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Highway 1 next month
« on: February 16, 2017, 02:07:22 PM »
Hi, we re an experienced motorhoming couple from uk. We are planning to visit CA for 10 days towards the end of March. We re planning to travel from LA to SF on the motorway and then back down the pacific coast highway. We're  currently planning to do it by car because we ve heard that it can be difficult in an rv but are wondering if we got a smallish c class as its March it might be quieter?

What do you guys think?

Btw Our own a class is lhd and i also drive semi,s

Many thanks
Jon

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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2017, 02:20:41 PM »
My very first trip in a rented motor home some 25+ years ago, I was driving a 30'class a home from Los Angeles and ended up on Highway 1.
It was a bit stressful to me because of my limited experience driving a motorhome, but we made it unscathed.


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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2017, 03:04:10 PM »
Thanks jeff

Could i also ask what kind of mileage should i book?

And if anyone has any reccomendations for rental companies?

Btw we re currently renting a persons motorhome in new zea land via chare a camper

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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2017, 03:04:26 PM »
Highway 1 is certainly doable in a Class C - you'll see many of them. There are sections of the road that are pretty skinny, some to the extent that they are restricted to 40 feet and under (north of San Simeon). I took our 38 footer up that section a couple years ago and you definitely need to pay attention. However an experienced semi driver should have no problem. There are some nice parks along Highway 1, but they can book up so you will want to start looking at availability. You might be early enough that it's not too much of an issue. We stayed at Plaskett Creek, a very pretty state campground just across the road from the ocean. No hookups or cell service.
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2017, 03:11:27 PM »
I've been up and down highway 1 several times. You'll do fine in an RV.

Make sure you fill up on fuel first.  There are a couple gas stations but very expensive.

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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2017, 03:16:05 PM »
Thanks jeff

Could i also ask what kind of mileage should i book?

And if anyone has any reccomendations for rental companies?

Btw we re currently renting a persons motorhome in new zea land via chare a camper

The two rental outfits you see the most of are El Monte RV and Cruise America. I don't have experience with either.

If you're asking about miles per gallon of fuel I think you'd be safe to estimate 10mpg, probably a little better on freeways.
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2017, 03:28:49 PM »
I have lived on both ends of PCH and traveled it many times in everything from a small car to a 39 foot DP. Just obey the law and you will do fine. Don't forget to stop at the Elephant Seal colony, Hearst Castle and spend the night in Morro Bay.
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2017, 03:56:27 PM »
Thanks for all feedback so far, it sounds very doable.

My mileage I mean that it seems the rental people want us to prebook the amount of miles we would travel, looking at it on google looks like LA to SF then to san diego and back to LA = about 1500 miles?


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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2017, 05:56:59 PM »
Mileage you quoted sounds like it's in the neighborhood.

All I know about CA is you need a boat load of money to visit there for any length of time.
Especially in any of the tourist traps.
Also in Northern CA it can be cool temperatures compared to Southern CA in March.

Have fun in CA it's like no other place on Earth.  ;D
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2017, 07:20:03 PM »
Thanks for all feedback so far, it sounds very doable.

My mileage I mean that it seems the rental people want us to prebook the amount of miles we would travel, looking at it on google looks like LA to SF then to san diego and back to LA = about 1500 miles?

1500 might be high, looks like 1000-1200 but 1500 would allow lots of side trips. You'll get the money back if you don't drive that far
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2017, 01:21:57 PM »
Thanks for all the info so far,

Wheres the best place to stay in SF? The only one I've found that takes RVs so far is the Rv resort15 miiles out of the city and $78/night, is there anywhere closer and cheaper?


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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2017, 02:54:20 PM »
Thanks for all the info so far,

Wheres the best place to stay in SF? The only one I've found that takes RVs so far is the Rv resort15 miiles out of the city and $78/night, is there anywhere closer and cheaper?

We've stayed here more than a dozen times. Close as you will get. Expensive though.

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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2017, 04:30:56 AM »
Having toured the west for over 10 years by hiring a car and staying in motels, I'm not sure I would rent a motorhome if I only had 10 days. I think it might be more expensive that way, but your need to do the sums.  When we looked into it seveal years ago we decided against it. At that time yout paid for MH then additional fees for bedding and for kitchen equipment etc. which all added up. I guess it depends on if you are restricted by budget or not and how much you want to be in a motorhome.  Having said that be were finding prices going up over the last few years we did the hotel thing, but guess rental prices would be doing the same. Be interested in how expensive it is.  Also you can't drive the MH until the day ate you arrive for safety reasons.

You haven't said what you plan to do apart from drive. I'd second Tom's suggestions and add Monterey aquarium, 17 mile drive at Pebble Beach, Carmel is a quaint town and the beaches along here are beautiful.

You will be close to Death Valley, Sequoia National Park, Yosemite and a few places to see the Redwoods. There are enless places to visit in CA.

I'm in the UK so if you wanted to chat anything over send me a message and we can have a telephone conversation  ;D
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2017, 12:16:19 PM »
Just read this on another forum.  Very strong storms hitting CA coast thru next week.  Dick

"Cracks in a support column under the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 in Big Sur continue to grow, causing an indefinite closure of the road."

"At 5pm on Wednesday, car and pedestrian traffic were stopped completely. Caltrans crews plan to reassess the bridge’s stability on Feb. 21, but there is no guarantee the bridge will open again on that date."

“It’s a situation that is still evolving,” says Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers. “It’s too soon to know if the bridge will need to be replaced.”
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2017, 02:00:39 PM »
Just read this on another forum.  Very strong storms hitting CA coast thru next week.  Dick

"Cracks in a support column under the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 in Big Sur continue to grow, causing an indefinite closure of the road."

