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MrWizard wrote:

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Is it doable in a 40Ft gas class-A with a toad?


my opinion, you will be a worn out nervous wreck

i did it once with a PUP / fold out popup

but i would never do it with a big class A , even without the toad


I'm a pretty confident RV driver and don't get too stressed out even in the most dicey situations. What really freaks me out is strong wind when the road is under construction and the lane is made narrow by concrete barriers. THAT'S when I tend to pucker up.


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sundance_8 wrote:

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.


Hmmm maybe I'll stay away from the PCH.

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hotjag1 wrote:

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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wrktfsh wrote:

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.


I hear that.. ok. Thanks.

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discovery4us wrote:

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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jorbill2or wrote:

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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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

x2 It may already be too late for the best parks. My own feelings is to do that round trip in 7.5 days is a very aggressive schedule. You'll save more time by staying on the I-5 even with the mountains. Some sections of the 101 have plenty of stop lights when you get near the towns. I live in Eugene/Springfield. Don't take the rig through Eugene. Go up the I-5 and take the 195 exit over the freeway west and just stay on it and it will intersect Hwy 126. Turn right and it takes you to Florence. Old Town Florence is nice with an RV parking lot on the east side of town. A real nice RV park in Florence is Harbor Vista just a mile or two north of town. There is also a casino(Three Rivers) in Florence that has an RV park with hookups, and you can also boondock at the Casino if you'd like. One tourist trap to skip is Sea Lion Caves. It stinks(literally) and if you pull over at the next north cutout you can see all the Sea lions you want for free. Don't come over to the coast from Corvalis. So many switchbacks my girls we're throwing up and I looked back and both cats we're throwing up also. Their trying to fix the road but it still sucks. When you get to Newport make sure you see Nye beach. Lots of nice little shops and eateries. A good seafood restaurant in Newport is the Sea Hag. Good luck. PS gas is about a buck more in California than Oregon. Gas up in Oregon if possible.


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prepilot…..We do a similar trip every other year, except from Los Angeles. Not to burst your bubble, but you're wasting your time. The routes you're talking about will have you driving in the coach, more than camping. Driving a major highway in an RV, most can average 50-55mph. Driving the coast in either California or Oregon, you'll average about 35-45 mph and it will be exhausting.....lots of on and off the throttle and turns.

If you really want to do this trip, bonzai via the shortest route from Reno, via I-5 to northern Oregon and then come back south, crossing back to the I-5 at the California/Oregon border.

I'm not being fecitiuos, but with your schedule, you'll have just enough time to park in a campsite, eat dinner and prep for travel the next day. The trip you're talking about is at least a 14-21 day trip if you want to sight see and enjoy yourself.

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T18skyguy wrote:

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

x2 It may already be too late for the best parks. My own feelings is to do that round trip in 7.5 days is a very aggressive schedule. You'll save more time by staying on the I-5 even with the mountains. Some sections of the 101 have plenty of stop lights when you get near the towns. I live in Eugene/Springfield. Don't take the rig through Eugene. Go up the I-5 and take the 195 exit over the freeway west and just stay on it and it will intersect Hwy 126. Turn right and it takes you to Florence. Old Town Florence is nice with an RV parking lot on the east side of town. A real nice RV park in Florence is Harbor Vista just a mile or two north of town. There is also a casino(Three Rivers) in Florence that has an RV park with hookups, and you can also boondock at the Casino if you'd like. One tourist trap to skip is Sea Lion Caves. It stinks(literally) and if you pull over at the next north cutout you can see all the Sea lions you want for free. Don't come over to the coast from Corvalis. So many switchbacks my girls we're throwing up and I looked back and both cats we're throwing up also. Their trying to fix the road but it still sucks. When you get to Newport make sure you see Nye beach. Lots of nice little shops and eateries. A good seafood restaurant in Newport is the Sea Hag. Good luck. PS gas is about a buck more in California than Oregon. Gas up in Oregon if possible.


Great! Thank you. We're going up for a cousin's wedding and my wife and I are only in our early 40's so we're both still working. 7.5 days isn't our choice, but it's kinda what we got. So we're considering this to be kinda of like and Alaskan or Hawaiian cruise. We're just going to be able to see the high points then target specific things on future trips to that area. This is great information though, thank you!

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DSDP Don wrote:

prepilot…..We do a similar trip every other year, except from Los Angeles. Not to burst your bubble, but you're wasting your time. The routes you're talking about will have you driving in the coach, more than camping. Driving a major highway in an RV, most can average 50-55mph. Driving the coast in either California or Oregon, you'll average about 35-45 mph and it will be exhausting.....lots of on and off the throttle and turns.

If you really want to do this trip, bonzai via the shortest route from Reno, via I-5 to northern Oregon and then come back south, crossing back to the I-5 at the California/Oregon border.

I'm not being fecitiuos, but with your schedule, you'll have just enough time to park in a campsite, eat dinner and prep for travel the next day. The trip you're talking about is at least a 14-21 day trip if you want to sight see and enjoy yourself.


Bubble not bursted. This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for so thank you. Yeah, we'd LOVE to spend more time doing this, but our schedule just won't allow it. We enjoy the ride in the RV and I enjoy driving the RV so I think for this trip we'll just have to make note of where we want to stop next time. [emoticon] Thanks!

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