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gfs1943

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I'm looking to travel from Crescent City, California to Yreka, California in late summer. Mapquest and other trip planners want me to take US199 from just north of Crescent City to Grants Pass, Oregon, and take I5 down to Yreka.

I see on a California DOT map that US199 is prohibited to some longer vehicles from just outside Crescent City to the Oregon border. Looking at the highway on Google Earth, I don't really see the reason for that. Although it's mostly two-lane, it looks like a standard-width road, with plenty of turnouts to let traffic get past.

I'm driving a 36-foot coach, towing a Honda CR-V. I see pictures of other RVs towing similar on this highway. Also see mobile homes in some of the small towns along the way -- they weren't airdropped, so a truck must have towed them in.

Please tell me about your experience driving this highway. It's a really long way to get out to I5 any other way. Thanks!


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I drove the route 2 years ago. Not bad, but a bit twisty turny through the most beautiful redwoods. Take your time, it is not a fast trip. From everything that I have read this route is better than 299 by a bunch. I was towing a 30 foot travel trailer with no problems. I was very cognizant of the need to use the turnouts to avoid follower frustration. Have a good trip.


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US199 is a well traveled and maintained highway. Logging trucks and all sizes of motor homes travel this route. The section from Cresent City to Jedi Smith State Park is very windey and climbs over a mountain. I would go north to North Bank Road and bypass this section.





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Hwy 199 is fine. Slow in places, but no surprises. I would not take any alternates.


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Check out this Calif. Oversize Motorhome Guide for highways. It states this applies for 40' and over.

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I've done it several times in a class A towing. It's a beautiful drive that would be the highlight of most trips and you will be glad you did. The Smith River is spectacular.
Nothing even close to prohibitive for a rig your size.


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I drove that route about two years ago and it was not bad. It does have a lot of switch backs, but it was a very scenic route. Not bad for a coach.


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Just travelled this route last Thursday Jan. 31st, in a 36 foot MH with toad and had no problems. As stated, the giant Redwoods in Jedi are close to the road and so the hwy twists through them. A beautiful trip! You should have no problems. Enjoy!

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Has anybody here done it in a 45 footer?


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MRUSA wrote:

Has anybody here done it in a 45 footer?

The Cal trans link above indicates, "The term "over-length bus and motorhome" applies to single-unit buses and motorhomes that are more than 40' in length." Cal trans says not to do it.

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