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Old 03-10-2011, 03:42 PM   #1
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Has anyone been over California route 198 from Coalinga to route 101. I have heard it is a curvy road but ok. I have a 36 foot MH with a toad.
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I have done it a high powered sports car, great fun. Much less good with an RV, I would find a different route.
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I have driven on far more winding roads in our 36' mh with toad than 198(like McKinley Grove Road from Shaver Lake to Wishon Village). If you are in a hurry, I would take Hwy 41/46 or 152/156 if you are up north. The tightest curves are just west of Coalinga. I believe a sign is posted " Not recommend over 30' kingpin to rear axle".

Then of course we have driven Route 66 from Oatman to Kingman. Now that was tight and I would not recommend that in any class A. We did unhook the toad halfway.

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I agree with Tom and Patty. If your destination is West of Paso Robles take the 152/156 route to 101 staying left after Casa de Fruita toward Hollister. With the exception of about 15 miles on the route toward Hollister/San Juan Bautista it is all divided HWY whereas Kettleman City to Paso is all 2 lane.
If South of Paso take the above or 141 at Kettleman City.
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I would take 41 from kettleman city they have done lots of road improvements and is not to bad of a drive and there are passing lanes and we travel that route a couple times a year or more
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Take 41 or 46, not 198.

I retired out of the Coalinga CHP office and we patrolled 198. So crooked we only went up there for wrecks.

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Just have to say we took CA198 from Coalings to 101.
It was very curvy in some places. However the pavement was a very good shape and wide enough for the motorhome. We just took it slow and pulled over at times to let people pass. There was not much traffic at all. The overall drive was very scenic. The weather was sunny, no rain.
Would do it again.
Thanks for all the info from everyone.

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Fantastic! I hope the wild flowers were blooming and the grass was green. A beautiful drive.

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just took a trip to Pismo Beach this last weekend used Hwy 41 to 46 to cut across from I5 to 101 beautiful drive all green and flowers everywhere ..Roads were great and smooth lots of new pavement and no traffic both ways and awesome weather
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