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Old 07-07-2015, 01:43 PM   #1
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Weekend trips in southern California

Oh, to live somewhere where land was affordable. We have a new coach. We can't find anywhere to go in it for those short weekend trips you use to get things arranged. Land is so expensive here that there is almost always something more profitable to do with it than park RVs on it. The few parks we find have everyone crowded close together, and they are still booked out for months. I can't drive west - I'm 8 miles from the ocean. South is the vast wasteland called Los Angeles. East is hot desert. And north is either hot (inland) or all booked. How the heck does anyone go anywhere? Do I have to stay home until I can get a reservation, the middle of next winter? Or do I drive all the way to Arizona and hope the coach is well insulated?

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you do have to get creative to get quick space on weekends along the california coast -- if that's even of interest to you. Think along the lines of overnighting in rest areas and then spending the day in parking lots/areas near the beach (for example, at Pismo Beach you can do this, although your "overnight" might be 30 minutes away from the water). But it's definitely a challenge to find space on weekends near the ocean in California without planning ahead. And away from the ocean, as you noted, the entire southwest is fairly warm in summer.

I wish I could offer more advice, but there are a lot of people out during the summer.

The good news is, the weather is still very nice year round and later in the year you'll be able to go to the beach any old time you want in the unrserved December-April timeframe.

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Head up Hwy 395. It's 'cool' up there in many ways.
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Oh, to live somewhere where land was affordable. We have a new coach. We can't find anywhere to go in it for those short weekend trips you use to get things arranged. Land is so expensive here that there is almost always something more profitable to do with it than park RVs on it. The few parks we find have everyone crowded close together, and they are still booked out for months. I can't drive west - I'm 8 miles from the ocean. South is the vast wasteland called Los Angeles. East is hot desert. And north is either hot (inland) or all booked. How the heck does anyone go anywhere? Do I have to stay home until I can get a reservation, the middle of next winter? Or do I drive all the way to Arizona and hope the coach is well insulated?

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check the Ca state parks website. some have overnight parking in their parking lots for $5.
then do ''day use'' in places that interest you.
check all stays.com for more park, Indian casino, and Walmart parking info.
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BLM & USNFS Campgrounds abound. Many county fairgrounds also have campgrounds, gold country etc. You just haven't looked. Probably 1,000 campgrounds within a 3 hour drive.
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How far are you from San Dimas? This Home - East Shore Rv Parkis a very nice Park for being in a "City" area. We had a huge site with an incredible view. It is massive but well laid out. It would be a great spot for checking everything out in the RV and seeing what you do and don't need for future trips.
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BLM & USNFS Campgrounds abound. Many county fairgrounds also have campgrounds, gold country etc. You just haven't looked. Probably 1,000 campgrounds within a 3 hour drive.
I think most of those fall into the "hot" category previously mentioned in the height of summer.

3 hours probably describes an arc from Pismo on the coast, across Fresno'ish to due north, across Lake Isabella, Owens Lake, and Baker.

Within that arc I'd argue only the Pacific Coast isn't likely to be very hot in July and August.

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There's so many campgrounds in the nearby Angeles National Forest to choose from. There's also Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear. Go up to the Kern River.
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I think most of those fall into the "hot" category previously mentioned in the height of summer.

3 hours probably describes an arc from Pismo on the coast, across Fresno'ish to due north, across Lake Isabella, Owens Lake, and Baker.

Within that arc I'd argue only the Pacific Coast isn't likely to be very hot in July and August.

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There's so many campgrounds in the nearby Angeles National Forest to choose from. There's also Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear. Go up to the Kern River.

Come on up to Big Bear!
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We shook our unit down originally at Golden Shores in Long Beach, great little older park near Shoreline Village, no need for a toad, bikes are perfect, plenty to do, even the Queen Mary is just a bike ride away, and the Catilina Express is a short walk. If you don't have to do your "weekend" on the weekend you might have a better chance of getting in.
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What's wrong with the wine country Napa, Santa Maria, Temecula. The all have campgrounds nearby? State beach campgrounds, Bakersfield?
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Looks like we're going to the Mammoth area. A little altitude ought to make things pretty nice. Thanks for all the advice. And I do want to move - but I'm still employed.
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