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Old 05-01-2014, 06:13 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by ChallengerRN View Post
I drove the hwy 1 from South to North a few year ago in a 36'. Pulling a toad. After 20 mile or so I decided to move East to 101.

It really wasn't the fact that I couldn't do it. It was just one turn after another and I was unable to enjoy the scenery.

It is a beautiful drive in your toad.

I heartily agree! Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast is awesome, but it is a twisty, turvey road and isn't the place for an RV. The real key to the drive is being able to pull off and park at a moments notice to get out and really enjoy the view, but it's a lot easy to take advantage of the small spots in a small car. I got some absolutely incredible landscape photos (that I ended up using for work), but I was only able to do that because I could pull off the road.
Do try to do the Big Sur coast drive someday though, as it is amazing!

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Old 05-01-2014, 07:58 PM   #16
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We drove Hwy 1 heading north from Bodega Bay up to Mendocino on Labor Day with tons of coaches and 5er's coming south to go home. We had lots of pucker moments, especially with others coming around the curves heading south and being in our lane. It is definitely doable along that stretch of road but you absolutely need to have a real good sense of your coach size and placement relative to the turns. Also, plan to pull right at every safe possible spot to let traffic pass. I would also not recommend traveling 1 in your coach on the weekend.

We took this route because we were camping at various places along the coast. If If we were camping more inland I would have just used Hwy 101 for our transit and taken the Jeep down to enjoy Hwy 1.

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Old 05-02-2014, 08:39 PM   #17
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Hwy 1 between Watsonville and the Golden Gate Bridge is very doable in any size rig...and probably the best route thru San Francisco. Otherwise, Hwy 101 in CA for MHs with toads.
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:40 PM   #18
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I use a Truckers Road Atlas. If the road in highlighted in yellow/orange as safe for truckers, it is safe for RV's. The front pages identify any bridge height restrictions by state.

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