How risky is it to run a full length truck on 101 south from Eureka to Bay Area?

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  1. PermanentTourist

    PermanentTourist Medium Load Member

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    I.E. how heavily do they enforce the 65 foot limit thing?

    I'm in Eureka right now. Took the 299 from Redding, allegedly the only legal route, and it was a major PITA, even while empty. Not looking forward to doing it again with 44000 lb.
     
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  3. otterinthewater

    otterinthewater Road Train Member

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    Curious. Are you asking on an open forum where carriers read threads how to run a non-truck approved route?
     
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  4. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

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    I was nailed for that back in 2011 in NorCal so yeah they do enforce it. I was new and didn't know but that didn't stop me getting cited for it. I was running 395 south and cut across that road between Standish and Buntingville trying to get to Reno. Apparently it's a shortcut they catch trucks running across all the time.

    Don't plan ever getting away with anything in Commiefornia. They need $$$ for all the Communism.
     
  5. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Here's what someone who lives in the area has to say...


    And yeah, thinking you're going to sneak through is a fool's bet.
     
  6. PermanentTourist

    PermanentTourist Medium Load Member

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    Eh, kinda figured. It was just wishful thinking on my part. Gonna have to take that 299 back out, and it's gonna be majorly annoying.
     
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  7. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

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    I've only been as far north as Ukiah/Redwood Valley on 101 and then cut east on 20 back to I-5. Don't remember any length issues down there.
     
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    Who cares? You gonna narc on him?
     
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  10. LameMule

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    There's a business in Redway and Garberville that specializes in hauling long loads through Richardson's grove the tight spot south of Benbow on 101. Used to be a cabover with a tall guy named Danny running it. Maybe call Redwood towing to ask. (707) 923-3440
     
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  11. Long FLD

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    I was up out of Willits one time to load cattle. 280” wheelbase and 52ft spread axle trailer. I was a little nervous because we’ve all heard the stories. But I made it up and back. They didn’t cut my trailer up or ship it out on a rail car.

    That being said, in the spring they tend to turn a blind eye to big trucks and long trailers out there because they know the cattle have to get out.
     
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