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Posted: 05/19/22 12:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Baja Man wrote:

Looks this trip is back on sometime in July/August!

Still not sure about going over the GG bridge towing a trailer. Trying to weigh the experience for my adult son and older teen and the traffic/stress. This is to be an enjoyable trip and most stress comes from towing. Better than driving through LA!
Have any of you crossed towing a trailer?
What was the experience like?
Would you recommend it? YES

I think the suggestions about staying overnight at an RV park near the GG and then driving over/back (without towing trailer) for the experience, might be the best option for us.
Am I correct in thinking that if we stay at an RV park on the south side of the GG, this would mean driving over the GG (northbound) and then driving back (southbound) back to RV park? NO You
could cross GG one time with the trailer, or several times w/o the trailer.Even better is to park and walk on the GG.


With that said.....what would be the preferred places to stay (3 stop overs, with last one at/near GG with hook ups)?
Suggestions indicate that the 5/20/101 is preferable routes from SoCal. If you want to bypass the bay area! There are several alternate E bay routes.


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* This post was edited 05/19/22 01:14pm by CA Traveler *


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San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica is the best CG, $$$. Candlestick RV Park $$$$, overpriced but it has the location, adjacent to higher crime area so go directly on/off 101. There are several in Daly City plus further south.

I’ve taken 280, 19ave, GG Bridge many times with the current rig and toad. Yes it’s 7 miles of city driving, 2/3 lanes stay center/right lane, mid day only, I don’t have the aversion to this route that many do. NEVER TAKE A RV ON 101 THROUGH SF.

SF has a homeless/drug problem like many other cities. Stay in the tourist areas. Never park and put something in the trunk, never leave anything in the vehicle, they are watching.


Are there RV parks on north side of the GG?

What is the problem with US 101 through SF towing?


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CA Traveler wrote:

Baja Man wrote:

Looks this trip is back on sometime in July/August!

Still not sure about going over the GG bridge towing a trailer. Trying to weigh the experience for my adult son and older teen and the traffic/stress. This is to be an enjoyable trip and most stress comes from towing. Better than driving through LA!
Have any of you crossed towing a trailer?
What was the experience like?
Would you recommend it? YES

I think the suggestions about staying overnight at an RV park near the GG and then driving over/back (without towing trailer) for the experience, might be the best option for us.
Am I correct in thinking that if we stay at an RV park on the south side of the GG, this would mean driving over the GG (northbound) and then driving back (southbound) back to RV park? NO You
could cross GG one time with the trailer, or several times w/o the trailer.Even better is to park and walk on the GG.


With that said.....what would be the preferred places to stay (3 stop overs, with last one at/near GG with hook ups)?
Suggestions indicate that the 5/20/101 is preferable routes from SoCal. If you want to bypass the bay area! There are several alternate E bay routes.


Thanks!


Are there RV parks on the north side of GG (to park and walk onto bridge as you suggest)?

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Petaluma KOA, mentioned earlier in this thread, is north of the GG bridge. If you happen to be an Elks member, there is also an Elks club with RV parking in Petaluma.

To avoid San Francisco, from I-5 you can take 580--680--780--80--37--Lakeville Hwy to Petaluma (also has been mentioned in this thread). Or you could stay on I-5 and take 12 across north of Stockton.


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101 through SF is very narrow, a van type RV should be OK.

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What is the problem with US 101 through SF towing?


We always bypass the SF area going to/from the Northern California coast, but we had visited a lot of the SF area several times in ordinary vehicles, including trips over the GG in both directions. Even in a car, driving around downtown SF is "interesting".

I'd recommend "driving" up the 101 using Google Street View to get a sense of that route. Avoid commuter hours!

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I looked at the 5/20/101 suggested routes.

It appears to avoid most traffic-congested areas.

If I read map correctly, it appears the 5 connects with 20 at Williams and then the 20 heads west and hugs Clear Lake nearly half way around and then continues to Capella where it connects to 101.

Is the Hwy that hugs and goes around Clear Lake suitable for towing a trailer?

Below are stops that I pegged for getting to Klamath.
Any suggestions about where to stay (full hook ups) in/near these suggested cities Kettleman City and Clear Lake?

If we take three days to get to Klamath, it looks like our overnight stays are near these locations (300 mile driving days):

1. Stop 1 - (approx. 300 miles from home) is around Kettleman City (found Almond Tree Oasis RV Park that is in Coalinga and not too far from FWY.)

2. Stop 2 - 3Approx. 300 miles from stop 1 is Clear Lake

From Clear Lake to Klamath (our destination) is 260 miles.

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* This post was edited 05/21/22 09:03am by Baja Man *

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You can look at the the Clear Lake stretch in detail with Google Maps sat view and streetview. It's somewhat built up, so the speed limit will be modest, but there aren't tight curves or grades.

I have see posts that recommend a mix of roads around the south side of the lake. I don't recall the details, but I'm guessing 52 and 29. Looks like the south route has more divided limited access stretches.

GM gives 32 minutes/24 miles for the north side vs 43 minutes/39 miles for the south, but there may be times when traffic favors the south side.

20 east of the lake is curvier and more grades, but still easier than the alternatives to the north.

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I guess you scrapped the idea of the GG bridge??

Yes, 20 all the way from I-5 to 101 is suitable to drive your RV. I just did that drive eastbound last October in my motorhome and tow car. As mentioned, you won't win any races. Kind of a moseying drive. If I recall correctly, the speed limits were 55mpg and 45mph. As described above, east of the lake you go through hills, so gentle curves and grades. But no problem at all.

I am not familiar with any RV parks along 20, as we stayed at Robinson Rancheria Casino parking lot. There is a gas station across the road (south side) with (relatively) good prices and easy pull-through access.

I stayed at Almond Tree Oasis a few years ago. New owners since then and of course, higher prices. It is an easy, convenient, and certainly sufficient overnight. There are few choices for hookup RV parks in the central section of I-5.

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A different scenario now......

Talking to my friend who will be joining us on this trip, he prefers the 101 from SoCal all the way to Klamath. His truck's AC is not very good when ambients temps are 90s+ and does not want to travel up the 5 due to high heat areas.

We prefer to travel the same route in case either one of us needs assistance. He would rather deal with some traffic and have cooler temps while traveling. I prefer less traffic and do not mind the heat as my truck's AC works fine.

Thoughts on 101 from SoCal straight up to Klamath?

Is there a way to go 101, then detour around SF (it was suggested to avoid passing through SF via 101), and then back to 101?

Thanks!

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