember "the Grapevine" when it WAS the grapevine. Now, it's great. The L.A. drivers are some of the most courteous drivers in megalopolis U.S. The reason? No one knows who's got a gun and who doesn't... so, everyone drives very nice. But all previous advise is most proper and correct. Cajon Pass is probably worse than any of the others. Good luck and pleasant trip; and safe one, too!
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