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  1. Default RV in the Sierras - Tioga Road

    We are planning a summer trip to the southwestern part of USA. We are planning on staying in Yosemite for three days and then moving on towards Las Vegas. We are wondering which way to go if we have two days.

    We are renting a 22 ft class C motorhome.

    Our preferred route is via Tioga Road and then staying for two nights in Mammoth Lakes. But we are wondering if it is a good idea for first timers in a RV to drive Tioga. The drive will be our third day driving in the RV having picked it up in San Francisco then driving it first to Columbia and the next day to Yosemite.

    Alternatively we would go south of the Sierras and probably stay at Sequoia National Forest. Is it possible to drive this route in two days? And then we would be driving the Kern River Highway in stead - Is that any better than Tioga for first timers?

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    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Tioga will be OK.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    I'm a little confused as to how long you have for the journey from Yosemite to Vegas, as you mention both, "if we have two days" and "staying in Mammoth Lakes for 2 nights".

    You will be fine driving over Tioga Pass in a 22ft RV, it's a little tight and twisty in places as you start to climb the pass from Yosemite, but no big deal and is travelled by much larger RV's. In fact I would say it's an easier drive than the Generals Highway in Sequoia NP and taking the road through Camp Nelson to Johnsondale to the Kern River Highway. I have driven them all in a 30ft RV and are all perfectly doable, although it would be rushed trying to fit in Sequoia NP and the Kern river Highway in 2 days, but not impossible.

    With 2 days and a 1 night stop I would opt for the Tioga pass route and stop in Mammoth or Bishop. One thing to consider is that the popular route onwards from Mammoth/Bishop would be to go across Death Valley, but it is likely that the rental company will not allow you to enter DV in an RV and if that's the case, you would do so at your own risk, possibly expense. It's not a major problem you can head east on CA168/266/NV266 to US95 into Vegas.

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