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Old 07-31-2015, 11:05 PM   #15
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Fort Stevens Stat Park in Warrenton, just south of Astoria is outstanding. Plan 2 nights to spend a day looking at all the sites in the park itself.

Nehalem Bay State Park near Manzanita is an all-time favorite (disclosure: we camp host there).

A second for Ancient Redwoods RV Park in Humboldt State Park.

Dutcher Creek RV Park in Cloverdale CA is a great place to do wine touring in the Healdsburg/Geyserville area. The driveway is really a challenge the first time.

Note that rigs over 40' are prohibited from US 1 between Carmel and Cambria.

Further south, Yanks RV Resort near Solidad is very nice.


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Old 08-01-2015, 04:50 PM   #16
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Big rig travel on California coast

California is very strict on which roads can be traveled on by Motorhomes (40' to 45'). They are concerned about tight bends where you may encroach on the on coming traffic lane. Here is a link to CalTrans maps for motorhomes. You can check your route and determine not only if you are legal but safe.


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Old 08-01-2015, 06:08 PM   #17
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Big rig travel on California coast

Here I am on PCH yesterday with 40ft. It was pretty awesome. Wish I wasn't just passing through but went from San Diego until I had to head thru SF. The Golden Gate Bridge construction was the worst of it all. Pretty sure I left some house paint on the median :(. I planned to boondock at the vista pull off until someone kicked me out but construction eliminated that plan. One of the photos is of Rincon Parkway several talked about.

Taking The 1 made my SD to SF trip a solid 15 hour drive but it was worth the sights even with traffic jams. There's always traffic on 5 and 405 anyways.

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Old 08-01-2015, 06:36 PM   #18
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Great pics, thanks for your input.
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Thanks great info.
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If you are on Northern California and see a big Paul Bunyan statue stop and see Trees of Mystery it was the absolute best bargain I found anywhere in California.
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Old 08-02-2015, 06:37 AM   #21
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All great advice so here is mine. That time of year be sure to make reservations in advance. Nothing like pulling into a campground and they say no sir, you don't have a reservation. Grrr. Had it happen twice along 101. Seems one reservation made would have put me in Mt. Rushmore. That would have been quite a drive in one day.

If possible, talk directly to the campground and make sure it is the campground and not a booking service.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:21 AM   #22
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What is the best time of year to travel the road? Is it easier to get places to stay on the fly in September?
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:43 AM   #23
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One of the nice things about traveling the coast after Labor Day is that the kids are back in school so State Parks are more enjoyable IMO...

Also, Sept and October often provides the very best weather. I will second comments made about the Rincon Parkway area just north of Ventura. Cost is $28 per day. One of our favorite places. Just south of the Parkway is a great day use area which is 6am-9pm. And its free!

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