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Old 08-31-2017, 02:35 AM   #1
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Need overnight between San Fran and LA

We'll be coming down I-5 out of Pacifica and headed to Anaheim.

Any ideas? We don't need much- maybe electric, but I'm sorting that dependency out.

I checked Freecampsites.net and it's pretty barren.
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Old 08-31-2017, 10:08 AM   #2
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Use Google maps :-)

Seeing a few in there... Most are a ways off the interstate. Almost 7 hours.. you can do this in one day, right?

I said on our last trip that some of these old school hotels that you see sitting empty in remote areas most of the time would greatly benefit if they just put water and electrical connections in the parking lot and charge $50 a night per site.

I smell a franchise in the making..

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So we finally did browse a couple of sites and found a few locations. It looks like free/cheap isn't happening. Even the Thousand Trails parks are out of the way a bit.

We have a few possibilities: Lost Hills RV Park, Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area, and somewhere else.

It all comes down to how painful it is to get out of SF on a Friday. We are hopeful that leaving before lunchtime helps (I know in the D.C. area, it would but that rush hour also started about 2pm).
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Old 08-31-2017, 11:06 AM   #4
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Need overnight between San Fran and LA

Not sure which way you are leaving Pacifica. I would guess you are headed towards SF and then hopping on 280 to 101 to the San Mateo Bridge, then out to 580 to 5?

It is about 30-40 minutes longer to skip across 5 to 99 and then head South. I think you might find more stops along 99. Plus 99 is in much better shape than 5, at least it was back in January. I am not sure how bad 5 is from SF to Grapevine but from Grapevine to SF it was terrible, shook the TT and TV like we were in an earthquake almost the whole drive.

In Bakersfield, (where we sometimes stop when headed that way), there is a nice overnight RV Park, Orange Grove RV park. I don't think they will have Oranges available now, but in April they are the best oranges you will ever eat.

On a Friday, definitely get out before noon, you want to be passed Livermore before 1-2pm.
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Old 08-31-2017, 11:11 AM   #5
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Not sure which way you are leaving Pacifica. I would guess you are headed towards SF and then hopping on 280 to 101 to the San Mateo Bridge, then out to 580 to 5?

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On a Friday, definitely get out before noon, you want to be passed Livermore before 1-2pm.

It sounds like my wife was looking at going down 101 to 152 and over across to Los Banos.

But you're saying to skip 5 and head to 99? Interesting. I'll look into that a bit more.
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Old 08-31-2017, 12:46 PM   #6
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It all depends.

101 down south is a nice trip. there are places in Paso Robles that could work.
If you do the 101-152-99 or 5 trip, Buttonwillow is the place to stop on 5. I have stayed there a couple times in the past and it was just the thing.

Get out by noon is a good idea. 35 to 280 and south is good. Hit 101 and turn right down to 152 if you want to go 5.

We're leaving from farther down (Hayward, hwy 92 & 880) around 2:30, but we are just headed to casa de fruta on 152 and we'll be there by 4:00.

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Doug, it WILL be painful trying to get out of the Bay Area on a Friday!
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Doug, it WILL be painful trying to get out of the Bay Area on a Friday!

Yeah- I'm expecting that!
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I think we are going to go down I5. We've spent quite a lot of time on the 101 for the past couple of weeks.

Down 101 is an Encore park that I can get into cheaply with my Trails Collection upgrade to my Thousand Trails membership.
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Not sure which way you are leaving Pacifica. I would guess you are headed towards SF and then hopping on 280 to 101 to the San Mateo Bridge, then out to 580 to 5?

It is about 30-40 minutes longer to skip across 5 to 99 and then head South. I think you might find more stops along 99. Plus 99 is in much better shape than 5, at least it was back in January. I am not sure how bad 5 is from SF to Grapevine but from Grapevine to SF it was terrible, shook the TT and TV like we were in an earthquake almost the whole drive.

In Bakersfield, (where we sometimes stop when headed that way), there is a nice overnight RV Park, Orange Grove RV park. I don't think they will have Oranges available now, but in April they are the best oranges you will ever eat.

