There are many posts of locations that people have used for the shakedown. Some considerations are:
- US vs Canada - licensing and food at crossings can be an issue
- Scenic versus convenient - do you want vistas of Puget Sound or the convenience of a quick drive?
- Remember, depending on your prior experience you maybe very busy learning your trailer systems and not have time to sight see.
- Are you going to need to shop?
- How much time do you have?
We choose a destination further afield of Chilliwack for the first night. It was Porteau Cove and as prior Escape owners we only needed food to start camping. We knew the trailer systems but still spent at least part of the day becoming acquainted with what was new. Out thinking was, as mid-westerners we wanted to be near the ocean. Inland lakes, rivers and private campgrounds can be had anywhere, the salt water and state or provincial campgrounds is what attracted us. Experiencing something new was an important consideration. Porteau Cove, Whitby Island and any of a number of public campgrounds were considered, in our thinking all would have been great.
Your desires may be different as may be your camping style. I guess I did not need to be in the nearest private campground to test out systems.
We did not need to return to Chilliwack and I agree there are some who have, however I believe that number is quite small compared to the total. In other words, the risk is low. Don't let distance from Chilliwack be a factor, go where you can see and do what meets your desires.