Planning on starting south of San Francisco in June and following the coast to Seattle. Are US 1 and 101 OK for 40' MH plus Toad going south to north? Is it worth it? We have plenty of time and would probably dip into Canada before heading back to Alabama. Any advice or suggestions appreciated. Thanks!
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I'd use the toad to do a day trip or two... The Marine Highlands on the north end on THE WEST SIDE of the Golden Gate. If the weather is right, it's worth staying until the sun sets and you get a fantastic view of the bridge and SF lights.
I would not take HWY 1 to hwy 101 with that long of a rig. Parking around Muir Woods is VERY limited. Find a camp ground for a few days and use the toad to explore hwy 1 and SF.
I've done that ride both directions for lots of trips (only 28') ... but find it no problem if you're careful and take your time. And, yes, as above, the Hwy 101 will be easier, but not nearly as scenic,
I'd runthe Hwy1 coast slow and easy when necessary and go that route. THe Oregon coast and campgrounds are some of the best drives and camping in the country.
There are no Length restrictions for a 40 ft. RV on HWY's 101 or 1, but some of the curves on 1 are really tight. If you're passing another RV on one of those curves it can be "hairy." Here's a quote from a campground that we go to that is on HWY 1, "Motor Homes and Trailers, it is not advised to take Highway One out of Leggett or Mountain View Road out of Boonville or Skaggs Spring Road out of Geyserville or Highway One out of Sausalito." Have a great trip!
Take your time and be sure to travel short distances and spend a few days at each stop. You will be amazed at how many places and things there are to see. If you get a chance to take the jetboats up Rogue river be sure to do so. If you can spend some time in the Monterey area which is South of San Francisco you can visit the Monterey Aquarium. The history of California is amazing. The food is wonderful, and the folks really are quite friendly. You can easily spend a month on that trip. Three months would be better.
We drove Hwy 101 from Crescent City, CA to Cannon Beach, OR a couple of years ago--it was fine (we have a 40'MH towing). We even drove through the Avenue of the Giants in the MH. We stayed at the Redwood KOA there and had our own little Redwood forest at the rv park!
You can't go wrong staying anywhere on the Oregon coast! It is so beautiful. And if you have pets, they are allowed on the beaches. Our little terrier loved it!
For sure, don't take 1 north of the GG bridge, stay on 101 till you get up farther. I like to cross back to 1 at Jenner, taking the Russian River/River Road exit just past Santa Rosa. It's a beautiful easy ride out to the coast that way. All the rest of the way north you shouldn't have any problems, the Oregon coast and Calif redwoods are spectacular and the Oregon state campgrounds are really nice.