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Old 09-29-2010, 04:56 PM   #15
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Here is my ''take''' on this
A couple years ago me and Willa took 101 and 1 all the way from upper Washington State to San Fran and loved it. We were in a 33 foot Pace with a Ford Ranger behind. Yep. there is a LARGE PUCKER FACTOR on sections of the road but it sure is beautiful. No one has mentioned that you can dry camp along the side of the road. There are ''designated areas '' where you can camp for a couple of bucks but be careful. You will be right next to the guard rail and you can ''tinkle'' over the side and it will evaporate before it hits the ocean below. Go and Go Slow and enjoy. Watch the hills and curves and let folks by when they pack up behind you. We would do it again in a heartbeat for sure. We are from NC.......
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You can take some guess work out of driving on California highways with special maps from CHP which tells you what highways are not recommended for rv travel.

I've run some Google searches and do not come up with the special RV maps. I do fiind some references to truck restrictions on the CALTRANS site. Do you have a contact point for these special maps?
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:38 PM   #17
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Not recommended for larger rigs. The road is narrow with sharp turns.
I've seen rigs with their storage covers ripped off due to the sharp turns and rocks right next to the road.
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:56 PM   #18
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From Morro Bay north the road is skinny, very skinny ! Ihave gone from Morro Bay to Washington in a 34ft w/Toad. The real pucker factor comes from terrified Motorhome drivers coming at you taking up most of the road. If the say" El Monte Rents" on the front , that will make you change your shorts cause this is probably their first time in an RV.
Having said that, November will have far less tourists on the road and the scenery is outstanding. I think it is worth the trip.

lol that is funny and true thanks for the chuckle
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I was on that road abut 10 years ago near fort Bragg when a guy coming the other way, way too fast, was about half way into my lane on a sharp turn. I ran over to the right as far as I could but we smashed mirrors and I lost both right side tires in the gravel on my 5er. I was headed north. He never even slowed down or stopped. All told about 600$ worth of damage to my rig. My nerves were completely shattered. Had to have my 5er towed to Fort Bragg where we bought 2 new tires and replaced my Dodge mirror and we tied up highway 1 on a sharp turn for hours.

Later that evening, the weather was very dark and it started raining. I decided to take it easy and continue my journey northward. The fog rolled in and in 5 minutes I couldn't see a thing. That was one scary ride. I finally found a place off the road that we could stop and we spent the night and weathered that storm buffeting the trailer. The next morning I continued northward and had a fabulous drive all the way to Canada. Breathtaking views and beautiful scenery if you like the sea.

November can bring substantial rainfall along the coast and the drive can be treacherous but the scenery is worth it. If a storm blows in while on the road get off 1 and find a place to go to dinner and relax. I would not advise driving along 1 in a storm. Fog, heavy rainfall, strong gusts of wind, treacherous road, and very poor visibility can easily turn into a tragic event. That road often in winter can get washed out or damaged and often it's hundred of feet down to the shoreline. Take your time, go easy, plan for the best and be prepared for the worst, use common sense, and you will be fine.
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I've run some Google searches and do not come up with the special RV maps. I do fiind some references to truck restrictions on the CALTRANS site. Do you have a contact point for these special maps?

Did anyone ever find a link to these CalTrans maps?

Would be useful.


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To me it boils down to can vs should. Driving carefully & slowly, there's no part of 1 you can't handle. For the sake of other drivers, and so that you can fully enjoy it, consider accessing this area via 20 from Willits. Find a nice park for the 5'er, then drive north and south in your truck. Even it will seem too big on parts of this road.
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I second the plan to park your rig and drive your toad from 101 to Fort Brag. I also was forced off the narrow road and destroyed front and rear tires and wheels just above Fort Brag. Roads in and out are very windy, have sharp hairpin turns, and are NOT FUN.

As for the ocean views - spectacular. Some of the most beautiful clear water with lots of sea life, kelp, etc. Certainly worth the effort to see.
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Those views are super but mostly for everyone else.
The driver will not have time to take his/her eyes off the road much!
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