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hotjag1

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Posted: 04/12/22 07:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are trying to figure out the best route from Bakersfield to Pismo Beach in a 40' motorhome pulling a 22' enclosed trailer. Power and braking aren't a huge concern unless the route is very steep. The main concern is twisty, windy roads not suitable for a 66' combination.

I welcome all suggestions, especially first hand experience. Google shows taking 58 towards Bakersfield. then taking 223 to 166 to 101 at Santa Maria.
This route looks pretty twisty on the terrain map. What do you guys think?
Thanks in advance...Don


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Posted: 04/12/22 07:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I believe 58 has a lot of twists and turns the last time I drove it years ago. I have a 36 ft Moho and at the time no toad and found it a bit too much for my comfort. Quite scenic though.

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I think I would take 5N to 46W to 101S.


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58 is fine. I go that way 4-5 times a year pulling my 5th wheel. There are no twist or turns..... Big rigs use it all the time. It's no steeper than the Grapevine. Less, if anything. A hill of a lot less traffic than going the LA route.....

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Barstow to Pismo
1. Go west on HWY. 58 to Bakersfield. Just keep your speed down from Tehachapi down to Bakesfield. I keep my speed down to 50 mph towing my 34' 5th wheel.
2. Go north on I-5 to Hwy 46 (Wasco) then go west straight to Hwy. 101
3. At 101 go south to Pismo.
4. Make your reservations as early as possible as the area is very popular.
Be sure and go to the Splash Cafe for the best clam chowder near the Pismo pier.

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I find 58 interesting and have had no issues pulling my 22 foot TT. And Splash does have good chowder. The one in the City of SLO is more calm.


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58, 99, 46, 101 all good truck routes. Check fuel prices at Lost Hills, Arco usually lower.

MarkTwain - Did you mean N on 99?


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CA Traveler wrote:

58, 99, 46, 101 all good truck routes. Check fuel prices at Lost Hills, Arco usually lower.

MarkTwain - Did you mean N on 99?


Yes, north on hwy. 99 and then west on hwy 46 through Wasco to Hwy. 101, then south to Pismo.

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Thanks everyone. It looks like 58 or 46 is the preferred route. How much further is it to go north to 46 and then backtrack to the 101?

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It is roughly 20 miles farther to take 46 through Paso Robles. Traffic is much heavier that way also and you have the Cuesta Grade to descend southbound into San Luis Obispo.





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