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Old 10-21-2021, 01:51 PM   #1
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Pacific Coast Hwy Routing

Planning a trip in December from Austin to Oakland with a 2015 Whitehawk 27rbok , TV 2015 Sierra 1500 5.2 with K&N Cold Air, Max tow package. I also use an Airsafe. Two adults, no kids, not a loy of stuff and we'll be taking that section with dry tanks.

I've been up PCH several times in an Austin-Healey 100-4 but that is obviously a whole different ballgame and it was 40 years ago. I remember as you get north of Ventura and especially through Big Sur it can get pretty twisty. What I'm wondering is if it isn't an idea to go around the mountain from San Simeon to Carmel, we have stop overs at both, rather than try and drag the trailer up the coast road. We'll be coming back the 2nd week of January and may or may not keep inland on the Interstate.

Anyone with experience of that route care to give your thoughts that would be very helpful.
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Old 10-21-2021, 05:27 PM   #2
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We recently spent a week on CA-1 north of San Francisco and there are numerous warning signs about the road not being suitable for RV and towed trailers.
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Old 10-21-2021, 06:45 PM   #3
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I would not recommend taking a trailer on Hwy 1 between Cambria and Monterey during the winter months. Besides that section of road being very twisty and narrow, that area of road has been subject to washouts during heavy rains resulting in road closures. Best to take the shorter and faster Freeway 101 to cover that stretch of ground.
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I’ve driven that stretch in an SUV but haven’t towed the TT — and wouldn’t. There are some real hairpin curves and unless you want to see your rig passing you in the side window, you’re better off taking a different route. Beautiful vistas, though.
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Lot's and Lots of rain in the forecast in Norther Calif this year. PCH is no fun to drive during heavy rains. You will regret it. Take 101, be safe...
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I drove it last year in my truck without the TT. There is no way I would attempt to do it with the trailer. My recommendation is to cut over at Morris Bay through SLO and up the 101. Paso Robles has a lot of nice wineries to enjoy as well.
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Old 10-22-2021, 07:48 AM   #7
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The PCH is the last place you would want to have a mechanical issue. I would definitely take 101. Be safe !
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I you want a stressful trip take that route!
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Old 10-22-2021, 09:00 AM   #9
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PCH is ok until you get caught in the traffic or have a breakdown. You don’t get to enjoy the beauty anyway. Too busy driving.
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I drove CA1 from Monterey to Morrow Bay towing a 30' HR TT. By the time we were in Morrow Bay my arms, knees, wrists, neck, back, elbows, and shoulders hurt awful from the twists, hairpins, etc. I'd rather have a sharp stick in my eye than drag anything down that road. Yeah it was senic and beautiful in a Vette, or some sports car, but not for an RV. Do I5 and disconnect to run PCH with a short vehicle.
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Here’s a slice of what you’d be in for. Note the accurate name: “Ragged Point.”
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BTW, Ragged Point is beautiful!!!! (but not towing a trailer)
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Last June I drove my rig on southbound 1 from Carmel to Cambria, no toad. I was chase vehicle for my brother & cousin who were bicycling the route. All three of us probably should have had psyche evals. It's certainly doable, but not the most enjoyable option. That stretch has a history of winter rockslides, mudslides & washouts.

Your trip is Austin-Oakland with a side-trip to the central coast, stops in San Simeon & Carmel. May I recommend running the route in your truck while you're at San Simeon. Give it 2.5 hours each way, makes a nice day trip. See if you want to chance it. Or google map it in street view the whole way. When you decide this is not for you & your SO, you'll have to backtrack down CA1 south of Cambria & cut over the coast range on CA46. This is not a whole lot better, one lane each way with some pretty good curves & grades. You'll join 101 south of Paso Robles near the Firestone 805 brewery. It's two lanes each way there, about like TX-360 but maybe less traffic.

Anybody know why I am just getting this now, 9 days late? Thanks much
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Having ran the PCH 4 times I would advise you to run it from North to South-that way it will be easier to turn right for all the scenic overlooks & not have to cross oncoming traffic getting off and back on . It also puts you ocean side for the whole trip . Happy Trails ��
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