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Old 06-01-2012, 07:59 PM   #29
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:02 PM   #30
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valmog....love your blog!!! just became a subscriber...thanks!!
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:32 AM   #31
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shouting out from southern Oregon...... hopefully will own a Airstream in the near future, this thread is a great idea
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:36 PM   #32
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Thanks Day Tripper We found another great place on Mt. Hood called McNeil...super quiet and no services. Located near some amazing trailheads, too! There were lots of people pulled off of the road just camping along the Sandy River as well. I wouldn't do that with our Airstream but I sure saw some neat tent camping opportunities.

Hello sakthorp...good luck on your search! Will be great to get great camping tips from all over the state!

Here's a picture of McNeil. Very different landscape than a typical campground on Mt. Hood.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:32 PM   #33
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Dry camped near Crown Lake and very close to Mt Jefferson. Great views and a quiet trip but a little warm this past weekend as the humidity was high up there but the lake was cool and refreshing. Happy camping in the PNW!
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Okay, Airchief...did you guys just pull off the road for this beautiful spot or was it a forest service campground? Lovely views!

Thought about you this week when I saw all the tent campers set up along forest service roads...I'm still feeling nervous about taking ours down roads that are that rough and bumpy. I was cringing just feeling our car bounce the semi-paved road we were on to our campground. I was imagining all kinds of things crashing and breaking in the AS!
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Okay, Airchief...did you guys just pull off the road for this beautiful spot or was it a forest service campground? Lovely views!

Thought about you this week when I saw all the tent campers set up along forest service roads...I'm still feeling nervous about taking ours down roads that are that rough and bumpy. I was cringing just feeling our car bounce the semi-paved road we were on to our campground. I was imagining all kinds of things crashing and breaking in the AS!
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Hi Kim,

Yep, we dry camped off FS 4685 and had our site to ourselves with no one else around. This was by far the best FS road we have ever been on. Some forest roads are not so great but this one was maintained very well. I've been down a lot of the FS roads around Detroit Lake and the South Santiam river enroute to Santiam Pass and most are in good enough shape for you to find a nice private spot to camp. We have dogs and desire the need to have our own space without bothering the neighbors and them bothering us. We like to run a generator to watch TV sometimes and don't to worry about it bothering someone. I would say the number one thing to do is if you aren't sure, pullover and unhitch and run up the road a few miles and scout it out and thenmake sure that the ground is not so eneven that it could damage your tank dump pipes since they hang so close to the ground. - Tom
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Thanks to everyone who has participated in this thread. I would like to ask if anyone on the forum lives in the Willamette Valley, near Corvallis, OR? If so message me, I would like to get together with someone who lives nearby sometime this summer.
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Hi Everyone

I am in Grants Pass

After 1 year renovating my 1987 Avion 32S,I am just about ready to tow it somewhere.

I want to boondock as well,I am looking for some sweet spots to camp.
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A couple of weekends ago we spent time exploring the Opal Creek Area on the Willamette Pass....Beautiful!!!!! Lots of people boondocking around there. Amazing sites located just off the roads on the way up to Opal Creek. We still haven't been brave enough to venture down forest roads with our AS because I'm still nervous about getting stuck but we explored a bit without our trailer hooked up one afternoon and noticed others had found some nice spots!

If you're heading over the Santiam Pass...give this place a look...beautiful country and the water is the clearest water I've ever seen!
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A couple of weekends ago we spent time exploring the Opal Creek Area on the Willamette Pass....Beautiful!!!!! Lots of people boondocking around there. Amazing sites located just off the roads on the way up to Opal Creek. We still haven't been brave enough to venture down forest roads with our AS because I'm still nervous about getting stuck but we explored a bit without our trailer hooked up one afternoon and noticed others had found some nice spots!

If you're heading over the Santiam Pass...give this place a look...beautiful country and the water is the clearest water I've ever seen!
We haven't camped that way yet either but I have up there and fished the Little North Fork river along the way. Glad to know you saw some good boondocking spots. Was it before the the developed campsites or after? Thanks for keeping us posted.

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Hi all, I'm new to this site and I'm looking to buy an airstream soon. Want to know of others' experiences with using it in Oregon. I have heard that there is a lot of BLM land in Oregon that people are free to camp/trailer on but that there is a time limit for your stay. Something to check into. I want to research camping on someone's acreage, perhaps working 10 hours a week with their farming or other work in exchange for living on their property. I'm making initial plans, gathering information now. Would be open to living in the High Desert of Oregon too. As much as I love the W. Valley, the cloudy winters get me down. Also, are any of you females traveling alone and how is that?
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Hi all, I'm new to this site and I'm looking to buy an airstream soon. Want to know of others' experiences with using it in Oregon. I have heard that there is a lot of BLM land in Oregon that people are free to camp/trailer on but that there is a time limit for your stay. Something to check into. I want to research camping on someone's acreage, perhaps working 10 hours a week with their farming or other work in exchange for living on their property. I'm making initial plans, gathering information now. Would be open to living in the High Desert of Oregon too. As much as I love the W. Valley, the cloudy winters get me down. Also, are any of you females traveling alone and how is that?
Enjoy the sun,

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Hi Karlee,

Welcome. We use ours all over the area and it has been wonderful. BLM does have some lands in Oregon but you must pay a fee to use them. The US Forest Service controls all the national forest land (which is in abundance in Oregon) and much of it you can camp on anywhere you like but each forest is different, so you need to check their website and use the MVUM maps to see which forest roads authorize dispersed camping. For instance, the Siuslaw National Forest does not have dispersed camping and you must use designated campgrounds. Great camping in Deschutes and Ochoco forest east of the valley and it is dispersed. Good luck with search and let me know if you have any questions.

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We dry camped on the Trask River a couple weeks ago. Weather, scenery and fishing was good. We are fortunate to have access to this private property that has almost 2 miles of river bank access and over 180 acres of forest. Great base camp for exploring Tillamook, Oceanside, Netarts, Garibaldi, etc.

Some pics too but sorry they are not that good looking - don't have the camera or the talent Kim does.

Next planned adventures are the Metolius and Lower Deschutes in October.

Hope everyone is having fun!

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