Originally Posted by MarkEllen
We are traveling to Fairfield CA the day after Christmas and back after New Year. We are towing our 34 ft 5th wheel with Ram 3500. It will be our first trip out with this rig. We have made the trip before with just the truck going I10-210-I5. We are thinking the traffic will make this a bit nerve wracking. We will also have our 5 year old twin grandkids and want to spit the trip into two segments with an easy overnight or boondock option. Any advice is welcomed.
I’ve always found 99 to be less stressful than I5. The road surface isn’t as good in some areas and of course there is construction in a few places mid way up between Bakersfield and and Hwy 12, but you get a lot less high speed traffic and there are plenty of trucks to fall in with when you get tired of driving with the cars. So that’s always my choice. If I were just driving a car or pick-up I might take I-5.
How you get to 99 depends on where in Az you’re starting from, but taking 40 to Barstow and 58 to Bakersfield avoids all the 15/215 (LA) traffic. 58 is also a pretty easy hill to climb compared to the alternatives. I wouldn’t even consider 210 to 5, unless I was passing through between 1am and 4am.
Good stops along the way:
Desert View RV resort (right next door to the KOA in Needles may be a good stopping point and it’s a very pleasing RV park. Not really a resort, but they don’t charge like one either.
The Visalia KOA is a good stop over if your day is ending near there. Nothing special but I’ve used it a few times and always had good experiences.
If you do take I-5, the Buena Vista Aquatic Rec Area (hwy 119 exit, west) is a nice county RV park, but it may be impacted by covid shut downs.