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Old 01-26-2015, 01:17 PM   #1
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A Trip Up The Pacific Coast HWY!

I figured I'd break in the new 5th wheel with a trip up the coast and would really appreciate some thoughts from those who have run it!

I measure out @ 58ft bumper to bumper and 13' 6" tall. We'll be leaving AZ the end of march and likely hitting the road the end of April. Roll'n the I-10 through CA to the coast... With a stop in Solvang Ca, (however that works out!) on the way. Then on to the coast.

I have been doing a lot of reading about the road, but thought I'd ask here if anyone has rolled it with a MD or HDT pull'n a 40' 5er??

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Old 01-26-2015, 01:27 PM   #2
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We have done the Pacific Coast Highway several times. After you leave Solvang, you can get back on the 101 and go explore the Pismo Beach area. At some point just north of Pismo you will most likely want to get back on the 5 fwy and continue north past the San Francisco area, this way you will avoid highway 1 thru Big Sur which would not be fun, and the San Francisco bay bridge and congestion in that area. Trust me we have done both roads and what you are missing is not nearly worth the hassle and danger of the drive. Once you are north of San Francisco, you can get back on the 101 and continue all the way up thru Oregon and Washington with no problems and plenty of Cg's to pick from. That would give you the most enjoyable route in my opinion.

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Old 01-26-2015, 03:18 PM   #3
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If I take what you said literally, I-10 takes you to Highway 1 in Santa Monica. Been awhile since I've been in that area, but I'd worry more about commuter traffic on I-10 then the drivability of 1 in that area. Going north on 1 will take you to 101. Many times the two are one. Solvang is off 101. In that area, 1 goes more to the west over towards Vandenberg. As previously posted, there are areas of 1 that prudent RV'ers in large rigs avoid. The road between Morro Bay and Big Sur is one. As is the stretch just north of S.F. and southwest of Leggett. There are a number of ways to RV in these areas that range from taking the long way around to get to them to parking the big rig and taking just your tow vehicle. Two quick examples. We often park our 37' Class A at Betabel RV park then drive the toad over to Monterrey, etc. We've also driven the motorhome to Bodega Bay from the Santa Rosa area, left it parked in Bodega and taken the car south. The full rig can easily handle 1 north, before heading back on 20 to 101 to avoid the 1 heading over to Leggett. I would definitely agree about avoiding 101 in S.F. Doable, but . . .
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We drove this from Monterey to Morro Bay in a passenger vehicle and I've done it in my class C 24'. I was surprised to see some 5ers doing this stretch. Like Sensai alluded to, some stretches should be avoided if possible. If you can unhitch and do 17 mile drive, etc - it's definitely worth the time.
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