Jump to content


Icon Welcome to the FMCA Motorhome Forums!

Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and signed in, you will be able to create topics; post replies to existing topics; upload pictures; manage your profile; get your own private messenger; create blogs; and more. Sign up now! Already have an account? Sign in. This message will be removed once you are signed in.


Photo
- - - - -

Trip Planning: Pacific Coast Highway from Canadian border to San Francisco

Pacific Coast Highway Trip Planning 101

  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 Shields

Shields

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 137 posts
  • Location:Orange County, California

Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:48 PM

Greetings everybody,

 

We are planning a trip south from Port Angeles, WA to San Francisco, CA along Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 101).  Our schedule allows about a week for the trip (roughly July 1 to 7).  We drive a 40' diesel pusher with a full size Ford Bronco dinghy.

 

If anyone has information about good camping spots, road concerns, bridge weight limits, local attractions,  etc., it will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much.

 

Tim

 


  • 0
Tim and Beth Shields
40' Monaco Dynasty
F410457
Orange County, California

#2 desertdeals69

desertdeals69

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,199 posts

Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:12 AM

At some point in northern Ca you will want to head inland.


  • 0

#3 kingfr

kingfr

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 226 posts
  • Location:Full Timer - Anywhere USA - Sometimes in Alabama
  • I travel:With Pets, Full-time in my motorhome

Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:45 PM

At some point in northern Ca you will want to head inland.

As long as you stay on 101 you will be fine. You actually have to leave US101 in Northern CA and take CA 1 to ride the coast down to San Francisco. CA 1 is not a fun highway in a 40 ft caoch towing...


  • 0

Frank
Kay - Co-pilot
Allie - Beagle

Rascal - Beagle

2008 Tiffin Phaeton 40QSH
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Toad
F294035
"Not All Who Wander Are Lost"
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood!"


#4 campcop

campcop

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 85 posts
  • Location:Southern New Mexico
  • I travel:With Pets

Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:50 PM




 

As long as you stay on 101 you will be fine. You actually have to leave US101 in Northern CA and take CA 1 to ride the coast down to San Francisco. CA 1 is not a fun highway in a 40 ft caoch towing...

 

Hmmm... we are planning  a trip this summer that is a little opposite ,planning on heading west from NM to visit some friends in Oxnard and then heading up the coast to Washington. Been told to stay inland and do day trips to the coast with the toad....


  • 1
2014 Tiffin Phaeton 40 QBH
2013 Jeep Wrangler
2011 HD FXDC

#5 rbasner65

rbasner65

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts

Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:06 PM

Watch out and beware if you try going over the Golden Gate Bridge. In 1983, in a 34' Pace Arrow the cross-wind pushed me over two lanes dispite all my best efforts! My heart was up in my throat and if there had been any cars next to me they would have been pushed into the bay! If it's a windy day, I'd op to go around SF on the Oakland side! rbasner65 2008 40' Phaeton Diesel
  • 0

#6 kingfr

kingfr

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 226 posts
  • Location:Full Timer - Anywhere USA - Sometimes in Alabama
  • I travel:With Pets, Full-time in my motorhome

Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:10 PM

Just be aware that 101 is not the Coastal Highway in California, it is the Coastal Highway in Oregon and Washington. CA1 is the Coastal Highway in California, from Northern CA all the way to the Los Angeles area. We drove the section of CA 1 from San Francisco north to where it intersects US 101 in Northern CA in a 31 foot Gasser towing a Jeep several years ago. It was an OK drive, a few tight places for the coach. We drove the section of CA 1 from San Francisco down to LA in our 40 footer towing a Jeep last year, It was not an OK drive, but we made it without incident. Many sections of CA 1 are restricted to RV's 40 feet or less. US 101 has no such restrictions.


  • 0

Frank
Kay - Co-pilot
Allie - Beagle

Rascal - Beagle

2008 Tiffin Phaeton 40QSH
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Toad
F294035
"Not All Who Wander Are Lost"
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood!"


#7 desertdeals69

desertdeals69

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,199 posts

Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:57 PM

As long as you stay on 101 you will be fine. You actually have to leave US101 in Northern CA and take CA 1 to ride the coast down to San Francisco. CA 1 is not a fun highway in a 40 ft caoch towing...

 We stayed on 101 where 1 started because I thought it wouldn't be as safe and I have a 32 foot diesel pusher with a Silverado toad.


  • 0

#8 Shields

Shields

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 137 posts
  • Location:Orange County, California

Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:40 PM

Thanks for the input.  We are definitely staying on 101 (not CA 1) south of San Francisco.  However, we were thinking of trying CA 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy) north of San Francisco up to Leggett.  Has anyone driven that leg in a coach our size?

