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Old 07-17-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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Hwy 1 Carmel to Santa Barbara

We plan to travel from Carmel to Santa Barbara in September. Any problem for RVs on Hwy 1? Also planning to go from Oregon to Napa through the Redwoods. 39' plus Toad.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:48 PM   #2
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We plan to travel from Carmel to Santa Barbara in September. Any problem for RVs on Hwy 1? Also planning to go from Oregon to Napa through the Redwoods. 39' plus Toad.
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Will be slow going but no real issues. Driven it many times.
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I was raised in northern California and there's no way I would put myself through that drive from Carmel to SB in a big rig. Way too tight for my liking.

You'll have no problems with 101 through the redwoods.

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Also born and raised in Northern California, and I agree with Rick.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:38 PM   #5
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Hwy 101 to Napa, you'll have no problem.

I've driven Hwy 1 Carmel to SB with a 25 foot Class C and it was tight. I have a 40 foot Class A and would not take it on Hwy 1. It is a very curvy road with pretty tight turns and at times not very wide. Usually some construction to repair the land slides and other road damage.
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I've taken my RV up Highway 101 and and that is all the challenge I need. There are some tight corners but it's doable by going slow and cautious and pulling off and letting the traffic you back up pass. CA 1 I would not do.
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I have gone from Carmel to Moro bay on 1 in a 34 foot with a toad behind ..It is slow but not bad there are some tight corners but i would check to make sure its open through there since there was some washed out sections under repair
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Here's an idea.

Go to Google Earth and zoom in on the California central coast. You'll be able to clearly see Hwy 1 and it'll add to the data you're collecting here.

What you won't be able to see is how high above the Pacific Ocean you are, and if you're headed south and DW is in the passenger seat.... well, mine freaked out taking that drive in my 350Z sports car.

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Thanks for all the input. We will skip Hwy 1. Mike
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Don't skip it, just drive it in the toad. It is one of the top scenic drives in the country.
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It IS STUNNING for us in the middle

too much beautiful scenery to drive it safely !!!
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Don't skip it, just drive it in the toad. It is one of the top scenic drives in the country.
Oh absolutely! It's not to be missed. We love the area and travel there frequently. We just use US101 between the Carmel/Monterey area and the Paso Robles/Santa Barbara area and use the toad to explore in between.

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We went N on hwy 1 and loved it but I agree with Rick; S would have been scarry for me. I would have been riding on the driver side couch. LOL

But it is the most beautiful drive so if you are heading back N I would drive it then.
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Actually, I was born in So Cal, but haven't lived in the state for 40 years. Have made the trip before in a car. We will probably take a day and drive down Hwy 1 from Monterey to Big Sur and back.
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