"At 5pm on Wednesday, car and pedestrian traffic were stopped completely. Caltrans crews plan to reassess the bridge’s stability on Feb. 21, but there is no guarantee the bridge will open again on that date."

“It’s a situation that is still evolving,” says Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers. “It’s too soon to know if the bridge will need to be replaced.”

So that's why.... I kept trying to come up with an answer to the OP's mileage question and Google wouldn't let me map all the way down the coast. Didn't show closed, just wouldn't do it.

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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2017, 06:42:58 PM »
We were trying to plan a route for summer and couldn't understand why it wouldn't let is go through Yellowstone - duh, road closed right now 😊 luckily you can change the date!
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2017, 01:22:50 PM »
Thanks for the offer jackiemac but we're  currently motorhoming in new zealand. We did really want to use this as a trial run for rv ing in US.

While we're sorry for the localS more directly affected  by it - this is a bit of a pain.  Is there a realistic diversion? Or does it mean  going to carmel  and then returning to i101 and rejoining at san luis obispo? That looks like one of the best bits.

Thanks again

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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2017, 01:56:54 PM »
You could rejoin in Paso Robles, but I do not know how RV friendly the 46 is.
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2017, 04:15:06 PM »
You could rejoin in Paso Robles, but I do not know how RV friendly the 46 is.

That section of 46 from Paso Robles to Highway 1 is very RV friendly. Several places to pull over and you pass many wineries. There is a beautiful view of the ocean from the top of the coastal range. 
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2017, 04:56:21 PM »
That section of 46 from Paso Robles to Highway 1 is very RV friendly. Several places to pull over and you pass many wineries. There is a beautiful view of the ocean from the top of the coastal range.
Thanks Arch I always wondered what it was like. In the 70s I used to tow my boat up to Lake Nacimiento from Ventura to go water skiing (it is the best lake in soCal for water skiing) and so I drove the part from PR to LN a hundred times. One time we forgot to make the turn to LN and had to make a U turn and so we used to joke that they needed to put a sign up about a quarter of a mile past the turnoff that said 'If you are going to Lake Nacimiento you f'ed up' and then we would laugh like crazy. Only made that mistake once. I knew it was a good road to the turn off but I never did take the rest of the road to the coast, but I always wondered.
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2017, 05:34:24 PM »
The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge pretty much cuts Big Sur in half.  It's on a active landslide and they can't even think about fixing it until the ground stops moving.  Most likely Highway 1 will be closed for the forseeable future.

http://www.ksbw.com/article/pfeiffer-canyon-bridge-closed-indefinitely/8940534
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2017, 12:25:07 PM »
Well the flights are already booked as its the stopover on our return from NZ

Any ideas what to do for 10 days at the end of March from LA ? Is it too early for Yosemite?

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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2017, 01:04:32 PM »
Well the flights are already booked as its the stopover on our return from NZ

Any ideas what to do for 10 days at the end of March from LA ? Is it too early for Yosemite?
Yosemite required reservations five months in advance and there is no predicting the weather. It will probably be snowing. You could easily kill ten days in San Diego or Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park.
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« Reply #23 on: February 20, 2017, 01:23:27 PM »
What Tom said, plus, Palm Springs, Red Rock Canyon & Valley of Fire, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam at Las Vegas.
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2017, 04:21:03 PM »
Well the flights are already booked as its the stopover on our return from NZ

Any ideas what to do for 10 days at the end of March from LA ? Is it too early for Yosemite?

I have some relatives coming from Florida and have been making an itinerary of things to do in southern California I'll share with you.

 Tehachapi Loop. 

Singing road in Lancaster CA "William Tell Overture"

Stay in Pam Springs.

Food truck parking lot dinner in Whittier.

Day excursion train ride from Whittier to San Diego, maybe stay overnight in San Diego at hotel.

Venice Beach Boardwalk. 

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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2017, 05:03:04 PM »
The "Singing Road" in Lancaster is cute but badly out of tune. They goofed because the crew cutting the grooves in the pavement measured the spacing from the end of one groove to the beginning of the next while the designer computed the spacing centerline to centerline.  This makes the pitch off by the width of the cut.

If you're going out to Lancaster, continue north to the town of Boron on Hwy 58.  There you'll find the Rio Tinto open pit Borax mine with a very nice museum and visitor's center on top of the slag pile overlooking the pit.

Then there's the usual touristy stuff in L.A. - Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood Star Wak, etc.
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« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2017, 05:08:26 PM »
The "Singing Road" in Lancaster is cute but is badly out of tune.
Maybe Bob Dylan is doing the singing. :o
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #27 on: March 02, 2017, 01:35:12 PM »
Having discounted this because of the problems at highway1, we're  now thinking offdoing as some of you guys reccomended and staying in the south a d doing a roundtrip.

Now  the issue seems to be locating good places to stay, we're quite happy to be doing some boondocking but in a rented rv so will need campgrounds every few days? Can anyone point us to any in the area that will be open in March?

We want to go whale watching at Morro, then santa barbara, death valley, grand canyon, palm springs and san diego. Is this realistic in 10 days?

Thanks again for any help
Jon

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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2017, 02:53:11 PM »
Jon-

Do you have a smart phone or tablet?  If so, I highly recommend the Allstays Camp & RV app.  I have found it invaluable for locating campgrounds while traveling the US.  It is a map-based app with icons showing different campgrounds.  Touch the icon and it brings up basic information about the campground, along with links to the campground's website, reviews, etc.
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Re: Highway 1 next month
« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2017, 02:59:44 PM »
Yes we do and will have a look at that thanks

We use the campercontact app extensively in Europe and are using the rankers.nz app here in new Zealand  both are excellent.

 

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