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Old 01-24-2014, 06:03 PM   #1
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Hiway 101 in Oregon

I am planning a trip Texas to the northwest this coming May. Can someone tell me if I will have any problems on 101 from Oregon to Washington. I will be pulling a 40' V-Cross 5th wheel with a short bed Ram 2500. Also any recommendations on good campgrounds with electricity and water would be appreciated







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Old 01-25-2014, 04:50 AM   #2
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i think you must be mixing up Highway 1, with 101, as being difficult for RV's.

101 is fine for any RV, from SoCal to Washington, so go have fun.
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101 in Oregon is great! Some small towns to go thru which slows you down. Plenty of state parks or rv parks everywhere to stay in. Just enjoy!
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I'm not going to be in any hurry. Planning on bouncing back and forth between 101 and 5.
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I wouldn't bother crossing back and forth to I-5, particularly in OR, unless there's a "must see". The cross-mountain highways aren't very easy ones. The only place 101 gets a bit squirrelly is north of Cannon Beach, headed towards Astoria. Twisty 2-lane and a bit narrow. We had no trouble driving a 32' Class A all the way from Longview to Astoria on US30, then the full length of Oregon to Brookings. Gorgeous country, with lots of State and Municipal parks.

A few of the SP's were built before very long RVs with 102" width and slide-outs became common, so the roads in the parks are a bit narrow and the sites are square-on to the roads and a bit difficult to maneuver into, but,overall, well worth the effort.

In Washington, 101 is sparsely populated and CGs not as plentiful, but still a beautiful drive. If you're planning on coming all the way through, I'd suggest turning north off 101 onto SR-20, through Port Townsend, taking the ferry over to Coupeville, north to Anacortes, then east. You'll get back to I-5 in Burlington, then you can head south for Everett and Seattle or take SR-20 on over the mountains to Winthrop. The route goes over Washington Pass at 5700'. We think it's the nicest route over the Cascades and IMO, it's an easier drive than US-2.

It is often closed due to 15' snowdrifts over the highway in winter and not economically plowable. It usually opens late May and closes again early November.
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101 thru San Francisco in a RV is no fun. I'd take 680 from San Jose to 780 to Vallejo to 37 to get back on 101 in Novato.

101 from Novato to Oregon is a great trip.

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One thing to consider is driving up to WA on I-5 and see what you want to see along it then drive 101 going south. The reason is most of the pullouts along 101 are on the west side of 101 and easy to pull over to see the sights. If going north on 101 you will always have to cross traffic to get in and out of pull outs and can be a PITA at times.

We made the trip last summer, Brookings SP, Barview Jetty RV (Tillamook County Parks)
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F and E... see your from Anacortes...we drove the 101 a couple years ago in Sept....stopped in Anacortes to go out on a whale watching excursion...very memorable part of the trip...beautiful scenery you have there!!!

NO3putt.....very good recommendation on the southbound drive...we drove it southbound and glad we did, because many pullouts come up quick and easy to pull into when you are driving south....good thinking!

We absolutely loved the 101 in Oregon....we know we want to do it again, and perhaps a bit differently now that we have done it once...

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F&E thanks for the reply and directions. The only reason I was going to bounce back and forth, was to see Eugene, Salem, and Portland, also want to go to Mt. Hood. I was in these areas some 50 yrs ago and still remember the beautiful scenery. I have family in Edmonds and they have decide to meet me in Oregon and show me around. I am planning two weeks in Oregon and Washington area before heading back to Texas.
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Texas Bohunk...when we left the area and headed east to come home, we took in Mt Hood and spent time in the beautiful town of Hood River...visited some orchards...did some great sightseeing...awesome area to visit...Hood River is very pretty.

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