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Old 12-10-2020, 11:54 AM   #1
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Driving the 101 up the coast

For any out there with personal or local knowledge, I need a little help finding fuel stops. Im heading up the 101 in the spring, from Trinidad CA to Forks, WA, and I can't find a fuel stop on truck apps, or RV wizard for a Big Rig RV with only a fair driver behind the wheel. I can't find any easy in easy out Pilots, T/A or such. Any thoughts? I'll only need one stop, and right now am considering diverting to I-5 for fuel at some point.
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There aren't any large truck stops along 101 that I can remember through Oregon. Be aware that some of the highways connecting 101 to I5 are very narrow and winding. US199 from Crescent City to Grant's Pass is winding through the redwoods but driveable and Hwys 138 & 38 back to 101 is not bad at all.
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There's a Loves in Centralia Wa, I-5, exit 72 I believe. From there you can hit 101 from Olympia heading west. Easy drive.
Another good one is Elwha Food and Fuel on 101 just west of Port Angeles Wa, great ingress/egrees for coach and toad, and decent prices.
There are several other decent fuel stations up and down the 101 that are coach friendly. Tillamook and Warrenton Oregon come to mind, but I can't remember specifics.
7 Cedars Casino in Sequim also has decent fueling access and a good place to call home for an evening.
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We found the Fred's Fuel Center in Brookings, Or, easily accessible.
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Yes, when you find a place that you can get into do not pass it up. There are few places for a big rig and a toad.
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Fred Meyer in Brookings, OR is good. The one in Coos Bay, OR is marginal but doable depending on which island you pick, Newport, OR is good, Florence, OR tight but doable.

Newport is going to be about our halfway point. If you rate yourself as a "Fair" driver I would pick the Newport station. Going north it is on the west side across the street from McD's. There is a traffic island in the center of the road, pass it and IMMEDIATELY dive into the turn lane. Wide driveway for entrance and lot of room to exit.

We were there a few weeks ago and there was a price war going on as Fred's is new in town and undercut everyone. If that applies to diesel I don't know.
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I've driven this road several times as I lived in Oregon. My favorite way south or north if I have time and because I hate Freeways
There is no reason in the world to divert to I5! Yes there are no big name truck stops, but there are plenty of fuel stations with enough room for ANYONE to fit. The night before just Gas buddy diesel ? and use any mapping programs satellite view to find the one that works best. there are many that just are off the road and parallel to the road.
Lincoln city has a couple and Astoria for sure. There are several mom and pops that have easy in and out.
Personally My favorite is the Fred Meyer Stations like in Coos Bay as its a separate station on a side road with enough room unless you really can't even park in a campsite, and the cost is lower. As noted there are several Fred Meyer gas stations (with diesel also)
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If you are going to overnight along the way, and you have a fifth wheel, can't you fuel up after disconnecting at the CG? I'm planning a trip from north to south on the 101 next fall. With a 5th wheel, I'm not anticipating any problems as each day will be short enough to refuel after arrival.
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101 isn't an interstate so you won't find those big truck stops but we've never had an issue going up and down many times on 101 to Port Townsend, WA from CA with our 40' MH towing the Jeep. Preferably avoid CA for their expensive fuel!
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I always stop in Reedsport at this place. Easy in/out going North or South. Plenty of room Click image for larger version

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Fall 2019, we left Forks (Riverview RV Park & Storage, very, very nice) with reservations at a highly rated coastal park in Central Oregon. Pulled into the park, only to find there was no way our rig would fit into the site, with none other available. We were lucky enough to call & find an available site at Winchester Bay RV Resort (awesome!). Our F350 had the range to get from Forks to our original destination, but I wasn’t so sure about making it to Winchester. The station I found, pulling a 35’ fifth wheel, was just barely workable. Driveway was badly scarred by rigs dragging getting in/out. Attendant advised me how to negotiate that. He also said there were only 3 stations with diesel on that part of the coast. I have since downloaded the app ‘Gas Guru’.
When we had our Class A, after setting up each night, I scouted the area in our CR-V for a suitable station to top the tank off the next morning. Don’t wait until you need fuel, get it when it’s available.
From Trinidad (Azalea Glen RV is phenomenal) heading north there are many major RV destinations. You have a big rig, but 45’ers towing bigger than Jeep’s abound in this area. You may need to adjust your overnight stops to maneuver your rig without the dinghy, but research ahead of time with the suggested app.
And . . . not applicable to you, but for us with towables, it was that very experience on the coast which resulted in my adding a supplement fuel tank. Around 70 now for the thirsty beast.
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Old 12-23-2020, 10:31 PM   #12
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Fuel Stops

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For any out there with personal or local knowledge, I need a little help finding fuel stops. Im heading up the 101 in the spring, from Trinidad CA to Forks, WA, and I can't find a fuel stop on truck apps, or RV wizard for a Big Rig RV with only a fair driver behind the wheel. I can't find any easy in easy out Pilots, T/A or such. Any thoughts? I'll only need one stop, and right now am considering diverting to I-5 for fuel at some point.
Newport, OR does have fuel locations for larger vehicles.
Did a construction project near there, though it's been a number of years, but they had at least a couple of locations where our dump trucks would fill up.
If you do decide to run over to the I-5 corridor for fuel, I highly recommend the Corvallis, OR area. It's a beautiful college town with several nice places to get a good meal, has the small college town vibe, some very good wines and several tasting rooms. Definitely a place I'd want to visit again!
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Newport has a new Kroger fuel station that you shouldnít have any issues getting in and out of and it has gas and diesel.
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Old 01-20-2021, 12:57 PM   #14
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We lived in S. Cal for 25 years, Oregon 30 years and now live on the coast in Washington state. So, we know 101 pretty well.

DO NOT go up I-5 and go from Centralia, WA to get to 101. It is 75 miles!

We have driven all of 101 at some point in our lives. You will not be finding any "truck stops". However, you will find Fred Meyer (great store for food and everything else) and with gas stations. You will also find Costco- the first one will be in Warrenton, Oregon tip of the state). The next Costco will be in Sequim, WA if you continue on 101. The Olympic National Forest is a big loop.

A couple of years ago, we traveled from Florence, Oregon down to Napa- Sonoma. We could not believe how horrid the roads were from the tip of 101 in CA and down to Napa. We encountered windy, rough and narrow roads. So, just be aware. You will really enjoy the Oregon Coast!
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