On a Friday, definitely get out before noon, you want to be passed Livermore before 1-2pm.
I also enjoyed Orange Grove. Good fruit shopping nearby, too. Bakersfield isn't a garden spot, but it breaks up the trip. About 3 hours to Anaheim if NO traffic. Took me 5 on a Friday evening.
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Here's a site with RV campgrounds in California's Central Valley which covers both I5 and 99:

Central Valley

Should be able to find one to your liking.
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Great place to stay free and get a great steak dinner. Off I-5 in Coalinga.
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I'm booked at flag city RV Park in Lodi Ca. In late September, looks like a nice place but may not be far enough down the road for you. We're traveling from Washington to Arizona stopping in Roseburg Oregon, Lodi California, Barstow California and on to Parker Arizona.
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Just mapped both routes, looks like the one you are thinking about is ~7hrs and 15mins, if you do what I suggested it is 7hrs and 46mins. The advantage is 99 is in much better shape than 5 and there are a lot more places to stop at along 99. The downside is it is ~35 mins, 35 miles longer and there will be more on/off ramps meaning more cars getting on and off. On 5 there are not many on/off ramps so less traffic to merge but there will still be a lot of vehicles on the road and the road is terrible, (unless they fixed it since earlier this year).

Here is the route I was talking about, it is similar to what we normally do travelling to/from the bay area from down south:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/paci...33.8365932!3e0

So how was the RV Park in Pacifica? We might look into that one when we head back there for Christmas.
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So we finally did browse a couple of sites and found a few locations. It looks like free/cheap isn't happening. Even the Thousand Trails parks are out of the way a bit.

We have a few possibilities: Lost Hills RV Park, Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area, and somewhere else.

It all comes down to how painful it is to get out of SF on a Friday. We are hopeful that leaving before lunchtime helps (I know in the D.C. area, it would but that rush hour also started about 2pm).
I travel from Oregon to Arizona (and back) annually. We often stay at Lost Hills, only because it is convenient. Honestly, this park has little to offer but location (near the freeway), convenient fuel and fast food if you like that. It's relatively inexpensive and one of the few RV parks around there. However, I would advise avoiding if it is raining.

Like any RV park near the freeway, I would not leave anything outside that isn't secured (we once had our bike seats stolen there).

As far as San Francisco... .we used to live in the Bay Area. . .south bound traffic is very heavy every afternoon. But it does move; just allow yourself sufficient time. Leaving before noon is a great idea.
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Just mapped both routes, looks like the one you are thinking about is ~7hrs and 15mins, if you do what I suggested it is 7hrs and 46mins. The advantage is 99 is in much better shape than 5 and there are a lot more places to stop at along 99. The downside is it is ~35 mins, 35 miles longer and there will be more on/off ramps meaning more cars getting on and off. On 5 there are not many on/off ramps so less traffic to merge but there will still be a lot of vehicles on the road and the road is terrible, (unless they fixed it since earlier this year).

Here is the route I was talking about, it is similar to what we normally do travelling to/from the bay area from down south:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/paci...33.8365932!3e0

So how was the RV Park in Pacifica? We might look into that one when we head back there for Christmas.
Thanks, gectisme. I'll talk to the wife (she's the main navigator and route planner).

We haven't gotten there yet- we'll get there on Saturday and stay for 12 or 13 nights... math is hard . But, I expect it to be super cramped pull thrus with pavement in every direction. Certainly not a destination in itself, but we are there for us to explore and me to work during the day. Plus, $20/night is hard to beat!
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I'm booked at flag city RV Park in Lodi Ca. In late September, looks like a nice place but may not be far enough down the road for you. We're traveling from Washington to Arizona stopping in Roseburg Oregon, Lodi California, Barstow California and on to Parker Arizona.
We're headed from Seattle to Albuquerque is the plan:
  • Fall City, WA
  • Chehalis, WA
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  • Klamath, CA
  • Redcrest, CA
  • Cloverdale, CA (everything here down is upcoming...)
  • San Franciso, CA
  • tbd
  • Anaheim, CA
  • Needles, CA
  • Winslow, AZ
  • Albuquerque, NM
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Great place to stay free and get a great steak dinner. Off I-5 in Coalinga.
Are you talking about the truck parking lot that appears to be off the west side?
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