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Old 07-07-2019, 12:47 PM   #1
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Jalama Beach County Park In California

I have been to Jalama Beach a few times in a 24' Class C and I could fit anywhere in the park. This next trip I am taking a 2014 27FB International Serenity and I am concerned about dragging my rear bumper as I go up the hill to a site at the very top.

I plan to remove the weight distribution bars from my Equalizer hitch before going up the hill, so that will drop the front down an extra inch or so.

I know I can fit in the site itself, but the Airstream has such a low profile I am concerned about dragging the rear end. Anyone been there with a similar trailer and go to the top of the hill?

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Old 07-07-2019, 02:05 PM   #2
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I have no experience with a 27 but I think that transition is really gradual and should be no problem. I would be more concerned getting into and out of those spaces on top, our only time staying in the upper area was in our 19' and needed to disconnect and park truck sideways in front to fit.
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Old 07-07-2019, 04:01 PM   #3
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Thank You

That sounds good, Ironically the spot you were standing from above to take the picture of your rig is the site I will be in. That site is on the end and extra wide so I will be able to park next to the trailer.

Also I got an answer on the Airstream Addicts Forum, a guy just went there this year with the same trailer as mine and he said the area at the start of the hill that I was concerned about was not a problem.

Can't wait for a Jalama Burger!!

Thanks and have a great summer camping..........
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We were there a couple weeks ago and had Jalama burgers 😎
Make sure to bring old shoes or your favorite tar cleanup recipe , baby oil works great. We had gone for the day with the grand kids and saw very little if any tar on the beach and just before leaving the tide must have brought it in and the kids water shoes got caked and had to be thrown out.
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Good Reminder

Thanks for reminding me about the tar, I always forget and our Beagle somehow manages to get it between her toes.
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Quick Q, have any of you found a cell phone signal at Jalama? Online reviews seem to say no but was hoping it changed. We have TMO and Verizon and a booster for what it's worth. It's the only thing stopping us from visiting. Need it to stay connected to work. Thx!
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I remember seeing a tarantula on the road at Jalama back in the day... it was far bigger than my hand!
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That sounds good, Ironically the spot you were standing from above to take the picture of your rig is the site I will be in. That site is on the end and extra wide so I will be able to park next to the trailer.

Also I got an answer on the Airstream Addicts Forum, a guy just went there this year with the same trailer as mine and he said the area at the start of the hill that I was concerned about was not a problem.

Can't wait for a Jalama Burger!!

Thanks and have a great summer camping..........

Love this place...and the Burgers


Looking forward on the next trip to time the tides and maybe make it to pt Conception and back on the beach.
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Point Conception

"Looking forward on the next trip to time the tides and maybe make it to pt Conception and back on the beach."

I looked that up, wow and eleven mile hike, it must be beautiful!
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Quick Q, have any of you found a cell phone signal at Jalama? Online reviews seem to say no but was hoping it changed. We have TMO and Verizon and a booster for what it's worth. It's the only thing stopping us from visiting. Need it to stay connected to work. Thx!
Was there 2 months ago and zero cell service on any carrier. I actually used a pay phone!
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How much does a payphone cost these days? And depending on your age did you remember what to do
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"Looking forward on the next trip to time the tides and maybe make it to pt Conception and back on the beach."

I looked that up, wow and eleven mile hike, it must be beautiful!

No question...this is a huge hike but the view S from PC to the SB etc coast has to awesome. Certainly this would take some planning and tide management. On short notice and no planning, I made it about 2 miles down the beach just to see, but the beach starts to get a little tight against the bluffs. Not sure if it is even feasible. Sure world be helpful if the ranchers & amtrack were friendly as a plan B. No payphone along this section!
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There are a couple of spots on top, 111 and 116 come to mind, that can be difficult to back into if your neighbors are too close.
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Point Conception

This link goes to a site where several people comment about hiking to Point Conception from Jalama.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/c...-de-anza-trail
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This link goes to a site where several people comment about hiking to Point Conception from Jalama.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/c...-de-anza-trail

No noise, thanks. A great link. Certainty is doable. I was hoping the route all the way to PC was open. Not sure exactly where the light house is but it looks like the bluff/beach structure turn to bluff and no beach before PC. The hike is beautiful, but it was the view past PC that i was hoping to see.

None the less...plan ahead, pack a lunch/h2o, sunscreen and enjoy the beach as far as someone wants to go. I would also not, having lived st the ocean, your nose will be hard to the wind on the way back.

Can't wait....jalama burgers and a tall cold one...5.5 miles ahead
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We Survived

OP Here,

Our visit to Jalama Beach was a success. No problem driving up the hill and taking off the weight distribution bars of my Equalizer Hitch was not necessary either.

It is pretty steep with some very hard left and right turns to the top but it was not a problem. I turned left at the top toward the maintenance access road and then easily backed several spots into my site.

The Jalama burgers are still great (REALLY GREAT) and we lucked out, the weather was incredible, 80 during the day with a nice light breeze and lots of wind at night.

Another plus is, we had great neighbors next to us which always makes for a more enjoyable experience.

Lompoc is only a half hour drive and offers a real variety of history and adventure on it's own. The 200 year old mission is worth the visit as well as all the "Murals" around town.

Thanks for all the responses and have a fantastic Airstream summer........
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PS The Tar on the beach

Whoever warned us about the tar was right. We just walked a little way with the dog and did not see any tar but we all got some.

So be warned, you will need some WD-40 or something to clean your shoes or your feet.
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Whoever warned us about the tar was right. We just walked a little way with the dog and did not see any tar but we all got some.

So be warned, you will need some WD-40 or something to clean your shoes or your feet.
Thanks No Noise, it has been awhile since we have been there and we did not experience any tar luckily. However having lived at the coast I'm not surprised. Good to know ahead of time, thanks.

Sounds like the weather was awesome...nice to have a break from the prevailing winds in the face.

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p.s.while it has been awhile....the J-Burgers are still fresh in my mind
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