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Old 03-03-2020, 03:24 PM   #1
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Ca Coast to inland

Hello, we will be in NW California/SW Oregon wanting to head generally south and east. We will be in a 40' DP with an F150 toad. It should also be pointed out that I am originally from Florida and my mountain driving experience is...limited but improving. I'd like to ultimately end up on 395 southbound or I-80 eastbound.

What's the best (safest) way over the mountains and away from the coast?

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Old 03-03-2020, 03:39 PM   #2
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It kinda depends on if youre planning any stops in CA. If it were me, and we were just trying to get from NoCal to the 395, wed probably take the 5 to the 80 through Reno. You can take the 20 across, its fine, but its hilly and windy from the coast. And it gets windy again between Grass Valley and the 80.
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Where exactly? If your in the Brookings area, then two choices. CA20 east around Clear Lake or take 199 to Grants Pass. Either one will drop you on I5.
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Hwy 20 just north of San Francisco is a good crossing to I-5. Then I-80 or Hwy 50 to 395.
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If you look at this route closely and then reverse it you will come out in Williams Ca and can either through Sacramento or take a scenic route through Yuba City and out 20 which will intersect I80 and then on through Reno Nevada.

When going down hill in your rig select a lower gear to start. Don't let your speed get up and then rely on service brakes to slow you down. They can fade out and then you have problems. Get slow and stay slow. Notice how big trucks take the right lane and are not hammering their brakes or riding them.
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We were looking at both CA20 or 199. If they're straightforward we'll go for one of those, probably 20.

I have the mechanics of using the transmission/exhaust brake down pretty well. After 35 years in Florida I'm just still getting used to elevation that is measured in something other than inches.

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Born and raised in Northern Calif. Traveled that 20 hundreds of times. We now live in Florida where it is indeed flat.
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With a 40' you are legal on all the highways, but if you are looking of "easier" routes from the CA coast, you might want to check the CA 45' foot Bus and Motorhome maps, for example https://dot.ca.gov/-/media/dot-media...p-d01-a11y.pdf


They will give you an idea of the easiest routes from the coast to I-5. Personally I have a 32' motorhome towing a Honda CR-V and stay off any of the red routes if possible.
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Take your time and watch out for Calif. drivers! They are very impatient around rv's. Some do very strange and dangerous things when they get behind you.
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