CoryAndCindy
Hi all - 
My wife and I are planning to take our new Retro 285FK from our home in the CA bay area to the Oregon Coast. First time driving up there so, anyone have recommendations on the kindest route when towing? At 31ft and ~7k lbs loaded, it's about twice the size of our old camper and I'm still getting used to pulling it. Not too worried about curvy roads, but would like to either avoid, or at least be aware of, any steep grades we might encounter and we need to choose between going up I5 or Hwy 101. Any pearls of wisdom from the community here?  Thanks!
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mkevenson
Cory and Cindy. Although we have a 179 , 21ft. I have driven hwy 101 a couple times and it is beautiful. I usually go up hwy 5 and then down 101, however the reverse is the same drive. If you have time do 101 both ways. Beautiful views and many camp areas in Oregon. Our favorite route!
Mark
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CoryAndCindy
Thanks @mkevenson. We'll have plenty of time and could easily go 101 both ways - the views look amazing. Any take on the relative hilliness of 101 on the way up there?
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mkevenson
IMHO, no steep climbs. Lots of turns. I have until recently pulled my Retro with a 6 cyl Highlander , no worries!
Mark
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DebraJ

I live on the Oregon coast and have experience RVing all the possible routes along the west coast. I’d advise avoiding I5 if you don’t want to climb steep grades. It’s a freeway, so it’s the fastest option, though less scenic IMO. It’s likely to be unpleasantly hot inland this time of year. And most importantly it crosses the Siskiyou Pass as you enter southern Oregon. It’s the highest point on I5 at over 4,000’ elevation and goes for many miles at a 6% grade. There are 2-3 lanes, but it’s still a challenge to maintain your speed while dodging the 18 wheelers. 

 Highway 1 along the “Lost Coast” through Fort Bragg and Mendocino is a beautiful drive, but the road is very narrow, winding and bumpy in many places. Highway 101 is by far the easiest drive, it’s beautiful and you get to pass through the Redwoods.  I usually take 1 going north and 101 going south.  Have a great trip!

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DebraJ
Also forgot to mention there are limited options for getting from I5 in the Central Valley over to the coast once you get to Oregon. While nice to explore, they are all winding two lane roads that will add more to your driving time than what you saved by taking the freeway. 
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