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Old 03-31-2016, 10:06 AM   #1
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San Francisco Airstreamers! Need route help!

Good Morning! I need route help. Leaving Paso Robles tomorrow traveling North to Tiburon and Marin RV park. We stayed there last year but came in from the North. Now I am uncertain as to best route thru SF from the South. I have read about the bad condition of the 680 and 580 with one report of numerous rivet pops! Should we circle around further East and come in from the North or guts it out thru the heart of town? Help! Don't want to pop rivets. BTW, into our 4th week out of Seattle and a great trip to Peoria, SD, wine country and while no problems I would have to say the Cali. roads for the most part are in horrible shape! Thanks all and let me know if I can help with routes and RV parks out West!
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Old 03-31-2016, 10:20 AM   #2
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Having done both the thru town route. Hyw 1, and the very bumpy route more inland , I'd opt for the route 1 choice. Timing will make a big difference.
Pre rush hour in the morning is great. Also Did it heading south in the early afternoon and found it not that bad.

One advantage of very early morning is an empty lot at the Marin bridge viewpoint.
BTW. I just hopped out for a quick pic there and parked down the way in an appropriate spot.

Cheers Richard
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:49 PM   #3
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The reports of 680 are greatly over stated. The reports of 580 are greatly understated, but only in the area of I5. My apology if this finds you too late.

Take your best route to 101 to 680 to 780 to 37 and then your final destination from 101.

Timing - 680 is heavy traffic in rush hour. 101 on both ends can be heavy traffic, but is drivable. Do not take 880 up the East side of the Bay. 680 is much better. Do not go East to I5. It is way too far afield.

If you take HW1, gird yourself for traffic and enjoy the experience. It's worth doing once......but only once.

Good Luck and travel safe. Pat Very Nice Rig - Yes, very nice!
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Old 03-31-2016, 02:04 PM   #4
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The most direct route and simplest is North on Route 101 from Paso Robles to Route 280. Exit 280 in South SF to highway 1 and stay on this road through SF across the Golden Gate Bridge (which become Route 101) into Marin. I think northbound is the free direction on the Golden Gate Bridge.

The downside is driving through SF on Route 1 but that road is mostly a 6 Lane arterial that moves along at a steady pace. Last time I drove that section I followed someone pulling a huge fifth wheel so it's doable. Just time things to avoid commute hours.
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:31 PM   #5
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The most direct route and simplest is North on Route 101 from Paso Robles to Route 280. Exit 280 in South SF to highway 1 and stay on this road through SF across the Golden Gate Bridge (which become Route 101) into Marin. I think northbound is the free direction on the Golden Gate Bridge.

The downside is driving through SF on Route 1 but that road is mostly a 6 Lane arterial that moves along at a steady pace. Last time I drove that section I followed someone pulling a huge fifth wheel so it's doable. Just time things to avoid commute hours.
I agree that this route might be the best, but I have not lived in SF for many years.

Starting at San Jose, I-280 northbound turns into Route 1 and 19th Ave. at Daly City south of SF, which as suggested is a city street with narrow lanes of traffic, but definitely do-able with a trailer driving carefully. Also this road is fairly straight.

One question though --

With all the reconstruction of the roads around the south approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, is the tunnel under the Presidio still usable by RV's and trailers? This Presidio Parkway site gives an overview of the project and seems to indicate that the road opened last year. I have not found any height restrictions in a limited time this afternoon.

http://www.presidioparkway.org/about/

You definitely want to avoid the rush hour starting at San Jose until after you cross the Golden Gate Bridge.

Good luck!

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Old 03-31-2016, 07:13 PM   #6
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It's been a lot of years, but my car pool came up 280 and popped into San Francisco a bit after 4:00pm. We stopped for a while to wait on the cars in front to move. We mounted the Bay Bridge entry ramp at just after 8:00pm. It was Oct 31st, but we really thought we were early enough to make it through before the parties started. Thoughts and deeds are sometimes very separate experiences. Fingers crossed very tightly for Toothpull. With any luck the rig is not far from the camp ground and there is a fine bottle of Paso Robles wine to enjoy tonight. Cheers - Pat
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Thanks!

I really appreciate the advise! Will let you all know how it goes...hopefully won't get stuck on the GG!
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Lots of good advice here. Paso Robles to Bay Area is 3:00 +/-. Traffic has been lighter than normal all week as many are on Spring Break. Never easy, but you should miss most of the traffic as you'll be here mid-day.
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Caution on route out of Marin

I did not see anyone caution you on being sure to avoid getting on the road to Mt T. Check locally for conditions and choices. What we found was grades so steep we were at barely walking speed when we crested the divide. Very scary!
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They are not going as far north as Mt. Tamalpais -- only to Marin RV Park in Larkspur per Post #1.
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Made it!

Thanks all for great advise! I would say the 680 is quite rough...nothing popped but the road is in sad shape in many stretches. As we all know, the far right lanes tend to be the worst so move to left whenever I can for a somewhat better ride for my Friend behind me! Getting to hate towing thru our cities...sad to see how deteriorated roads and infrastructure has become..
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Thanks for the post -- have fun!
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With all the reconstruction of the roads around the south approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, is the tunnel under the Presidio still usable by RV's and trailers? This Presidio Parkway site gives an overview of the project and seems to indicate that the road opened last year. I have not found any height restrictions in a limited time this afternoon.
I live north of San Francisco and go down Highway 101 to San Francisco fairly frequently. The tunnels on the brige approach are finished and are much better than the old roads. I also couldn't find any height restrictions but from the look of them in this photo, you shouldn't have any problems at all.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...to-6380560.php

Once you cross the Golden Gate Bridge going north, you'll go through another tunnel which was recently renamed the Robin Williams tunnel, in memory of this longtime local resident. I couldn't find any height restrictions on it either, but looking at a photo, you shouldn't have any problems.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldo_Grade
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Over the GG today both directions not towing my Friend however. Road and tunnels all good with no obvious restrictions. I don't see any problems towing here but of course avoid rush hours!
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