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Howard Kelly

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Travelling south on I 5 in December
« on: October 24, 2016, 03:23:05 PM »
This year we are leaving on December 4 2016, a month later than usual, Vancouver BC to Tucson AZ.  do not usually drive in interstates as I prefer slower less travel ways but the weather that time of year will probably force me to take I 5 to Bakersfield California before heading east.
Any advice on where to boon-dock along the way,.  Are their good rest stops that are off the freeway... besides Wal-Mart and casinos.
Thanks in advance
Howard
 
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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2016, 05:06:03 PM »
There is a nice rest stop on I-5 along the Klamath River roughly half way between the Oregon/California border and Yreka, CA.  It's formal name is Randolph E. Collier Southbound Rest Area.  Pictures at https://www.yelp.com/biz/randolph-collier-rest-area-yreka-2?adjust_creative=dWJMtmYxpd5N5yoyzSuhtA&utm_campaign=yelp_api&utm_medium=api_v2_business&utm_source=dWJMtmYxpd5N5yoyzSuhtA

Lou Schneider

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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2016, 05:08:24 PM »
It's not free boondocking, but there is Valley of the Rogue State Park along I-5 between Grants Pass and Gold Hill.  You exit at the rest area then follow the signs to a 120 site campground along the river.  $29 full hookup, $26 water and electric.

It's a good place to stop and wait for better weather if it looks like Siskiyou Pass will be questionable.  That's the major obstacle going south along I-5.

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Hammster

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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2016, 05:09:08 PM »
Be aware of the rules in Ca for the rest areas.

Rest Area Usage Policy

The Department of Transportation's Rest Areas are a stopping place for your relaxation. Please help us keep them pleasant by using them as they are intended and by being considerate of others.

Remember, by staying too long, you will be in the way of someone else who needs to stop. Thank you for your cooperation.

You May:

Park in any designated parking place
Stay up to 8 hours in any 24 hour period.
Walk your pet, as long as it is on a leash.
Place your litter only in trash receptacles.
Dump sanitary wastes from RV holding tanks and portable devices at designated dump stations.
Use small stoves and heaters (except on wood tables) if you do it safely.
Engage in some nonprofit activities, with The Department of Transportation's permission. (The Department's permission does not indicate sponsorship).

You May Not:

Block vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
Camp or pitch a tent.
Park, to do something away from the rest area such as hike, camp or hunt.
Use a megaphone, loudspeaker or other sound amplifying device.
Use The Department of Transportation's water, electricity or gas for unauthorized use.
Sell or publicize your private goods or services.
Put anything on walls or plants.
Violators of these rules will be cited by a California Peace Officer.
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wstuart

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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2016, 10:59:04 PM »
Will watch this post, as we will be going south on about Dec 3rd.  If weather permits we will turn east at McCloud and head to Susanville/Reno/Pahrump.
Hope you have a great trip
Klamath River rest stop is a nice one have stayed there many times, also stayed at the rest area at Weed.

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Ken & Sheila

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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2016, 08:54:40 AM »
There is a nice rest stop on I-5 along the Klamath River roughly half way between the Oregon/California border and Yreka, CA.  It's formal name is Randolph E. Collier Southbound Rest Area.  Pictures at https://www.yelp.com/biz/randolph-collier-rest-area-yreka-2?adjust_creative=dWJMtmYxpd5N5yoyzSuhtA&utm_campaign=yelp_api&utm_medium=api_v2_business&utm_source=dWJMtmYxpd5N5yoyzSuhtA

We've stayed here several times. We've also stayed at the weed rest area several times. The north bound Weed rest area has RV only slots. I think the southbound does also, but I don't recall for sure.We've also stayed at the Rouge River SP and found it convenient and a nice stop.

In California we've stopped in Corning. Both the Loves and TA Truckstops have RV only pull through parking.

Further south we've used the Flying J (also has RV only parking) in Lodi and Harris Ranch (exit 334).  At Exit 407, Santa Nella, there is nice quiet street parking on Plaza Dr. Turn onto Plaza Dr at Loves and continue around the curve. Parking on both sides of the street. Wide street with no businesses on either side ( as of 4/2015).

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Howard Kelly

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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2016, 12:36:56 PM »
Thank you all for the information, will be using some of the places mentioned.
 This forum is so useful
Wayne and Maryann, hope we meet up on the road, would be nice to meet our Nanaimo neighbors.
 
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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2016, 02:43:33 PM »
We've always enjoyed Riverpark RV in Grants Pass as we head down 5. Just 30 miles or so from the Siskiyou's which allows you to get over quickly between systems which might bring snow to the 4500' elevation. You can also get from Grants Pass down to Redding, CA in a easy drive to avoid  snow which is often seen along 5 from Yreka down to Dunsmuir.

Plenty of casinos along 5 which provide free parking lot overnights plus great food. We don't do a lot of that as I prefer to just jump into a pull through park using Passport America or something similar. Once down to Redding, it should be clear sailing south.
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wstuart

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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2016, 10:54:09 AM »
Have recently come into the modern age.  Now have the Passport America App on my phone, should make it easier to find a site close to highway and current location.

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ArdraF

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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2016, 04:36:54 PM »
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If weather permits we will turn east at McCloud and head to Susanville/Reno/Pahrump.

Wayne and Maryann, we tend to think of this as a summer route.  Do be sure to watch the weather because it can be a pretty lonely road through forests between McCloud and Susanville.  Also, if you haven't driven it before, the drop down into Susanville requires a very low speed because of the sharp turn at the bottom of the hill just as you enter town.  I think the speed limit going down into town is 25 mph and they're serious!  Also note that U.S. 95 between Reno and Pahrump has several relatively high passes (7,000' elevation) that get snow in the winter.  If the weather is clear it's a great route, otherwise we take I-5 to Bakersfield and over the Tehachapis.

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wstuart

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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2016, 03:42:38 PM »
I agree Andraf you have to watch out for the weather.  Love the drive up around Hog Flats.

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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2016, 07:18:29 PM »
Most rest stops have no more then 4 hr rules    which are not enforced 95% of the time....... I was told by a state trooper once I could not catch a couple hr of zZZzzz. I immediately pull out my phone. And told him I wanted to record him as he told the 30+ 18 wheelers to pick up and leave too..... At that point he said that's different. So I pointed out the the sing did not make exceptions for 18wheelers.  And If it would help I could call in a complaint.   At that point. He told me it would we hurt if I rested a bit....... 
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Dan Harvey

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Re: Travelling south on I 5 in December
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2016, 06:46:38 PM »
December can be cold along I-5. Most of the RV Parks we stopped at offered winter rates & cash discounts. I would also check out the Elks Clubs along the way.