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Old 09-18-2015, 07:27 PM   #1
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Best way to get through or around San Francisco north to south

Would appreciate advice on getting 42 foot with towed through San Francisco. No interest in stopping.
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Once through there, where do you want to stop?
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Old 09-18-2015, 07:37 PM   #3
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From what direction are you approaching SF?

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From what direction are you approaching SF?

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In the Title the OP says North to South.
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Just take the 101 over the Golden Gate to hwy 1 (which is 19th ave) to the 280 and then back to the 101 in San Jose.

19th's the exception to the "don't make yourself crazy driving a rig in the city" rule. And it's SO much shorter. We use it with our 39' DP al the time.

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Learned that route years ago from an airport shuttle bus. He could get through town northbound without stopping at a single light. It's been a few years so traffic is probably a lot worse now but I would do it.
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Just take the 101 over the Golden Gate to hwy 1 (which is 19th ave) to the 280 and then back to the 101 in San Jose.

19th's the exception to the "don't make yourself crazy driving a rig in the city" rule. And it's SO much shorter. We use it with our 39' DP al the time.

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Just drove that route on July 28. They are doing lots of road construction on and around 19th Ave (HWY1) it was not pleasant, traffic was heavy and we needed to deal with narrower than usual lanes and LOTS of lane changes and merging cars. We even specifically avoided rush hour. I would guess our experience is not normal, but before I did that again, I'd check the status of the construction. It's why I asked where the OP might want to stop once they get thru there.
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Go thru Oakland and then take the half bay bridge
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Thanks! Really appreciate the considerations.
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Old 09-19-2015, 01:10 AM   #10
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Well, assuming your coming down 101, you could catch 37 to 80 to 780 to 680 which if you stay on far enough will take you back to 101. But your best bet is to just stay on 101 thru SF. It's not that difficult and if you have plenty of gas, you won't have to stop in the city. Most likely you'll get thru without any problems. They have busses longer than you driving around the city every day...
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...They have busses longer than you driving around the city every day...
I was about to mention this very obvious point!! Then I read the post.

We took our motorhome as far as Santa Cruz, (because I was leary about driving the motorhome into the area), and drove into San Francisco/San Leandro to visit family. I had nightmares of getting stuck on one of the hills near Little Italy/Chinatown with my RV and toad!!

But, I noticed that BIG transit and tourist buses maneuver though all of the streets, (however, many use dedicated bus lanes in downtown). So it's conceivable for even the biggest DP. Just do not attempt Lombard Street!
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Just drove that route on July 28. They are doing lots of road construction on and around 19th Ave (HWY1) it was not pleasant, traffic was heavy and we needed to deal with narrower than usual lanes and LOTS of lane changes and merging cars. We even specifically avoided rush hour. I would guess our experience is not normal, but before I did that again, I'd check the status of the construction. It's why I asked where the OP might want to stop once they get thru there.
Personally, I wouldn't choose 19th Ave. with or without costruction. When we camped in Pacifica and were comuting into SF regularly by car we had to drive that route. It is congested with narrow lanes and lots of lights. I hated it in a car! We have never done north to south through SF, but can't you just stay on 101 all the way through? Granted 101 accross the GG Bridge is no bargain, but at least it is a major highway.
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The Golden Gate was no problem. Getting thru the toll plaza was the only challenge there and our lesson learned was to use the FAR right lane.

Again, it really depends on where you want to be after you cross. If you want to stop north of Santa Cruz on the peninsula, the short drive down 19th, while scary is pretty short and then once you get past Daly City, you head back to the coast and some gorgeous views (at least for the navigator &#128522 if you want to be more in the Monterey area, then I'd opt to go thru Oakland. 101 to the 580 would work, that bridge is easy.
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I avoid SF like the plague - just my own personal preference. Coming south I use the San Rafael/Richmond bridge and then take 880 down the east side of the bay. The GG Bridge has a toll on the southbound direction while the Richmond Bridge is free going east and if you're going farther south than San Jose the distance is about the same, and it's all freeway instead of having to deal with 19th Ave traffic.
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