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Old 05-30-2014, 07:51 PM   #1
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Highway 101 from San Francisco to Washington State - any parts to avoid

We will be towing our 40' 5th wheel north from San Francisco through Oregon in a few weeks, hoping to enjoy the coast. Never been on the 101 and wondering if their are stretches I should avoid due to too narrow sections of road, hairpin turns, etc. Maps make it look like no big deal, but if sections are like parts of Highway 1 in California, my wife will definitely make me pay. I want to stay married, so thought I'd check with others as to any stretches of 101 to avoid. Also, any online resource I can use that highlights challenging roads for large RV's. I found something for steep grades, but nothing for tight roads with hairpin turns, low clearances, etc.

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We will be towing our 40' 5th wheel north from San Francisco through Oregon in a few weeks, hoping to enjoy the coast. Never been on the 101 and wondering if their are stretches I should avoid due to too narrow sections of road, hairpin turns, etc. Maps make it look like no big deal, but if sections are like parts of Highway 1 in California, my wife will definitely make me pay. I want to stay married, so thought I'd check with others as to any stretches of 101 to avoid. Also, any online resource I can use that highlights challenging roads for large RV's. I found something for steep grades, but nothing for tight roads with hairpin turns, low clearances, etc.

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Watch out at the Southern end of the redwood forest. Road signs say, not recommended for vehicles over 30feet, however 18 wheelers still drive it and meet you in narrow tight corners
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It is nothing like Hwy 1. We drove it just fine with our 40' MH. The only narrow part is around Redcrest, CA as you go through some redwoods but it's easily doable. You just take it slow like everyone else will do and it's not a long stretch. Ancient Redwood RV at Redcrest is very big-rig friendly and is highly recommended as a stop to explore the redwoods. There are many very easy short trails. It's gorgeous. Many big rigs travel this route. There are no dropoffs like Hwy 1. I don't recall seeing any signs not recommended over 30'. Perhaps the party is thinking of Hwy 1. Hwy 101 is a major highway for big motorhomes and semis. It's just fine all the way through Washington.
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It is nothing like Hwy 1. We drove it just fine with our 40' MH. The only narrow part is around Redcrest, CA as you go through some redwoods but it's easily doable. You just take it slow like everyone else will do and it's not a long stretch. Ancient Redwood RV at Redcrest is very big-rig friendly and is highly recommended as a stop to explore the redwoods. There are many very easy short trails. It's gorgeous. Many big rigs travel this route. There are no dropoffs like Hwy 1. I don't recall seeing any signs not recommended over 30'. Perhaps the party is thinking of Hwy 1. Hwy 101 is a major highway for big motorhomes and semis. It's just fine all the way through Washington.
We drove the 101 coastline 2 weeks ago, Mission B.C to Malibu CA. The signs were there then. (only not recommended, still doeable) Very beautiful area. This was the only area of concern.
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I drove truck on this route for years, also did it in our 40 footer...

Very do-able, just sit back and relax enjoy the sights.
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Here is a link giving tons of photos of the drive:

California @ AARoads - U.S. Highway 101 - Mendocino County (Northbound)
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Thanks for the responses. We will proceed using the 101. Looking forward to the trip.
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This as tight as it gets. Very doable very scenic.

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From San Francisco to Santa Rosa expect heavy traffic.
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