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Old 01-20-2014, 03:20 PM   #1
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Seattle to Sonoma assistance, please

We'll be caravaning to the Sonoma area in March for R&R with our adult kids. We'll be staying in the Cloverdale KOA, and need recommendations for a stop over spot in Grants Pass.
Also...I've taken both the "Coast" route, cutting over at Grants Pass, and the I-5 Route cutting over at Williams. I think the road from Williams to Cloverdale is where Ricky and Lucy filmed the Long Trailer (Big Trailer?), and I hate that drive. Does anyone have a preferred route? Do you think the Coast route is that much further time wise - it's actually shorter in mileage.

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Old 01-20-2014, 03:47 PM   #2
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We'll be caravaning to the Sonoma area in March for R&R with our adult kids. We'll be staying in the Cloverdale KOA, and need recommendations for a stop over spot in Grants Pass.
Also...I've taken both the "Coast" route, cutting over at Grants Pass, and the I-5 Route cutting over at Williams. I think the road from Williams to Cloverdale is where Ricky and Lucy filmed the Long Trailer (Big Trailer?), and I hate that drive. Does anyone have a preferred route? Do you think the Coast route is that much further time wise - it's actually shorter in mileage.

Thanks as always.
If you go to goggle maps and ask for directions from Seattle to Sonoma. it takes you via I-5 to I-505 and then CA Hwy 12. It says that takes 12 hours even. If you go over to US 101 at Grants Pass, it takes 13 hours and 48 minutes. I have found their routing and time info to be good for planning purposes.

We stayed at River Bend RV Resort a couple nights a while ago and fond it very pleasant.

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Old 01-20-2014, 09:51 PM   #3
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On our way to Napa, we stopped over at Seven Feathers RV park in Canyonville. It is close to Grants Pass, and while a tad spendy at $45, it features great restrooms, showers, indoor pool and hot tub, and is super nice. Full hookups. If you are into casinos, they have a free shuttle. The nearby gas station has propane.
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We went down to Napa a few years ago and stayed at a KOA in Shasta. It was rather average. We were going to hit a casino but when we were driving through it was 101 outside and the thought of parking in a lot without hookups changed our minds.

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Napa Valley Expo

This is connected to the Napa Fairgrounds and was pretty new about 5 years ago.

This was a wonderful location for us. It was very close to the downtown and close to many of the wineries. It was also relatively inexpensive, clean, had nice bathrooms and all the sites were full hookups. I just noticed that the prices have gone up but.....it has a lot going for it.
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Valley of the Rogue State park is a nice spot for single night stop over. It's pretty close to Grants pass, has easy access and if you have a little bit of spare time, you can stop in Jacksonville OR. It's a neat town that was used for gold mining back in the day. A lot of original buildings are still up.
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:53 PM   #6
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Just got back from the trip. We went down 101, stayed the first night in the Crescent City KOA. A pretty decent place, comfortable and well maintained with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. We'll stay there again. Then on down to Cloverdale KOA. We got in about 5 PM, nobody at the office to check us in or tell us where to go. A very poorly laid out and marked camp ground. Finally found a couple of spots that were ok for us. One requirement was that bathrooms be fairly close as our companions tow a '65 Shasta with no "facilities". This campground only has 2 bath facilities, which is about 2 fewer than they need as it's a large campground, so we were limited to where we could set up. Management's hours seemed to be from wake up sometime around 8, then siesta, and maybe a return later. The sites were poorly maintained and hadn't been cleaned (cigaret butts and other "leavings"). Not impressed. We won't stay there again. Oh, and all of this for $60/night - way over priced. We would have moved to Dutcher Road RV park but chose to go to Napa instead.
After the 3rd day, we packed up and went to Napa and stayed at Napa Valley Expo, as suggested by Aftermath. Very well maintained but small and kind of slab camping, but overall a step up from Cloverdale KOA.
We came back up I-5 and spent the night at Schroeder State Park in Grant's Pass. This is a pretty nice campground, quiet and on the Roque River. We'll hit that again in the summer I think.
All in all an interesting trip - the first long one in the Argosy. We learned a lot, found a couple of leaks and a minor issue or two that I'll fix. We also learned that these older AS units tow extremely smoothly even in heavy rain, traffic and wind.
Thanks to everyone for the feedback.
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