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Old 03-27-2012, 01:25 PM   #15
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Whats it like if you pass through @ 3AM....a little more pleasing?
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I drove in downtown San Francisco once around ten years ago. NEVER AGAIN! EVER! Whoever designed the traffic flow patterns was drunk, high on crack, or, most likely, both!
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Note to self: Remember what Rmiscoord said!
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:09 PM   #18
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San Francisco is one city that you cannot traverse from north to south without driving through inner city streets. There is no freeway connecting Marin County with South SF - you're going to have to navigate city streets.

Not for the faint of heart RVer if you happen to have a big rig Class A or 5er.

Best advice if you are not comfortable with inner city RVing is to circumvent SF and go inner city in your toad!

I might add that you can enter the city via freeway from Oakland -across the "Bay Bridge" and proceed to the Pacifica-located SF RV Resort, which is a magnificent on the ocean RV resort just a few minutes south of SF. I grew up in the SF Bay Area many years ago and must say that our recent stay in Pacifica was the perfect RVer place to stay and then explore SF.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:23 AM   #19
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My favorite place to stay in the sf bay area is in Pacifica.



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Old 03-28-2012, 11:21 AM   #20
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I loved living thee about 25 years ago. Ran all over The City, down into Silicon Valley and up into Napa/Marrin in my little D50 manual 5 speed pick-me-up truck. That was fun.

But, pulling a trailer or driving a big rig, no no. No way in hadies.
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:56 PM   #21
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You don't EVER want to go on the Bay Bridge. Trust me. When we come to SF from the north and want to pass thru, to the south..........take the first right turn off the Golden Gate bridge, go thru two tunnels and make a right onto Lake Street. Go past 25th Avenue and make a left onto Clement St. Go as far as you can to the Great Highway and go left, past the beach, past the zoo and south to your destination. A lot of folks take 19th Avenue thru the middle of SF, to go south. Don't do this !
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You don't EVER want to go on the Bay Bridge. Trust me. When we come to SF from the north and want to pass thru, to the south..........take the first right turn off the Golden Gate bridge, go thru two tunnels and make a right onto Lake Street. Go past 25th Avenue and make a left onto Clement St. Go as far as you can to the Great Highway and go left, past the beach, past the zoo and south to your destination. A lot of folks take 19th Avenue thru the middle of SF, to go south. Don't do this !
Just out of curiosity, what's the clearance/height on those tunnels?
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No problems on the Bay Bridge for us with 43' Class A and a toad. Beautiful, scenic way to enter the city!
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Never again for me too! Drove 101N thru downtown SF a few years back when we had the class C and experienced what the other posters have said about merging or changing lanes. Then (my bad) miscalculated my speed and clearance and hit my right side mirror on the toll booth which scares the hell out of the DW when the mirror shattered. That was a bad lesson learned and an experience that reminds me not to drive thru there again.
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DHart: You are three times the man I am. Commuter traffic came to my mind. 6 to 9 am and 4 to 7 pm are usually BAD. East Bay locals and commuters show you no mercy. North Bay locals are a little more mellow.

Finhawk: Don't know exactly. Our MH is 12'5", probably about 14'.
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We've taken our RV's through S.F. several times on 101 over the past 25 years.

You have to study the map before hand so you know where you are going to be turning way in advance so you can get in the proper lane.

With my coach I turn on the turn signal and wait for someone to let me in and if they don't I just start edging over. That's how the buses there do it and people give in when it starts getting tight for them.

I find it kinda fun actually.
I ran into that situation many years ago in Spokane, Wa. I was driving a semi W/40' trailer E bound on I90. Took off ramp for Highway 2 N bound. From off ramp you turned left under I90. I knew the town well enough that I know I had to move left at least one lane or go into Down town Spokane and I wasn't about to do that. I had about 4 blocks to make the lane change. It was about 7AM and NOBODY was going to let me in. After about 2 blocks I just quit looking in the mirror and gradually moved right. I never head any crunch and I changed lanes. I made that trip several times and had to do the same thing every time.
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AS JacknKay illuded to, use I-280 and 19th Ave. There is a lot of traffic but what about I-405 around LA? I have navigated around SF many times with a 40' MH and it is really a piece of cake.

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I ran into that situation many years ago in Spokane, Wa. I was driving a semi W/40' trailer E bound on I90. Took off ramp for Highway 2 N bound. From off ramp you turned left under I90. I knew the town well enough that I know I had to move left at least one lane or go into Down town Spokane and I wasn't about to do that. I had about 4 blocks to make the lane change. It was about 7AM and NOBODY was going to let me in. After about 2 blocks I just quit looking in the mirror and gradually moved right. I never head any crunch and I changed lanes. I made that trip several times and had to do the same thing every time.
Spokane drivers are almost as bad as LA drivers. Was stationed there for two years and spent two more years at Cheney Normal School. That intersection can drive you nuts.
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