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RE: Calif Hwy 101

Going back and checking Caltrans,the section from 101 junction to Legget is closed to Motorhomes over 40',except for a couple of sections. If I remember correctly,there is a sign past Marin City going north on #1,at the intersection of the Panoramic highway,that says buses and vehicles over 30' prohibited beyond this point. The last time I drove that section northbound,I was in my suburban,it was VERY foggy and I had some crazy woman in a BIG BMW sedan pushing me hard. She passed me on a blind curve and 1/2 mile later pulled off in a coffee stop. Nope, so such sign on the 30'. Most of Highway 1 along the coast is restricted to 40 foot and under which is why I put that right in my post. I've done Highway 1 in my 35' motorhome with toad numerous times. If you are afraid of heights and aren't comfortable with curves, then stay off Highway 1. Otherwise it's fine for a 40 foot and under motorhome. The section South of SF is easier than the section North of SF.
msmith1199 12/21/14 11:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Big City RVing

Vegas is easily doable in an RV with a few RV parks right on the strip. There is a KOA at Circus Circus that a lot of people don't like, but I like it because it's right on the strip and not a far walk from the monorail station. In SF there are a couple of choices that are probably real expensive. There is a RV park right on the coast in Pacifica with easy access to SF. There is also an RV park at Candlestick Park but I've never stayed there. With Candlestick now closed I don't know if the RV park stayed open or not. There is also an RV park right next to the Ferry Landing in Larkspur. It's walking distance to the ferry and you can take the ferry right into SF.
msmith1199 12/21/14 08:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Lincoln, NE to San Diego-Warm Weather ASAP

I will be driving to San Diego for New Years and I want to get into warm weather asap, but not going too far out of my way. Would appreciate suggested routes to keep me warm. Didn't you hear about the ice storm that they are expecting to hit San Diego by New Years? Temps in the teens and snow are expected! :)
msmith1199 12/21/14 07:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: Calif Hwy 101

Regardless of what some others have said,the run either up or down the coast is an awesome experience and can be done in any weather. It's just that in the winter you need to make sure,you have well functioning windshield wipers and a good umbrella. (there are also a heck of a lot less vehicles on the road in the winter also) Although I always tell people that Highway 1 is doable in an under 40 foot motorhome, I'd have to say use a lot of caution if you want to travel in the winter months as there are many sections that are prone to mudslides both in Southern sections and the Northern sections. You may find yourself stranded out there, especially with the kind of rain were getting so far this winter.
msmith1199 12/21/14 07:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Calif Hwy 101

In reading posts some folks confuse Hwy 1 with Hwy 101. Hwy 1 is not for big RVs. Hwy 101 is just fine - no drop-offs - nothing scary. Plan to spend a night at Ancient Redwoods RV and take your towed vehicle for some great views of the redwoods and walk the easy trails near 101. It's a beautiful area. The whole trip is great. Have a good one! (But stay off Hwy 1 with your RV) :) Highway 1 and Highway 101 are one in the same in some areas, like going through SF and across the GG bridge. And the OP has a 38' motorhome to he could do Highway 1 if he wanted too, but he said the wife doesn't like windy roads and cliffs so probably best for him to stick to 101.
msmith1199 12/21/14 07:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: Toll Road Speed Limit

how many states have toll roads being from oregon we here about them but we dont have them .when we start traveling this great country i would like to know ahead of time California has a few but most are by-pass roads around the regular freeways so you never have to use them. I drove cross-country over the summer and the only place I had to pay tolls was around Chicago. And I could have avoided that by taking about a 100 mile detour, but I decided to pay the tolls instead. It was a little of a pain as I was paying cash versus having one of their transponders, so you have to stop every few miles and pay the toll takers. Seems like I had to pay at about five different toll booths. California does have the toll bridges and those aren't so easy to avoid, but there are ways around all of them if you want to save $5. Of course you'll burn a lot more than that in gas, but you can get around them.
msmith1199 12/21/14 07:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Game creator buys Beverly Hills home for $70 million

California real estate has generally been a pretty good investment (unless you bought between 2004 and 2007).
msmith1199 12/21/14 06:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: I'd like some clarity on the California towing speed limit

