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Long Beach – Thousand Trails

2215 Willows Road
Seaview, WA 98644
360.642.3091

General Delivery, Seaview, WA 98644

No good groceries shopping within 75 miles. You are stuck with high-priced low-volume stores like Safeway unless you stock up before you come

Mobile Voice and Data

Verizon is in extended service, MIFI slow, Good Internet in Office / Lounge

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 15thGet 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 – Loves Travel Stop Napavine, wa – (103 Miles) Make sure your full before you leave – More truck stops

Points of Interest

Cape Disappointment State Park – We have never made it there during business hours. We hear it has a nice campground. – (6 Miles)

Nothing else in easy distance to see. Just sit back, enjoy the beach, and pray the tsunamis keep their parties on some other coast.

Description

Long Beach Thousand Trails is Washington’s southern most park with 120 full hook-up and 20 overflow sites, along with many great areas for tenting. This park is next to a sandy dune that has a paved trail to the beach!

The park is not one that says stay here when you initially drive by it. Like a lot of parks, you have to pull in and warm up to it. The best time of year to enjoy this park is August and September when the sun is out, the pool is open and the path to the beach is dry and inviting. Long time web footed Oregonians not detoured by the rain, might find the trails and beach inviting year around, but will find the pool is closed for off season. This park is a good place to spend your week out if you have a park to park membership that allows you to return to a park you like after being out of the park for seven days. Many people love Seaside Thousand Trails, stay there for three weeks, then stay at Long Beach for a week and return to Seaside. Long Beach is also a great over flow for those times when Seaside is full.

The pool is only opened during the busy summer months. There is a hot tub attached to the pool. The hot tub is hard to see in this picture, but it is in the lower right hand corner by the egress rail.

Long Beach Thousand Trails – Bath houses are up to date and clean.

My favorite aspect of Thousand Trails Laundry rooms, is we have made lots of friends while doing laundry that we would have never met otherwise.

One area close to the entrance they have developed a nice park like setting. The swings and benches are a nice accent to the park. Had the weather been dry, we would have made great use of them.

They set out a tenting area, it looks pleasant enough, we don’t stay in tents, so we have no opinion on its quality. I think if we were ever to be tenting, it would be in the high mountains where an RV could not be driven. Since I am not a hiker, have an aversion to sleeping where I can’t lock the door, I will probably never be a great reviewer of tent camping spots.

Path going up an overgrown and oversized compost pile left by early settlers. OK, probably not a compost pile from prehistoric times, but it is a small hill that in very wet weather gives that ambiance. The park though has done a great job of making a very cool picnic area out of a mole hill. If you can get up these steps, there are picnic tables, and a nice overlook of the campground. In nice weather, this is a perfect place to one to eat out side, and enjoy a nice view.

Picnic area at the top of the trail. Too muddy to do much up here today.

Looking down from the picnic area to the horseshoe pits. The horseshoes and the pits are in great condition and we really enjoyed them.

Play structure in good condition, makes me wish I was young again. (Being old has its advantages. I will get back to you on what those advantages are, I seem to have forgotten.)

This is a typical hookup for the RV. If your sewer port is in the middle of the RV, 15′ of  sewer hose will be the bare minimum requirement.

The roads are spacious compared to some parks, but the sites are not very deep. Though I could not see any grass, they say do not park on the grass. It has been determined that if it is a green like substance, this park considers it natural grass. Though the road is wide, the spaces are somewhat shallow and legally parking the tow vehicle can be rather challenging compared to some places.

One great thing this park has going for it, is that it has sewer hookups, many parks do not, to us this is a huge plus. Hooking up at this park can be a little confusing though, and we have heard stories about this parks hookups from people all over the country. Their unique method has the advantage of keeping the cost of installation down thus allowing for water sewer and electric where they may have only been able to provide water and electric otherwise. The down side is, you have to be prepared for anything when you arrive. You share one post with your neighbor. The post has a 30A receptacle and 50A receptacle. If your rig is 30A, but the neighbor is using the 30 you have to have an adapter that lets you plug your 30A cord into a 50. (These can be bought at Walmart rather inexpensively, but the nearest one is 70 miles away.) If you have a 50A rig and your neighbor is using the 50, you need an adapter that goes from 50 to 30, this is harder to find, but if you are a long time Thousand Trails member, you are accustomed to this problem and already own this adapter. The next thing of importance is, if you park in an odd numbered space, chances are, your power cord will not reach the power box as you have to run the power behind the rig and across the site, as the power will be on the wrong side of the rig. Have a 25′ 30 or 50A cord with you when you come, just in case. Water and sewer hoses are the same situation; you may need extra lengths that are much longer than you normally carry.  The last thing to note is the fact that the sites are setup directly back to back, you share your site with your neighbor.  When you back in a large rig, it will have to be almost touching the rig in the next loop behind you in order for you both to get at the sewer, water and electric connections. The sites to the sides are very close as well in order to make the utilities work.

Don’t come to the Long Beach Thousand Trails / Encore  for the views out of your rig, because  there are no views, unless you like RV’s. This park is great place to come and spend the day out and about. The Columbia river is near by, there are state historical parks, some national parks, and beaches. In the summer, the park is short walk from the ocean, has a very nice though small pool, and many outdoor activities. This park is a wonderful park if one keeps this perspective in mind. There is also a very strange benefit that comes from tight spaces, when the weather is nice, you often accidentally meet, and make friends with your neighbor. This often makes a seemingly dismal park into a crown Jewel.

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