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Old 08-09-2014, 10:26 PM   #1
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Hwy 1/101

I have a 34' travel trailer. If it is safe, I would like to take Hwy 1/101 up the coast of California through Oregon and Washington. Any thoughts on that route with a trailer that size?

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Old 08-10-2014, 12:44 AM   #2
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Please wait for feedback from others with more experience but my sister-in-law took her 5th wheel up the coast in California without any problems.
from what I understand there is a section that can be a little scary because of how narrow it is along with land slides.
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Can't speak for CA coast, but drove OR and WA last summer with 40' MH and toad with no problems, but would recommend driving it north to south so all the ocean turn outs are on your right.
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I have done the route SB with a 17' TT. I think you will do fine. For tbe Golden Gate, get on 101 around Daily City. That is the route the commercial busses take. I woukd stay on 101 and bypass Fort Bragg. Although it is very scenic, the strerch from there back to 101 is white knuckle, narrow, steep, and hair pin turns -- all at one time.

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Can't speak for CA coast, but drove OR and WA last summer with 40' MH and toad with no problems, but would recommend driving it north to south so all the ocean turn outs are on your right.
Thinking of driving 101 in summer of 2015 with 34' 5th wheel. No issues with tunnels? I see that there is at least one near sea lion cave. Looked at it with google street view, looks tight for a rv's. If there were other tunnels, you remember where and how tight on average they were? Glad to hear that your trip was a good one.

As for the ca coast on hwy 1, people told me two summers ago in crescent city DON'T TAKE HWY 1 with an rv in california. 101 was no problem from san rafael all the way up to crescent city. Cut over from there to grants pass, tight, but doable.
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Nothing wrong with 101 in Ca. There is a tunnel by the Sea Lion Caves but it is 11ft.8 inches on the outside but curves up quickly. Just went thru there and my 5ver is 12 foot 6 inches.
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Just dont take 101 from Ft Bragg to Legget (101). Its a nicely paved narrow rd with lots of hairpins. Take hwy 20 to Bragg. Its the way the truckets go, and its a much larger rd. I lived in Bragg, and have travelled both way many times.
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I meant to say hwy 1 from Bragg to Legget, which is where you get back on 101.
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I agree with jammer3025. I would avoid hwy 1 north of Ft. Bragg. Very narrow with tight turns in several areas. A lot of bicycle traffic that can bring you to a crawl as there is not room to get around them safely.

Hwy 1 north of San Francisco is just very narrow in spots. There are also some very steep hairpin turns. You can see drag marks in the pavement from trailers at the approaches to some of these turns.

I would recommend hwy 101 to travel north or south. When we stay on the coast in the Ft. Bragg area, I use hwy 20 both to and from the coast. There is also Branscomb Rd. Between hwy 1 and hwy 101@ Laytonville. Friends of mine use that route to stay on the coast north of Ft.Bragg. They are towing 35-40' fivers.
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