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Old 05-26-2018, 04:29 PM   #1
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California Hwy 101 with a trailer

Has anyone gone down the Coast with a trailer? We have a 26' 5th wheel and are wondering where we'll spend the nights. Can't find info on camping. Doesn't seem to be any Walmarts or truck stops or parks. How about motels with parking for trailers? Also, what were your favorite sights?
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Old 05-26-2018, 05:58 PM   #2
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I think you may be confusing Hwy 101 with Highway 1.

101 is a great highway that is easily traveled. There are many places we to camp along 101.
But you can't overnight at any of the Walmarts and the 101 goes inland most of the way, not the coast.



It's Highway 1 that has issues.
In fact, I think it's still closed South of Big Sur.
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RV Parky is a good app that will give you a lot of info on campsites.
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:45 PM   #4
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CA Hwy 1 and 101

Thank you all for your responses!!! Very helpful.
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Thank you all for your responses!!! Very helpful.
So, were you talking about the 101 or Highway 1?
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CA Hwy 1 and 101

It has been a long time since I drove the Coast. As I recall, sometimes you were on 1 and sometimes 101. So, to answer your query, I was talking about both. Want to see the ocean as much as possible. I recall some large parking lots for beach goers. But it has been probably 35 years. Argh!

I grew up in LA and my husband grew up in Fresno. He wants to do the aquarium and I'd like to see Hearst Castle again. But mainly I need a beach fix. Smell the salt air. Fish from a pier.
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It has been a long time since I drove the Coast. As I recall, sometimes you were on 1 and sometimes 101. So, to answer your query, I was talking about both. Want to see the ocean as much as possible. I recall some large parking lots for beach goers. But it has been probably 35 years. Argh!

I grew up in LA and my husband grew up in Fresno. He wants to do the aquarium and I'd like to see Hearst Castle again. But mainly I need a beach fix. Smell the salt air. Fish from a pier.
101 goes along the coast part of the time but most of there time it's inland.
Highway 1 splits off and comes back again, to 101 from LA to Leggett.

Currently, a middle section of Highway 1, in Big Sur, is closed till 9/30/18. So you can't drive through, from Monterey to San Simeon. You could only drive about halfway and have to turn back around and drive back to Monterey and 101.
Based on that, is stay on 101 and enjoy the beach in Pismo, Morro Bay and Monterey, if you decide to go to Hearst.
Going to Hearst Castle would require turning onto Highway 1 at San Luis Obispo to Hearst and then backtracking to San Luis Obispo.
There is a short cut, from 1 to 101, on 41. I wouldn't take 46 as it is really windy and slow.

Beach parking lots are not free and fill up early, during the summer.
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I've driven the 101 from the Oregon border all the way down to LA. All parts of it are fine for towing. In Northern California above Santa Rosa you can't throw a stick without hitting an RV park it seems. The 101 pretty much follows the beach from the Oregon border to about Eureka. Lots to see in the redwoods and the Ancient Redwoods RV Park in Redway on the Avenue of the Giants is great.

Once you get south of Eureka you won't see the beach except for across the Golden Gate Bridge until Pismo Beach on the Central Coast (my area). Hearst Castle is on highway one but that highway is closed in Big Sur due to a mud slide 1 1/2 years ago, it should open later this summer.

Hwy 1 looks tempting but from Monterey to Cambria it would be difficult in a trailer even if it wasn't closed off at Big Sur.

RV Parky is a good resource for parks and let me know and I can share any that I have stayed at.
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CA Hwy 1 and 101

Thanks for the specific info. We'd like to go at the end of the summer; so, I may contact you then for specific places you have stayed.

Thank you so much for you help!
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I think you may be confusing Hwy 101 with Highway 1.

101 is a great highway that is easily traveled. There are many places we to camp along 101.
But you can't overnight at any of the Walmarts and the 101 goes inland most of the way, not the coast.



It's Highway 1 that has issues.
In fact, I think it's still closed South of Big Sur.
If you are familiar with 101, I would appreciate your advice. I am a Floridian interested in avoiding mountain Interstates like the Interstate 5 "grapevine" north of LA basin. Is the 101 a good way to get from Simi Valley to Paso Robles area without hairy mountain grades/curves? Don't mind heavy traffic as much as mountain grades. Towing 26-ft trailer with Dodge Ram 1500.
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