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Old 10-10-2011, 03:32 PM   #1
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Looking for a destination in the San Francisco Bay Area

I just got a 5th Wheel and wanting to take it for a long week. I'm thinking of going down around SF, maybe wine country or Monterey. Can anyone recommend some possible destination parks? I'm looking for a park that is "Big Rig friendly"; any suggestions?

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Old 10-10-2011, 04:39 PM   #2
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Dave,

We had a very hard time finding a place near the city. Check these guys out. Good luck.


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Hi Dave.

The pickens are pretty thin around The City but we've stayed at the park recommended by Duke above and it worked for us. We recently found this place which was recently renovated Napa Valley Expo

and found it to be the best for wine country stays. Very big rig friendly.

Around Monterey, the only place we stay is Carmel By The River Rv Park. The trip in to it is a bit unnerving but we drive a 40DP and toad and make it just fine. Very quiet and pretty. Close to Carmel. Very expensive and they only accept cash.

BTW, October is the absolute best time to visit the area IMHO... and I'm a SF native.

Best of luck.

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Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasonton(short drive to BART, Napa Valley Expo, KOA in Petaluma (have bus that takes you to SF $$)and Sonoma/Napa wine region. If you are an ELK the Sonoma Elks has several full hookup sites.
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Old 10-10-2011, 06:38 PM   #5
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Hi DaveAK,
The San Francisco RV Resort - RESORT is a great place to stay but, for me, it is not big rig friendly. It took 3 tries before we got a site where we could open all 4 slides. Then on get away day it was quite a bit of maneuvering to get out of the park. Nice view of the ocean and close to SF are the positives.
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Try a Google search for RV PArks Half Moon Bay, CA. There are three or four in that area which is not far south of SF. My son stays at Pelican Point.
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There is a prk along side I-80 in Vallejo that you can get a big rig into. Vallejo is just south of Napa. It requires a reservation as it fills quickly. The atmosphere is blue collar and the neighborhood is shaky. I have a son that lives in nearby Benicia so we have used it several times with good results.
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Us too, we found the San Franscisco RV Park this afternoon and have a site facing the ocean. Nice people today and also getting rig washed for $55.00. Lots of fog right now but may burn off. Good luck, Roger
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Laguna Seca RV Park in the Monterey area. Steep climb to camp ground which looks down on race track. Napa County Fair Grounds in Calistoga. Close to the beginning of the Silverado Trail and tons of wineries. Passport America campground @ half price. For first trip I would suggest staying away from the city.

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Hi Dave.


Around Monterey, the only place we stay is Carmel By The River Rv Park. The trip in to it is a bit unnerving but we drive a 40DP and toad and make it just fine. Very quiet and pretty. Close to Carmel. Very expensive and they only accept cash.

BTW, October is the absolute best time to visit the area IMHO... and I'm a SF native.

Best of luck.

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The site doesn't give rates- can you clue us in, assuming of course seasonal variations etc.?

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Thanks folks, it sounds like I have more options than I thought. I will start googleing when I get home from work tonight.
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Marina Dunes RV in Marina California is a good alternative to Carmel by the River. Both are nice small parks---Marina Dunes has easy access.

RickO describes the entry to Carmel by the River as "a bit unnerving" I would add more emphasis and watch out for those low hanging Oaks. We both made it unscathed---difference is I am not going back.
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