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Old 01-13-2015, 08:30 PM   #1
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Has anyone driven the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia?

We have a 35 ft class A rv and wonder if anyone has driven the cabot trail in nova scotia with a similar sized rv. We would like to camp at a few places along the trail but my wife is very nervous about that drive. Would appreciate any insights. thank you
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Drove part of it in our Jeep last summer, would not drive our MH. We turned around and went back, it did not meet the hype IMO. Most of the route you cannot see the coastline. IMO most who've been there, gets home, says it's the greatest thing on earth, to justify the expense of the trip.
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If you have not done it, then it is a good trip.
The coastline you do see is remarkable.
At the top of the loop there is a turnoff to Meat Cove.
Fantastic view. Make sure you can wake up for sunrise.
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The northeast end is definitely not for RVs. Parts are steep and very curvy. The Western end and north side are okay. Having said all that you'd be better to drive your towed.
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I would do the trail in the toad. Not a very good road.
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To echo what others have said, the road is not RV friendly as it is steep and windy in spots. We really enjoyed the drive and the scenery. There was a nice moose at the top to the drive who seemed to not be phased by our presence. Some great Atlantic coast scenery.
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I have done it towing a 32 Ft. Avion TT and in a 40 ft. ft. American Eagle. I don't know why you would have any problem unless you want to go at 70 mph -- try 35-40 mph and enjoy the ride and view.

Just watch the descent from the top of the loop. Low gear and exhaust brake will relieve all your tension.

It's a grand trip -- Do It.

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TAKE THE TOAD, Very steep hills at one end. Easy to do it in a day.
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TAKE THE TOAD, Very steep hills at one end. Easy to do it in a day.
I agree, and you will enjoy it much, much more if you drive it in a toad. Going counter clockwise will keep the ocean on the passenger side with good views. To give an idea of the beauty and the numerous curves, you should know it's also a favorite road for touring motorcyclists.
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Done it with a 40' Beaver and toad. No big deal if you are not scared of 12%+ grades and know how to brake and manage the engine heat/rpms on grades. If you don't know what I'm talking about, leave the motor home in the park and only take the toad.
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We left the rv in Truro last summer and drove the 4WD Avalanche and used tents on the Cabot trail. There are some great hotels also.

Reccomend driving the toad.

You would have no problem in the rv, just not as relaxing, imo.
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We drove the Cabot Trail trail in 2003 driving a 26 ft. Safari Trek. No problems, just being aware of when to slow down and using lower gears going down hills.
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Has anyone driven the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia?

Just drove it 6 months ago. Wish I could remember the name of the hotel on the east side on the cliff, it is a magnificent spot.

We left the 40' RV in a campground for $10 a night in Truro and drove the toad. Take at least 2-3 days for the loop if you want to really explore and perhaps do some hiking or whale watching, etc...
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Have driven it twice, once in a 40' DP with toad and again with my current B+ with no toad. Ist time clockwise and second time counter clockwise. Absolutly no issues for me. Have driven in more challenging roads in California and other places.
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