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Old 12-28-2019, 01:00 PM   #1
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Redding CA to the coast

Is route 299 from Redding CA to the coast big rig appropriate?
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I made the mistake of driving it with a CC, LB dually towing a 40' 5er. It took me about 4 hrs, maximum driving speed was about 30 MPH, narrow highway with very few places to pull out and allow faster traffic to pass.
I suggest you open Google maps, zoom in on Redding, switch to satellite view, then follow the highway all the way to 101.
The Rand McNally Motor Carrier's Road Atlas does not identify it as acceptable for big rigs either.


If you are skilled with driving your rig and have a lot of patience it is doable though.
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If coming up the interstate take Hwy 20 west just above San Francisco and then take Hwy 101 northward.

299 is doable but very slow and nerve-wracking with impatient drivers behind you.
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I've towed over 299 several times -- not a bad road, plenty of pullouts if traffic builds up behind you. Be aware that they are always doing construction on the road because the soils are unstable in several places. Not a deal killer, but something to factor in when you are planning.
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I've towed over 299 several times -- not a bad road, plenty of pullouts if traffic builds up behind you. Be aware that they are always doing construction on the road because the soils are unstable in several places. Not a deal killer, but something to factor in when you are planning.
Keep in mind you are pulling a 10' trailer and he is driving a 45' MH. Some pullouts aren't big enough for him.
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We're entering the state from Reno, past Tahoe.
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We're entering the state from Reno, past Tahoe.
You could take I-80 west to 20 to 101.

What is your destination? From Reno you could also take 395 north into Oregon. We've use 395 to 139/39 to 97 north into Oregon with our 40' MH. From Klamath Falls we too 140 west or if you want to check out Crater Lake NP take 97 to Chiloquin then 62. (Collier Memorial State Park is very nice). We've also done 62 to I-5 and stayed at Joseph Stewart State Rec Area on 62.

You could also take 138 west from Diamond Lake to Roseburg at I-5 in Oregon.

Other times we took 97/20 through Bend to Sisters, OR then 126/20 into Eugene, OR at I-5.

Depending where you want to go there are many options and beautiful country to explore.

All routes are good with a long RV.
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I have done 299 in a 40 ft mh towing our 20ft enclosed trlr and another time towing our crewcab pickup. I would do it again, its not that bad.
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routes to coast

Looks like you are not prohibited.

https://dot.ca.gov/-/media/dot-media...busmap-d02.pdf
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We have gone east to west on 299 with 38' towing JGC.

Be patient! And enjoy.
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Our intention is to explore the coast, popping inland as required to visit other places on our bucket list such as Crater Lake.
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Our intention is to explore the coast, popping inland as required to visit other places on our bucket list such as Crater Lake.
If Crater Lake is on your list, then do what TwoGypsies said. Also, if you, get a site at the Mazama CG, as they at least have some hookups, if that is important. Not sure if you are planning on getting there now, if so - check snow conditions as most of the park may not be accessible.
From there, you can go on 62 to I5, then to Grants Pass and then on to the coast on Hwy 199. Lot of people don't like the road as it is narrow in places, but we have done it our 35' MH pulling a toad. Not a big deal - very scenic, but driver does not get to watch as you need to pay attention to the road. Once at Smith River, Ca, you have the option of North or South on the Hwy 101.
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