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#1 OFFLINE   amcclaran

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 11:42 AM

Been quite a while since i have checked out this site. how is everyone???

We plan on being in Ca by mid March earliest. Have not been there before (Camping) so have no idea what we are in for. We have heard from more than 1 source that state parks along the coast will be booked. But one look at the ocean will most likely be all we need. We usually prefer to avoid the Masses of Humanity so I think we will prefer to be inland at National Parks. Plan on coming from Tuscon to LA area on RT 10 then North. Not sure we want to drive on RT 1 with the TC, but maybe for a while. SO..... I know California is a BIG state but any advice, suggestions, dos or donts will be appreciated. We like a little hiking, a little biking, quiet and not overcrowded camping areas. We are fine without hookups for a few days at a time, but in general like access to bathrooms & showers. Not sure how we will return East. Had thought about going thru Salt Lake City and then East, but not sure we want to drive thru Tornado alley (Nebraska?) in April/May. did that last year (Arkansas, Oklahoma panhandle and it was NOT FUN) - so, make trek back south before heading home- all is weather dependent. 8 weeks or so total trip time, 2 or 3 of those weeks can be in CA.
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Posted 02 February 2015 - 03:30 PM

HWY 99 is in poor condition and I would advise avoiding it. I-5 is better but can also rattle your pans. If you have time, follow the coast and don't expect to make much distance each day.


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 09:29 PM

From Bakersfeild the cut off too San Francisco Under the bridges seem to rattle you good. Also where cracks are tard in will leave feeling like you just got of a horse. from San Diego up to San Francisco 6-8 month need to put your reservations in at most of the beach camping area's. There are less camping area's now than there used to be the land just to valuable now. 


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Posted 03 February 2015 - 10:52 AM

thanks. all such advice is appreciated

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 11:16 AM

Forgot that's was IH 5 my bad. Can take hwy 101 a little slower but a better road but it takes you thought Downtown San Francisco and over the golden gate it's a nightmare during the day with a TC and a Trailer almost as bad as New York city. L.A traffic is heavey and slow but does move along, same all the way south to San Diego. From San Francisco north to Oregon IH 5 is nice driving not to bad two years ago. 101 will take you through the Nappa Valley, the Redwoods I would say take this road is longer and slower but is worth it when you are just inches from the redwoods. Can see the scars from cars side swipping them. If you have time take the slow path out west there more too see than you think.

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 04:14 PM

the slow route sounds pretty good

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 03:27 PM

Be careful, I ended up spending 5 + years living out of a van camper & surfed every beach break from LA to MX when younger. 

Maybe a nice sail from Oxnard to Catalina will make your trip that more memorable. The white water on the east coast is brown compared to the west coast. Hope you enjoyed your trip. 






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