Mobile Data and Voice

Spaces near the check in area and the front row of sites across the street delivered 3-Mbps Down  and 2-Mbps Up. There were only a few RVs here as it was early May. The Lodge internet was running 15 -Mbps Down and 30-Mbps Up. These numbers will drop when the area fills with people.

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 –Petro Spokane – (50 Miles – Caution review routes for low clearance through Spokane) – More truck stops

Points of Interest

Silverwood Amusement Park

Buck Knives Factory

Area lakes

 

Little Diamond KOA and Thousand Trails

 

When you see the KOA sign, turn right to go to the check in gate. You will pay your fees, go through the gate to the right, then to the end of the parking lot, turn left. You will come back to this little pond and turn right. (It will make sense when you are here). After turning, KOA guests will be in their park. Thousand Trails guests make one more right and go about 100 yards to access their spaces.

Note the power boxes are older and placed at the front of the site this means you have to think about where your power is on your RV, and where the power box is. Our rig is 40′ long and 50 Amp, our power cable is 25′ long and 30 Amp. To park here we needed a 30 Amp adapter and to park face in. The first few sites you come to are new 50 amp boxes located in traditional locations. You will not need a power adapters nor extension cord. You will however, need a Blue Buddy, as there is no sewer in the park. There are two dump stations in the Maintenance area by the check in area.

 


Go to harbor Frieght and buy some rubber wheels for this, otherwise it wont last on rocky roads.

Spaces are quite roomy unless you get a pull thru that holds three RV’s. The trailer in this picture has about 300′ of open space to the road, and it can’t really be seen from the bus.

The lodge is first class for a park this size.

Spring run off goes over the dam; it fills the fields below with water.

This makes the nice days of spring worth the wait.

 

Off leash area for the dog.

Kids play area is right where the KOA and Thousand Trails sites meet. Just across the road from the park store.

 

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Just another picture of the campsites and the wooded area. If you like brush and trees, Little Diamond is a great place to camp.