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    Posted: 02 Apr 2023 at 5:46pm
We just purchased a 2017 R-Pod 178 and will be looking forward to camping out on the Olympic Peninsula with it. We have camped out there a lot in the past. One of our favorite places is Hobuck Beach just past Neah Bay. It's all part of the Makah Indian reservation. The main campground is a large wide open space just beyond the ocean beach. Very low key,...just pay your $25/night fee and go out and pick a spot. This area is very non-tourist and undeveloped. It's like camping in Alaska or something. Further down the road there is a full hookup site for $40/nt with about 8 spots. There's a website that gives all the info. This area is the end of the road for Northwest WA state. The beaches are pristine and untouched by beach homes or other development. There is a 2 mile hike to another beach called Shi-Shi Beach that is incredible unspoiled beach. Good weather is a must, so watch forecast. If weather is bad it can blow and rain a lot. 
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That sounds incredible!  Those are the kind of places we love to park our 177, offgrid and without all extras that others 'have to have' like electric, internet, dump stations and the like.  Never been to those 3 out west states (Cali, Oregon, Washington) but someday would like to make it to Oregon and Washington, a lot of fantastic areas to explore!  Thanks for posting.
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I agree with Johnny Mac.

We camped at Hobuck and hiked to ShiShi-wonderful place.
It is the end of the world type location.  As I recall there is one fairly complete store just as you enter the reservation area that had gas, ice, water, and other essentials.
The stars were outstanding!

the entire north western coast is phenomenal. We took a month to go from Vancouver down to the Golden Gate bridge and it was a fantastic trip.Washington, Oregon and northern California are beautiful in many different ways
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You also might try the campgrounds in Eastern Oregon in the mountains.  Most of the folks in OR live on the west side and go to the ocean.  Not uncommon to have the whole campground to yourself.  Snow there now, though.
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For those of us unfamiliar with the region, whats the best time of year to visit (ie, least likely to get rained on?)
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Originally posted by Ben Herman

For those of us unfamiliar with the region, whats the best time of year to visit (ie, least likely to get rained on?)
For the Olympic Peninsula,.. mid July thru mid September are the best times for weather. However you still need to check forecast probably a few days before launching. If you are coming from a long way away and you need to plan way ahead of time, last week in July is known to be almost a guarantee of nice weather here in Northwest WA. Most of the big outdoor events are planned around that time. Hobuck Beach near Neah bay can become pretty busy around then too. It's popular with the surfers, but if you get there on a week day it's usually not too bad. I have never not been able to find a good spot to camp. Of course there are countless other places to camp out on the Olympic Peninsula. Note*...Town of Near bay is part of the Makah reservation. It's not touristy at all, but they do have a full service store, fuel, etc. And the Makah's do welcome visitors. Visitors who come and spend money are a big part of their overall economy. Alcohol is not allowed on the reservation so if you bring any make sure you keep very discreet about it. 
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Originally posted by Pod People

I agree with Johnny Mac.

We camped at Hobuck and hiked to ShiShi-wonderful place.
It is the end of the world type location.  As I recall there is one fairly complete store just as you enter the reservation area that had gas, ice, water, and other essentials.
The stars were outstanding!

the entire north western coast is phenomenal. We took a month to go from Vancouver down to the Golden Gate bridge and it was a fantastic trip.Washington, Oregon and northern California are beautiful in many different ways
Travel safe and often
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Which ferries did you use to get to and from Vancouver island? And what did it cost for vehicle and trailer? Any special must see places or camp sites you ran into on Vancouver Island?
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Thx for the info! Would love to see the area but we are a long ways away, so going when the weather is good is pretty critical to us.
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Originally posted by Ben Herman

Thx for the info! Would love to see the area but we are a long ways away, so going when the weather is good is pretty critical to us.
Your best route would be to get to the coast somewhere in southern Oregon and go north from there if time permits. Oregon coast is awesome. Then just go all the way north into Washington until you get to Olympic Peninsula. There are countless camp grounds all along the way, but that time of year the ones on the coast are very busy. You would have more luck finding certified camp spots by heading inland on one of the access roads. Once you get well up into the Olympic Peninsula there will be more availability. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pod People Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Apr 2023 at 9:28am

we were in Vancouver, but I'm not sure about Vancouver Island. We did not camp at Vancouver-we parked the Pod and visited friends for a week-mostly tourist places.  We did go to Bouchart Gardens and did a whale watching trip. both were very good and worthy of the time and cost.
I don't remember a ferry-I think we took a bridge from Canada that landed us in Washington. We went to Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge, Sequim and several other places in north Washington. It was beautiful and the weather was fine.
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