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Old 10-22-2020, 08:13 AM   #1
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My Crown on the coast.

Just posting some pics of my last trip up highway 1 in CA.
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Old 10-22-2020, 11:06 AM   #2
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Nice! Makes me miss California. Highway 1 is a great drive
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:11 PM   #3
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Nice! Makes me miss California. Highway 1 is a great drive
Hey Wichywoman! Yes, it's hard to beat CA but seams like a lot of people are leaving the state lately. I may spen winter in AZ in my Crown. Not sure yet. Take care.
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Old 10-22-2020, 05:39 PM   #4
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Your bus is cool
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Old 10-22-2020, 10:48 PM   #5
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Your bus is cool
Thank you. It certainly gets a lot of attention when I travel in it. Mainly people taking pictures and asking questions.
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Old 10-23-2020, 08:22 AM   #6
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Love the crown!!! love the PCH.. dont like the govt in CA but its defimitely beautoful coastline to travel!!! and thats a great looking rig to do it!!
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Old 10-23-2020, 10:36 AM   #7
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Love the crown!!! love the PCH.. dont like the govt in CA but its defimitely beautoful coastline to travel!!! and thats a great looking rig to do it!!
I am a proud Crown owner! It's just built so well! It will be my full time home in the near future. Thanks for the compliment.
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Old 10-23-2020, 11:13 AM   #8
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You can't beat that view, both the bus and the scenery.
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Old 10-23-2020, 01:24 PM   #9
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You can't beat that view, both the bus and the scenery.
Well said!
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Old 10-23-2020, 01:53 PM   #10
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One of the best drives I ever made !!!
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Old 10-30-2020, 09:25 PM   #11
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Where will you be in AZ?
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Old 10-30-2020, 11:39 PM   #12
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Hi Jerry. I'm not sure yet. I have friends in Eloy but I'll probably spend some time in Quartzsite.
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Old 10-31-2020, 02:36 AM   #13
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One of the best drives I ever made !!!

I hitched it in 72. Don;t imagine it's the same now.
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Old 10-31-2020, 10:14 AM   #14
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Hi Jerry. I'm not sure yet. I have friends in Eloy but I'll probably spend some time in Quartzsite.
We spend some time in Quartzsite. I like to do some metal detecting in the hills. We always leave before it gets too crowded. I'll keep an eye out for you.
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Old 10-31-2020, 02:07 PM   #15
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I hitched it in 72. Don;t imagine it's the same now.
I’m sure it is different from 72. Lot more people. I was a junior n high school in 72. I’m a originally from San Diego but I’ve been in Texas since the first grade. Love the scenery in California.
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Old 10-31-2020, 03:40 PM   #16
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One of the best drives I ever made !!!
Iíve ridden it on a bicycle 3 times. So nice, though i prefer staying North of Ventura.
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Old 10-31-2020, 07:03 PM   #17
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I too have been up and down Hwy 1 a number of times, having previously lived in Santa Cruz County. Most of my Hwy 1 driving outside of Santa Cruz has been on a Harley, although we did take the old Crown down below Big Sur once. Taking the new Crown north of San Francisco seems iffy in the very tight turns south of Stinson Beach. We also took the old Crown to Moss landing on our first trip with the old Crown, for dinner. We are looking forward to a trip to Quartzite Az in January. I will have the Jake wired in for that trip as I understand there are some long grades to deal with getting there. I like the pictures of the other Crown on their trip. Maybe we may encounter each other in Quartzite.
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Old 10-31-2020, 09:43 PM   #18
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Thanks for sharing. Nice bus!
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Old 11-01-2020, 12:43 AM   #19
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I too have been up and down Hwy 1 a number of times, having previously lived in Santa Cruz County. Most of my Hwy 1 driving outside of Santa Cruz has been on a Harley, although we did take the old Crown down below Big Sur once. Taking the new Crown north of San Francisco seems iffy in the very tight turns south of Stinson Beach. We also took the old Crown to Moss landing on our first trip with the old Crown, for dinner. We are looking forward to a trip to Quartzite Az in January. I will have the Jake wired in for that trip as I understand there are some long grades to deal with getting there. I like the pictures of the other Crown on their trip. Maybe we may encounter each other in Quartzite.
Flattracker. I'm only jumping in here to re-assure you that you can take your Tandem just about anywhere at all. It's ability to go places is only VERY Slightly less than any of the vastly more common 35ft two-axle Crowns. The tail slap and mid-engine potential for high centering or hitting the oil pan (Detroits, not the Cummins) is slightly more of a problem due to the back axles "walking" and pivoting at a virtual point BETWEEN them which causes the bus to end up lower as it goes over a high centering situation than with a real, solid (two only) rear axle. Turning radius is only slightly wider due to the pivot point being between the two rear axles, but easily compensated for, and hardly noticeable. Crown knows how to do things right.

Rest assured that the 35ft Crown is a Jeep when it comes to where you can take them, Tandems pretty much the same thing. I've also taken 102" 45ft MCI Coaches all up and down highway 1 with no real troubles. A Crown is So Much Easier and believe me when I say you can take them with confidence into the most awful looking roads and usually, I will qualify this a little, do just fine. I like to say that if I can drive a Crown into a situation, that I can usually drive it out again. Not so with most any Coach. I always get out and walk the situation, and it's not uncommon for me to make the passengers walk in if I can't get the Coach in, or out again. Too bad so sad.

I've yet to ever encounter any public maintained road or highway of any kind whether paved or dirt, anywhere, that a Crown can't negotiate with style and confidence. Drive your Crown with an adventurous spirit and the curiosity to explore and "see where this goes and what's down this road" knowing that it takes one hell of a lot to get a Crown into a place you can't get it out of. I should know.

I can even do it with the Tandem I have now, but I DO take the extra length and turning radius increase into account, but it's not very different from a 35ft Crown at all. That's one big reason I recently acquired another second Crown that IS 35ft long for those times the Tandem might be a little too big for comfort. My little Crown Jeep indeed. Ha Ha. And I also have a Real Jeep, a Liberty, which I may use eventually as a toad.
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Old 11-01-2020, 01:58 AM   #20
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My new Crown is in fact one of the 3 axle 40 footers. I realize the the distance from front wheels to rear wheels is about the same as the 35 footer. My old Crown is a 2 axle 35 footer. Based on my experience on the bike, I worry that the new Crown would use both lanes in some turns. Your input is helpful though.
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