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Old 06-13-2021, 10:46 PM   #1
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Morgan Hill, CA To I-40

We're currently in Morgan Hill CA at the Coyote Creek RV. We've been out here for a month now clearing out my late BIL's home and settling his affairs. starting to think about the voyage home. we came out I-80 but want to go home via I-40. the issue is how to get to I-5 from here. we're in a 40' class A gasser towing our Jeep SUV...about 55' and 12.5 tons overall. i've had enough mountain driving to last a while so looking for the flatest route.

option 1 is back up the 101 to 680/580/5 and then south. option 2 is XC on 101 to CA152 between here and I-5. what is 152 like? big rig RV friendly? time-wise it may be a toss-up. opinions and actual experiences welcome.

and how is the transition to I-40 coming into, thru and out the other side of Bakersfield? is 58 a good road? Multi-lane? service opportunities? we'll be in very familiar terrirtory once we get to Kingman. better options? warnings?

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Weve travelled Rt 58 many times in both a 45DP w toad and a smaller Class C. 58 is four land divided hwy from Bakersfield to Barstow (great road). Coming out of Bakersfield is a long climb to Tehachapi but very doable. Boron has a nice rest area and a new Loves Truck Stop (if you have to buy diesel in CA). Id recommend taking I-5 to Bakersfield as Rt-99 has a lot of construction. Good luck!
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Personally I would take the following route:

Hwy 101 South to
Hwy 46 East at Paso Robles to
Hwy 99 South to
Hwy 58 East (Yes a climb over Tehachapi) to
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We just came over 152 today (westbound) and did eastbound 5 weeks ago. Lots of semis. Steep grades on both sides of the San Luis Reservoir. My V10 took us up each side at 60 (my max whe towing my Equinox) but today the winds were fierce and I slowed to 50 in places.

We were northbound 5 from 198 and I don't know what was going on south of there but there was at least 20 miles of stop and go southbound traffic.

101 south to Paso Robles you'll have wind in the Salinas Valley but at least it will be a tail wind. So BobGed probably has the best route (with an option to take 5 down to 58 instead of 99).
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Personally I would take the following route:

Hwy 101 South to
Hwy 46 East at Paso Robles to
Hwy 99 South to
Hwy 58 East (Yes a climb over Tehachapi) to
I-40 at Barstow

That's the route I would take also.

We regularly take 152 from Fresno to the Morgan Hill area and there is a pretty steep climb at Pacheco pass.

We also take 58 regularly going to Phoenix AZ and once you are over Tehachapi it's pretty much flat with good road.
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I used to live in Gilroy and getting to I5was pretty simple. 152 to I5. There aren’t any if the crazy tomato truck drivers on speed out there any more since the canneries shut down In gGilroy, so safer now. I’ve haulers all kinds of RV’s over Pacheco and it’s not a big deal.
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The 58 , is nice now that they've completed the four lane portions and bypassed Kramer Junction .

Note your GPS maps might not have the new roar on their system.
What ever you do ; don't be in need of fuel in Needles CA.
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...don't be in need of fuel in Needles CA.
and why is that?
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Weve travelled Rt 58 many times in both a 45DP w toad and a smaller Class C. 58 is four land divided hwy from Bakersfield to Barstow (great road). Coming out of Bakersfield is a long climb to Tehachapi but very doable. Boron has a nice rest area and a new Loves Truck Stop (if you have to buy diesel in CA). Id recommend taking I-5 to Bakersfield as Rt-99 has a lot of construction. Good luck!
thanks. we're planning on I-5 to B'field instead of 99. the mountain directory indicates the climb is 22-miles but seems doable especially when compared to what we encountered coming west in I-80.
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Personally I would take the following route:

Hwy 101 South to
Hwy 46 East at Paso Robles to
Hwy 99 South to
Hwy 58 East (Yes a climb over Tehachapi) to
I-40 at Barstow
the climbs on 152 and 58 in the mountain directory certainly seem doable but what type of road is 46?
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the climbs on 152 and 58 in the mountain directory certainly seem doable but what type of road is 46?
It is very flat and a nice highway. It used to be a lot of two-lane highway (one lane in each direction), but over the years they have expanded quite a bit of it to four-lane (haven't been on it in two years because of COVID).

Also just prior to the I-5 junction there are many fuel locations to choose from. Just do a Gas Buddy search around Lost Hills, CA.
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and why is that?
Gas is sky high in price there.

Also be wary of the station on the east side of town if they tell you one of your tires is bad. They were doing some shady stuff several years ago.
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Gas is sky high in price there.

Also be wary of the station on the east side of town if they tell you one of your tires is bad. They were doing some shady stuff several years ago.
thanks. we usually stop at truck stops for gas and i'm aware of shenanigans at fuel stops.
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We're currently in Morgan Hill CA at the Coyote Creek RV. We've been out here for a month now clearing out my late BIL's home and settling his affairs. starting to think about the voyage home. we came out I-80 but want to go home via I-40. the issue is how to get to I-5 from here. we're in a 40' class A gasser towing our Jeep SUV...about 55' and 12.5 tons overall. i've had enough mountain driving to last a while so looking for the flatest route.

option 1 is back up the 101 to 680/580/5 and then south. option 2 is XC on 101 to CA152 between here and I-5. what is 152 like? big rig RV friendly? time-wise it may be a toss-up. opinions and actual experiences welcome.

and how is the transition to I-40 coming into, thru and out the other side of Bakersfield? is 58 a good road? Multi-lane? service opportunities? we'll be in very familiar terrirtory once we get to Kingman. better options? warnings?

thanks.
Live in Santa Clara, and have caught I-40 at Barstow countless times, since 1994. Highway 58 has had numerous updates and is smoother and faster than ever.

We normally take 101 to 152 past Casa de Fruta and on to I-5. You can exit at Stockdale Hwy catching 58 over Tehachapi (crossing over 99).
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You can exit I-5 at HWY 46 going to 99 south to 58 and cross Tehachapi. We personally dont like 99 as it is a rough stretch of pavement.

Crossing Tehachapi pass is not a big deal at all.
Pacheco is a bit steep, however our 454 Chevy, with the Banks power pack, crosses with power to spare. Usually do 55mph up the hill unless we get stuck behind a big rig.
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