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Old 09-27-2017, 12:14 PM   #1
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Seattle newbie in search of PNW trip ideas

Hi all, we picked up our 2018 Sport 22 this year and are eager to hit the road. Any suggestions for terrific, out of the way camping and boondocking sites in the Pacific Northwest? What is the best way to find unusual to just plain nice locations? Any online sites or groups that you would suggest?

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Old 09-27-2017, 12:58 PM   #2
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We are in Portland and also just bought a Sport 22FB, though a '11, that we've had for about 6 weeks. We have gone on two trips so far, one was a full hookup site and one was a no services forest service site.

One place to look is: https://www.rvparky.com

Oregon and Washington both have all of their reservable sites easily listed online:
https://washington.goingtocamp.com
https://oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com

If you want to boondock, then the other option is also "dispersed camping" on forest service or BLM land. You would need to look up the guidelines for that, but seems there are a lot of options if you don't mind running self contained.

With the cooler weather being upon us you don't need A/C, so that means you don't need shore power necessarily...but you might want to do some test runs existing on propane and battery to determine how many days you can go without charging. The 22' only comes with 1 battery AFAIK, and that only gives you ~40Ah of power (~500Wh, watts = volts * amps). We used ~600Wh in a one night stay due to using a cigarette lighter fan to help circulate the furnace's warmth...we don't use that fan ever again I had swapped our lead acid batteries for a 100Ah lithium battery just 2 days before this trip, if we were on the factory battery we would have ran out juice for the fridge and furnace early in the morning.

You will want to make sure all of your lighting is LED, if it isn't buy bulbs and convert them to LED to make your battery go much further.
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Old 10-03-2017, 08:46 AM   #3
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A place I always like is Graves Creek or North Fork on the Quinault.
Road it gravel to both- and not much at North Fork anymore.
(I worked in Quinault in the 80s for five years).
Lots of wildlife.

Wait; I just looked it up and now the donít seem to want any ĎRVís including trailers on the road. So it may be a day trip.
There are FS and private campground near the town of Quinault.
if so, do an early morning drive up to Graves and NF and around the loop. Keep your eyes out for elk, I used to see them almost every day.

There are some other places that may be ok for you on the Peninsula- but bet PM me.

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Old 10-03-2017, 10:21 AM   #4
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Seattle newbie in search of PNW trip ideas

We're in California but always lusted for the PNW. Check out these links we follow of couples from WA and OR.

https://thesmallsmalltrailer.com/

http://just5moreminutes.com/blog/

P.S. Congrats and welcome to Airstreaming!
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With a nice dinky airstream like that, be sure to visit campgrounds in the National Parks in the PNW, which often have sites too short for our big honking 28í Airstream that would be absolutely perfect for your trailer.

As a bonus recommendation, check out county parks in Clallam county. There are two spectacular campgrounds along the north shore of the Olympic Peninsula. Dungeness Spit and Salt Creek. Go there. Camp. Love it.
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:59 AM   #6
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Kalaloch campground in the Olympic National Park.
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Old 10-04-2017, 02:00 AM   #7
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Great suggestions all, many thanks!
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:29 PM   #8
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We were out at Ozette yesterday/today. If the weather is good nice walk out to the ocean (I built a bunch of boardwalk there back in my trail crew days).

Some others were going to Hobuck (past Neah Bay). If you like ocean, consider that.

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Great posts and suggestions. We live in Eastern WA and have a 25 ft Flying Cloud. It can get pretty cool in WA in the evenings year round - so we tend to use campgrounds that at least have power. Many beautiful places to camp in PNW. Enjoy!
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