 

If the coast road north of San Francisco is anything like PCH south through Big Sur, count us out.  On the other hand, we love driving along the ocean and will try it if its a decent drive.

 

Has anybody taken a MH on CA 1 from Leggett to San Francisco?  Also, does anybody have recommendations along the Oregon coastline for campsites, food or other "don't miss" opportunities?

 

Once again, thanks SO much for the advice.

 

Tim


  • 0
Tim and Beth Shields
40' Monaco Dynasty
F410457
Orange County, California

#9 desertdeals69

desertdeals69

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,199 posts

Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:58 PM

Thanks for the input.  We are definitely staying on 101 (not CA 1) south of San Francisco.  However, we were thinking of trying CA 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy) north of San Francisco up to Leggett.  Has anyone driven that leg in a coach our size?

 

If the coast road north of San Francisco is anything like PCH south through Big Sur, count us out.  On the other hand, we love driving along the ocean and will try it if its a decent drive.

 

Has anybody taken a MH on CA 1 from Leggett to San Francisco?  Also, does anybody have recommendations along the Oregon coastline for campsites, food or other "don't miss" opportunities?

 

Once again, thanks SO much for the advice.

 

Tim

We always use the Thousand Trails campgrounds on the Or and Wa coasts.  There are four in Or and two in Wa. Going to spend this summer at all of them.


  • 0

#10 bobndorine2

bobndorine2

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30 posts
  • Location:Groveland, Ca

Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:49 AM

Highway 20 Willits to Ft. Bragg is OK, but don't take the Highway #1 from Leggett.

In Oregon the coast highway is great all the way with beautiful scenery and great RV parks and State parks.  Stop at several of the little towns and enjoy things.


  • 0

#11 JimPeoria

JimPeoria

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 8 posts
  • Location:Corvallis, Oregon
  • I travel:With Pets, Full-time in my motorhome

Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:13 PM

Oregon's coast hiway is easy enough but in a 40 footer with a toad it is slow and nerve wracking in places. Lots of really tight curves and very slow traffic around Newport/Lincoln City, but you can get through it, but I suspect it may take longer than a week to make the full trip if you do any sightseeing along the way. A lot of the northern section is really not very close to the coast. Lots of beautiful sights along the way.

 

Would be better to take an extra week and take it easy and get to enjoy some of the shopping and fun stuff to do along the way.

 

Be sure and stop in just south of the bridge in Newport and see the aquarium which is also right by a nice RV park that is right in the bay. I have been the full length of Oregon with my 40 foot pusher with a toad and it can be done just takes a while. Not something you want to do all in one day unless you have to. Just to many things to do and see along the way. Also make sure you have everything strapped down because lots of rocking roads side to side and some really narrow spots.

 

Good luck.


  • 0
If you can read this thank a teacher, if you are reading it in English thank a veteran

2005 Winnebago Vectra
400 Cummins Allison 5 spd.
2011 Kia Soul Toad

#12 srfridley

srfridley

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 42 posts

Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:57 PM

The MIll Casino RV park in North Bend Oregon is a really great place. In Northern CA the Benbow RV park just south of Garberville is a nice park near many redwoods national parks. I have made that trip numerous times with a 36' MH towing an Acura MDX without problems, if you take your time. I would avoid Hwy 1 in CA, it,s just not suitable for a rig of any size. I would also suggest taking Hwy 20 east through lake county to I-5 avoiding the SF Bay Area.
  • 0

#13 Shields

Shields

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 137 posts
  • Location:Orange County, California

Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:24 PM

Thanks so much to all of you.  We are laying out the maps and starting to plan -- with your advice in mind.  We've tentatively decided to spend extra time along the Oregon coast, and in northern CA.  I'll let you all know how it goes.  Thanks again.

 

Tim


  • 0
Tim and Beth Shields
40' Monaco Dynasty
F410457
Orange County, California

#14 Larry196

Larry196

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 101 posts
  • Location:Tulalip,WA
  • I travel:Full-time in my motorhome

Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:08 AM

RED FLAG !!!

going south on 101 you will find a section around mile marker 71 that washed out last summer, and the summer before that, has been some what repaired with loose gravel-this year it took 16 trucks full of gravel and rock to fill the hole-it still is not paved and they have a speed limit of 25 mph through the area. plus the road narrows a great deal.

I have 40 foot and would be hard pressed to go through the area. on the canyon side it slants to the right and drops.

Other than that it is a slow wonderful trip I make quite often


  • 0
Do something every day that scares you - even if just a little bit.
Larry and Rita F428262




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users