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Old 01-10-2014, 06:03 PM   #1
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Oakland, Ca. to Quartzsite, Az.

I am planning on leaving Oakland Ca. across from San Francisco.
and going to Quartzsite Az. On Mon. Jan 13th.
I have a 35' Class A and Tow a car.
I was planning on going 99 to Visalia, then 58 to Spotlight 29 Casino by Indio, then I-10 on to Q.
Brother in Visalia has a bad cold, so now that stop is out. So re-thinking I might go I-5, but where to stop.. don't think I want to
go all the way to Indio in one day 491 miles. 350-375 most 400 miles per day is about it.
Now I'm confused & need some suggestions? So any route suggestions, stops, RV parks etc. I need a pull thru, Walmart or Truck stop ok (if plenty of room for me & tow) also, gas, and
am only two short trip into towing.. so I'm a rookie.

Moderator don't know if I need to break this in to two posts, one here and the other in RV Parks... not sure how the forum works.
Thanks in advance for all the great advice I'm going get...
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IF the 29 casino is not a must, U could take I 580e -205e 99 s to 58 at Bakersfield east to Barstow pick up I15and then 40east to az Lake Havacu turn off which will bring u down through parker.I go this way every year. We stop at the only rv park in boron I believe it is called alliden. IF not all kinds of space to park at 395&58 Kramers Juction.I will be leaving on the 14th pm me if more info need


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Has the OP driven southbound I-5 over the Grapevine?

I avoid that climb if at all possible. 58 over Tehachapi is still a long climb, but easier than the Grapevine.

We would go 580, to 5, to 58, to 395, to 15, to 215, to 10.
The alternate routes on 99 in the central valley or 95 in east California are slow going...but there is more to see on those routes

We usually do SoCal to the Bay Area in 1 day, but you can cut it in two by stopping near Buttonwillow or Bakersfield. And there's lots of rural area's to pick for short off-grid stops.

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Wow!

If it were me I would take I-5 over the Grapevine (which is nothing like it used to be) to 210 East (avoid LA central) And then drop down to the I-10 East by taking 57 South. (only a few miles from 210 to 10).

The only real bad hill is that start, up the Grapevine but you'll have plenty of slow trucks for company and they have a special slow-truck lane so you won't feel pushed.

But that's just me...
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Wow! If it were me I would take I-5 over the Grapevine (which is nothing like it used to be) to 210 East (avoid LA central) And then drop down to the I-10 East by taking 57 South. (only a few miles from 210 to 10). The only real bad hill is that start, up the Grapevine but you'll have plenty of slow trucks for company and they have a special slow-truck lane so you won't feel pushed. But that's just me...
I agree except I would continue on 210 and take I15 south to the 10. Traffic on the 210 and 15 is lighter than the 10 and 57.
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If you take 5 south, head east on 58 to the tahatcapee pass. Just east of 99 on 58 is the orange grove rv park, a nice park to overnight in. We will be there Monday night, then off to Indio for another night then to quartzite.
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I agree except I would continue on 210 and take I15 south to the 10. Traffic on the 210 and 15 is lighter than the 10 and 57.
Yeah. I am just thinking about the interchanges and construction and the easiest way for lane changes and all that. Both ways are probably about the same.

I would think the Grapevine is no worse than the Cajon Pass coming back down the 15. And that always feels like you're going the wrong way

It sounds like a great road trip no matter which way you choose.
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Just to be specific...that "only real bad hill" from Gravevine to the Tejon Pass is a 4100 foot climb in 12 miles!! It has been that way for decades.

Yes, there are now 6 lanes in each direction...but RV's are stuck fighting for position with the big rigs in the right 2 lanes...with the heavy rigs and the very heavy rigs dualing at speeds between 10MPH-25MPH!! Mix that with the regular cars that are flying by in the other lanes at 60-80MPH.
That's just my take on it...was just there 3 months ago. Traffic only gets heavier on that main artery.

But, that is only 12 miles of the trip...so, best luck to the OP.
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I am planning on leaving Oakland Ca. across from San Francisco.
and going to Quartzsite Az. On Mon. Jan 13th.
I have a 35' Class A and Tow a car.


Thanks in advance for all the great advice I'm going get...
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Orange Grove RV park in Bakersfield is a favorite stop. Easy access out on 58. When you leave there in AM just turn south and don't need to get back on 58. Roads are wide and its easy to go down through Weedpatch or any of several roads and hit 99 at about the 5 junction.
Bakersfield RV Park and Resort – bring your motorhome and enjoy!

Take the 210 freeway when you first hit Los Angeles and bypasses the main area.
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If you take 5 south, head east on 58 to the tahatcapee pass. Just east of 99 on 58 is the orange grove rv park, a nice park to overnight in. We will be there Monday night, then off to Indio for another night then to quartzite.
We go this way, from the Bay Area to get to Palm Springs. We always stay at the Orange Grove in Bakersfield, coming and going. The Tehachapi pass is a good climb for sure, but you would be OK. We pull out little Honda behind the RV and make it over.
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I agree except I would continue on 210 and take I15 south to the 10. Traffic on the 210 and 15 is lighter than the 10 and 57.
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Wow!

If it were me I would take I-5 over the Grapevine (which is nothing like it used to be) to 210 East (avoid LA central) And then drop down to the I-10 East by taking 57 South. (only a few miles from 210 to 10).
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I agree except I would continue on 210 and take I15 south to the 10. Traffic on the 210 and 15 is lighter than the 10 and 57.
Why not take the 210 all the way to the 10? The 210 curves south into Redlands and then you just head east ...

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Agree with Ka6bud. Take 99 to 58 to I15 to I40 to AZ 95 Havasu/Parker and on to Quartzsite. I live in Parker and take this route all the time from bay area.
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Why not take the 210 all the way to the 10? The 210 curves south into Redlands and then you just head east ...
That's a viable alternative. The reason I didn't suggest it is that there are two pinch points in heavy traffic that slow you to a crawl and just before christmas construction was going on and it was down to one lane and it didn't look like it was going to be done anytime soon.

If traffic is light and there is no construction than this would be the preferred route.

As far as taking the 58/40 route goes, it will add at least an hour, probably 2+ hours to your drive time. If I was going to Lake Havasu or Parker I would take that route because they are North of I10 and but since the OP is asking about quartzsite, which is right off the I10 that route will be faster.

Pulling the grapevine is really not that big a deal, I used to live in LA and have probably done that pass 30+ times. The only time for concern is in the summer months when temps are in the 90s+. Your temps can sore but in the winter it's really not that big a deal. YMMV.
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