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Old 08-28-2010, 01:33 PM   #1
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I have read about driving the PCH in southern CA, but what about from Leggett south? I have heard it is not a friendly road for RV's. We are still planning on taking our 36' 5th wheel for a trip there this November.
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California 1 heading south of Leggett is or can be a scary drive especially towing a larger rig such as yours. Hwy 101 is much easier, more comfortable, and perhaps safer, etc. I drove Hwy 1 a few years ago in a 28 foot motorhome and personally I'd only take that portion of Hwy 1 again if I had a need to visit a particular place such as Ft Bragg.
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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.
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Thanks Chuck,
You pretty much confirmed what I believed. We have had RV's pretty much around the country. Out here on 101, 199, 299, etc. I believe we will make the trip and just not be in a hurry.

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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.
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Beautiful country but the reviews on the road are spot on. Take your time and be careful... especially headed south since that big blue thing on your right will be the Pacific Ocean and it's often times hundreds of feet straight down from the edge of the road.

Use care too if you decide to pull over to take photos, etc since the shoulders can be soft and give way under the weight of a large rig. This happened in the Blue Ridge Mtns just last week I believe and 7 people got the ride of their lives.
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You will be fine on 1. Sometimes you just go a little slow. The views are awesome. Enjoy your trip.
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For me...I drove from Willits to Fort Bragg with M/H and toad. Parked the M/H at an RV park and used toad to do day trips South to Duncan Mills and next day North to Leggett. Worked for me and did not require a change of underwear. Returned to Willits and did 101 to Astoria Oregon.
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You can have a look on UTube.com to see, if you find your planned stretch of the Highway. Take the drive south on the Highway. DW will hang over the edge!!!

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If they say" El Monte Rents" on the front , that will make you change your shorts cause this is probably their first time in an RV.

Ha ha aint that the truth.

A couple of years ago I cut across from Reno to the coast and then south. What a drive.
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Smile Thanks to everybody

Thanks to all of you for your input on my question. Speed is not of the essence, so I think it will be worthwhile. We are looking for some slow time and relaxation after another season of managing a RV resort in northern California on 101.
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I would recommend against taking any vehicle larger than an automobile on CA Hwy 1 from US 101, Exit 445 (just north of Sausalito) to Stinson Beach. This section is narrow curvy and mountainous, and is very slow going even in a car (many sections of 20 MPH speed limit).

If you're northbound, Stay on US 101 at least as far north as San Rafael, and then use Sir Francis Drake Blvd to cut over to SR 1. Even this road is narrow and rough. Better yet, stay on US 101 N to Petaluma, and then use Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd to get to the coast. This route has the added advantage of going past the Marin French Cheese Company, so you can stop, taste, perhaps purchase, perhaps have a picnic.

Southbound, the same advice applies. If you stay on SR 1 all the way to Stinson Beach, then turn around and use one of the above two routes to get over to US 101.
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Did it several years ago in 40 ft. DP towing Jeep from Morro Bay to Astoria, Ore. Beautiful scenery. Pucker factor is high now and then but depending on time of year I would do it again.
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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.
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