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Old 08-10-2022, 05:20 PM   #1
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How suitable is Oregon 101

Planning a trip to Oregon next month, looking at some State parks to stay at. Question is how is US 101 for 40ft pusher with toad. Anything I should be aware of? thanks in advance
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Old 08-10-2022, 05:29 PM   #2
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I have been from California to Waldport and its a breeze, no problems. but further up not sure. I'll be there again in late August and find out if there is any problems. Going from Waldport to Seaside then Washington.
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Old 08-10-2022, 06:36 PM   #3
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We travel the entire Oregon coast (101) almost every year. It's plenty roomy for even a 45' with a toad. The only caution, don't expect to make good time. there is typically a city almost every 50 miles, so you'll be slowing down to 25-35 mph and then picking up speed again.

The bigger question is the selection of the road(s) from I-5 to the coast. They're small and windy, but we've traveled over three or four different ones with our 40' DP and 4 door truck toad. The 199 from Crescent City to Grants Pass is not for the faint of heart but can be done with a DP and toad.

Tid Bit....There are several unmanned weight stations along the 101, they just look like big turnouts and are always open. If you haven't weighed your coach, just pull in. There is an LED display that will light up. I believe they are there for the logging trucks.

Here is a list of some nicer campsites on the Oregon Coast and the distances between them.

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(107 miles) FORT STEVENS KOA

(23 miles)

Hwy 20 is good from Salem to Newport

(8 miles)

(26 miles

(21 miles) ELKS LODGE

(4 miles)

(23 miles)


(54 miles)

(28 miles)


CRESCENT CITY Hwy 199 across to Grants Pass
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Old 08-10-2022, 06:47 PM   #4
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We also did the entire Oregon 101 a couple of years ago and it's no problem. If you are using a RV GPS you may get a warning and a reroute south of Yachats. There is a tunnel that shows about 11' but that's on the very side. The arched roof of the tunnel quickly goes to about 16'. We are 13'2" and went through with no problem.
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Old 08-10-2022, 06:55 PM   #5
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101 is absolutely NO problem for you. Crooked, YES, but no problem. You will have a bigger problem finding a camping site if you don't already have reservations.
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Old 08-10-2022, 07:49 PM   #6
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There is a few tight spots on 101 in Oregon. Probably the worst is going to be south of Yachats for about 15 miles. Curvy, narrow and beautiful. Keep your eyes open and watch for bicycles. They always show up at the worst time.

There is a few tunnels that you will find that are marked with low clearances ON THE SHOULDER. Maintain your lane position and you will be fine, watch for the oncoming panicked drivers hugging or crossing the centerline.

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Old 08-10-2022, 11:13 PM   #7
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We've done the whole route from Washington to San Francisco on 101 with our 40' motorhome towing multiple times. Absolutely no issues. It's not an interstate so you have a chance to enjoy the views. Either direction is OK but the best is north to south so the pullouts are on the right side - easy in/out.

State parks we've stayed: Beverly Beach, Bullards Beach, Washburne, Cape Blanco, Fort Stevens, Harris Beach.

Be sure to check out some lighthouses. We gave tours at Heceta Head at Florence.

I'd suggest picking 3 stops - southern, mid and northern then it's easy to explore the whole coast. One has a different feeling from the others.
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Old 08-12-2022, 04:16 PM   #8
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You won’t hav3 any problems. We’ve done the coast many ti es. Matter if fact, in Winchester Bay, right now. I wii say though, you’d best make reservations before you get here. Open sites, especially for larger rigs are getting hard to come by. There are 4 rv parks around here and they have all been pretty much full the entire week we have been here.
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