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Old 05-12-2021, 12:09 PM   #1
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Highway 1 and 101 Northern California Coast

Curious what input anyone could offer for a trip driving North from San Luis Obispo to Oregon, on highway 1 as long as it goes, then 101.

I did see the other post about 101 from Santa Rosa North (

I am interested to know driving and road conditions, traffic, clearance issues, just any input. I have a 2005 35' Winnebago Adventurer and will be towing a 1995 Wrangler behind.

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There have been a number of posts about the CA #1 south of San Francisco .

I'd want to check the CA DOT site as there were several landslides in the area in the fall.
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:20 PM   #3
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We're full timers that have summered several times in NORCAL and always pick up 101 in Petaluma. We pull a 35' 5th wheel and have had no issues all the way to the Oregon border and a little beyond. There is some slide remediation work going on between Klamath and Crescent City that takes you down to one lane but it's easily navigable.

I can't speak for highway 1 other than the known washout.
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:26 PM   #4
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Washout damage has been repaired, route open to Monterey CA from southern CA.

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Old 05-12-2021, 07:33 PM   #5
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Washout damage has been repaired, route open to Monterey CA from southern CA.

That's incredible and good news. I honestly expected it to take much longer than that. Thanks for the update!!!
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:36 PM   #6
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It's open and at 35 ft you're legal. But..... you won't have fun. Best to stay on the 101.
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Drove that part many years ago on 1 with 27' class C, twisty and slow going at times but what a view! Once was enough with an RV.
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In Manchester beach with my 40ft Dutch Star. Came south on cal#1 from Leggett. I would never recommend or do it again. Had to cross the center line many times to keep from hitting the embankment on the right. Several very steep grades with no shoulder or guard rail. I would take anything but a car on that road. Very pretty scenery my wife tells me, I never saw it, too busy driving!
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Old 05-20-2021, 01:10 PM   #9
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Highway 1 can get really narrow and windy between south of Big Sur and Monterey. I also recommend you skirt around the Bay Area. If you stay on 1 you’ll have to take city streets through San Francisco. With a rig that long I would hop on 101 in Monterey, hit 880N in San Jose, 580 over the Richmond San Rafael bridge then cut back over to 1 north of Petaluma.

If you do drive through SF, try to do it in the middle of the night. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Flyingsquirl View Post
...580 over the Richmond San Rafael bridge...
Be aware that you'll be paying a toll to cross the San Rafael Bridge - depending on how many axles you've got:

3 axles: $16
4 axles: $21
5 axles: $26
6 axles: $31
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