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RV in July 2014...

Sydney, Australia
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RV in July 2014...

Hi,

I would love to get some advice from everyone please...

We are going to do an RV trip in July from San Francisco to Seattle... I am looking for advice for The California part and/or Oregon segments please.

This is our proposed itinerary...

Day 1: SF to Healdsburg

Day 2: to Mendocino - 2 nights

Day 4: to Redwoods

Day 5: to Grant's Pass

Day 6: to crater Lake - 2 nights

Day 8: to Bend

Day 9: to Hood River - 2 nights

Day 11: Portland - 2 nights

Day 13: to Seattle

Does that itinerary work?

My question is are we missing a lot by not doing the Oregon Coast, I really was keen to see Crater Lake??

We really enjoy walking, stopping off at cute coffe shops etc for lunch, visiting cute towns. Are you there any places we should not miss?

Also are there any RV parks recommended for the areas we plan to stop at??

Look forward to hearing from everyone and thank you in advance.

Kate

Oregon Coast
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1. Re: RV in July 2014...

Hi, I've been RVing for many years around Oregon. I would probably make a few adjustments to your itinerary.

Since you'll be seeing much of the northern California coast, you won't miss that much by skipping the Oregon coast. Some sections in Oregon are a bit different from Calif, but what you will be seeing is spectacular :-)

What size motorhome are you renting? At the north end of Hwy 1, as you turn inland going to Leggett, the road is *very* winding. Allow plenty of time and take it slow and you'll be okay. A longer RV will need to go more slowly here.

Not sure where you mean by in the redwoods - Redwood NP stretches for 40-50 miles north and south. There is a lot to do and see, although you may have one or two limitations since you're driving a large rig. I'll post some suggestions on things to see below. From Crescent City to Crater Lake is about 4½ hours in a motorhome. I'd be inclined to just drive it without a night in Grants Pass, unless there is a particular reason you want to stay there?

At Crater Lake, I'd suggest the trolley ride as that would give you the opportunity to relax and look around more than whilst driving, assuming they will be running again this year. The west rim road is okay, but narrow and tight if you meet another RV. The east has more room.

If this were me, I'd spend two nights in Bend area and one in Hood River, but this depends upon your interests. I *think* they allow motorhomes up Lava Butte.

There are hundreds of RV parks and campgrounds in Oregon. Are you looking for nicer RV parks with full hookups and a swimming pool or more rustic campgrounds with few amenities and possibly no hookups? There are several RV parks in the Portland area - and you can drive your motorhome to a MAX light rail staion, park it there, and take the train into downtown. Downtown Portland is not a good place for motorhomes!

Portland RV Parks:

tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i22663-Portland…

Below are ideas of thing to do and see in the redwoods:

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32419-d64… (Richardson Grove area)

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32419-d18…

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28926-d27…

http://www.townofscotia.com/visit-scotia.html

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g32378-Activitie…

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32641-d64…

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g2193168-Activit…

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g32363-c144314/Eureka…

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g33188-Activitie…

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g32830-Activitie…

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g32564-Activitie…

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60944-c139445/Cresce…

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2. Re: RV in July 2014...

The following will help you to locate RV parks and campgrounds:

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/index.html (all RV park reviews by RVers only– excellent )

http://camp-california.com/

http://www.rv-clubs.us/rv_campgrounds.html

http://www.rvparkhunter.com/page2.asp

allstays.com/Campgrounds/California-campgrou…

http://www.koa.com

goodsamclub.com/travel/campgroundsandrvparks/

woodalls.com/campground/…rv-campgrounds.aspx

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3. Re: RV in July 2014...

Hi, there are also Oregon State and National camping.

When planning camping in the CRGNSA be aware spots to camp near bridges and river as the freight trains run east/west several, several times daily and nightly. Read several reviews before choosing one.

Grants Pass has a really fun jetboat ride. Hellsgate Canyon is beautiful and the Hellsgate Jetboats are exhilarating as well as fun. They spin out on pontoons and there is always a waiting list. They load right next to Riverside Inn on 6th.The Rogue River is fun to be around and relaxing. Check out camp spaces there. It's a not miss for us and we bring our children and Grandchildren who have never failed to love this option. Rogue Valley is really pretty.

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