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Old 08-17-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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Oregon Coast Highway 101

Is the Oregon Coast Highway 101 comfortable for driving a large RV with a TOAD, or would I be better off sticking to I-5; finding a place to camp, and using the TOAD to drive over to the coast?
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We've made the trip several times and 101 is no problem anywhere along it's route. Even in California, it's our preferred route if we're not in a hurry.

If you do go into California, don't confuse it with highway 1. That's an entirely different animal. Some stretches are OK, but most of it I want no part of in a big rig.

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101 is no problem, hundred of rv's drive it every week without any problem.
don't miss one of America's most scenic drive. we drive it several times a year in a 40 footer with toad.
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US101 is/has to be one of the most scenic drives in the World. Take your time, plan no more than 50 miles on any given day. Use the toad to explore. Start at the Columbia River and drive south. Other than traffic on the north coast you will never regret the experience. Unless of course you forgot your camera.
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Lot's of beautiful places to visit along 101 but you can't be in a hurry. We are on it now and there is a lot of vehicle traffic.
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Start at the Columbia River and drive south.
X2 start at the northern coast of Oregon and drive south. Most of the turn outs are on the west (ocean) side of 101.

Just got back from central coast and agree on traveling less then 50 miles per day, make use of every pull out you can get into. That way you will get the most bang for your buck.

Don't forget to explore some of the river roads heading east. We found some nice RV parks 5-15 miles inland that were protected from the wind and were a bit warmer then the 60-62 degree's we often found on the coast. Maple Lanes RV in Mapleton on the Siuslaw river was gorgeous!
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Is the Oregon Coast Highway 101 comfortable for driving a large RV with a TOAD, or would I be better off sticking to I-5; finding a place to camp, and using the TOAD to drive over to the coast?
As long as you are willing to average less than 45 mph. Because you will be slowing down to go through virtually every town along the way.

There is one section of 101 going south out of Nehalem, OR that has a posted speed limit of 55 mph, followed 50 yards later by a curve warning of 45 mph, followed 200 yards later by another warning of multiple curves of 45 mph.

There is plenty of road, just slow down and enjoy the scenery.

For the most the part the curve speed warnings are spot on.
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101 iT IS !

OK you guys have talked me into it. I should have plenty of time to enjoy 101. Could anyone suggest campgrounds along the way, and sights that I should not miss. ( I don't mind paying a little extra for full full hook ups). We will be going from the Seattle area south to the San Francisco vicinity.
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Oregon coast is so pretty. 101 was good to us (39' class A no tow). Don't know how much time you have or if you plan to venture more inland but I loved Crater Lake - one of my favorite places we got to see. (but probably 200 miles from Coast)
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OK you guys have talked me into it. I should have plenty of time to enjoy 101. Could anyone suggest campgrounds along the way, and sights that I should not miss. ( I don't mind paying a little extra for full full hook ups). We will be going from the Seattle area south to the San Francisco vicinity.
Start with FT Stevens or the KOA across the road. Couple days worth of history here. Next place I would recommend is Netarts Bay RV Park west of Tillamook. Next is Winchester Bay RV. Right on the bay with fantastic views. Any of the state parks if you can get in are great places to stop.
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On the central coast, South beach as Beverly beach state park are nice. Good aquarium, Hatfield marine science center in Newport nearby and options for short ocean trips from Depoe Bay. Be sure to have a meal at Tidal Raves restaurant in Depoe Bay even if only for the view. (food is good and a motion picture was filmed there).

Of course don't forget Cannon Beach, Astoria and Seaside on the north coast.

Drive inland a bit to McMinnville to see Evergreen air & space museum (Spruce Goose) and excellent wine country.
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Try to spend a couple nights at Gold Beach and take Jerry's Jet Ride up the Rogue River. Take the 104 mile round trip one. We did it two weeks ago and it's a blast.

We needed to stop in Sutherlin, OR so we came up 101 and cut across at Reedsport over to Sutherline on 38, 138.
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[QUOTE=Wayne M;1280511]Try to spend a couple nights at Gold Beach and take Jerry's Jet Ride up the Rogue River. Take the 104 mile round trip one. We did it two weeks ago and it's a blast.

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X2 on Jerry's Jet Boat Rides!

We only did the 64 mile because we needed to be on our way in the afternoon. We stayed at Four Seasons RV Resort (Four Seasons RV Resort on Rogue River Gold Beach Oregon access steelhead salmon fishing, boat launching, full hookups, tackle shop, fishing guides, and the Rogue River jet boats. Good Sam and AAA affiliates), about 6 miles up the Rogue River (north side) from Gold Beach. They'll arrange the ticket on Jerry's; they even have a pick-up at the Four Seasons RV Resort.

You won't have any problem with a RV and toad on 101 (we're 41' plus toad - no problem).

Farther north, check Cape Kiwanda (Cape Kiwanda RV Resort & Market Place On the Oregon Coast @ Pacific City), stop for a bite to eat at Pellican Pub & Brewery...yeah, the "Brewery" in the name suggests there's more than just food!

Lots of beautiful turnouts on 101 that are perfect to stop for lunch overlooking the Oregon coast.

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I'm with WayneM. Being from coos bay Oregon I've done the river boats. You'll not be disappointed. If u go take the all day trip. Bundle up in the morning and be prepare to strip off clothes up river and can get hot the farther u get up river. I've seen bears with their cubs. In Florence u can go for a ride in dune buggys in charleston u can go charter boat fishing ( that's next to coos bay ) they have rv parks on cape Argo highway. Also rv parks in Winchester bay. All along 101. Oh yeah there's The Mill casino in coos bay/north bend where I've seen rvs park right on 101.
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