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Posted: 03/21/13 11:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We're going to take a few weeks off and travel from the Reno area to San Diego. We'd like to stay on the coast. I have a 23' travel trailer and two dogs, though one is more like a rat. I figure we'll spend 5 days in San Diego and take 2-3 days on the return trip, which gives us 7 days for the trip to San Diego. It's only 600 miles, roughly.

Do you have any suggestions where to stay on the central coast, toward San Diego, and finally in San Diego?

I appreciate your input.

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We really like Pismo Coast Village in Pismo Beach & El Capitan SP in Santa Barbara

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In San Diego, I think closest to the beach would be Mission Bay RV Park and Campland on the Bay, or in Imperial Beach there is Bernardo Shores RV Resort or Silver Strand State Beach.

Further north some other options are Lopez Lake or Lake San Antonio near San Luis Obispo.


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How about Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey or Santa Cruz? Are you interested in full hookups or are state parks ok?


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Time of year is also important. We do a lot of dry camping so our choices a greater than if you need hookups. There is a fantastic campground on Hwy 1 called Kirk Creek. Very few spaces and on the system. If you can get in there and have a good space it is unbelivable. Morro Bay St park is great to but not ocean view. Mostly dry but a few hook up spaces.

Everything after June 1st is going to be tight. Schools here are changing to off in June and on in August so high occupancy times are shifting slightly. We have one teen and one pretee grand child so we stay at Campland on the Bay in San Diego. It is camping in the city but when we just need a week away with the DGKs we go there.

We're heading your way in Sept to scope it out for a reunion of old fart submarine sailors. Love the Carson Valley Plain and the rest of the Eastside of the Sierra.


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If you pass thru the Lompoc area you might want to spend a couple of days at River Park. We were there last year and it was a really nice camp ground run by the city so the rates were really low!! If your there you can drive to either Santa Barbara or Pismo...and not pay the expensive rates!!! But camping on the ocean is awful nice also!!

Enjoy it regardless!


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Not on the coast but Pechanga RV park in Temecula is one of the nicest RV parks in southern California. There are numerous wineries there to visit. Its about 55 miles north of San Diego on I-15. About 25 miles from San Diego Zoo Wild Animal park.

On 101 we stay at Flying Flags RV in Buellton/Solvang. Really fun area with the Danish village of Solvang and wineries. About 25 miles North of Santa Barbara.

At Pismo Beach we like Pismo Coast Village RV. Beautiful beaches here, especially Avila beach just to the north. While at Avila area, have breakfast at Fat Cats at Port San Luis. Overlooks the water, not touristy and some of the best breakfasts around.

Further North we stay at Wine Country RV in Paso Robles. Again, lots of wineries here (see a trend?)


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Posted: 03/22/13 11:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We're going to take a few weeks off and travel from the Reno area to San Diego. We'd like to stay on the coast. I have a 23' travel trailer and two dogs, though one is more like a rat. I figure we'll spend 5 days in San Diego and take 2-3 days on the return trip, which gives us 7 days for the trip to San Diego. It's only 600 miles, roughly.

Do you have any suggestions where to stay on the central coast, toward San Diego, and finally in San Diego?

1. 80 to I-5 to Hwy. 46 to Hwy. 101
2. South on 101 to Ventura then take Hwy126 east back to I-5.
3. Going from north to south:
a. Kit Fox RV Park in Patterson, just past Stockton.
b. Pismo Beach (2 state parks) 1 RV Park run by the county
c. Santa Barbara 3 state parks on the ocean to choose from


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^ #2. I5 to Hwy 41 then on to Hwy 46

Save you ~20-30 minutes and IMO 41 is a better pass though the costal range.

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Posted: 03/22/13 11:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Morro Bay
Point Mugu/Thornhill Broome
Rincon, Ventura
Malibu RV Park
Avila Beach
Wine Country RV, Paso Robles
San Simeon State Park

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