Paradise – Thousand Trails / South Western Washington
173 Salem Plant Rd.
Silver Creek, WA 98585
Ranger Station: (360) 985-2756
General Delivery, Silver Creek, WA 98585
Mobile Voice and Data
We have experienced about two bars on the average, can get texts and call out, but have found using the data card to be painful. We usually leave the park for that. Others, have reported better luck than we had, so if data is really critical we would recommend skipping the park to be on the safe side. Hopefully we can test the data modem in multiple locations in this park to get a better feel for the air waves.
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 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.
Points of Interest
- Nearby Lakes
- Mt. St. Helens – This is a great out door educational experience – (40 Miles)
- Mount Rainier – Worth a day trip any time you can get up there. – (50 Miles)
- International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park. – Love this place. Lots of roses, on hill good views, parking free last time we were there. – (92 Miles)
- Space Needle – We did not pay parking last time, but you should plan on a Franklin per person in the restaurant. The view from the restaurant is incredible, the food was good too. Too bad Franklins are so hard to get. – (113 Miles)
- Pikes Place Market – Down on the water front, lots of sea food vendors, place smells, does nothing for me. – (113 Miles)
- Factory Tours Near Here (Courtesy of Factory Tours USA)
Paradise Thousand Trails is about 30 minutes west of Centralia, Washington. This park is out in the middle of nowhere, which means it is quiet. There are a lot of sites in the woods that are very pretty, but for those who like their TV’s, there is a clearing for them to park in. We found the roads narrow and turning to get in the sites difficult. Once in, the park is very nice and our kids loved it. When you enter the camping area look to the right, there are a number of sites terraced in the trees, and these site have sewer connections. There are 70 sewer sites in all.
Laundry room – only place kids under 18 can get Internet
Bridge to mini golf