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Old 01-21-2015, 10:04 AM   #1
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First big trip. My wife and I are planning a trip This week end, down I-5 to Bakersfield then east through Mojave, a stop in parker and then south to Yuma. Any tips or advise would be greatly appreciated. I have chains and the # for OR. ODOT road conditions. Thanks for the help.
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You are planning on visiting friends or family in Parker? Or are you trying to avoid LA and/or the Grapevine by not using I-10?
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First big trip. My wife and I are planning a trip This week end, down I-5 to Bakersfield then east through Mojave, a stop in parker and then south to Yuma. Any tips or advise would be greatly appreciated. I have chains and the # for OR. ODOT road conditions. Thanks for the help.

We use that route two or three times a year. As an alternative and if weather is good we'll take 89 out of northern CA to Susanville then 395 to Reno and the 95 to Kingman.
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I usually start that trip further north so I almost always stop at 7 Feathers in Canyonville. It is a good place to get road conditions and to time over the pass at the warmest time of the day. You may consider doing the same in Medford or Ashland if not in Canyonville. At the very least top off fuel. It is a long haul in a single hop. If you fatigue out you may want to stop over in Redlands or Redding. That way you can time avoiding rush hour in Sacro. Sometimes I stop a Flag City in Lodi? Do the vineyards and wine stocking. It also puts you in a good place to cut over to 99. Stay at Orange Grove in B-field. Watch the forecast for winds the next day. You could do the 15,215, 210, to 10 route but I like 40 across the desert to Weed and the 97 down (either Ca. or Az side). Ca a little more twisty but less traffic. Cross into Az at Viddal. Then you are home home free.
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I forgot to mention ODOT's Tripcheck.com for road conditions. If you have a smartphone you can look at conditions and road cams. Siskiyou summit has been very tame this winter. There is zero road side snow at the moment.
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the weather is great here in Yuma ...

I think the RV crowd is down from past years ... spaces available in many parks as I drive past

drive safely ...
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Thanks for all the info. We are stopping at Redding. We got a free night (Premier Resorts) when we purchased RV. Then we will try to hit Sac. at 10:00am and dodge LA. by going thru Backersfield. We do have friends at parker that are hosting there, and then my wife's Aunts /Uncles are snow birds in Yuma. I love the drive down 395 but I am worried about the weather/wind. Thanks again. Is there a wind problem on I-5, if so where.
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Is there a wind problem on I-5, if so where.
Seems to me that often there are sstrong cross winds on I-5 in northern California between Yreka and Weed.
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The worst wind in my opinion is South of Stockton around where 580 comes in. Then without a doubt the Grapevine.
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You can hit winds, especially in the afternoon, along much of the route. Get a good weather app. Last fall, we spent 4 hours at the rest stop in Weed waiting for it to subside coming down from 7 Feathers. Premier in Redding is our park of choice in the area. I also stop at Flag City in Lodi. (I like to drive 3 hours then stay 3 weeks.) Then on to Bakersfield. I prefer 99 over 5. We usually stay at Bakersfield RV because of the on-site restaurant, but can also recommend River Run & Orange Grove. Going over Tehachapi Grade via 58 is vastly superior to going thru LA, which I avoid at all costs. Once again, watch the weather. Get up and over the pass as early as reasonably possible. Desert winds tend to pick up as the day heats up.
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Based on weather, personally I wold go east on 22/20 to 97, south to Lapine, eaet to 395 south. Avoid Kalifornia completely
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We live in Arkansas and I don't remember there being a Yuma AR. Yes there is a Yuma AZ but not one in AR. We do have a Y City but there's nothing there and it's still cold.

Don't feel bad. We ordered something and they sent it to AK instead of AR. Also often people will use AZ for AR.

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We made it to Redding and the weather is great. Fog most of Oregon and now 72 in Redding. Roads and traffic were great. Take care and thanks for the tips. Dave
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Whent from Redding to Backers field then East on 58 ( what a hill that was). We stopped in tohachapi for the night, And listened to the train ALL night. Rained all night also. We headed out Tues. south on 395 (10 miles of that was really tore up) the rest was nice. Headed to 10 and then to 8 And right into Yuma. Glumy and cloudy, A lot like Oregon but a little warmer. We are thinking about going back by way of 8 west to Sandiego and up through LA till we can get to 101 and finish the coast rout. We are having a blast.
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