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Birch Bay Thousand Trails

8418 Harborview Rd.
Blaine, WA 98230

Ranger Station: (360) 371-7432

General Delivery, Blaine, WA 98230

Super Walmart – 4420 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA 98226 – 21 miles

Mobile Voice and Data

We had no issues with voice and data here

RV Legal Information for Washington

Tailgater law – If there are five or more vehicles behind you, you must find a way to let them pass before they kill themselves. – They enforce this law in Washington.

Home School – Staying in Washington long enough be under Washington laws require the home schooling parent to be a certified teacher, supervised by a teacher. Use care in this state, many families avoid Washington during the school year, and choose to settle in other states. Read this document carefully if you plan to be in Washington more than thirty days between August 15th and June 15th. Get your home school information now.

Gun laws at this time allow open carry without a permit if the gun is on your person. Hand guns are illegal in your vehicle even if you have CPL! Be careful and check the laws before you come, the west coast gun laws are constantly being adjusted. One source of information is the Washington State Attorney General office – Don’t land yourself in jail because you were afraid to ask a stupid question.

Pulling two trailers at a time is illegal

RV Height is 14′, Max Width 8-1/2′ , Length 46′ Max truck trailer or RV /car combination is 60′

Weigh stations are not known to require RV’s to stop. If requested by DOT however you do have to comply.

RV weight is 500 pounds per square inch on any on tire touching the road. W = 500((LN/N-1)+12N+36). W  To do this, you have to drive on a paper, mark the tire dimensions, then plug those into the previous equation. We are going to have to find us a tenth grader, or just give up and hope we are legal if we are following our load stickers. See Washington States law written by their math geniuses.

Must Obey Truck speed limits

Must have Reflective sign as required by DOT

Sleeping is rest areas allowed for 8 hours

All RV’s over 10,000 pound must have tire chains on board November 1 – March 31 -> All vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight shall carry a minimum of two (2) extra chains for use in the event that road conditions require the use of more chains or in the event that chains in use are broken or otherwise made useless.

RV’s must use the far-right lane on roads or freeways with more than one lane in the traveling in the same direction.

No CDL is required for Washington residents driving a personal RV.

CDL will be revoked for speeds 15 mph or greater over posted speed in personal vehicle or commercial vehicle. (It is a federal law) – Law makers need more vacation time.

More information can be found here

Washington is trying to be as fastidious as California. For More Information see the Woodall’s guide.

Fuel – Pilot Travel Center, Wa – (15 Miles) – More truck stops

Points of Interest

    • Mount Baker – Bring a bucket, there is shortage of restrooms. The upside is your forest pass gets you in, and the park is pretty in the summer – (72 Miles)

  • Ferry Ride to Friday Harbor – Board the ferry in Anacortes, leave your car and walk aboard, we found walking at Friday Harbor satisfying. The trip is the reward and will set you back about $14pp. The campground to Anacortes is about a 55-minute drive. The ferry is about 20 miles and 1.5 hours. The only complaint I had about this trip is that we had not done it years ago. – (83 Miles)
  • Van Deusen Botanical Garden – Thanks to the new laws requiring passports, in places where driver’s licenses once worked, you will have to go and tell us what you think of it. – (35 miles)
  • Hovander Homestead Park– Did not go ourselves. Click on the miles for directions, click on the name for more information – (14 miles)
  • Fairhaven Historical District – Did not go ourselves. Click on the miles for directions, click on the name for more information – (25 miles)

Description

This campground is the last chance for camping in the United States, before reaching Canada. With a valid passport, short trips to Vancouver and other points in lower British Columbia are within easy reach. If you’re like us and find passports for your family outside your budget, there is still plenty to do and plenty to see from this park. When you’re tired of doing, and seeing, the park itself is a great refuge from the world. The spaces are nice, there is lots of area for entertaining and should the weather be foul, as it usually is, there is the lodge to hang out in. There are  193 full hookups, 5 rental trailers, and 1 garden home.

Park Pictures

Main camping area. There are two, we like the one to the right of the lodge area.

This is less desirable of the two areas in our opinion, as it is older and closer together.

Park has a few trails linking the camping areas. The kids love them, we just enjoy the woods.

Trees are good for the soul, and the August moss on this one is a testament to how moist this climate is.

Cool play structure for the short people.

Cabins to rent if you are RV poor.

Another play structure for the small ones.

Horse Shoes, men love to play them after the horses are done wearing them.

The pool, kids love to splash and play. Seniors do not like the splashing, I think the commotion makes them have rather ominous thoughts that scares them yielding Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Fortunately for those experiencing this disorder Thousand Trails has come up with a prescription for them. “Only venture into the pool outside adult hours” and swim regularly, Cardio reduces stress.

Ping Pong

Toddler fort

Would be nice to add a few slot machines, Tv’s playing ESPN and a wet bar, then all the men would be here, and the ladies would be out doing whatever they do. That spells happiness!

Yup, they have washing machines, a man’s work is never done.

Of course, the best thing about any campground, is the people you meat along the way.

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