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Old 05-13-2021, 09:08 PM   #1
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Suggestions for first trip in Class A, NorCal..

Hello, been a lurker here in IRV2 for a while now. We just picked up our 32' class A in Salt Lake City, headed home to California. We are in the Southern part of the SF Bay Area, south of San Jose. Looking for some ideas on shorter trips this summer, maybe long weekends, thinking 5 days.. In the Northern or Central California area.. maybe coastal. I know that chances of getting spots in a regular campground are probably between nil and non-existent. But our rig is set up for dry camping. I know that you can dry camp in the National Forests w/o reservations... but not sure how we figure out locations that are suitable for a 32' class A with 2 adults and 3 dogs :-). So, hoping there are others here that can help get us pointed in the right direction and might have some suggestions for us. Thank in advance for your help! (Oh, we've done a lot of trailer camping, but this is our first Class A.. and we do have a 4x4 Toad) -Cj-
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Welcome to the group. We boondock a lot but have done little in CA. There is an NF free or low cost camp N of Bishop on 395 on the west side of the highway.
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National forest boondocking in a good-sized Class A is possible but is not easy. You'll need to scout with a toad before committing to any given area -- you don't want to get stuck and have to back up a long way.

The Volcanic Tablelands, north of Bishop, might be suitable. It's BLM land.

There is very little national forest boondocking in the coastal areas of California, unfortunately.
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Congratulations on getting your first class-A. Enjoy your trip back to SF-Bay Area. Guessing you're from the Morgan Hill/Gilroy area.

We like the Pinnacles NP, and the Redding area. There is also camping in the Tuolumne Co. region, say Pinecrest Lake.

You can get the Allstays App, if you use an iPhone, which lists camping spots by type.

We have boon docked near Joshua Tree NP and have found only slightly inconveniences. For example, BLM camping near Joshua tree is a down a 1/4 mile long dirt road. We just took our 30' class-A, at a snails pace. Kept the dust down, and only took 3-5 minutes.
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We just picked up our 32' class A ...... Looking for some ideas on shorter trips this summer, maybe long weekends, thinking 5 days.. In the Northern or Central California area.. maybe coastal. I know that chances of getting spots in a regular campground are probably between nil and non-existent. But our rig is set up for dry camping. I know that you can dry camp in the National Forests w/o reservations... but not sure how we figure out locations that are suitable for a 32' class A with 2 adults and 3 dogs :-). .. and we do have a 4x4 Toad)
First, don't give up on regular campgrounds... you don't know until you try. With a new RV it might be best to start out that way.

This site probably isn't current but it's always been our first 'go to' to give us ideas. It gives good directions to the campgrounds and nice descriptions, including site sizes and road information going in. Look on a map to find out the exact national forest you want to stay and then choose the campground. After choosing a few places then do a Google to learn more about the campgrounds. Some may require reservations now. Things are changing in that regard.

https://www.forestcamping.com/dow/li...htm#california

Your 32' is a baby! We used forest service campgrounds and boondocking spots with our 40' motorhome with no problems. You won't fit in every campground or down every boondocking road but you will fit in many. It's just going to take research. If in doubt when you get close, disconnect the toad and scout for a site first before taking the motorhome.

You mention "dry camp in national forests without reservations".... do you mean national forest campgrounds or boondocking on national forest land? Campgrounds - you may or may not need reservations. Boondocking there are never reservations. You just drive there and park wherever you want and where it's legal.

The 4x4 will be fun for exploring! Have fun!!
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You are getting on the edge of barely fitting in some national forest campground so check before committing.

Lassen area has some nice places and you can get out of most of the heat in the Valley.
We lived in Yuba City most of our lives and dry camped all over the sierras in smaller TT's until we got our 30 ft unit and just had to be a bit more selective.

Grab a map and grab a book called (The back roads of California, for some fun and adventures.
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Hello, been a lurker here in IRV2 for a while now. We just picked up our 32' class A in Salt Lake City, headed home to California. We are in the Southern part of the SF Bay Area, south of San Jose. Looking for some ideas on shorter trips this summer, maybe long weekends, thinking 5 days.. In the Northern or Central California area.. maybe coastal. I know that chances of getting spots in a regular campground are probably between nil and non-existent. But our rig is set up for dry camping. I know that you can dry camp in the National Forests w/o reservations... but not sure how we figure out locations that are suitable for a 32' class A with 2 adults and 3 dogs :-). So, hoping there are others here that can help get us pointed in the right direction and might have some suggestions for us. Thank in advance for your help! (Oh, we've done a lot of trailer camping, but this is our first Class A.. and we do have a 4x4 Toad) -Cj-
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Give them a call. I'm betting they'll have a spot for you.

They are fantastic, in the heart of the redwoods, all pull through's.

Take 101 the whole way. It's an easy, scenic, drive that we had no problems with in a 35' 5th wheel.

It's nice and cool even in the brutal heat of the summer. Never once have we had to run our AC.
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Thanks all for the great feedback everyone. That Klamath corral sounds interesting.. I can do some homework on the trip home. We are dropping rv in Vegas for ceramic coating and hubby will fly out next week and drive it home... But, we got lots of driving to do today and tomorrow so I’ll check out the websites etc. Google comes back with tmi at times, it always nice to get feedback from others who have already traveled the path.. narrows the research field...
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Another area on 395 is west of Lone Pine. Many movies have been made in that area.
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Congratulations. We're also in the Bay Area. While it may be tough to get spots on weekends, if you can check in on Sunday and check out on Friday you can go almost anywhere.

I suggest you look into Pismo Beach. It's just past San Louis Obispo and it's fantastic. There are a bunch of RV parks there, but we like Pismo Coast Village. They border the beach and are a very short walk into town.

There are also a ton of State Beaches between there and LA that likely have weekday openings (or first-com first-served sites which will be easy to pick up mid week).

I would also suggest that for anything longer than a couple days you should do something that's close to town. Not because you'll have to go for supplies, more because sometimes it's nice to walk into town to go out to dinner, listen to some music, or find some other entertainment.
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