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 3/31/2008 12:04 AM
 
School gets out on the 6th of June, and I'm planning to head out for just 5 days to the redwoods in CA. I'll be taking some friends of mine, 2 adorable little girls under 6 and a mom who is going to have her 3rd. Dad might be coming too, we're not sure. If we're nervous about her health-wise we'll be going somewhere much closer, within a few minutes of the hospital, but if all is well, we're in for a fun trip out of state.
I've never planned a trip in an RV before, and I have a few questions. Is it better to stop driving before it gets dark, even if I am in a van? Do you reserve your campsites ahead of time, if so how far in advance? or while you're traveling? Do you use trip planning websites or just do it on your own? If so, which sites do you like? Any suggestions on the best road atlas? and lastly, has anyone had any fabulous experiences in the CA redwoods that we should not miss? Travlnlite '95 Roadtrek 190V "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin

Travlnlite '95 Roadtrek 190V "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
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 3/31/2008 12:55 AM
 
By all means try to get off the road before dark. Some campgrounds are hard to find in the dark and it is much easier to hook up in the day light. Some offices close at 5:oo or 6:00. They are not like motels that have an office open 24 hours. If you are traveling with children they will want to run around and you will want them to run around. lol
If you are going to a tourist destination, you will probably need reservations in advance. I don't travel that much and it is usually off season so I just start looking for a campground when I know how far I will get in a day. I have always used the Trailer Life Directory or just looked for campground signs at exits. If you have a computer with you and can get on line, you might be able to find campgrounds that way.
I think Liz visted the redwoods last year. Try doing a search of her past posts. She will answer you if she sees your post.
Hope this helps.
Martha
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 3/31/2008 10:44 AM
 
We also always stop before dark-----Always & the older we get the earlier we stop!!!!! :) We want to check out the camp ground or where ever we are staying before dark! And yes it is best to hook up if staying in a campground before dark so you also have light to see what you are doing! In the daylight you can certainly have a better feel for an area also! We want to have time to walk the dog & we don't like to eat out that much unless we KNOW it is a really good place to eat------we would rather eat at home---so it gives us a chance to have a nice meal in our 5er if we want to also! We use our web sites on the Internet to find camp grounds & also if we are just really taking our time & looking around an area-we ask chamber of commerce & tourist information centers for information! My Hubby is an old farmer/rancher----& I am also----& believe it or not when we are taking our time traveling-we stop at the sale barns (cattle sale barns) & go into their cafes & talk to the area farmers & ranchers & ask about places to stay & things to see & do & where to eat- where farmer's markets are for fresh produce----& that sort of thing! Those old farmers in the coffee shop know more about an area than any tourist info center!!! :) We have spent more time in an area as those old farmers tell it like it is & tell you the off the beaten path places to look at & to see! We like to take out time when we travel it is not the destination but the journey to get there! And that was hard over the years for my Hubby as he use to pick a place he wanted to go & he got in & we went there------the fastest way to get there-----now as he has aged & mellowed he is fun to travel with----as we don't usually have a set time to get some place & we stop & really look along the way & enjoy things that many don't even see on their journey! That is our travel mode-----may not fit your lifestyle! ;) This message was edited by Oliveoil on 3-31-08 @ 9:45 AM
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 3/31/2008 7:39 PM
 
Travlnite --
I took a trip to the Redwoods last summer & really enjoyed it. But remember, there are 2 areas where there are Redwoods -- some are on the coast & the others are inland a bit. I stayed inland, along the Ave. of the Giants. It was great!
I'd encourage you to find a good campgrounds book -- AAA puts out one that was helpful to me. They'll also give you maps that will help plan. AAA could also probably help you locate hospitals along your route, too.
If you're interested in chatting more about what I did, feel free to PM me. Laura -- and Jed

Photobucket Traveling with Jed, my four-legged buddy
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 3/31/2008 10:45 PM
 
We actually decided today to go to Calaveras Big Trees instead of the Redwood National Forest. We only have 5 days to go out there, play, and come back, and Big Trees is about half the distance, so we'd be able to spend more time playing, which I think might be good with 2 girls under the age of 5. I'm from Lodi, which is only a few hours from there. So. . . anyone been to Big Trees? I'm going to have to look up the Avenue of the Giants! Travlnlite '95 Roadtrek 190V "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin

Travlnlite '95 Roadtrek 190V "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
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 3/31/2008 11:33 PM
 
Here's a link to Avenue of the Giants. It's pretty! And there are several campgrounds along the way.
Ave. of the Giants[/url] Laura -- and Jed

Photobucket Traveling with Jed, my four-legged buddy
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 4/2/2008 2:05 AM
 
Wow Laura, I'm definitely going to have to put that on my list to visit. I bookmarked that site. I'm from N. CA and go back each summer, so am envisioning a trip home, then traveling up the coast before returning to UT. When I was a little girl my family went camping in the redwoods each year. What a great experience. It's so humbling to be surrounded by trees so huge, who have been there for so long. I can't wait to go back. How long were you there? What were the highlights of your trip? Travlnlite '95 Roadtrek 190V "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin

Travlnlite '95 Roadtrek 190V "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
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 4/2/2008 11:10 AM
 
Travlnlite, I've added your Big Trees to my "go see" list. I'm downloading the slide show now (rather slow with dial up) but it looks like something worth tracking down. The Avenue of the Giants is worth it if you ever get in that neck of the woods. "Don't believe everything you think"
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 4/2/2008 12:56 PM
 
If you haven't already, make reservations as soon as possible for Calaveras Big Trees SP; it's a very popular place, and may already be booked.
I'm not trying to rain on your parade, but I can't think that trying to sleep 2-3 adults, (including one who's pregnant!) and a couple of kids in a class B would be easy! The kids are too little to sleep in a tent by themselves, but maybe they could tent it with Dad if he comes along? I suggest leaving Dad home to simplify the space requirements! ;)
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 4/4/2008 2:29 AM
 
lol! Yes, if dad comes, they'll rent a car and follow along behind because I only have 4 seatbelts. They'll also bring a tent. If he doesn't come, we'll all sleep inside. The mom and two kids in the bed in the back, and me in one of the two twinnish beds in the front. She says the girls are used to sleeping with her anyway. We'll spend most of our time outside in the trees, and mainly just travel and sleep inside. I half expect she'll cancel because she's not feeling up to it. We'll see.
Also, thanks for the tip about Calaveras Big Trees. I'll reserve a spot right now.
Travlnlite '95 Roadtrek 190V "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin

[Edited to make avatar display] This message was edited by RVAdave on 4-4-08 @ 10:01 AM

Travlnlite '95 Roadtrek 190V "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
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