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Old 06-07-2013, 02:19 AM   #1
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We are currently in the central valley of Northern California. I am thinking a run up I-5 to Portland and then down 101 to Eureka then back across to 5 and home. Two weeks would be the run. All you experienced RV'ers let me know what you would have wanted to know your first time through that run.

Your help is greatly appreciated.
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You should probably find out from the locals about gas stations on 101 that would fit an RV. I did the section of 101 from Coos Bay to Florence a few years ago and seem to remember that the gas stations were small Mom & Pops that were tight. I-5 from Eugene north was fine.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:55 AM   #3
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Now's a nice time to go - before the July/Aug vacation rush! Just don't let your gas tank get below half and you'll find enough big stations to fill up. Big RVs are on 101 constantly, along with big trucks. We've been up and down 101 many times and never had a problem.
We took a day trip yesterday from I-5 and there were a LOT of vacancies in the RV parks and state parks. Have a good trip!
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Oregon's state park system is out standing, and if you are an Elk, they too have many lodges with camping. Just a note in Oregon you cannot pump your own gas, an attendant will do it for you.

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Oregon's state park system is out standing, and if you are an Elk, they too have many lodges with camping. Just a note in Oregon you cannot pump your own gas, an attendant will do it for you.

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We made a car trip up that way last year. I figure if we move up there I can always pump gas for a few extra bucks
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Headed that way, from eastern Washington, next week. Last June we found diesel less expensive than gas, and who minds letting someone else pump the fuel? In these days of unemployment, maybe lots of stations across the country could reinstate that service.

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Completed the full coast down from Astoria to Crescent City a couple of weeks ago. We did it from home in Anacortes in 13 days, via Longview and US 30 to get to Astoria.

Unfortunately, the weather was typical "Spring on the Coast", with relatively cold overnight temps, and misty mornings. Afternoons were pretty good, but a long way from being hot. We stopped at North Longview KOA the first night, just a comfortable first day distance from home. Our next stop was Cannon Beach then Beverly Beach SP just north of Newport., After Beverly Beach, we stopped at Siuslaw River Marina and RV park in Florence, followed by a KOA in Langlois and our last coast stop was Harris Beach SP just north of Brookings. We had planned to head further into CA, but the fog clamped down around Crescent City with visibility less than half a mile.. Combined with several long stretches of single-lane road due to repair work, the trip wasn't much fun any longer, so we turned around and headed across to Grants Pass on highway 199.

Our logistics were a bit messy, as the RV's fridge died just before we set out, so we were shopping for ice every day. BTW, it's a State law that you can't pump your own gas. I think the only place that it's legal is on the Seven Feathers tribal reservation.

We think the stretch of 101 from Florence to Brookings is the best part of the coast. Enjoy your trip. It should be less misty and a bit warmer now than when we went.
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Any Oregon state park is excellent! Bullards Beach near Bandon is great and Bandon is a cute tourist town. Harris Beach in Brookings is also beautiful!
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Just a clarification from an Oregonian. Motorcycles and diesel vehicles are allowed to pump their own fuel. Now for the but, some stations still don't allow it. Others have insisted that I pump my own diesel. YMMV
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