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Old 09-12-2021, 07:41 PM   #1
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Parking near Mission Viejo, CA

Such a pain getting in a visit with family in SoCal. Busy, crowded, with few options to park/camp for 2 or 3 days.. Anybody have a secret spot? Can be anything.. We’ve done Canyon RV Park, Encinitas, Oceanside. All so far from family.
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Old 09-12-2021, 07:53 PM   #2
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I doubt any secret spots will be given up now days. Our city will issue a 1 week permit for curb side parking for a visit. Good Luck
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Are you a member of the Elks?

They have a lodge with RV hookups in Oceanside. We've stayed there a couple times when we went to Lego Land
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Old 09-14-2021, 01:45 PM   #4
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Have you looked into O'Neill Regional Park (run by OC Parks)? It's only 10 road miles from Mission Viejo City Hall. Weekends are impossible, of course, but with an RV your size, they have sites for one night on Thursday (beginning of reservation window), and some sites available for four consecutive days next week. It's dry camping.

OC Parks also has two campgrounds at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. Weekends are impossible, of course. But they have both dry and electric-only sites available for one night on Thursday and for consecutive days next week.

If you can avoid weekends, which is pretty much a given in southern California, these should work for you.
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San Clemente SP works, but books out a long way. If you’re retired military or DoD card holder, there’s San Onofre campground Camp Pendleton.
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Old 09-15-2021, 10:18 AM   #6
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Orangeland RV park is a very nice place and not to far.
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Newport Dunes is a really nice park if you can get in
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I lived in that area for a long time and we still travel back each year for the holidays in our 36' DP.

In that area, the best option is if you are an Elk you can park at the MV Elks Lodge and you'll be right there.

The next best option is San Onofre State Park, San Mateo Campground. At San Mateo sites 1-67 have water and power (30A) and there is a dump station on site. Spaces 69-around 125 are nice campsites also but they are dry camping only. This park will be a 15 minute(ish) drive to MV, based on which part of town you're visiting.

Nex place would be San Clemente SP, a little tighter but if you can get in this will work.....drive is about the same.

And the last spot that will probably work is O'neil regional park (Orange County Parks)....... good luck and hope you enjoy your visit.
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Since you have family there it might be worthwhile for you to become an Elk.
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Thanks for all the great replies. Many of these I hadn’t thought of.. It would be difficult to join the MV Elks given that I live in Indiana. It’s not a matter of simply sending a check.
I need to find out if joining my local Elks gives me parking privileges around the country..
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Here in Huntington Beach you can call the city and get a free permit to stay for a week or so on the street, if you're visiting someone.. It happens in my tract quite often. Some even hook up to electricity and water at the house they're visiting. However I don't know what the regulations are in Mission Viejo. You could call the city and ask.
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I need to find out if joining my local Elks gives me parking privileges around the country..
It, most likely, will. Many travelers stop at the Elks campgrounds and they're from other states.
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Would love to simply park on the street.. Family lives in a neighborhood/town called Ladera Ranch. It has many HOA restrictions including parking on the street. I used Mission Viejo as the location because I assumed more people would recognize it.
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I need to find out if joining my local Elks gives me parking privileges around the country..
It absolutely will!!!

The Elks is a Fraternal organization and all Elks are Elks regardless of location.
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