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Old 01-11-2020, 06:52 PM   #1
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I-5 Seattle to San Diego

Have to make this trip next month. Haven't done it in a couple of years. I don't think there is an alternative to I-5. Seattle to Nor Cal wasn't bad, but my memory of the road through California is not very specific. I don't imagine it has improved over the past couple of years.

Anyone know what we can expect? I also don't see much of an alternative to either downtown LA, or the Grapevine. Open to suggestions. Not in a mad dash, but also don't plan to spend a lot of time doing it.
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Not a lot of choices but as you get into SoCal I’d take the 210 thru the Pasadena area. That will keep you out of the heart of LA traffic. The 210 all the way to I15 south to San Diego.
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Old 01-11-2020, 07:23 PM   #3
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Thanks Bill. I was on 210 a few years ago to get over to Palm Springs. None of them are delightful. As we approach the city we usually check Google Maps for traffic warnings, and decide based on that. I think I wound up in LA that time because of a crash on 210.

I'm also looking at the staging. Coming out of Snohomish have stayed at 7 Feathers in Canyonville OR and it is a nice distance from where we start. From there the Rolling Hills Casino is a bit of a short run, but there aren't many places to stay after that before you are south of Stockton. We have stayed at the KOA at Los Banos, and it is acceptable, but the run down from Rolling Hills is a bit short, and the run the next day into San Diego is a little longer than I'd like given it puts you into late afternoon.

Lost Hills RV park is either a dust or mud field and I won't stay there again. Looking at Almond Tree near Coalinga as an alternative - around 5 hours from San Diego the way I drive.
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You could take Hwy 58 from Bakersfield to I-15 south of Victorville and then go south on I-15 to San Diego and avoid LA altogether There are a couple of good campgrounds at Bakersfield for an overnight stop.
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Hi Paul from down here in Auburn. We are usually headed south towards the Tucson area and have decided to take things slower than trying for 500 to 600 miles in one day. I would go with the advice WJohnson913 suggested as I have driven that route from San Diego north and it will keep you out of the main part of L.A. Roads not to bad as I remember, but that was back in 2008. Trips south for us now, first stop, Seven Feathers, second stop, Durango RV Resort in Red Bluff, third stop, I think it's called Flags RV Park just off I-5 at Lodi. We then went over to 99 and went south. In 2018 99 was not great in spots but nothing fell off the coach. Then we stopped at Bakersfield RV Resort. It is about 3 or 4 miles south of where HWY 58 takes off to Barstow on 99. Easy off and easy back on 99. Was an old drive theater and now is the park. Nice place, great pool, and the food in the restaurant was very good both times we ate there. From there, for us, it was back to 58 to head to Needles and Lake Havasu. Sure that's not spelled right. Anyway, more of a relaxed drive. Some distances were a little short but we got up late on those days. Hope you have a great trip and find the route that works best for you. Have fun! P.S. What I found was no truck convoys that are on I-5 south of Sacramento all the way to the grape vine by being on 99. Also at Paterson Ca. is Kit Fox RV Park just off I-5 is a nice place to stay if you decide to use I-5 south of Lodi and Stockton.
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Also at Paterson Ca. is Kit Fox RV Park just off I-5 is a nice place to stay if you decide to use I-5 south of Lodi and Stockton.
x 2 on Kit Fox. Been there two or three times. Management couldn't be any nicer and park is clean, convenient and competitive. Paterson is a nice little town to visit/shop, too.
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We like Bear Mountain RV park for our last stop before San Diego or our first stop heading North from SD. It is just north of the 5/99 split. Take 223 from/to the 5. Then we usually take 5 to 210 to 57 to 71 to 91 to the 15.
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Thanks Bill. I was on 210 a few years ago to get over to Palm Springs. None of them are delightful. As we approach the city we usually check Google Maps for traffic warnings, and decide based on that. I think I wound up in LA that time because of a crash on 210.

I'm also looking at the staging. Coming out of Snohomish have stayed at 7 Feathers in Canyonville OR and it is a nice distance from where we start. From there the Rolling Hills Casino is a bit of a short run, but there aren't many places to stay after that before you are south of Stockton. We have stayed at the KOA at Los Banos, and it is acceptable, but the run down from Rolling Hills is a bit short, and the run the next day into San Diego is a little longer than I'd like given it puts you into late afternoon.

Lost Hills RV park is either a dust or mud field and I won't stay there again. Looking at Almond Tree near Coalinga as an alternative - around 5 hours from San Diego the way I drive.
Almond Tree is not bad as a pitstop. That was our first stop headed north from San Diego this past September. There is also a gas station next door with good prices.
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Thanks guys. Kit Fox is out because of their pet policy - two dog limit and no bull breeds. We are travelling to a dog show, and you can tell from my signature I have a bull breed - specifically Staffordshire Bull Terriers. I will have three with me.

Almond Tree Oasis (Coalinga) seems to offer the best split on driving time between Rolling Hills (near Corning CA) and Del Mar (where the dog show is). They don't have a published pet policy and I am only looking for a pit stop.
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I would just stay on the 5 thru LA, or 405. 210 is slow going by pasedena and traffic around Corona and Temecula can be bad too. Check Google and decide that day. If you can do the drive through LA on a weekend morning then no problem, I think everyone in LA sleeps in on weekends Seriously if you come though 7-8am on Sat or Sun it's a completely different drive!!
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So I'm on the road now and taking it nice and slow. Burning 4 days to get to SD. At Rolling Hills (Corning) will make it as far as Coalinga (Almond Tree RV Resort) today, and then through LA tomorrow. Right now Google maps is suggesting that the 405 through scenic Inglewood and Compton is faster than the I-5. Anyone driven that stretch of road? What condition is it in if Google suggests it tomorrow?
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So I'm on the road now and taking it nice and slow. Burning 4 days to get to SD. At Rolling Hills (Corning) will make it as far as Coalinga (Almond Tree RV Resort) today, and then through LA tomorrow. Right now Google maps is suggesting that the 405 through scenic Inglewood and Compton is faster than the I-5. Anyone driven that stretch of road? What condition is it in if Google suggests it tomorrow?
405 is the way to go I am very familiar with that route (live in west SF Valley and go to sand Diego 2 or more times a year). In my experience 405 is faster and easier drive than 1-5. Yes there will be lot of traffic just relax and take your time. Condition of freeway is fine little rough around I-10 interchange near Santa Monica but better than many other roads in CA. There is some construction just south of Long Beach. Also Google usually insists on taking toll road around Irvine to save 3-5 minutes I never do that not just due to extra cost but there are couple steep climbs over hills on that route better to stay on 405/5 unless there is accident to avoid.
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We like Bear Mountain RV park for our last stop before San Diego or our first stop heading North from SD. It is just north of the 5/99 split. Take 223 from/to the 5. Then we usually take 5 to 210 to 57 to 71 to 91 to the 15.
X2, we have stayed here a few times. Very easy transition heading south from Bear Mountain.
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I usually take 405 - unless they moved Compton you won't see it if you stay on 405.
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