Plans for my first cross-country road trip are ongoing, so I've come up with a few more questions regarding two separate and specific issues.
First - I've read the advice concerning lowering air pressure in your tires for desert driving in extreme temperatures. I will be having my tires checked before I leave from New Jersey. However, if I can avoid letting air out of them, I would much prefer to just keep on eye on them and make sure their air pressure isn't too high or too low. So my question is whether or not it's necessary to let air out during October driving on mostly paved roads. I know the desert will still be very hot during the day, but at temperatures to which I am accustomed driving here in the summer. Then again, I will be doing much more driving for longer each day than normal, obviously. So I wonder what your advice is for this time of year.
Second - I will be driving a Dodge Grand Caravan, and the only National Park on my must-see list for this trip is Death Valley as there are many sights I want to see there. However, I am aware that most of the roads to things I would want to see, namely Titus Canyon and especially the Racetrack, are only recommended for high-clearance vehicles. I have read several threads here addressing the conditions of driving the rocky dirt paths to these sites, and I do not want to take the risk, and would prefer to be safe. However, I was wondering if there were any paved or safer routes to these sites, particularly the Racetrack. I doubt there are any tours, short guided hikes, or rides to these locations within the National Park, but I felt there was no harm in asking if anyone knows of such a way to reach them by alternative means.
I did a search of the board before posting, but if these questions have already been asked and answered, please direct me to those threads or articles.
Thank you for any advice you may have - this forum and website has been an invaluable resource in helping me feel more confident and more prepared for my trip.