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Old 02-15-2015, 04:58 PM   #1
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How is Hwy1/Hwy 101 from Brookings, OR to Fortuna, CA

Planning a trip down from Brookings, OR to the SF Bay Area in CA. Wondering how the Hwy 1/Hwy 101 is for large rigs towing? Better to head over to Hwy 5 in Oregon and then travel down?

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We've done it several times although not recently. You should have no problem even with a toad. Actually a very pretty drive, much nicer than the I5.

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It's not that bad up north. It's ugly south of Monterey CA and I would not do that portion again.
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Hwy 101 is excellent for big RVs. We wouldn't take our 40' on Hwy 1. There is a big difference. I'd do 101 before I-5!
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:24 PM   #5
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I'd say it depends on how much time you have.

Lots of small towns on 101 and slower driving on it too.

The road is fine for anything you are driving.
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:55 PM   #6
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Are you going to Fortuna or the Bay Area? They're aways apart. Highway 1 out of Leggett & just north of SF are very tough RV routes. And you sure don't want 36 to Red Bluff. I'd suggest you consider staying on 101. It's just fine for big RV's until you get close to SF. Depends on where you're going in the Bay Area as to when to leave 101.
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Stay on 101 all the way across the Golden Gate. There is a a short stretch around Leggett that is slow going, but is fine, no worse than some parts of the Oregon coast. Highway 1 for the most part is not to be done in an RV. Take the TV or toad for excursions to the coast.

Having said that, once you get across the Golden Gate Bridge, take 19th Ave to I-280, then take Highway 1 through Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, and on to Monterey. This stretch is perfectly suited for an RV. STOP at Monterey and head back over to 101 to go further south. Do not take 1 past Monterey!

19th Ave is about the easiest and shortest way through the city. Its a large six lane road with plenty of stop lights but its fairly easy, there is no other way except a long detour around or lots of other traffic through the bay area. Plus the coast is beautiful and its an easy drive on Highway 1 at that point, far better than all the freeway traffic!

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