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Old 05-06-2008, 12:56 AM   #1
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Hwy 1 in Oregon ?

Would like to take that route up the CA, OR coast but have heard pros and cons regarding the route towing an RV. I'm pulling a 25' AS, would I have any problems?
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:22 AM   #2
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Hello,

We have driven a lot of this route at least from Brookings to Lincoln City pulling our Bambi... lots of folks travel this route with big rigs. Shouldn't be a problem pulling a 25 footer. The very worst part of Route 1 is in California just north of San Francisco... very slow and lots of tight corners in this section.

When driving in Oregon on route one... if you will be traveling during the summer months be aware it is a highly sought after vacation area and traffic is dense... one RV and motorhome after another. And, remember, it rains a lot (all year) in Oregon! We have usually made this these trips in the rain ~ so I suggest avoiding driving at night as the roads are winding. There are some areas that might give some folks "food for thought" but they are in areas where you can't drive fast, so you should be okay. Because of the number of turns and twists in the road, the traffic, etc. calculate on doubling your time for travel while transiting Hwy 1.

The Oregon Coast is awesome and worth every minute. See it in the daytime, take your time and enjoy. There are many, many campsites along the coast. However, in summer they fill quickly many times. The Oregon State Campgrounds are awesome, and many have reservations. Check out the state website, then click on parks with campgrounds! State of Oregon: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: State Parks

Have fun!

Mrs. NorCal Bambi traveling in S Tardis ~ from the Great State of Jefferson
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I spent some time last summer in Oregon, mainly the southern half of the coast. Had no problems towing, just take any tight curves slow. I have some pictures of some of the coastal state parks I stayed at on my web site. Cape Blanco was my favorite. It's first come, first served at that particular park, so try to get there early if you go.

The last few weeks in August there was a marked increase in crowds, especially on weekends.

As far as Highway 1 in California, I would be hesitant to drive through Big Sur in the summer just because of the crowds that time of year. Otherwise, it's the same as Oregon, just take the curves slow.
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Old 05-06-2008, 02:27 PM   #4
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Would like to take that route up the CA, OR coast but have heard pros and cons regarding the route towing an RV. I'm pulling a 25' AS, would I have any problems?
Too my 31 all the way up US 1 and 101 CA to WA. No problems.
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Old 05-06-2008, 02:45 PM   #5
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I rode this route on my mountain bike towing a BOB trailer 10 years ago. Beautiful scenery and highly recommended. I saw RV's of all sizes negotiating the highway with little dificulty. I travelled from January through March and the highway was occupied by mostly local traffic. Camp sites are plentiful and at that time of year not too busy. The State parks in Oregon are fantastic.
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Old 05-06-2008, 06:30 PM   #6
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Other than the landslides, fallen timber, tsunami threat, off-shore earthquakes, sea lion attacks, and the trinket sellers, you should not have any difficulty. If you're going to travel during the summer season, you should make reservations - busy place. Darol
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Our first long trip from florida to washington; way back travelled almost the whole length down the oregon coast to crescent city. pulled our 31 with a suburban 3/4 ton. a lot of road work and we encountered no rain. as a first timer newbie of only 2 months at the time I was very cautious and pensively aware. I had my stomach full by the time we headed west to I5 at Ukia, Ca. We camped at private sites and had no problem finding access. Cape Kiwanda to Gold Beach beautiful. with the price of fuel becoming apocalyptic you should have the place to yourself by summer. I was happy to reach the boredom of a straight interstate.
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:59 PM   #8
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You're going to love this trip! Just be sure to pull away from the coast to an easier cruise at the scary places (between SF and Mendocino) and enjoy the ride.
We towed our 25' Safari from our home on the CA mid coast last year at the end of May, and found many Oregon state park campgrounds virtually deserted. As soon as the summer school holiday hits, everything changes!
Our tow was easy, fun, and the only gasps were for the scenery.
From Santa Cruz, we headed out to 101 and took that to Benbow. From there we went out to the coast on a beautiful drive to Brookings OR, where we stayed at Harris Beach SP (Sites A18+A22 especially scenic.) From there we went to a lush site at Sunset Bay SP in Coos Bay, and spent a couple more nights at Jesse Honeyman SP in Florence. Amazing place with huge dunes and some great hikes and kayaking.
Then on to Beverly Beach SP in Newport. (Equally fabulous, but a very rainy stay. Be prepared...) Loved all the wild rhododendrons and azalea along the roadsides, and the chance to have fresh seafood everyday.
You'll love it. It's truly a comfortable tow although as Caddygrn says, you may be in for more traffic than we had.
Happy trails!
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I've driven a 38' Motor Home with a tow and our 25' Airstream on this route with no problems. You can't go fast because of traffic and curves but the scenery is awesome!

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We travel with our Caravel in Southern Washington and the Oregon Coast each summer flying at Kite Festivals.

The scenery is spectacular. The roads are good, but a bit crowded in the summer.

Make reservations for your night stays. Not always necessary, but you don't want to get to a great place and have no place for your Airstream.
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We did make all our campground reservations months ahead of time, and because we were in a shoulder season we were able to pick our sites.
That's not the case at all during the summer, although it would be hard to get a bad spot in most of the coastal campgrounds.
Most have easy access to views of the rugged ocean beauty typical of the area.
(Don't forget the umbrella...)
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Hi Janet, could you tell me where your last pic was taken, we are visiting up there this summer also. Looks like a great place to take pictures. Thanks George.

Very nice pics by the way!
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Thanks,mrchinup.
The last photo (all by husband Terry-not me) was taken at Shore Acres park, near the Sunset Bay SP campground in the Coos Bay area. It includes a beautiful botanical garden, and there's a path that goes all along the cliffs with lots of great photo ops.
Below is a picture somewhere along the coast, another view of the Shore Acres cliff from the path, and the adjacent garden/estate.

Although the pics don't show it, we did have some blue sky almost every day!
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I am looking for boondocking spots along the entirety of Highway 1 for a trip to Baja from WA state. Any links or lists would be very helpful.
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