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Did the PCH 2 years ago from LA to Oregon with our 37-0 motorhome and toad. Some of the switchbacks will make you real nervous. If you cut a little to tight the overhanging rocks will redesign your MH. The trip although beautiful wore my ass out. Get ready for some real expensive camp sites and fuel.


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My suggestion would be to head west to Bakersfield then get on I-5 and head north to Salem, OR. Turn west at Salem to HWY 101 and travel southbound. The scenic viewpoints will all be on the right side so you would not have to deal with cross traffic when pulling in to see the fantastic views.

We did that in a 40' motorhome and towing. There are a few tight turns, but I never had to get over the centerline to make the curve.

Since you have more time heading north than south, you could reverse what I said, but cross traffic can be pretty hectic during the summer.


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E side of the sierras is nice and would be my choice. The greater LA area is a nightmare, and I drive it once a month from San Diego to Goleta. 101 does not get picturesque until you clear Ventura. Beware rush hours through Santa Barbara too.

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Good idea. I would go up 395 past Reno stay on the East Side of the Cascades, probably Bend over Santiam Pass to the Coast. Take the Coast road going home.
Avoid the Valley and I- 5. Newport is a great place. They still have a commercial fishing fleet.

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We have done I5 North to Williams, CA. West on highway 20 which drops you out on the 101 near Willits, CA and then 101 North up the coast. Done it with the 40' FW and the 36' MH and trailer.

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Go south on 101 better access to view points and easier to get back on the highway turning right than left! You have a ambitious schedule. The route from Reno via Klamath falls and crossing to Eugene is the easy climb. Go as far north in Oregon on I- 5 as you have time then cut over most roads are fine but the further north the more you climb the “small “ coast range and back down to the sea All very doable but I’ve lived there my whole life and don’t know your comfort level Driving . Now come down 101 . I don’t know where all the switchbacks and close overhangs are but they aren’t on 101 ! ... it’s a major highway ... trucks use highway! 1 maybe in calif but that’s 1 not 101 . The north coast has lots to see and do different from the south coast but you know your timeline. Have a great visit ! Oregon State parks are fantastic and midweek availability can usually be had if you stop early


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old guy wrote:

be sure you call and make reservations at the parks you want to stay at. this time
of year it is almost impossible to get in to them. don't wait do it now


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wildmanbaker wrote:

Second the reservations. 101 is a great drive, but slow, with lots of bad road and construction. Well worth the time and drive.


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CA Traveler wrote:

If possible go up to Ft Stevens State Park. Visit the Maritime Museum in Astoria which is very interesting. The line across the street at the Bowpicker is for excellent Fish and Chips. Take the $2 waterfront trolly trip. You won't regret the trip further north. The OR/CA border is the only higher elevation pass and not to bad.

Several of the roads from 5 to 101 in OR are OK, not to limited. 20 in CA is OK or 37 to Vallejo on a non Sears Point race day.


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Bill.Satellite wrote:

You are planning a 2000 mile round trip journey in 7 1/2 days? There is no logical route other than 95 all the way to Reno and across the great divide (big hill but you get over it quickly). It's then 395 N. and the logical route from there through Susanville and Klamath Falls.
You could also detour after you cross the great divide through Grass Valley and Yuba City to get to I-5 to get yourself up OR. It's just about how many miles you like vs. how many hours you like. In any case it's going to be a grueling trip. Good luck!


Great points there. 95 doesn't look too hilly. I'll have to re-eval that route. Getting out of the heat, and down to sea level seems like the idea thing, but....yeah, like you said, it's miles vs. time I guess.

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