These speed limit threads are entertaining! I'm one of those "john donkeys" who follow the 55 mph limit pretty closely. I've been driving since 1965, and towing things since 1971 so I've got a few miles under my belt. My cruise control is usually set on 58 mph when on the freeways, because that's what I feel is a good compromise between safety and economy. In all the years I've been driving I can't recall a single instance when people have flipped me off for my speed, or driven up my tailpipe. I don't know if I'm just lucky or what - people seem to be able to pass me with no drama. I also try to pull over if I've got cars behind me on a 2-lane road - but I make sure I can do it safely, and I signal my intentions. You live in San Jose and you've never been tailgated? Really?
msmith1199 12/21/14 06:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I'd like some clarity on the California towing speed limit

California did indeed impose a Temporary Maximum Speed Limit {VC 22348(a)} to avoid losing Federal funding. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, buying fuel on even or odd days and service station lines longer than those at Costco. No individual ever got a ticket for violating the NMSL. I remember those days. I think some people going to or from Las Vegas would argue the point of one getting citations. That was a big deal for a while in the Vegas papers about the California Highway Patrol (CHP) running convoys at 55 MPH. Pass the patrol vehicle and get pulled over for the violation. The pack then speeds up, and runs into the next CHP vehicle and everyone following him at 55. He said nobody ever got a ticket for violating a national speed limit law. It's just a semantics thing. The feds mandates and the States passed the laws. So it was a state law violation. And yes CHP enforced the 55 mph limit when we had it.
msmith1199 12/21/14 06:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toll Road Speed Limit

It wouldn't happen in California. Vehicle code prohibits writing speeding tickets based on calculating the time of a vehicle between points. Isn't that how the CHP does it with their planes? The plane would time the cars between 2 lines on the highway?The planes use VASCAR. The timing equipment is on the plane. It is calibrated and the operator is certified. It measures the time a vehicle takes to pass between the start and the end of a known distance, usually a quarter of a mile. Using the time elapsed between passing two toll gantries is not as exact and there is no observer. Not in California. It's done like Alan said. The speed of the plane is calculated between the two points and the plane either matches, or flies slightly slower than the car (or cars) they are pacing. VASCAR is not legal to be used in California as timing a vehicle between two points to determine speed is not legal. It's actually a really old law that's been on the books for decades, I don't know why they don't just repeal it. It would be a lot easier for the flight crews to just time a vehicle between the two points, versus timing the airplane.
msmith1199 12/21/14 05:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I'd like some clarity on the California towing speed limit

Golden HVAC/Fred, I would sure be curious where you heard: "Congress wrote the speed limit laws around 1973 - 75. Congress (Federal Govt) does not write speed limit laws Au contrail, just google "National Maximum Speed Law" and you'll find the following: "The National Maximum Speed Law (NMSL) in the United States was a provision of the 1974 Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act that prohibited speed limits higher than 55 mph speed limit sign being erected in response to the National Maximum Speed Law. The National Maximum Speed Law (NMSL) in the United States was a provision of the 1974 Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act that prohibited speed limits higher than 55 miles per hour (90 km/h). It was drafted in response to oil price spikes and supply disruptions during the 1973 oil crisis. While officials hoped gasoline consumption would fall by 2.2%, actual savings are estimated at between 0.5% and 1%. The law was widely disregarded by motorists, and most states subversively opposed the law. Actions ranged from proposing deals for exemption to de-emphasizing speed limit enforcement. The NMSL was modified in 1987 and 1988 to allow up to 65 mph (105 km/h) limits on certain limited access, rural roads. Congress repealed the NMSL in 1995, fully returning speed limit setting authority to the states. The law's safety benefit is disputed as research found conflicting results." So yes, Congress can and does indeed write speed limit laws. The max 55 law is something different than what was being discussed. And States did not have to follow that law except that the Feds tied it to Federal Highway tax dollars which didn't get the states much of a choice. I think it was North Dakota wasn't it that finally told the feds to keep their money and raised the speed limit?
msmith1199 12/21/14 01:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I'd like some clarity on the California towing speed limit

I heard you get better fuel economy at 75mph because yer engine doesn't run as long getting to the destination. We upgraded with air bags and toilet paper oil filter so we go, like, 60? in CA most of the time, eh? What we like about Utah! is hardly anyone is speeding on the I15. You heard wrong on that fuel consumption at 75. Your engine may not run as long, but it will suck more gas, at least for any motorhome. Each different type of vehicle will have an optimum speed that gets it the best MPG. Motorhomes will suck a lot more fuel at 75 versus 55. A corvette on the other hand may have an optimal MPG speed in the 75 or higher range.
msmith1199 12/21/14 01:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I'd like some clarity on the California towing speed limit

