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Old 09-07-2009, 06:49 AM   #1
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We have started to plan our April trip for next spring. This 5th wheeling thing is great! Anyway, we are thinking we would like to go down to California wine country, see some wineries, eat some good food, and then head over to Utah, then home again. Probably about 3 week round trip. Looking for some recommendations for places to stay in Cali. Also, since we've never been there, anything in particular we should know before we go? Thanks.
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:11 PM   #2
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Try the Fairgrounds in Napa. Great concrete sites with grass. Visiting the wineries is ok, but the tasting fees are outrageous. there is a wine store near the campgrounds that has thousands of wines and runs tasting at a very reasonable fee.

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Old 09-08-2009, 06:58 AM   #3
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If you want some great California wines without the tasting fees, try the Shenendoa Valley and the Fairplay winery's. There is a great park in Plymoth Calif. to stay at.
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Are you coming down I-5 or 101? The coast route has all sorts of tourist stuff. If you head over Donner on your trek to Utah, still a chance of snow. Most of the northern CA mountain areas are still questionable for camping. Enjoy your trip.
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Not really sure of our route yet. Still trying to decide where we want to go. I heard when towing a trailer in California, you have to go slower than the speed limit. Is this true?
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:31 AM   #6
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In California, when pulling a trailer on I-5 the speed limit is posted at 55mph on the freeway when the posted limit for cars may be 65 or 70mph. On I-5 most big rigs travel around 65mph.
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Towed today from the Yosemite area to Carmel. On "99" and "101" there were signs indicating that when towing, the limit was 55. Semis, other trailers, etc. were going by me well above that. Guess it's what you feel comfortable with.
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Towed today from the Yosemite area to Carmel. On "99" and "101" there were signs indicating that when towing, the limit was 55. Semis, other trailers, etc. were going by me well above that. Guess it's what you feel comfortable with.






All Trucks and Trailers are 55 max in CA, if Trucks are passing you, then they probably have determined that the highway patrol is nowhere in site. I will hang at the speed of the average truck, and am safe from getting tickets.
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:01 PM   #9
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I set the cruise control on 60 and let them all pass by.... but I notice in the mountains the power stroke keeps up with that speed while I am passing them on the up hill and will see them pass by on the down hill. I feel for the professional truck drivers who have to make a living at it ... the lower the speed the lower the pay.

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Old 09-15-2009, 02:15 PM   #10
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I am going to SoCal (Joshua Tree to see Dad) and on to the Grand Canyon next month. When I travel in California, I find a big rig running 62 or so and follow it a ways back. I have never been stopped while driving over the 55 limit. As long as you are not passing a bunch of cars/trucks, the cops normally leave you alone.
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