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Old 10-15-2006, 02:21 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of a good spot to spend one night boondocking near Salem, Oregon? We will be going south on I-5 next weekend and would like to spend the night there. I'm not sure if the WalMart in Salem will allow that or not, with all the problems they've been having with local RV parks complaining. Does anyone know of another decent spot? Thanks for any info.


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Well wal-marts really don't count as boondocking, but the one on Lancaster in Salem does allow overnighting by RVers.

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If I was going to stay at a Wal Mart I would stop just North of Salem at Woodburn. Probably quieter and safer. If you are leaving from Vancouver and have the time to get to exit 99 before you are to tired the indian casino there has a free camping area which we use quite often.
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I don't think the area around the city of Salem is really safe for boondocking. I think money spent for overnight park would be worth it for that reason alone. We have stayed several times behind the Woodburn (first exit north of Salem)Factory Stores in the RV Park. It is a reasonable price with private access to the back entrance of the stores. I would not recommend Phoenix RV Park located in a noisy area. There is a KOA at the south end of town right off the highway. I am sorry not to be of more help, but safety is a big issue these days.
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If you can make it to Eugene The Valley River Mall off Beltline Road on Delta Highway has really nice quiet parking in back by the river and bike/walking trail. Go inside to security for permission they will give you permission for up to 3days and keep and ev\ye on you. This is one of the nicest blacktop parking in the country.
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This post is late but for general information there is a State rest area north of Salem about 20 miles that is great. This is a really big rest area. You can pull way back away from traffic, dump your tanks and fill fresh water. Thats 30 minutes south of Portland and about 20 minutes north of Salem.

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