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Old 08-07-2011, 07:44 PM   #29
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I don't care for Mo's. I live near Lincoln City but can't offer you camping, unfortunately; your trailer wouldn't make my driveway. But maybe we could get together anyway. You'll definitely want to hike Cascade Head here -- it's an easy hour up & back.

And it sounds like Al's place is near Seal Rock, hands down my favorite beach in the area.

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Old 08-08-2011, 07:44 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by adwriter73 View Post
Good advice. I break out into a nervous sweat just driving in traffic with this thing. Don't need to be stuck hanging off a cliff. : )
This sounds like a great trip.

Fears about tail-swing seem real until one is comfortable placing the TV steering axle farther out toward the lanes edge on curves (sometimes both, alternately) than when solo. It's a valid concern.

Could have used an editor, but I've tried to impart some of what I've learned here in these:

If the TV rear axle is properly located, all else is easy:

A Long Trailer

Break the day into legs of known length/time; and give the day a "center point" of a particular attraction:

Trip Plan

Divide the steering/shifting/braking workload:

Foot & Hand Control

Some time spent on hitch-rigging as you make your way across and out of Texas will help. Finger-tip response is everything (making those last small adjustments whether it's the WDH or tire pressure or mirrors or seat posture).

Same for brakes. Find some gravel roads and find out what the TT tire lock-up speed is at 15-20 mph. In the wet. Etc.

A driver can cut his stress levels by knowing the distance between points on his itinerary. If you've a way of determining the mile markers or GPS coordinates of scenic two-laner "pull-outs" (that are of adequate dimension for your rig) via notes kept at hand, this will be a relief: "just 3-miles ahead . . . . to get the other traffic around. I might also advise practicing this beforehand. It can take some counter-intuitive moves to have the trailer either parallel or tail-inwards once stopped. And enough room to get back out (preferably with the rig in a straight-line or with but "one kink" to work out in getting back onto the road surface.

Don't forget that Google Maps Streetview is your friend when it comes to determining both the above and fuel stops while trip-planning on the previous day[s]. In a gasser I like to choose retail locations that are on my side of the road, past any intersection between it and the highway entrance; with preferably three entrances and exits. I also look for bar ditches and other abrupt grade changes; driveway width and off-street parking availability for inspections and repairs. I record the addresses & telephone numbers of the retailer ahead of time in the event I need to call for outside service (tires, for example). A big c-store/fuel retailer is likely known to mobile repair personnel. (Thus the clerk is informed of who I am and whom I have called and why).

Frankly, I think truck stops trump the ordinary gas stations any day for all of the reasons above plus others. Use the AMBEST directory of same, then the giant chains, for preference.

I mention all this because California is not nearly so well "blessed" with fuel retailers as other places. Their roads aren't well-marked all too often, and repairs may lack. It's a good and bad thing.

That drive is one I've long wanted to make. Have been on parts of it, but never the whole run.

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Old 09-13-2011, 11:48 AM   #31
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3/4 the way through my trip, and I Just wanted to make a quick post about the drive up PCH through Central California (Big Sur area). I ignored the warning and went ahead and did the drive. It was totally worth it! Definitely tricky at parts, especially with a 31 ft trailer, but like some said on here...just drive slow and be attentive to cars behind you and coming around corners. I am in San Francisco now about to venture north. Looking forward to seeing the Redwoods and more...
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:54 AM   #32

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na,na,na,na,na,na We told 'ya so....Kings Canyon area is a gas, enjoy the rest of your trip.

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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:22 AM   #33
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Here are some suggestions; almost all are places we've stayed. Hwy 1 is a slow, but very doable AS tow. Going north you're on the inside lane. You'll still have breath taking views, but your wheels won't be hanging over the edge. Our second trip with our new 27' AS was southbound. No problems. Be extra alert, pull over for following vehicles and watch out for bicyclists. It's advisable to check the CalTrans website ahead of time to make sure the road is actually open. A week after we stayed at Kirk Creek, there were washouts to the north and south of us that would have effectively prevented us from getting home. It is a "white knuckle" tow, but thousands of RVs make the trip without incident every season. And simply put, it's an experience of a lifetime.

1. Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay. Very nice, but fills up. There are private alternatives in the immediate area.
2. Kirk Creek Campground, 25 mi south of Big Sur. SPECTACULAR campground on a bluff above the Pacific--see my avatar. They set aside 50% of the sites for first-come, first serve. Get there before 9 and you'll most likely get a site. No hookups, or dump station, and drinking water is problematic. But that's all meaningless after your first sunset ...
3. Veteran's Park in Monterey. A little-known place to spend the night within the city limits of Monterey. No hookups, but they have hot showers, flush toilets and a dump station. Park you rig, and try some of the really good restaurants in the area. The Wharf is just over a mile away.
4. Half Moon Bay State Park, on the beach, within site of Maverics, but fills up fast. Flat, grass sites with paved pads. No hookups, but flush toilets and a dump station.
5. Cassini Ranch on the Russian River near Jenner. Private, full hookups available.
6. Salt Point 16 mi north of Jenner on Hwy 1. Nice location on the coast. Stay at Gerstner Cove on beach side of highway. Short walk to tide polls, beautiful views. No hookups, no dump station, but they do have flush toilets.
7. Pomo RV Park just north of Mendocino. Private, very well run, pretty, and full hookups. Large, level pads and campsites. Lots to see and do in the immediate area.
8. Oregon and Washington Coast. Can't go wrong at almost any state campground. They're clean, well maintained, beautiful, and we've always been able to find sites on FC/FC basis. Don't bypass Honeyman State Park in Florence at the north end of the dunes. They have hundreds of large, paved campsites, many with partial and full hookups. Further north don't miss the Ho Rain Forest. It's an NP, but there's a nice WA state park just north of the entrance. Stay there.

Enjoy your trip and send pictures ...

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