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Old 02-10-2016, 04:02 PM   #1
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Cali I-5 or 99??

We are heading south next week and I know one of these roads is better then the other.
I "thought" 99 was a bit smoother but my friends just went down and said it was a mess around Medesto.

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Both are bad!!
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I used to be stationed in Atwater, south of Modesto. Back then 99 was ok, but you had to take into consideration the small town speed drops and occasional red lights along the route. I 5 does not have that.
I do not have current road surface condition reports, so I can't help you there.
No matter the route you choose, enjoy the ride.
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I went southbound 99 from Sacramento to the merge mid - January in my pickup and thought it was pretty good. We had taken 99 north 3 years ago and it was awful, so I was pretty impressed. We decided to take 5 northbound on the way back with the MH, and it was the road from hates most of the way past Sacramento. Also very boring.

We did spend a night at the Buena Vista Aquatic Park (County) and thought it was very nice.
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I do a lot of driving in CA every year and will do almost anything I can to avoid either Hwy 99 or I-5.

Depending on your point of origin and destination you might want to take a look at Hwy 101.
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Than you all for the replies!
We are leaving western Washington and going Anaheim to for our 1st longer stay. Disney for 3 or 4 days, then over to Phoenix. Then maybe down to Tucson, back up to Vegas, then up to Boise.
So 101 is not an option.
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99 is better than 5...jmo
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I've travelled both several times in the last few years and both have road construction and areas of rough roads. I tend to think if you are in a hurry I-5 will be faster. 99 seems to have lower speed limits and goes through more cities with a little more congestion. Other than that it's a toss up. Just my thought.
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When I head down to AZ from Tacoma, I take I-5 down, stop at Seven Feathers Casino the first night, and next day travel to the Rolling Hills Casino at Corning and then to Button Willow and eastward on 58.

I like I-5 better than 99 because there is less congestion and a smother ride.
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When I head down to AZ from Tacoma, I take I-5 down, stop at Seven Feathers Casino the first night, and next day travel to the Rolling Hills Casino at Corning and then to Button Willow and eastward on 58.

I like I-5 better than 99 because there is less congestion and a smother ride.
That sounds like our exact plan.
I also want to check out the Orange Grove RV Park down there. It comes highly recommended!

Thanks again all for the help.
It looks like I-5 and I will try not to spend the whole time thinking 99 is smoother!
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We drove I5 a couple of months ago and they were resurfacing both sides down in the Kettleman City area - it's better than it used to be...
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That sounds like our exact plan.
I also want to check out the Orange Grove RV Park down there. It comes highly recommended!

Thanks again all for the help.
It looks like I-5 and I will try not to spend the whole time thinking 99 is smoother!

You'll be closer to your destination using 99 and not having to head east. We use it more than 5 these days and it's an easy exit to 58 as well. I like 99 also because it's more like old California with lots of roadside attractions- check out Bravo Farms near Atwater. Enjoy Orangegrove- stayed there many times- pick some oranges if it's not to early for them. BTW, Bakersfield RV Resort is nice too, they have a good restaurant on the property if you too tired to cook- we've been there also many times.
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We went from OR down I-5 past Bakersfield and back up 99 from Bakersfield to Sacramento where we got on I-5 to OR a few months ago. I would be with those suggesting I-5 because there was less congestion and higher speed limits on I-5, although if towing they would be the same at 55.

As someone else mentioned, neither road is very good in some areas. I found 99 to be very rough under most overpasses for some reason. Perhaps the paving machines wouldn't fit under there?

Have a nice trip.

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Seven Feathers is spectacular. Rolling Hills is great for a short stay, but Durango in Red Bluff is close to the standard of Seven Feathers. Excellent pizza very close. Orange Grove is very good, but best if using 58 to come down Cajon Pass to access Anaheim. Getting to Anaheim is a congested mess. 15-210-57 is probably you're best bet if using 58. Avoid 91 at all costs. When we left Anaheim last spring we used 5 to head up to Pismo. Lots of construction & delays. However, it is pretty straight forward to come down 5 from Bakersfield to Anaheim. If you do that, take Panama drive from 5 to Bakersfield. Consider Bakersfield RV park - great onsite restaurant. Then take 99 to 5. We make 2 trips a year to Redding from Temecula. Most of the time we use 99. Finally. Time your arrival to Anaheim around commuter traffic. An absolute must in So Cal.
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