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Old 09-15-2018, 05:39 PM   #1
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Next April 2019 we are going to start our California trip, starting in Los Angeles and headed north and ending in San Francisco. We want to see it all, good wineries, good site seeing (ocean, mountains, historical stuff). So where are some of the stops we need to stop and checkout. Our trip ends in San Francisco. We can go from the west side to east side of California. Also, we have a 40 foot 5th wheel, how difficult of a drive is it to go from Apple Valley Ca to Huntington Beach, Ca? Looking at the Loa Angeles map it looks like a interstate nightmare! Thanks for any and all information you provide!
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:10 PM   #2
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Towing through LA or San Francisco will be a little stressful - try to find off times to get through. A lot of the state parks will not support your 40 foot rig. Lots to see and do. State speed limit towing is 55 - not overly enforced in most areas but recommend you take it easy. Gas prices are very high but diesel is more reasonable by comparison.

Dockweiler RV park is on the beach but near LAX - its a decent place to stay in LA. Pelican Point RV Park in Half Moon Bay near San Francisco was not a particularly great park but had good beach access and was near to a good area to explore and eat - a great location. Housing is expensive resulting in folks trying to live in a lot of the parks. Make reservations early. If you are eligible to use military parks it open several good options.
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:43 PM   #3
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Morro bay is worth staying. Stay at morro dunes rv park. It is full hook up, safe, and a decent park ran by folks that care. Walk across the street and you are on the beach. It is close to wine country, pismo beach, and hearst castle. All can be done based out of here and of course morro bay is right there. Dorn's restaurant is THE place to go for clam chowder and has other fine dining items.
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:31 PM   #4
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Pacifica RV park is just south of San Francisco. It's located on a bluff right on the ocean. Been going there for years, great spot!
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Next April 2019 we are going to start our California trip, starting in Los Angeles and headed north and ending in San Francisco. We want to see it all, good wineries, good site seeing (ocean, mountains, historical stuff). So where are some of the stops we need to stop and checkout. Our trip ends in San Francisco. We can go from the west side to east side of California. Also, we have a 40 foot 5th wheel, how difficult of a drive is it to go from Apple Valley Ca to Huntington Beach, Ca? Looking at the Loa Angeles map it looks like a interstate nightmare! Thanks for any and all information you provide!

If you have never driven in the Los Angeles area, with or without a trailer, you are in for a treat. Hopefully you have nerves of steel. Between daytime traffic and night time construction, you will need to have your exact route planned and really keep your eyes on the may and the signs. I have driven through there several times, and each time have said never again, and I was raised down there. If you were able, between 2 am and 4 am would be the best times to travel, but you will be surprised about how much traffic there will be even those times. There is a whole lot more to see in California than Los Angeles and San Francisco, and you won't have to fight extreme congestion to see it. Good luck.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:32 AM   #6
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I lived in the bay area in Nor Cal. I avoid LA at all cost. I also never go to San Francisco. San Francisco is a dirty city and homeless everywhere. Sure there is lots to see there and traffic is nothing compared to LA but not worth the hassle to stop there and its stupid expensive. Along the coast is beautiful. The further north you go the rockier the coast becomes. Just north of Cambria Is where you can see lots of seals on the beach. A must stop if you are in the area. They have filled the pool at Herst Castle.Take a tour it's fun Another nice place to visit. Paso Robles area has lots of wineries. . In the north you have to check out Napa. The wine train is a experience to be enjoyed. Lots of wine in the area. You may have to stay in Vallejo. I wanted to go there but that was the closest campground to there I think. Yosemite is hare but a long way from the coast. I like it there. I only go in the winter because i love snow. Get there early so you dont have to fight the traffic ant tour buses loaded with you know what. LOL Diesel here is almost $4 if not more in some places. Have a good trip
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If you have never driven in the Los Angeles area, with or without a trailer, you are in for a treat. Hopefully you have nerves of steel. Between daytime traffic and night time construction, you will need to have your exact route planned and really keep your eyes on the may and the signs. I have driven through there several times, and each time have said never again, and I was raised down there. If you were able, between 2 am and 4 am would be the best times to travel, but you will be surprised about how much traffic there will be even those times. There is a whole lot more to see in California than Los Angeles and San Francisco, and you won't have to fight extreme congestion to see it. Good luck.
We lived in a small town in Central CA for a few years. One Sat while sitting in the barbershop waiting to get my haircut I talked to a young highway patrol trooper that had been stationed in LA. He said he never pulled anyone over on the freeways in LA unless it was serious - it was just too dangerous from the traffic standpoint to get out of his car for a minor infraction. You will still see bumper to bumper traffic sometimes at 2 AM. You will also see organ donors on motorcycles passing between lanes and knuckleheads weaving through traffic 30 MPH faster than the flow. I must be a gluten for punishment as we are headed that way next weekend dragging our rig to see our daughter. We will stay at Seal Beach which is quiet and make our daughter drive to see us.
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