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Old 07-30-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Pulling 5th wheel to Disneyland-traffic?

We will be taking a 5th wheel trip to Disneyland/Anaheim in September, after school starts. I am a California refugee but it's been over 25 years since I've driven in LA. What is the best time to travel and avoid the heaviest traffic? Mid morning? Early afternoon? Late night? never?

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Old 07-30-2013, 12:27 PM   #2
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Towing; in that mess. Have you got a destination park ? How far in do you need to go with the 5er?
Been a number of years since I ventured in. But for going anywhere you should try to be moving 9:30 to 11AM or 1:30 to 3 PM, not much of a travel window. Towing in , depending on how comfortable you are driving your rig after dark, I'd say arrange a late arrival and go in after 6:30. JMHO. Travel safe.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:43 PM   #3
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Depends on which way you are heading during which hours. Entering probably after the traffic rush in the morning. Just keep in mind everybody goes to work in L.A. Then back out in the evening. After Riverside you'll probably be on the 91 freeway to Anaheim. (assuming you are coming from the east) Although it is busy it isn't that bad compared to the 10 into L.A. The biggest problem not being familar with the signs it is easy to get in the wrong lane. The signs assume you know where you are headed. Just have a local map handy and doubt you will have much trouble. The 91 isn't too bad but some of the other freeways like the 605 is worse than some of the gravel roads in Wyoming. I took the 605 and it was so bad my mirrors got out of total adjustment. Now that is a problem when you are towing.
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I have driven my motorhome (towing) to near Disney / Anaheim a couple of times from the San Diego direction ... I arrived in mid afternoon ... it was not a problem ... I researched my route carefully and made sure that I changed to the correct lane ahead of time (I have found CA drivers to be more willing to share the road with you than many other states ... put on you blinker and pretty soon there will be an opening to move into ... don't wait too long or it will be gone ... they will think you are a geezer with a turn signal habit )
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I have driven my motorhome (towing) to near Disney / Anaheim a couple of times from the San Diego direction ... I arrived in mid afternoon ... it was not a problem ... I researched my route carefully and made sure that I changed to the correct lane ahead of time (I have found CA drivers to be more willing to share the road with you than many other states ... put on you blinker and pretty soon there will be an opening to move into ... don't wait too long or it will be gone ... they will think you are a geezer with a turn signal habit )
Yes, do use you turn signals on lane changes. We drove that traffic for 40 years until we retired and moved. We do miss L.A. Lots of things to do in the area. Lots of great restaurants.
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As others have suggested, the key to So Cal traffic is avoid the commuter traffic times.
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Thanks, all for the input. I will google map the route and study it ahead of time and also let Garmina's soothing voice guide me in.
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Thanks, all for the input. I will google map the route and study it ahead of time and also let Garmina's soothing voice guide me in.
Might do better with signs than gps. You want beach cities although you aren't going that far. The 91 turns into surface street at the harbor freeway. (110) You'll get off before then.
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Can you download apps on your phone ? I spent 37 years driving all over So Cal for a living. I didn't drive anywhere without listening to traffics reports...1070 am or ABC7 Los Angeles apps has a great traffic colored maps showing what's going on and it also has little camera links you can click on and see for yourself. You might go after rush hour only to find there is a accident. Believe me it pays to look before you drive into Orange County. Taking your 5er down there is no problem, it's no different than any city. Need any more info just ask !
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