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Old 03-30-2014, 10:41 AM   #1
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Where in NorCal to store AND camp--Some Help for a Newbie

Hi there, we're new to the forum and recently relocated from the East Coast (and prior to that the PacNW).

I am really stuck, and on the verge of selling our trailer because I can't find an easy way to use it nearby--but I thought to post on this forum to see if some people who know the NorCal area could help out. (would also consider putting the Airstream down in SoCal too).

Here's our situation...We live and work in the SF Bay area (live on the Peninsula), and have two kids ages 10 and 12. Between work and kids stuff we hardly have time to do long weekend getaways, and the set-up and break-down of a trailer and putting it back into storage (we can't store it on-site at our house) creates way too much time and friction. As a result, we hardly use our trailer which is a real bummer.

I am looking for a great year-round campground, somewhere that is preferably within a 3-4 hour drive of SF Bay (and preferably south, but doesn't have to be--and would consider putting it closer to LA/Santa Barbara/etc) where we could keep our trailer on-site in storage at a beautiful campground and then easily pull it out and rent a spot on-site for the weekend. OR ideally a campground that has on-site storage and they'll actually pull it out and set it up when you want.

When we lived in Virginia there was this great campground where they'd do this-that would be ideal, because we would love to get rid of our towing vehicle and buy something more efficient and would make the ability to go down for weekends so much more practical.

We're looking for a beautiful campground, could be near the water or simply in the woods, something that's great for families and has beautiful/relaxing scenery, good shower set-up and some amenities--but doesn't need to have things like a pool and whatnot. Would be ideal if it were near a cute town as well.

We prefer more heavily wooded scenery rather than the RV parking lot type, and the most important factor is ease of getting into it--especially if there's a campground that would do pull-in/out, which I know sounds lazy but when you work 80-hours a week and all you want to do is escape for 36 hours it's almost the only way it can happen--if the set-up is easy.

Thanks to the forum for any advice you can provide. Greatly appreciated.



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Old 03-30-2014, 11:07 AM   #2
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Hi - I don't know the specific answer to your question but would suggest checking out the AllStays app to find a great campsite an then see if they have seasonal options. That would mean you leave it set up in a campsite and visit whenever you want. Most campsites I've been to have that option.

Good luck!

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Old 03-30-2014, 12:47 PM   #3
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Here's a few you may try:
Pismo Coast Village in Pismo Beach
They are a very busy campground though, you would have to make reservations way in advance.
Morro Dunes in Morro Bay
Sequoia RV Ranch in Three Rivers

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Old 03-30-2014, 02:06 PM   #4
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The destination for the informal NorCal group is Casini Ranch north of here in Duncans Mills, near Guernville and just a few miles inland. They have storage and I think they will pull your trailer out and put it in the campground so all you do is drive up there.

ASWifey above has a link to the Spring Rally.
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:36 AM   #5
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Thanks to those who have posted some recommendations, I am narrowing things down and the leads have been super helpful.

Greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-31-2014, 12:10 PM   #6
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Hi RazAirstream!

Welcome to the forum! We're not far from you, but are lucky to be able to keep our Airstream in our driveway. We just spent a very relaxing weekend at Half Moon Bay State Beach, but that wouldn't have been half as relaxing if we'd had to fetch the trailer from storage beforehand.

You might want to consider joining the Casini Rally. It was the place that first popped into my head. It's a lovely spot all by itself, with a calm river. But it offers access to both the northern California coast and the wine country. Point Reyes and Bolinas are not too far. There are lighthouses, beaches (chilly in the summer from fog) and woods nearby.

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