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Old 08-22-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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Insights Needed - 101 on OR coast

This week we're headed from Seattle to Depoe Bay OR, then planning to continue down 101 along the Oregon coast to Redwood NP in CA.

Any inputs on 101 in OR? How small/curvy and suitable for a 28' AS?

Appreciate any insights or advice.
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Old 08-22-2016, 03:50 PM   #2
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We take it every year down from BC - my wife's favorite part of the trip!
We do it in a 31' Airstream and have no problems, but I do have a 100 gallon Aux. fuel tank in the back of my TV - so I don't have to go to gas stations - just truck stops every 1500 miles or so.
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Old 08-22-2016, 04:19 PM   #3
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Oregon Coast

The wife and I have been going there every year since the 80's From Astoria south to Ferndale california is the most beautiful part of the left coast . Try and take some extra time to explore if you can . Many of the best areas are away from 101 Have a great time We are headed to Winchester Bay / Reedsport Oregon sept 4 for Salmon fishing and crabbing then on south to Gold beach Oregon and the Rogue river We will be gone a month So good to be retired We have a 30 ft AS limited which is actually 31 ft long plus some with the Hensley Arrow and we have never had a problem on any of the oregon roads
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:32 PM   #4
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Insights Needed - 101 on OR coast

We did it north to south last fall with our 28' and had no issues at all.
Wonderful area and a great trip to take. Your also going to be going the right direction as all the pull off are on the ocean side. So going south is a large advantage as you don't have to cross traffic to get into them.

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Old 08-22-2016, 11:43 PM   #5
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We just did that road, no problems whatsoever with our 25'.

Safety Tip: Do NOT stay at "Sea and Sand" in Depoe Bay!!! Let me know if you need more details.
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:20 AM   #6
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Just got home from a trip down the 101 in Oregon. One of my most favorite drives anywhere. You will be just fine. There was a lot of road construction south of Newport all the way into California. Several places where we had to wait for one lane roads. Just plan some extra time and enjoy the scenery!

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Old 08-23-2016, 09:42 AM   #7
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We live in Oregon and have done the trip a number of times. I love the Oregon coast. Some towns are better than others. Astoria / Ft. Stevens is great. Same with Cannon Beach and Pacific City.

Just please be aware that the road does get narrow at times and there can be some long stretches where you can't pass. You'll be sharing the road with commercial traffic, logging trucks, vacationers, locals, and - more importantly - cyclists. Drive safe & respectful and you'll have a fantastic time.
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:54 AM   #8
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Here are a couple of recent threads you may find helpful:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ip-147177.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ns-139219.html

Have fun!

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Old 08-23-2016, 10:05 AM   #9
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Have done the Oregon coast highway many times. Its a nice trip.

As others say just take your time - it will not be hard to do as you will find that many who are not towing are also taking their time. It is not nearly as scary a tow as the California section of the coastal highway can be.

Nehalem Bay State park and the little surf town of Manzanita are one of my fav spots as is Beach Side State park.
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While towing, avoid "Three Scenic Route" between Pacific City and Netarts.

Enjoy your trip!
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We did 101 last year from Cannon Beach almost to San Francisco. It was awesome. Not a fast road, don't be in a hurry. Expect plenty of twists and turns, lots of up and down. Nothing we and our rig couldn't handle. Rocinante is a 27FB (28' long), towed with our RAM 1500. It was a wonderful experience. You'll love it!
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:18 PM   #13
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While towing, avoid "Three Scenic Route" between Pacific City and Netarts.

Enjoy your trip!
I think the above refers to Three Capes Scenic Drive. We just took our 23FC along 101 and also avoided that stretch until we dropped the AS. I was glad not to have the AS behind me on those routes, but the routes are worth it if you have time without the AS..
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Very winding road, narrow, with many deep dips in the road. Even with only a 23 FC I was glad I followed the advice we had received to not take that route with the AS. Camp and then go without your AS.
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Just allow for road work

I live in Brookings at the south end of the route. We've been all over the 101. The only thing is don't be in a hurry. For one you will want to enjoy the scenery . We've been here 20 years and we still stare in wonder every day. The other thing is road repair. We get a LOT of rain in the winter so ODOT tries to get all the repairs done in the summer. You will likely hit several of those but it will be worth it!

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The road between Cape Mears and Netarts is closed and only open for emergencies. We have had several road failures between Oceanside and Netarts leaving the section between Oceanside and Cape Mears the only way out. But if you take 101 thru Tillamook, you won't go thru that area. 101 is fine all the way.
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We spend a lot of time on our fabulous Oregon Coast. As others have said, north to south is the best way to drive it as you're on the ocean side for the views and the scenic turnouts. Traffic can be slow but who cares? The slower the better. Some random information:

o Ecola State Park, just outside of Cannon Beach, is day use only but has some of the most beautiful views on the Oregon Coast. However, DO NOT tow your rig out there (don't ask me how I know ).

o Speaking if Cannon Beach, it is a beautiful little town. Lots of flowers and good restaurants.

o Cape Lookout State Park is a favorite on the north coast and for some reason often has open sites. Great beach and great sand dollar hunting at low tide.

o Nehalem State Park, near Cape Lookout, is another favorite. Large park on a spit bewteen the ocean and Nehalem Bay. Great crabbing for Dungeness - there are so many this year they're calling it a crab invasion.

o Newport on the central coast is another great town. South Beach SP is another favorite. Beautiful lighthouse and great tide pools at Yaquina Head. Another great area for crabbing.

o It is very crowded this time of year and campsites can be hard to find. One of my favorite places, Cape Blanco State Park on the southern coast, is first come, first served and usually has sites available. Don't miss the tour of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, oldest continually operating one on the Oregon Coast. Love the Crazy Norwegian restaurant in Port Orford.

o Harris Beach SP in Bandon is wonderful but very popular.

I'm leaving Thursday for a week at Nehalem Bay SP for an AS rally. Stop by and say hi.

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We just did that road, no problems whatsoever with our 25'.

Safety Tip: Do NOT stay at "Sea and Sand" in Depoe Bay!!! Let me know if you need more details.
drboyd - I saw your cautionary note about Sand and Surf at Defoe. I am currently planning a spring trip to the Oregon Coast. Can you provide additional info about why you warned readers? Thanks in advance. Doug
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You got the word from lots of folks. HW101 is not a big deal to tow. It is busy, but as long as you are comfortable moving at or near the speed limit, that is not much of an issue. Speed limit drops in the two lane sections and when it goes up, there is generally an extra lane for folks to pass if they are in a hurry.

Watch for drop offs when pulling over to let folks pass or to view the ocean. There are also some standing water areas in some pull offs and while we did not find any, standing water hides chuck holes.

Caution - most of the road work is just a slow down. You wait a while and then move on. However, we did find one very hazardous spot. The trucks were using a tight pull off on a blind turn going down hill. If you were not ready to make a full stop when you came upon a truck turning in, well ..... be ready to stop, not just slow down.

Enjoy your trip. We enjoyed ours and appreciated the information that others provided about the area. The redwoods are fantastic. Do not miss the Avenue of the Giants. Drive it all. Pat
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The state campgrounds are the best we have ever experienced. Some schools have started so the pressure is not as great and you may be able to reserve and some have some of their sites set aside for "walk up", first come, first served. Beautiful drive, enjoy! Check out Harris Beach State Park just north of Brooking with a walking trail into Brookings.
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