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  1. Default Motorhome trip from SF to LA in August

    Hi All
    I am planning a trip to California. My first couple of days will be spent in a hotel in San Francisco. The final 7 days in a hotel in Huntington Beach LA. In between, for 8 days, we are going to travel around in an RV to see a few of the amazing sights. I have put together the following itinerary which seems to fit our timescale and sounds interesting. This trip will be in August with myself, wife and children (8 & 14)

    6th Check out of SF hotel
    6th Day 1 San Fran – Yosemite (164 miles - 3 hours)
    7th Day 2 Yosemite – Death Valley (238 miles - 4 hours)
    8th Day 3 Death Valley – Las Vegas (141 miles – 2ผ hours)
    9th Day 4 Las Vega - Grand Canyon (275 – 4ผ hours) Lake mead on the way
    10th Day 5 Grand Canyon - Sedona (113 miles – 2 hours)
    11th Day 6 Sedona – Phoenix (115 miles – 1 hour 50 mins)
    12th Day 7 Phoenix – Palm Springs (268 miles – 4 hours)
    13th Day 8 Palm Springs – LA (106 miles – 1 hour 40 mins)
    13th Check in at LA hotel

    We have planned everything during our hotel stays, but are still flexible on the RV part.

    Any thoughts, tips, tricks, advice would be most appreciated

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    Hello and welcome to RTA !

    Non of your drives are Unrealistic but drive times from computer programme are, even in a sports car never mind an RV. In my opinion you should allow a minimum of 2 nights in Yosemite and even then you will only get an overview of this magnificent place with drives on arrival and departure days. You should also note that you may not be permitted to take your RV through DV in the summer months as part of your contract. If you are it will be very hot and you would be better off staying in Bishop or Lone Pine and driving through to Vegas. So I would check out your rental contract and consider more time for Yosemite but your trip will be amazing.. RV sites in NPs are limited and book up fast, it might be too late already but make it a priority.

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    Default The Odd Problem (or Three)

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    There are a few problems with your current itinerary that will need to be addressed before the time comes to make this trip. The biggest is simply your plan to go through Death Valley in an RV in August. I'm assuming, since you are starting in San Francisco and ending in Los Angeles, that you will be renting the RV. However, most RV rental firms prohibit using their vehicles in Death Valley in August due to the extreme heat conditions. So you'll need to clear you plans with them beforehand.

    Then there's the fact that you only have plans formalized for your time in hotels. For all the time that you'll be in the RV you need to be making reservations as soon as possible. August is the peak of the summer vacation season. It's probably already too late to get a reservation inside Yosemite, although something may open up unexpectedly. The same is also true of the Grand Canyon. You should have a little bit more success finding sites, but in commercial 'parks', outside of the towns (Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Palm Springs) where you'll be spending overnights.

    Finally, there's the 'problem' that most of your overnight stops seem to be in cities, but such places are simply not conducive to being visited with an RV. How do you plan to get around such cities in a big, hulking vehicle? Walking and public transportation are possibilities, but both of those options will eat into your already limited time in each of those locations.

    AZBuck
    Last edited by AZBuck; 04-12-2015 at 10:18 AM. Reason: Typos

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    You need to add 30% to the computer predicted drive times to even be close to reality in a RV.

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    Another place to get your RV park reservation is Sedona. The 'Zonies from the desert portions want to cool off, and Sedona is an idea spot for them to go too.


    Donna

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    Default When less is more.

    You might benefit from trimming some of the destinations from your itinerary. As it is, most of the places you will be passing through/by without any chance to really enjoy and benefit from them. One example is the Grand Canyon. You are not allowing yourself anymore time than to just drive through it. No time for the children to partake in the Junior Ranger Program, nor time for any of the short hikes, and no opportunity to experience even a sunrise or sunset over the canyon. An unforgettable experience.

    Both Yosemite and Grand Canyon deserve at least a full day.

    Lifey

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    What is the best route for a 32 ft RV from SF Yosemite?

    Which RV camps are the best to get the most out of Yosemite? Family of 4 (Kids 14&8) enjoy most activities on water or land.

    We will be staying for 2 or 3 days and don't mind moving from one camp to another if it would be better.

    Same questions for travel from Yosemite to Sequoia

    Any suggestions?

    Mod note : Please keep all questions about this trip in one thread.
    Last edited by Southwest Dave; 04-12-2015 at 01:57 PM.

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    If you're looking to get inside Yosemite itself: We could give you the choices, but it may just be that you'll have to take what you can get. Campsites are reserved months in advance, and the dates you want may already be fully booked. Your best bet is to start trying now to get in wherever you can. The website will tell you what campsites can handle a 32'. Click here. It looks like Upper Pines, North Pines, Wawona, and Tuolumne can handle up to 35'.

    Outside of Yosemite, High Sierra RV in Oakhurst appears to have what you're looking for. What we often did in the past was to get a reservation at a campsite outside of the park and then, when a reservation opened up inside the park, we'd cancel the campsite outside the park.


    Donna

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    CA120 OR 140 into yosemite are ok although the Priests grade on 120 is quite twisty.

    If there are any vacancies left I would recommend one of the Pines campgrounds in Yosemite valley, check it out asap.

    You will have to enter Sequoia via the Kings canyon entrance on 180 and you may have to leave the same way. there are lenght restrictions on the Generals highway south of the giants forest and you wil need to check on the NPS website for details..

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    The best route to Yosemite depends on exactly where you will be leaving from. No matter which way you go, it's going to take you at least 4 hours, probably more.

    You will not be able to go all the way through Sequoia, you will have to enter and leave via CA-180 from Fresno. You will only be able to go as far as the Giant Forest Museum where you will have to turn around. This will add to your drive times substantially.

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