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Jeff Craig
9 months ago

I feel your pain, Chuck! Two years ago my wife and I headed for a KOA near Astoria, Oregon for Turkey Day, and it was a parking lot from Federal Way past Chehalis! The Waze app kept offering me alternate routes, that would save me a total of 25 minutes from the projected trip – but with a 35ft Class A and a Jeep in tow who knows if it would be worth it?? I should have known better than to leave Everett at 6P even if it was two days before the holiday.

When we leave anymore for longer trips, we just take off at 5A and plan on driving for 12-14 hours at most. Since we stop every three hours for leg stretches and to let the dog out/fuel up, it works fine. We get out of Seattle metro traffic before the ‘nightmare’ really starts, and avoid the mess in Portland through Eugene as we hit there after the morning rush.

The only other issues we’ve had with traffic were when we went to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and sat parked south of Bellingham for nearly 30 minutes headed for Fort Langley, BC, and stuck on I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass a few years later while waiting for blasting operations for the now open elevated roadway past Keechelus Lake. We just fired up the generator, put a DVD on the TV and made dinner for the 45 minute delay.

Gray
9 months ago

More than three hours to go 75 miles in “normal” freeway conditions. Heavens forbid it should happen, but in the case of a regional event, the plan of choice may be to shelter in the RV at home, rather than shelter in the RV trapped in freeway gridlock. The harsh fact, thanks to our unique geography here on the “shelf” between mountains and sea, is that there’s no good way out of here! So, plan ahead? Full fuel tanks at all times; water, propane, charged batteries, food, clothing, essential supplies… all stocked and ready for an extended stay at home. It’s a pretty good bet nothing will be moving out there.

Francis
9 months ago

Can you be more specific about the KOA you stayed at. Cannot find a Mt St Helens KOA

Gray
9 months ago
Reply to  Francis

Probably the KOA in Castle Rock, WA, closest to Mt. St. Helens.

I’ve got to say, thanks to Chuck’s continuing recommendation of “Allstays.com” I began using the Pro version this month, and it’s even better than he said. We’ve discovered places to stay & explore even here on this ‘big island’ that we’d overlooked! We have the WA state parks Senior off-season pass, and Allstays makes it so incredibly easy to find all the ‘lesser’ parks & locations, we could spend all winter exploring at pass rates (mostly free).

Jamie
9 months ago
Reply to  Francis

167 Schaffran Rd
98611 Castle Rock, Washington

(360) 274-8522

koa.com/campgrounds/st-helens

Kevin
9 months ago
Reply to  Francis

Look under the town of Castle Rock WA. It’s near I-5 East of I-5 a couple of miles on SR 504

Chris
9 months ago
Reply to  Francis

Chuck was probably referring to the Longview North / Mount St Helens KOA located at 167 Schaffran Rd, Castle Rock, WA 98611. If you are looking for a place to stay in the area, I recommend Silver Cove RV Resort at 351 Hall Rd, Silver Lake, WA 98645. It is a few miles closer to Mount St Helens and I think a much nicer RV park. When we were there in September, it was packed on the weekend with local weekend warriors but practically empty during the week.

Drew
9 months ago

Joke of the week was hilarious- thanks!

Gene Bennington
9 months ago

Avoiding slideout damage during the leveling process- here’s excerpt from my Jayco manual…….. “Operating the slideout system:
The RV must be level and the stabilizer jacks in the extended position.” The manual also states- “CAUTION,
Make sure the slideout is in the closed position prior to hooking the unit to the tow vehicle.“

Gray
9 months ago

Or, the addendum: when exiting the CG, speed up, then turn & weave sharply both left and right to slam the slideouts closed.