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Old 04-28-2014, 10:55 PM   #1
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Highways for Newbie to Avoid

Just took delivery of my DP and having a 3 week trip planned. Read in FMCA magazine about hwy 1 in CA and the writer does not recommend the road for rigs over 32 to 35 feet or towing a car. There are some grades and lots of curving road.

Our mh is 37 overall and we are pulling a toad. We have an exhaust brake but I have a total of about 4 hrs experience with this rig. Previous experience is about 40 hours in a 31 foot gas class c pulling a toad. No time anywhere with grades requiring notice posted on the road.

Should I avoid these roads until later in the trip when I've had more time and what about the size limit suggested on highway 1?
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Hwy 1 between Cambria and Carmel is one of the most beautiful drives in the world, BUT please respect the recommendation of the writer of the FMCA article. You MAY be able to negotiate the highway without incident, BUT with your limited experience you should not attempt it.
Much better to park your MH and drive the highway in your toad!
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Hwy 1 between Cambria and Carmel is one of the most beautiful drives in the world, BUT please respect the recommendation of the writer of the FMCA article. You MAY be able to negotiate the highway without incident, BUT with your limited experience you should not attempt it.
Much better to park your MH and drive the highway in your toad!
X2 that is what the towed vehicle is for.

Get on a big parking lot and use some cardboard boxes for cones and practice with your RV.
Get comfortable driving your RV!! It amazing how much more relaxing the drives will be when you do.
2 years ago I pickup the CDL manual for the local DMV office, went and bought half a dozen cardboard boxes, and set up the parallel parking test and the ally dock test to get me CDL.
I did the practicing in my 31 Foot "RV" and then a month later I took my CDL licence test in it. (long story)
I needed mine for my career change. I now drive a school bus Full time (Which is about 700 Hours a year here)
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Great idea Mekanic! So they allow the use of the MH to get the CDL? I like that idea.
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I drove that a few years back with a crew cab dually pickup towing a 24' enclosed race car trailer. After a few hours we decided it was NOT a good choice and headed inland for the interstate. We absolutely HATE the interstate but it was the right decision.
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I'm confident driving the MH but have not driven anywhere that might be considered challenging. The article raised some concern so thought I'd ask. Glad I did and will adjust our route to avoid it this time.

Thanks for your responses.
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Caltrans maintains an excellent website that provides road restrictions and limitations throughout the state. You can find it here: Caltrans Legal Truck Access
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I always believe in erring on the side of safety. There will always be time for the more "difficult" roads. Once you have gained experience and confidence with your new MH go for it. The other suggestions of going to sites for driving tips is well worth your time. Good luck and Happy Trails!

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With a new motorhome you might want to purchase this. We use it all the time. It will give you a heads up on the road ahead.

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Great idea Mekanic! So they allow the use of the MH to get the CDL? I like that idea.
Mine was allowed because it had a heavy enough GVW (32,700lbs) and it had air brakes so I go the air brake endorsement as well. I did have to put a fire exh and set of flares in it so i could pass the pre trip inspection of the test.

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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.

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Hwy 101

How is 101?
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101 was great up thru the redwoods actually parked the RV at a roadside restaurant and took the toad up a couple miles and drove thru the Chandlier (spelling) redwood tree.

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