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Old 04-03-2016, 05:35 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!

We might relocate in the san jose area for work and are considering living full time in our trailer since it would be a temporary, aroud 2 years, relocation.

Can anyone recommend a good campgroud to do so?

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Old 04-04-2016, 02:03 PM   #2
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Not getting much feedback here I see. Maybe this post will bump the subject into someones vision. San Jose has a fair bit of competition for what might be available. Construction folks, homeless, and just your regular run of the mill grass roots need a reasonable place to live kind of folks all tend to suck up space. So you may need to vary your approach to find a solution. Commuting is a pain, but obviously, it expands your options.

The Gilroy Garlic RV Park is a bit of a drive from San Jose, but a favorite for those folks who chose it as their temporary home. The manager controls the park and residents seem to like that approach. Note, you will find RVs here and not park model trailers. This location may be too far for you, but is the type of place you likely need to find.

When I commuted to San Jose, it looked like some side streets behind industrial buildings might be a good temp solution, but most of those no longer have unrestricted overnight parking. Local security keeps folks moving as most are considered a problem. Local Walmart gets a bit of pressure and from time to time you see folks find unusual spots that work until someone has a problem and objects.

There is not much police protection in SJ as the force migrated out due to pension reform. They are rebuilding and it will get better. But for now, finding a close and supportive community is likely a very good objective.

Good luck with your research. Sorry I don't have the perfect solution. Sometimes it's who you know that gets you what you want/need. Your new co-workers may have just the fix. Pat
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Old 04-04-2016, 02:53 PM   #3
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Bottom line, even with the issues listed above, there is not much if any close in.
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Old 04-07-2016, 04:33 PM   #4
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Hi. There appears to be a nice RV spot near Monterey road in the coyote valley, just south of San Jose.
Coyotevalleyresort.com
We have not stayed there as we don't have an RV yet but drove thru a few months ago and it looked nice.
I think it had some good reviews on Yelp and Google too. While Monterey is noisy, the back of the park is adjacent to green space.
Good luck to you.
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Thanks everyone!
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Old 04-09-2016, 02:11 PM   #6
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Take a look at the Alameda fairgrounds RV park (the fairpark rv) located in Pleasanton. Not too far from San Jose, safe and a nice town. Will take you about 30 to 45 mins or more to drive to San Jose during traffic.
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Martin - http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica...ocuments/34435

That site has most of the parks in the area. Suggest you set your priorities. What is important.....cost, travel distance, amenities, neighbors, noise....

The major highways stop at rush hour. That makes 30 miles an hour commute. Some city streets are similar. Folks tend to arrive early or late and leave same to beat the rush. Friday quiting time is 2:00pm. May be best to stay as close as possible to work even if the location is a bit seedy. The counter to that approach is what one fellow said...look around. Are there nicer rigs than yours for the bad guys to pick on? The Ace train goes from N SJ to Pleasanton. A nice way to Commute. Cal Train is a South Bound option.

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Needed to stop in San Jose for a night June first and called the fairgrounds. Because of the construction going on, they were full and ended up at Coyote Valley for $69.00 a night! Seeing more and more RV parks filling up with long term residents due to construction projects.
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PKI - thank you for the Palo Alto listing of all the parks. We too need something like that as we begin to plan full timing in an Airstream.
We will need to stay in the Santa Clara valley about three months each year so that list is very helpful.
Currently we live in South county and my husband commutes on Caltrain from Morgan Hill to Mountain View, which works very well despite the fact that only 3 trains go in and out of Gilroy and Morgan Hill during commute times. However, he and I meet up in Campbell to ride home together.
Still, the train doesn't work for me. Public transit to Los Gatos is sparse. Even though Netflix is building a big campus nearby, it looks like several of them ride in private shuttles.
I drive the car to get to work, taking backroads because the freeways are TERRIBLE here now. Too crowded, increasingly insane driving--the worst. If I take the inappropriately named "freeway" it can take 90 minutes or longer. Actually our record was 3 hours one day while carpooling--a perfect storm of accidents.
Martin, I hope the job you get is worth living here. Although there are some lovely spots around here, we have been here long enough and cannot wait to leave.
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We have stayed at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga loved it. No good for full timing but for short term while you check the area out. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/p...s/Sanborn.aspx
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