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Old 07-04-2016, 05:37 PM   #1
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Oregon, Northern CA in October

Our fall trip plans will take us to Eugene, OR by early October. From Eugene, we plan to travel down to Grant's Pass then over to 101 in CA. Intent is to see redwood forests then work our way back over to 80, then toward Las Vegas.

On our last two fall trips out West, we rarely made reservations at RV parks other than sometimes calling the day before or sometimes the same day to make sure they had a space for the night. We never had an issue.

Never been to Northern CA so wondering if we can wing it that time of year or should we plan on making any reservations? We plan to stop for a few days in places like Redcrest.
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We travelled through the area in October several years ago. Lots of room in the parks. Some of the attractions were already shut down for the season. It was cooler and the rains had started. Still had a great time. Favorite place was Bandon.
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You'll have no problems without reservations in October. Have a good trip!
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As my wife's brother lives in Grants Pass we have stayed several times at River Park RV. The sites are a bit tight but some literally back right up to the Rogue River. Rates are very reasonable. Great fall chinook fishing if you are so inclined!
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We traveled down OR coastline in October 2015, and had trouble getting an open spot in the state campgrounds. They were mostly booked up. I was surprised that they were nearly full that time of the year. We managed to book a slot at Fort Stevens. We showed up at Nehalem Bay and lucked into a spot that just had a cancelation. Never made it into Beverly Beach and further south.

If State Parks are your thing, a little planning might help you out.
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Just got done with a trip all throughout that area. You shouldn't have any problems finding places to stay. We didn't this last time but have stayed at Elk Country RV Resort in Trinidad and it was great. Nice big spots and Elk walking right through the campground. The 101 is a beat up road with plenty of construction so be careful and keep speeds down.

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We traveled down OR coastline in October 2015, and had trouble getting an open spot in the state campgrounds. They were mostly booked up. I was surprised that they were nearly full that time of the year. We managed to book a slot at Fort Stevens. We showed up at Nehalem Bay and lucked into a spot that just had a cancelation. Never made it into Beverly Beach and further south.

If State Parks are your thing, a little planning might help you out.
Generally don't do state parks since we are 42' and don't fit well in many. We drove some of the OR coast in 2014 and it is beautiful. This trip we will drive over to the northern CA coast from Grant's Pass so will be on the 101 in northern CA mostly.
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Maybe not need a reservation, but I would look at some of the spots in the area you are heading to, pick a few that you might end up in just to be sure you fit. We are 43ft +a tow and it can get interesting finding a big enough spot at times. Enjoy
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a quick phone call each morning you are leaving a area can save many headaches at the end of a day. it is a popular area even in this month and some parks are closing down for the winter.
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From Eugene, go out to coast , Beautiful!!
Then take 101 south TT redwoods.
Lots to see on Oregon coast.
101 is all 2 lane road, so slow, but slow down & enjoy!!
See the sites!! Isn't that what rving is all about?
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Update: we are now in Oregon (Sisters) and will be heading to Eugene in a few days. I've met several Oregonians and they all say not to use 199 from Grant's Pass to Crescent City in our coach. They all suggest I-5 to Roseburg and take 42 over to Bandon (Coos Bay) and head down 101 into CA. This route would give us more time traveling on the coast for sure.
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Update: we are now in Oregon (Sisters) and will be heading to Eugene in a few days. I've met several Oregonians and they all say not to use 199 from Grant's Pass to Crescent City in our coach. They all suggest I-5 to Roseburg and take 42 over to Bandon (Coos Bay) and head down 101 into CA. This route would give us more time traveling on the coast for sure.
Motorhomes 40' and above are not permitted on US199 the Redwood Highway.
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Agree, don't use 199 from Grants Pass. It's a little easier going westbound (Cliff on one side of road, steep drop off to the river the on other) but still many tight turns, narrow road, and no shoulders. I drove it eastbound with a 29 foot MH towing a car. Tow and one-half hours to cover 77 miles.
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I drove it three times each way this summer. It is relatively easy westbound but has a couple of very tight spots eastbound where the road is actually cantilevered and the guardrail is on the outside white line. The key is to take your time. Follow the informational speed limit signs as they aren't kidding. Many large motorhomes take this route with no idea it is length restricted. If your passenger is skittish this road will scare the daylights out of them. After our fifth trip in our new motorhome my DW is actually able to sleep the night before we head back to the Rogue Valley. YMMV
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