Although people on here have told of getting tickets for going more than 55 with the toad, I can tell you I have also lived in California all my life and when I have the toad out on the freeway I'm usually doing between 60 and 65 and have never been stopped or even given a second look by CHP. Big rigs are also limited to 55 but try doing 55 in the right lane out on I-5 and you'll get run over. CHP is looking more for safety violations versus simply the speed.
msmith1199 12/20/14 09:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toll Road Speed Limit

It wouldn't happen in California. Vehicle code prohibits writing speeding tickets based on calculating the time of a vehicle between points.
msmith1199 12/20/14 08:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice on theft and real world realities

Broken into, yes. Stolen, not as often. There are lots of valuables in most motorhomes so yeah, they get broken into often. Mostly while their in storage as opposed to set up in a campground. I have heard of cases of motorhomes being stolen, but it doesn't happen that often.
msmith1199 12/20/14 08:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Building Permit Cost per State and City for New Home

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msmith1199 12/20/14 06:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: Building Permit Cost per State and City for New Home

Well, I can tell you this for a fact. We were at our Son-in-law's brother's home in Livermore, CA a few years ago with our daughter and her hubby (our Son-in-law) and they were discussing/comparing property taxes on their homes. I can assure that our home is much larger (nearly double), more deluxe, and our property size in Michigan is appprox 3 times the size the home we were in and yet the home we were in the annual property taxes were more than 3 times ours. Nor did the CA home have a large pole building like ours that is finished off to look the same as our home, heated, and 50 amp 220 electric, plus has plumbing and running water and connected to our septic system. Nor did it have any out building. Now tell me again that property taxes in California are lower than in Michigan! Ours are a lot less than 1% per year of "fair market vakue" and NO personal property tax. Our daughter's brick 3 story home here approx 8.3 miles south of ours is 9 years old now and has 5984 sq ft finished, a 3 stall garage, on a 1.07 acre hardwood and pines lot across the road from Lake Michigan in a uppity sub of all very large homes under 10 years old, and her property taxes are less than the small home we were in in Livermore. My primary care doctor is her neighbor. Please tell me more? You have me confused. Who said property taxes were lower in Michigan than California? I don't recall that being the discussion at all. I personally have no idea what the taxes are like in Michigan. On Edit: Oh, I do see somebody mentioned the rates now. In California the base rate is 1% of the assessed value. I see the property tax rate in Michigan is 1.62% of the assessed value. So yes rates are cheaper in California. But it's not about size of the house, it's about value of the house. A 5000 square foot house in Barstow is going to be valued at a fraction of the cost of a 900 square foot house on Malibu beach.
msmith1199 12/20/14 02:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: Can you back up with a toad 4 down

SDcampowner has no problems backingup. Trouble is he is backing up a 5th wheel not a toad. Check his postings He thinks a toad car is just the same as a four wheel trailer that has a steerable axle in the front like a wagon. Look at his original post, He thinks it's the same. He doesn't realize that in a toad car the tow bar does not turn the front wheels like the tow bar on a wagon.
msmith1199 12/20/14 10:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can you back up with a toad 4 down

But sometimes you have to back up? Don't you find it very unpleasant to be stuck with something you cannot back up unless you unhook? I will check this out and think a lot before I take a decision on a toad. Don't get yourself into a situation where you have to back up. In 12 years I've only got myself into that position three times. Tried backing it anyway only once and the wheels slammed to one side. The next two times I disconnected.
msmith1199 12/20/14 10:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can you back up with a toad 4 down

From all the post, it seem mostly not doable, too much risk either to the toad or to the poor driver sitting in the toad. I also read somwhere that even a dooly is pretty hard to back up. I do not have a toad yet, I bring my scooter on a platform. I do not like the idea of not being able to back up. Of course, you can allways disconnect, how much of trouble is it? Any advice on the type of hook up? Correct. You notice there is only one person trying to convince you to do it and he thinks it's the same as backing a trailer. Clearly he does not know what he's talking about.
msmith1199 12/19/14 11:01pm Class A Motorhomes
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