Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-22-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
Senior Member
Rmiscoord's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 220
Driving in San Francisco

Note to self: DO NOT drive through down town San Francisco again.
While driving up 101, I wanted to show my DW SF and the Golden Gate Bridge as she had not been there. Well between Sat. afternoon drivers who will not let me change lanes and relieing way to much on my GPS, lets just say I drove hills my Jeep Wrangler toad would have choked on and made coners that had cars scattering , left homeless people wide eyed , and with all that and I hit no parked car mirrors, telephone poles, or scraped bottom . Some idiots are just lucky I guess.

We did make it to the bridge and had a nice rainy and windy trip up 101 to Olympia WA.

2005 Itasca Meridian 34H w/350 Cat
plus 450 W solar power
2009 Jeep Wrangler
Rmiscoord is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-22-2012, 05:40 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
RickO's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Litchfield Park, Arizona
Posts: 10,530

Glad it all turned out OK but I'm sure that was pretty nerve wracking. As you said..."don't ever do that again"! At least your GPS didn't take you down Lombard Street.


Rick, Nancy, Peanut & Lola our Westie Dogs & Bailey the Sheltie.

2007 Itasca Ellipse 40FD
RickO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 07:12 PM   #3
Senior Member
scenic route's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,767
Now THAT'S what I call taking the 'Scenic Route'! Not being bored has to score high on the 'value added' tote board.
YOU sir, are my hero!

Top Ten Reasons to Drive Though the Streets of San Francisco in a Recreational Vehicle:

#10. Not much to see on the interstates
# 9. Great fishing off the Golden Gate Bridge
# 8. Had an uncontrollable urge for a bread bowl of clam chowder
# 7. Prerequisite driving prior to negotiating Wal-Mart parking lots
# 6. The flowers are blooming on Lombard Street
# 5. Looking for Carl Malden
# 4. Get a picture of the Rig & Toad on Pier 39 to prove visit
# 3. Pick up some 'take out' in China Town
# 2. Big Rig intimidation of the city bike messengers
# 1. Cable Car/Big Rig racing

Bob :-)
Jan and Bob

RIP 'Squeaky'
scenic route is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 08:23 PM   #4
Senior Member
Wolfpack Fan's Avatar
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 851
I feel you, really I do. We had only had our motorhome, a 33' for a few months when we decided, Hey let's take the motorhome to the Kraft Hunger Bowl game and tailgate. It was one of the BCS bowls and our son was playing in it. WOW! what an interesting experience driving in SF. I do have to compliment someone that was polite enough to let me change lanes, when I realized I was in the wrong one. This was downtown. Wouldn't have much mattered anyhow, because I wasn't going to move until I could get in the lane I needed. I don't know that we'll be doing that trip again anytime soon.
Harley Ultra Classic (Geezer Glide) Rider, Retired US Army Paratrooper, fisherman, shooter. Proud to have served, proud of those that still do, or have done so with pride.
2005 National Dolphin 34'
Wolfpack Fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 08:34 PM   #5
Senior Member
Finhawk's Avatar

Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Olympia, Wa and Las Vegas, Nv for the Winter
Posts: 1,481
I didn't like it in a Subaru. I guess I've lost my sense of advednture in my old age
2012 Itasca Meridian 42E, Roadmaster Tow System, Unified Brakes on Toad
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. US Army Armor. Ret
Finhawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 08:42 PM   #6
Senior Member
toadog's Avatar
National RV Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Snohomish ,WA
Posts: 419
I learn what not to do every day. Thank you!
Bob & Rita Bazley, the pups Tia & Kali ( shi-poohs)
97 Dolphin 36'
toadog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 09:13 PM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2008
Location: On the Road
Posts: 324
Will you be able to wear those pants again?

'07 Bounder Diesel 38N
'08 Jeep Liberty Pusher
SSteve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 09:30 PM   #8
Senior Member
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,385
Actually you CAN drive in S.F. Just avoid Downtown, Mission, Chinatown, Castro. That leaves Sunset, Richmond, Marina: flat and foggy.
2003 Dolphin LX 6355 w/ W22 chassis; 8.1L gas & Allison 1000
Scooter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 09:58 PM   #9
Senior Member
slickest1's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: B.C.
Posts: 3,940
Going through Seattle in evening rush was good enough for me. I'm sure that is pretty tame compared to what you did. My hat is off to you, you made it through without a mishap.
Dennis & Marcie & Captain Hook The Jack Russell,aka PUP, 1998 HR Imperial 40 ft RVM59
A good day on the road means a better night at the park!
slickest1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 10:03 PM   #10
Senior Member
UFO Pilot's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sonoma County, CA
Posts: 4,930
I drove a utility company bucket truck in San Francisco for a few years but I wouldn't consider driving my MH on any of the San Francisco surface streets.
Wayne & Roberta and Maggie the Miracle Dog
08 Winnebago Destination 39W Gas UFO Workhorse Chassis
Making the Journey in our Destination

UFO Pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 10:25 PM   #11
Senior Member
Aguyfromcalg's Avatar
Forest River Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 859
I had no problem driving in my 30ft class c from my wife's relatives place in Salinas to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. But did not enjoy driving on the interstate at Salt Lake City during a torrential thunder storm :(
2010 Coachmen Freelander 30QB E450 V10
Have Kids Will Travel
Aguyfromcalg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 01:05 AM   #12
Senior Member
Arch Hoagland's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Clovis, CA, USA
Posts: 6,505
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.
2004 Monaco La Palma 36DBD, W22, 8.1, 7.1 MPG
2000 LEXUS RX300 FWD 22MPG 4020 LBS

Don't know where I'm going, spose I'll get there anyway.
Arch Hoagland is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2012, 01:25 AM   #13
dean0283's Avatar
Country Coach Owners Club
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Fremont, Ca
Posts: 49
Man, I live near SF and if I did that I would need a Dr. (of the medical variety), to gently remove the seat. I don't even like driving my motorcycle in that traffic.

I really don't know how bus drivers do it.

Glad the rest of your trip went good.
2006 Allure 430 #31437 (Cummins 400HP Engine), 2000 Tahoe Z71 Toad, Sanger V210 Ski Boat. Lifetime Good Sam Member, Lifetime NRA Member, US Army Vet
dean0283 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2012, 12:20 PM   #14
Senior Member
JacknKay's Avatar
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 597
We drove the RV across the bridge, (easy) but got off on 19th Ave and when down to I-280. I would not like to drive down Lombard to Van Ness Ave. Just too busy. I would suggest that if you have a toad, park the RV and see the sights. If you don't, call Enterprise or some other rental company to drive around the city. I would expect it's not much different in any other large city though.

Jack & Kay
2015 Allegro 32CA Ford Chassis
FMCA #341229
JacknKay is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
RV Maintenance/Service Question in NJ Rkc02 iRV2.com General Discussion 3 03-25-2012 11:42 AM
Rust in windshield channel wagonmaster2 Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 9 03-24-2012 03:59 PM
Dishwasher opening when driving Shardan1 Travel Supreme Owner's Forum 9 03-23-2012 07:11 PM
Camping in or near Zion/Bryce NP Catcoach Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 6 03-23-2012 02:39 PM
Location of OBD plug-in on 1999 V10 Ford on Holiday Rambler Vacationer Jim L Class A Motorhome Discussions 7 03-22-2012 05:35 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:04 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.