Spokane, WA to Portland, OR to Oceanside, CA and return route yet to decide.

My wife and I are planning to drive our 1977 Dodge Dreamer 23' Class C (USRV Dreamer), South to visit our son & family in Southern CA. One planned stop in Portland to visit my cousin on the way. We'll head down the coast and see what we can see mostly on the 101. We're planning 5 days down, 5 days visit and the return trip is open (I'll send my wife home via Alaska Airlines to take care of her horses). The trip will start on July 20th and I'll probably leave Oceanside, CA  heading north on about August 1st.

On my trip home I'm planning to take a couple of weeks and explore the American Deserts (during the hottest time of the year). I'm interested in mining, gems, prospecting, ghost towns, abandoned sites to explore (good thing I worked outside most of my life). I may even write up a story about it to share (depending on motivation). I'm retired and have time to do this, just me and my dog. I'm also considering towing a 1990 Nissan pickup, input on that would be appreciated as well.

On the trip I hope to visit side road, primitive, VFW's, Eagles, State Parks, National Parks for overnight parking, looking for recomendations on that. We have never done this before. We have traveled the major routes down and back in the past driving the hot rod and staying in motels. This time I'd like to get off the main routes and see some country and spend as many nights as possible in some nice remote, scenic, quiet areas. Probably along the 395, 95, 93, 15 and backroads. What I hear from you will determine which route. Also let me know where you're planning to be and I'll try to stop and say hi.

Simply looking for some input, tell me what your experiences have been and what I can do to best enjoy my drive. Share with me those exciting places you have visited that I may visit as well.


Ray & LeeAnn

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Comment by Russ Johnson on June 10, 2015 at 11:15pm

As for towing your 1990 nissan pickup, if it has an automatic and is 2 wheel drive you have to disconnect the drive shaft, 4 wheel drive you need to put it on a trailer.  If it is a manual, just put tranny in neutral and motor to your hearts content.  But check the owners manual for towing advice, it is the final authority.

Comment by Pat Daly on June 10, 2015 at 10:52pm

That's a very nice route. Not much beats the Oregon coast and Northern California's "lost coast" from Oregon's gold beach down to the north napa/Sonoma. Suggest allow a little extra tie to see the Redwoods and Mendacino in Northern California. Eureka California is a nice stop, great views and fresh off the boat seafood.    Suggest timing your drive through the very busy, hectic and crowded Bay Area to avoid heavy commute times. Do take time to stop at north end of Golden Gate Bridge to see maybe best views in the state. continue across Gold Gate Bridge and through the Park, nice lunch break. Then hug the coast down HWY 1.  Time your drive south of San Francisco. Not many dry camping spots and campgrounds reserved heavily in Summer.     Heading back consider heading up I80 or I50 north of the Bay area to the Gold country on the back highways. Lots of dry camping, gold mines, and way scenic. Follow the back highways north all the way to Mount Shasta and then maybe Grants Pass and the Medford area. Perhaps cut over the  mountains to the east side up through Bend on the return trip.  It's some fine country.



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