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Old 01-18-2018, 12:47 AM   #11
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If you come that way (bend) there is a nice state park at La Pine south of Bend a bit.
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Old 01-18-2018, 01:04 AM   #12
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When we are heading south into Oregon on I-5 we usually head to Tulalip Casino for free dry camping the first night and pick up provisions for the trip in the area. If you want a 5 hour drive from there that puts you just south of Portland and you could stop at Champoeg State Park which is 6 miles west of the I-5 and a really nice state park which is open year round.
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Old 01-18-2018, 01:13 AM   #13
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For overnighting on the road, we use the KOA in Mt.Shasta City: cheap and convenient. It's a just off of I-5, has pull-throughs without hookups across from their showers and restrooms, and our usual refueling stop is between it and the interstate.
Bonus: if you're just returning to Calif. with your new Escape, the Mt. Shasta DMV office is THE place to register, and it's in the little shopping center right off I-5.
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Old 01-18-2018, 01:33 AM   #14
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Los Banos KOA is right next to I-5 as well (close to Santa Nella RV park)
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While it is 81 miles & 1:20 minutes from Bakersfield, when ever I make the run along the length of California, I stop at Red Rock Canyon State Park. Dry camping, and the only roofless vault toilets I've found in my travels, but beautiful formations behind your site & great dark skies at night.

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Old 01-18-2018, 01:54 PM   #16
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While it is 81 miles & 1:20 minutes from Bakersfield, when ever I make the run along the length of California, I stop at Red Rock Canyon State Park. Dry camping, and the only roofless vault toilets I've found in my travels, but beautiful formations behind your site & great dark skies at night.

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Have never camped there, Jon, but have driven through many times, and you are right! The rock formations put you on another planet!
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Old 01-18-2018, 02:21 PM   #17
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Red Rock is cool; no reception FYI. 46 miles north is Fossil Falls BLM campground near Little Lake. It is $5 or you can boondock immediately adjacent. Pretty cool lava flows.

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We like Red Rock Canyon and Fossil Falls too. Fossil Falls is a little quieter as far as people goes.
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Old 01-18-2018, 03:59 PM   #19
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Such awesome information! This forum and the folks on it are “just the best”!

John, I wrote “leaving from Vanc” just to be efficient however in actuality Victoria is our home and we will be taking a ferry first. BTW have you seen our gorgeous ferries? Beautiful graphics on the exterior and so many conveniences inside! We are spoiled indeed! Now the expense to the province and it’s patrons is a topic for another day lol!

So I am assuming that if we are just stopping for the night we can keep the trailer hitched ready to go in the am? If not then the reason for keeping our travelling time down.
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Red Rock is cool; no reception FYI. 46 miles north is Fossil Falls BLM campground near Little Lake. It is $5 or you can boondock immediately adjacent. Pretty cool lava flows.

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If you are describing cell coverage, my last visit (late October, 2017) I had no Verizon, usable (with an amplifier) -94dBm AT&T, and, surprisingly, free park provided WiFi at my site. The WiFi was intermittent.
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