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RV & Van Lots? Instead of Hotels

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RV & Van Lots? Instead of Hotels

I'm wondering if Astoria and anywhere else I may go. Has facilities as for RV's & Van Lots to Park for the Night, instead of using a Hotel? Where do I go to find out more on this?

The Van I'm driving has a bed in it. All I need to do is to find a Parking Lot Place for such and hope to stay for the night. My Visit to Astoria isn't just for a Vacation and a Travel Trip Fun thing, but for wanting to find the means of finding residency around Astoria. For moving away from where I have been now.

Hoping to find a Job (Income) and what can be my new address for residency. I like to come when Sacramento gets another hit of clear days within the next months. I'm concerned if I planned my trip, that Sacramento would get that week of clouds and rain. I only want to get out of Sacramento when its having these stingy clear and sunny days. Not sure it will last long after January when in February people will realize how dry Sacramento is getting below the normal precipitation this year. And begging for the Clouds and then they will obey. Weather almost seems to obey what the majority of others want the weather to be. The majority had wanted to see this Month clear and sunny and it is doing so. I don't like it.

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1. Re: RV & Van Lots? Instead of Hotels

I just learned of a name for one kind of these sites are called ... KOA (s) Campgrounds.

I'm wondering why KOA (s) Campgrounds are not shown on this site? Or can someone help me know where to go to find such? Google helped me find one site, but I'm hoping there are some other options? One is in Warrenton at the Ft. Stevens State Park. Not sure I have to have this as the only site for my choices. Wondering if there are some others?

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KOA'a are expensive.

Is it Astoria, specifically, that you are looking to move to? What kind of work do you do?

About your van, do you have electricity in it? Do you need to hook-up to a power source? Do you belong to any camping memberships or groups? Do you need an internet source?

Terri

Full-time RVer

Currently in Long Beach, WA (across the river from Astoria)

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I have the Van my mother used to have. She used it to make her travels in it. She said she parked it at KOA places herself. It has a 30 amps plug cord in the Van. She got the Van supplied with a space heater, fan, TV, lighting and a microwave in the Van.

I don't have a carry along computer with me for Internet. I may need to find a place that would let me use a computer.

I've struggled with a mental disability. Some even think I'm Bi-polar. But when 90% of Sunshine keeps working against me. What else? But I think I'm more Aspeger. I don't have any College degrees or special qualifications. Just Basic Manual Labor, Civic or Trade experiences. A Navy Veterian. Anything to let the right kind of climate help me be more myself. May make a difference for me. I think. I usually have liked Science and Architectural things. Or dealing with Parks and Recreational things on manual work. Warehouse Supply recieving and delivery. Not much on construction, but in a cloudy climate. I can be more inclined for such things.

So what is less expensive than KOAs? Any other things a Van can park at or is Hotels really cheaper?

I like to see if Astoria can be a place to live in. Or else somewhere close by. Of course.

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Forgot. I don't have any memberships with any groups.

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KOA out in Warrenton is OK, and there is another campground on the way out there you should check out ... I think it is Kampers West. As to computer access, check with the Astoria Public Library. I don't know for sure that they offer that service, but the Seaside Library does and Astoria is a much larger city.

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There are campgrounds that hire people to do maintenance/housekeeping/yard work. You might look into those.

I know that this may be intrusive but, do you have an SSDI income? That may matter in whatever job you take. If you do have it, I'll explain later why.

This is a big tourist area. Right now, when it's not raining, the campgrounds and resorts are getting things fixed up for the coming season. I would suggest that you go to the library, do a search for campgrounds in Clatsop County, OR (Seaside, Warrenton, Astoria) and Pacific County, WA (Long Beach, Ilwaco, South Beach, Long Beach Penninsula, Chinook). Write or email them and ask if they are hiring.

If you want to just get in your van and come up here, take it easy in the mountains in No. Cal. Make sure that you have a heater (that you know how to operate!), sleeping bag(s) and cold weather gear. This is not a good time of year to be driving in them. You might think about driving up 101, instead of 5. There are campgrounds all the way up 101 into Washington. If you need to stop and stay overnight someplace, I suggest Wal-Mart (ask the Manager first though) or a Casino. A lot of times, if you join the Casino's free club, you can stay overnight for either free or very little.

Look at the weather forecast for the next few days after you want to leave. (I hope that made sense) Make sure that it's not supposed to snow.

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http://www.koa.com/where/usa.htm

We've stayed at Koa's in the cabins on the coast - seems like a good place to drop the RV for a while. Expensive because they have lots of facilities there on the premises, including wireless internet, activities, playgrounds, pools and rec centers, and a restaurant. Like an RV resort.

There's one in Warrenton, one in Ilwaco, and one in Bay Center.

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8. Re: RV & Van Lots? Instead of Hotels

As for being too clear and sunny, the NW is probably a good choice in avoiding it. :)

The KOA at Ft. Stevens is very nice. There are lots of campgrounds that are very cheap around here if you don't need electricity and don't mind driving into town, you can legally camp in the woods here, just don't built a fire during fire season. And make sure the gates will be open.

You will have more help finding jobs in Portland however, the jobs here are usually minimum wage. There are however job seeking agencies in the area.

If it was me I would do some telephoning, either you or on your behalf before leaving. Also check on the Oregon Health Plan, Coast Rehabilitation and such. There is also a fairly good public transportation service here, and if you need a shower away from a KOA there are public pools where you can use the showers.

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There is a great Chamber of Commerce here, just get the number for the Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, they would also let you know where you can legally park your RV.

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