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Old 02-03-2014, 03:34 AM   #1
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Highway 49 from Columbia to Placerville

I'm planning a trip in April. I'm going to the gold country on Hwy 49 in Calif. I was looking at the the map and was thinking about going from Columbia to Placerville. The only problem from what I see is Mokeumne Hill it looks to have a few turns. I pull a 30ft Trailer. Is this going to be a problem or is it ok if I just take that part slow. It looks like if I go back to 99 its 80 miles out of my way. Any Ideas thanks.

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Old 02-03-2014, 09:34 AM   #2
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Have travelled 49 extensively on 2 wheels in the past. Been awhile, but as I recall, there are a few wicked turns on that section of 49 where vehicles over a certain length are not recommended. Best bet is to call the CA Highway Patrol and see if they can provide any help or refer you to a local agency for specific info on that stretch. You should find the CHP to be vey helpful on these types of questions.

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Old 02-03-2014, 09:53 AM   #3
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That part of 49 is wicked. I drove our 27' RV that way once and it was not to bad, but I don't think I would take a larger rig towing a trailer or car.
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:57 PM   #4
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I pulled my 27 foot trailer over that route with no problems.
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:47 PM   #5
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Live near Placerville and have a 38 ft MH W/toad. Have traveled that route many times w/o problem. yes narrow and twisty in places but slow down and you'll do fine.
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We regularly travel 49 in a 37 foot Class A without any problem at all. Mokeumne Hill is a non issue.
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Northbound from Columbia to "Hangtown'/Placerville is a beautiful drive but it will take a bout 2 hours, with average speed 40 mph. They are about 60 miles apart as the crow flies but you ain't flying and the road ain't straight. There is much to see and do along the way. The road is curvy most of the way but no switch backs. Moke Hill is a steep downgrade but manageable in any length/type rv. The time to drive would be very close (out to 99 or stay on 49) with 49 being more fun. I would and have driven 49. in a 30ft classA with toad, many times. I live in Jackson Ca.
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:41 AM   #8
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Thanks to all for the reply's looks like i'm going up hwy 49 I have all day so I will take it slow.
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