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Old 02-23-2020, 03:11 PM   #1
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Oregon to California in January

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We're planning to arrive in Oregon in Oct. We would like to have plenty of time to mosey around and then leave our trailer and TV somewhere in the area,(another question to post),, returning in Jan. at which point we would head south along the Cal. coast. Is this feasible?
Being from the east we know the limitations of winter travel. But we're unfamiliar with the northwest.
Help, please? And, THANKS!!
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:13 PM   #2
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Sometimes it's nice on the Oregon coast in January, most times it's raining.

A lot of the public campgrounds are closed that time of the year also, but some of the state parks along the coast stay open. The RV parks and private campgrounds would be open.

If you go down I-5 or or 101, you will likely not need chains for your trailer, but it's always a possibility, January is still on the early side of the snow these days. if you've not driven around Oregon before, and want to stray out of the Willamette valley, sometimes it can be a case of " you can't get there from here" at least without going the long way around. I would definitely say there are better times of the year to visit the state.
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Old 02-23-2020, 09:54 PM   #3
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We drive down I5 instead of the coast to the Bay Area every year in January. We just watch the weather and travel the right weather week. This year we went the week after the big snow that closed I5 at the border. Using this method has worked for us. Yes we carry chains but by picking when to go the roads have been dry and the snow is well controlled.

I would think that coast route would be better but you may still need to pick the day to pass an area.

Using the Internet and knowing the areas we want to stop we tend to reserve places to stay. There is plenty of online reviews to describe each location. Right now fuel is better in Washington and Oregon. California has a few good spots but it can easily be a dollar more per gallon.
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:07 PM   #4
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So...Oregon area to mosey & leave the TV/TT Need to be a bit more specific. Willamette valley and coast, you'll be fine. Cascades...another story.

Or has a law re chains. Basically carry them even if you park and wait things out, as in heading Sb over ashland on i5. No changes = $$$$ ticket. No needed on the coast. On 101, plenty of availability be it SP, NF, private...don't forget abundance of county parks like Harbor Vista in Florence. Some SP's like Beachside (our favirite) are closed as the winter surf can often wash over.

Search AF for OR coast Hwy 101. No shortage.

Personal bias as an ex Sonoma Coast/Sea Ranch resident, but 101 into Ca thru the redwoods (ave of the giants) to hwy 1 to Ft Bragg, Mendocino, Gualala/Sea Ranch to Jenner, Bodega Bay to Petaluma & 101 is a once in a life time. Great access....if you like to hike, Google Gerstle Cove/ Salt point SP.... See link below. Best coast hiking access in the state. Lots of recent threads here too.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ge...c23accfd8f1dbd


Further S past SF...santa cruz yacht harbor,new brighton beach SP, the Koa in Moss Landing. And if you make it past big sur/pismo....google Jalama Beach County Park. Remote, tucked into the coast next to Vandenberg AFB...remote, beautiful and killer jalama burgers at the shack.

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Stay on the coast and you can make it in the winter.
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Old 02-24-2020, 11:27 AM   #6
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Hi folks!
We're planning to arrive in Oregon in Oct. We would like to have plenty of time to mosey around and then leave our trailer and TV somewhere in the area,(another question to post),, returning in Jan. at which point we would head south along the Cal. coast. Is this feasible?
Being from the east we know the limitations of winter travel. But we're unfamiliar with the northwest.
Help, please? And, THANKS!!
Go on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH 1) in California. Sometimes it entwines with HWY 101.
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So...Oregon area to mosey & leave the TV/TT Need to be a bit more specific. Willamette valley and coast, you'll be fine. Cascades...another story.

Or has a law re chains. Basically carry them even if you park and wait things out, as in heading Sb over ashland on i5. No changes = $$$$ ticket. No needed on the coast. On 101, plenty of availability be it SP, NF, private...don't forget abundance of county parks like Harbor Vista in Florence. Some SP's like Beachside (our favirite) are closed as the winter surf can often wash over.

Search AF for OR coast Hwy 101. No shortage.

Personal bias as an ex Sonoma Coast/Sea Ranch resident, but 101 into Ca thru the redwoods (ave of the giants) to hwy 1 to Ft Bragg, Mendocino, Gualala/Sea Ranch to Jenner, Bodega Bay to Petaluma & 101 is a once in a life time. Great access....if you like to hike, Google Gerstle Cove/ Salt point SP.... See link below. Best coast hiking access in the state. Lots of recent threads here too.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ge...c23accfd8f1dbd


Further S past SF...santa cruz yacht harbor,new brighton beach SP, the Koa in Moss Landing. And if you make it past big sur/pismo....google Jalama Beach County Park. Remote, tucked into the coast next to Vandenberg AFB...remote, beautiful and killer jalama burgers at the shack.

Happy trails
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What are roads like in/out of Jalama Beach and which is better route for towing? From N or S?

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This year, Northern Ca is really dry - we are setting "no rain" day records and have warm weather, so right now? Not a problem!

Of course that can always change. I'd recommend that you keep an eye on the weather forecasts. Snow causes slowdowns in some areas, rain causes mudslides and washouts in others. We'd been in Eureka several years ago in March and had a no slowdowns, made the trip home (Napa) in under 5 hours. The next day our daughter got on the road and it took her 3 days to get home. Washed out road on 101, back track to Eureka, head off across country toward 5, hit both snow and then a flooded road and another day delay. It was really ugly, she spend hours sitting in her car wishing she was moving.

Camping in Northern CA isn't as issue in the rainy weather -you can find lots of places open for business. We've hit the road in all sorts of weather and actually like the late winter/early spring better because there are fewer people.
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Great, helpful replies! Based on your info we think we'll spend 3 weeks in Seattle/Portland area then head South and find storage there. Love the suggestions for the coastal drives and info on Cali locations!
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Great, helpful replies! Based on your info we think we'll spend 3 weeks in Seattle/Portland area then head South and find storage there. Love the suggestions for the coastal drives and info on Cali locations!
Try stopping at Columbia Sportswear and Nike headquarter stores in Portland
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or like all the other I-5 tourists, the Woodburn outlet stores, people seem to love tax free shopping
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Sometimes it's nice on the Oregon coast in January, most times it's raining.

A lot of the public campgrounds are closed that time of the year also, but some of the state parks along the coast stay open. The RV parks and private campgrounds would be open.

If you go down I-5 or or 101, you will likely not need chains for your trailer, but it's always a possibility, January is still on the early side of the snow these days. if you've not driven around Oregon before, and want to stray out of the Willamette valley, sometimes it can be a case of " you can't get there from here" at least without going the long way around. I would definitely say there are better times of the year to visit the state.
When yours chains on your trailer, do you chain-up all four trailer wheels?
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When yours chains on your trailer, do you chain-up all four trailer wheels?
Please read yourself, but it looks like only one tire each side is required.


https://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/Mini...n-Requirements

Personally, i'll wait at the bottom the hill. Not interested in towing a rig with both tv/tt chained up especially if visibility is low I always carry two sets, but only so i don't get a verrrry expensive ticket.
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