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Old 04-11-2016, 10:22 AM   #1
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California to Florida - best route?

We are moving from Sacramento to Ocala Florida and will be leaving mid to late May. We are pulling a fifth wheel and would like suggestions as to best route. This is not a sightseeing trip, just trying to get there. Thank you in advance.

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Old 04-11-2016, 10:55 AM   #2
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If you're just wanting quick, rather than pretty, then you probably only have a couple of real choices.
We'll be doing one of these, in reverse, in the summer (but with some detours) as part of a roadtrip.

Down I-5 to Bakersfield
Cut along SR-58 to Barlow
I-40 to at least Alburqurque
head down I-25 to El-paso
then I-10 all the way to FL (and down I-75 to Ocala)

same route to Alburquerque, but continue on to Amarillo
take SR 287 down through Wichita Falls to DFW
Take I-20 to Jackson MS
SR49 to Hattiesburg MS (can stay overnight in Paul B Johnson State Park)
SR98 down to Mobile
then I-10 to I-75 and down to Ocala

Head all the way down to LA, and head east on I-10 for several days of boredom

We'll be doing #2, (except with a detour west of Alburquerque up to southern Utah)
Staying at Paul B Johnson state park near Hattiesburg, MS
and at American RV park just outside of Alburquerque
and at a Campers Paradise RV park near Sunset TX, between DFW and Wichita Falls

Hope this helps a little.
I haven't actually driven this route myself yet, but have done quite a bit of research.

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Old 04-11-2016, 11:12 AM   #3
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Same route to I-40 - Then stay on I-40 to OK City, then south on I-35 to Dallas to I-10

I'd say Option #1 or #4. I've traveled both, they are good routes.
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:16 AM   #4
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I'd just head south on I 5 till ya hit I 10 around Los Angles. Then head east all the way FL then pic up I 75 south. Later RJD
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:52 PM   #5
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Thank you for the suggestions. I will look at 1,2 & 4 in more detail. I don't care for LA.
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:56 PM   #6
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Back in January, I drove I-10 from the San Diego area (Acton, CA-specifically) to Lake City, FL.
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To avoid the bad traffic in San Antonio, Texas when using I-10 here are a couple options I have used:

1. Exit I-10 on US290 to Austin, Tx. Then stay on US290 to intersect Houston at the Sam Houston By Pass (Toll Road!) or I-610.

1A. Or take 71 from Austin and intersect I-10 in Columbus, Tx to get back on I-10 faster.

2. Exit I-10 in Boerne, Tx on 46 and take it to intersect I-10 in Seguin, Tx.

Both options avoid a lot of bad traffic in San Antonio. Option 1 is more scenic, through the Hill Country and Austin. Option 2 gets back on I-10 quicker. Either option is usually faster, and much less annoying, than going through San Antonio!
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:51 PM   #8
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RedLdr1, thanks for the tips. I will keep these in mind if we go that way.
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:58 PM   #9
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Up on the grapevine take the 210 around San Bernadino, then east on I-10...
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:10 PM   #10
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#2 but do your overnight in Vicksburg MS its just a few miles before Jackson aand I did the No.2 to Ft Lauderdale last month. Stay at the Goodsam park at the America Casino in Vicksburg. If you can take a few hoursnthe next morn, drop trailer and do a drive thru at the National Confederate war museum. We spent 2 hrs there and its incredible. Its a huge battleground type park with many many huge memorial blds and statues. Its mostly just drive by if in a hurry or pull over and get out of car for closer look.

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