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Old 02-29-2020, 06:12 PM   #1
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Pacific coast hwy Monterey-Santa Barbara

Can this be done in a 30 ft class C towing a jeep 4 down? I have it mapped out for a coast to coast trip this summer. I realize this is a 2 lane divided hwy for most of this portion. I guess I am asking if you have done this before. The northern portion from Oregon past San Francisco I will be travelling on 101.
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I am used to driving narrow twisty roads, so we didn't have any problems with our 34 foot MH and Ranger toad.

We have done all the way North of Santa Barbra, on the PCH (#1).

It was starting to get a bit busy South of there, so we headed East.

IMHO I would stick to the PCH rather than head up 101. Much more scenic drive, but will take a little longer.

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It is doable. Comfortable, maybe. A north to south drive puts the passenger in position to look down some steep drop offs since they are on the outside. Great view but it comes with a price.
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It is doable. Comfortable, maybe. A north to south drive puts the passenger in position to look down some steep drop offs since they are on the outside. Great view but it comes with a price.
BUT... on the "other hand", going from north to south, all the scenic view points/pull offs will be on the ocean side without having to cross traffic....
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I wouldn't

I've driven this route in a car, and rode my bike from Monterey to Santa Barbra. My opinion is not to do it in your RV. The road is twisting, narrow, and very hilly. You can find yourself making a sharp slow turn with a nasty short elevation change thrown in. Yes, you probably can do it, but I wouldn't. You'll find many impatient and unhappy cars piling up behind you, and from the work out you'll get, you may be tired and cranky as well. Stay somewhere close by, drive it in your toad and enjoy it that way - just my 2 cents!
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It can be done in the MH, but would be a lot more fun in the toad, Whatever you decide to do it in, be sure to watch for road condition and closure signs. The route is closed occasionally when it is raining, or when repair rework is being performed.

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Unfortunately time is an issue so I will have to settle for seeing it in the rv. I will continue researching and take it slow and safe. Probably do a lot of stops at pull offs to look and let cars by.
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Hwy 1 at that point is narrow, two-lane with sharp curves and switchbacks. It's not an easy drive in a RV. You'll be going slow.
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We drove this once in our car and SWORE to never do that again!
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I've driven over it in RV's and with our Miata club several times. Lived in the area.

You'll be fine.

Buy fuel in Monterey as the gas is extremely expensive on that route.

Where are you staying in Monterey? We stay at the Monterey Fairgrounds.

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I've driven over it in RV's and with our Miata club several times. Lived in the area.

You'll be fine.

Buy fuel in Monterey as the gas is extremely expensive on that route.

Where are you staying in Monterey? We stay at the Monterey Fairgrounds.

https://montereycountyfair.com/about-the-rv-park/
Marina dunes rv resort. Seems like it is nice.
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Marina dunes rv resort. Seems like it is nice.
We've stayed there too. You can walk to the beach from there.
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I would honestly skip the Big Sur portion of this route. Yes it makes up half the portion of your trip Monterey to S.B. , but it will take up at least 3/4 of your time.

If you still need some ocean scenery, I would suggest taking Highway 1 from Pacifica (just South of SF) to Monterey. This will take you right along the coast, through Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. Its just as beautiful, a little quicker, and lot more sane, both for you and your passenger.

Stay in Monterey and then take 101 the rest of the way. There will be more ocean views once you get to Pismo and again before and after Santa Barbara. I seriously do not believe you will miss it.

Whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy your trip!

P.S. - I think I saw that you are staying at Marina Dunes RV park, call ahead and make sure you get a spot on the west side of the park. Look at Google Maps to see what I mean. We stayed there once and had a terrific view from our bedroom of the freeway. And the noise was awful. Not a bad park, just half the sites are not positioned well.
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Make a point to stop and do the tour of San Simeon...

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