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Old 05-22-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Getting a Class A thru San Francisco

Anyone know a good route to get us thru San Francisco heading north? Wife wants to spend a few days in the area and then head north.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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We've driven through the city several times in our motorhomes. No big deal. There are tons of buses & trucks driving all around the area. Just don't hit anything...
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Anyone know a good route to get us thru San Francisco heading north? Wife wants to spend a few days in the area and then head north.
Whatever you do, don't take 101 all the way in to San Francisco to cross the Golden Gate bridge. You'll be driving city streets in very heavy traffic. MH's crossing the Golden gate have to stay in the inside lane and I keep hearing of ripped off mirrors etc.

Last year we drove all the way up the Pacific coast. From Monterey we took 101 as far as San Jose then split off towards Oakland and crossed the bridge from Richmond towards San Rafael, then picked up 101 again. That way we bypassed downtown San Fran altogether. Freeway all the way and a much easier journey.
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Be sure to have a dinghy when you travel.

I'll try this again.
I live in the East Bay.
I do not like driving my car in San Francisco let alone my 36' M.H.
If I were you and I was towing I would fine a place to stop at eather South or North of San Francisco then use the little car to run around in.
Just a thought.
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Access through the city is not bad. We will be spending one day there during our vacation this July as we head north from one destination to another. I have be there before with a 27' TT and I managed to get though just fine, this time we will be in out 27' motorhome. Like a previous posted pointed out there are plenty of large bis and truck all over the city.
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Unless you have been in SF you may not know that there is NO freeway through the city, it's all city streets and traffic lights, lots of traffic, narrow streets, and poor signage.

Is it bad? That depends on what you are driving and your tolerance is for city driving.
I have been through it many times without an RV and if I found myself in San Jose with an RV heading north to Novato and I had the time I would go around SF on 680 - 780 -80 - 37.
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Thanks for the information. We may stay south of SF and then skirt the city when we leave....I have driven thru large cities and its not my favorite thing to do.....besides, if we go over the GG bridge, my wife will be sitting with her head between her legs because of the height etc and not much help..
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We took our 38' DP straight through on 101 no problem. It is city driving, stop and go is no fun in a motorhome.

Didn't even come close to loosing a mirror. I wouldn't even hesitate to drive our 43' through.
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Unless you have been in SF you may not know that there is NO freeway through the city, it's all city streets and traffic lights, lots of traffic, narrow streets, and poor signage.

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Well.... not quite true. If headed north on 101, you only need to follow your signs to Interstate 80 (Sacramento) and you'll go right by the financial district, the Giants ball park, and on to the Bay Bridge. All freeway. Now if your find yourself southbound on 101 from Marin county... then yes, you've got to deal with some city driving that I want no part of in my rig.

I was born and raised there and still go back with my 40DP and toad. However, I DON'T use the GG bridge because of all the street traffic already mentioned.

The San Francisco RV Resort (actually in Pacifica) is a handy place to stay while visiting the city... or you can stay in Marin county and take the ferry into The City.

Best of luck and enjoy your visit.

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Entered CA in San Diego pulling a 40 foot 5th wheel wiht a 1 ton King Ranch F350 Dually, in 2007. Entered CA around the LA area in 2012 in the 40 foot DP towing the Saturn Vue. Headed North and crossed the GG bridge both times. Never had a problem and don't remember any bad things about it. Scenery was great, driving was easy. I did not go "downtown."

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Just as an aside to all that was said- :-)
If you are not familiar with the coast route and you want see the Hearst Castle and go from San Luis Obispo to Monterey via the coast route DONT EVEN THINK OF IT!!!!
You will regret it. You will have problems with all the turns (there must be several thousand of them and very short radius ones at that). Go back to Interstate 5, do not pass go, do not collect $100. Just thought I'd mention it. I did it once NEVER AGAIN.
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I have been trough the city and over the Golden Gate bridge both north and south bound. While not easy, nor did I find it overly difficult. And I don't know my way around the city one bit. Just followed a map and what appeared the most direct route.
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Just as an aside to all that was said- :-)
If you are not familiar with the coast route and you want see the Hearst Castle and go from San Luis Obispo to Monterey via the coast route DONT EVEN THINK OF IT!!!!
You will regret it. You will have problems with all the turns (there must be several thousand of them and very short radius ones at that). Go back to Interstate 5, do not pass go, do not collect $100. Just thought I'd mention it. I did it once NEVER AGAIN.
I have to agree that I'd want no part of the Pacific Coast Hwy driving a big rig through that stretch. BUT... don't go to Interstate 5. US 101 is much closer and infinitely more scenic. It's our preferred route from all the way up the coast from San Diego all the way into Oregon.

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We did this last year and had no problems even in the 6:00 rush hour. We took 101 all the way and it was scenic to say the least. AStually I took the wrong exit and had to traverse several downtown streets to get back on 101 and all were crowded but very easily doable. Once over the bridge stop at the memorial and look back.
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