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  1. Default First Timers in RV Roadtrip from Las Vegas to San Fransisco and then Malibu Oct 15

    Hi Sorry if this has been asked a lot, but we are first timers with a 31 ft RV travelling from Las Vegas, through Death Valley,Yosemite and then to Napa, Calistoga and then on to SF in a couple of weeks. We will be leaving Las Vegas on 23rd Oct.

    I have been trying to look at the best routes especially around Yosemite as theres seems to be some routes to avoid and would really appreciate some advice on good routes to take that will not cause me to have a heart attack.

    We have initially thought of Las Yegas to Stovepipe Wells (Stop), Stovepipe Wells to Tioga Pass (Stop at Mono Vista), Tioga Wells to Angels Camp via 395 & 108 (stop Golden Pines) and then onto Napa and Calistoga.

    Any advice would be very much appreciated
    Thank you

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I'm not really sure what roads you would be talking about when you say "there seems to be some routes to avoid." The options for crossing the Sierras are pretty straightforward.

    The most logical is the route it looks as if you've picked, Tioga Pass, which crosses the mountains through Yosemite. The only thing you'll have to keep in mind is that it is possible that the pass could be closed by the end of October, either temporarily due to a storm, or for the season if winter comes early this year. It Tioga Pass is closed, then you'd have to around to the south, via the Bakersfield area, or continue north towards Lake Tahoe to cross, and head back south.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Looks good.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    CA120 aka The Tioga Pass goes directly into Yosemite from Mono Lake area. It is twisty and narrow in places but it's all paved and in good condition so shouldn't cause a heart attack. The 'Pines' campgrounds in the valley are an ideal location to stay and explore the park and Tioga Pass is a big part of the Yosemite experience which you could enjoy on the way in. You will have to check weather conditions before travelling as the Tioga Pass can close should an early winter storm arrive, or it gets iced up. Going by recent history the odds of it being open would point in your favour, but you never know.

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    Thank you for your comments. I think I was slightly concerned that as we are novice RV drivers I didn't want narrow roads with steep drops with a 31ft RV and some of the posts on the site were saying that Tioga pass could be a little concerning.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.


    Many, many RV's cross the Sierra's on the Tioga Pass, but it really does come down to how comfortable an individual is with thier own confidence and ability. The road should not be to busy when you travel which will help quite a lot. Most of the pass is just fine and you have a little time to adjust to driving the RV before arriving at Tioga pass. Try not to put yourself under pressure by taking the time you need to negotiate it and just as important is to use the pull outs to let traffic past that you are holding up. You will be rewarded with a friendly sound of the horn and a wave for your consideration. Make sure your door mirrors are set up correctly to optimise both your view behind and your position in the road at the back. If it's a class 'C' they have a wider back than the front. If the mirrors go through so does the back, but that's not a lot of help when there is nothing at the side of the road so check your positioning. Another thing is that there is a lot of overhang behind the back wheels so be careful when turning away from objects such as fuel pumps and parked cars. Do it gradually to prevent the back end swiping them, imagine it being a bit like turning around with a plank of wood on your shoulder. These are not big concerns or designed to worry you, simply measures that might help you on your way.

    Any other questions or concerns then feel free to ask. Have a great trip !

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