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Old 02-25-2016, 09:42 AM   #15
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No one has yet mentioned frequent high winds around Palm Springs, hence all the wind turbines, so make sure your sway control is perfect
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:50 AM   #16
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No one has yet mentioned frequent high winds around Palm Springs, hence all the wind turbines, so make sure your sway control is perfect
Good point.... If any significant wind is in the forecast try and hit the passes early in the day as the late afternoons can be dicey.

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IF winds are of concern, one can also get on 95 in Vegas, go to Searchlight, down to Needles, stay on CA95 to Blythe, continue to Palo Verde and Brawley, and get on I-8 West to San Diego.

CA 95 has speedtraps before Blythe, but there are no winds, and no grades. I don't like Searchlight route because speed limit through the town is 25MPH (cops EVERYWHERE!). One is out of it quick enough ("one horse town") though, and the road is nice and new all the way to Needles.
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:04 AM   #18
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Texas is not located between Ariz. and LA
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If by "Ariz." you mean "Arizona"...Texas is most certainly located between Ariz. and LA, (aka: (Louisiana)....However the OP did say "Arizona" and "L.A"., (aka: Los Angeles. CA).
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:16 AM   #19
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I've made the trip in a DP twice in the last month. Easy drive. The only thing you really need to be concerned about is the ~$1 more for a gallon of gas in CA than in AZ.
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Also, if you are on the east side of PHX (Tempe, Mesa, etc.), don't leave between 3pm-7pm. If you do, it will likely take about 2 hours to make it from the 51 to Tonopah. Any other time, the same stretch will only take about 20 min.
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If you take Cajon Pass with your small RV you'll have no problem.
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If you take Cajon Pass with your small RV you'll have no problem.
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What is a "Cajon Pass"?
Does it prevent problems with large RVs too?
How or where can I get one?
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Thank you danielsand, great bit of info. But to just clarify something. I did say it was MY first long trip not that it was a long trip. Actually I'm driving from Las Vegas to San Diego but by passing Cajon Pass and going the southern route. Since it is my first trip of any length I am not confident enough in myself to go through the pass. I may be overthinking but for me, better safe than sorry
I wouldn't be concerned about Cajon Pass. It is good road with truck/slow vehicle lanes. I have even towed my 19' TT with a fully loaded Chevrolet Colorado with the I5 engine and didn't have any problems. Good luck and safe travels.
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My mistake

I read AZ to LA.....Arizona to Louisiana which IS a long boring trip especially across TX
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This has been helpful for me too. I am about to go from Pismo Beach to Tucson. Will be stopping in the Palm Springs area and then heading to Tucson. Glad to hear the road is basically good and that there are no significant grades.
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This has been helpful for me too. I am about to go from Pismo Beach to Tucson. Will be stopping in the Palm Springs area and then heading to Tucson. Glad to hear the road is basically good and that there are no significant grades.
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Since you are going to Tucson, you can avoid Phoenix by taking the Phoenix Bypass to Gila Bend and taking I5
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Regardless, if you get to AK, you may have missed that turn your wife pointed out a month or so ago.... You know those roundabouts are so difficult to navigate...
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