First of all a big thank you to all those who have posted to threads on trips between San Francisco and Seattle before. You have given us some great ideas.
We have booked a 25ft RV (smallest one available for a one way trip) between San Francisco and Seattle starting on the 31st May for 10 days. We will have spent 5 days in SF before departure and have allowed a couple of days in Seattle after we drop off the RV (and we have done Seattle before) so the whole 11 days with the RV can be spent in the journey between the two cities. We are "outdoors" people who want to hike, take photographs, see beautiful scenery and keep away from cities. From what we read, good weather in the first two weeks of June cannot be taken for granted so if possible we want to keep the itinerary fluid.
The provisional itinerary is to pick up the RV in Oakland and spend the first night near Point Reyes - we only want a short day on day 1 of picking up the RV. Then up the 101 through Eureka, Crescent City, then Grants Pass and Crater Lake if weather allows.
Then back down to the coast and follow the 101 up the Oregon Coast before heading inland to McMinnville to see the Spruce Goose (I'm an aviation junkie!).
Then out around Mount Hood and Mt St Helens, before (depending on time and weather) either heading into Seattle or alternatively doing a circuit of the Olympic National Park before returning to SeaTac and dropping off the RV on day 11.
Now the questions! How far ahead do we need to book RV sites? We are definitely pre-booking first and last nights in advance, but if possible would like to keep the plan fluid the rest of the time to go where the mood takes us depending on how we feel and also the weather. Is this practical? If we have to, we'll nail down a specific itinerary and book the sites, but that takes out some of the spontaneity.
If booking is essential - how far ahead? Would it be practical to just book 2 or 3 days ahead when travelling to allow for changes in the itinerary? I'm particularly thinking about the Olympic peninsula which we'll make a real effort to see if weather is settled, but may miss if not.
We would prefer to alternate long days driving with non driving days, when we can get out and hike, so we're probably talking about no more than 4 or 5 (at most) overnight sites.
Any other advice for first time RV hirers? We have our own trailer (?) in the UK (what we Brits call a caravan!) so we're used to trailer camping - but never used an RV before.
All ideas gratefully received,
Pat and Roger