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  1. Default LA loop - RV parks on the way?

    Hello everyone!

    This is my first post and I have to say that I love this forum. I am trying to plan an RV trip for around 16 days in June. I will travel with my family of 4 (2 kids – 7 & 10) in a rented motorhome. The plan is roughly: LA -> Grand Canyon -> Las Vegas -> Death Valley -> Yosemite -> San Francisco -> Big Sur -> back to LA.
    This is a huge trip for us and I am a little overwhelmed by the amount of information I’m missing. I need to refine some of the details and I would highly appreciate your help :) I am looking for some kids friendly places to camp along the way. More specific:

    • Where to camp in between LA to Grand Canyon for a night? I would like to split this segment in 2 days.
    • Any advices for a good RV park in LV beside “Oasis”?
    • I need some ideas for 2 different places to camp between Las Vegas and Yosemite (via Death Valley and Tioga Pass – assuming open)? I am planning into splitting this segment in 3 separate days. What would be my options if the pass is not open?
    • Where is best to camp in Yosemite (for 2-3 days)?
    • What would be a good RV park close enough to SF (for staying for 3 days)?
    • A good place for a night stop in between SF and LA?
    • Also, how big of craziness is it to drive though Death Valley in the first half of June with a rented RV?

    I realise these are many, many question, so thank you in advance for any answers!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default A start.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    I have not stayed in any RV parks between LA and GC although I have seen some good reviews for Blake Ranch RV park just the other side of Kingman which is a good location if you just want to get on to the GC next day. There are other options around Kingman so just Google ?>Kingman RV parks< and see what you come up with. You might want to spend time in Joshua tree NP where I believe there are NP park campgrounds, or a resort at Twenty nine palms, or continue to Lake Havasu, it will depend on how far you want to get on day 1. Laughlin would be another possibility.

    We were very happy with our stay at the Oasis which has a free shuttle bus to the Strip, although we felt a $20 cab fare was less hassel than going around the houses dropping off and picking up at other Hotels etc. Circus, Circus on the strip has an RV park but I think it has a bit of a 'parking lot' feel to it, but check it out. Again Google is your friend.

    Although you didn't mention it, 'Mather campground' at the Grand canyon is in a lovely wooded setting near to the rim and would need booking asap.

    You will have to check your RV rental agreement as they are generally banned during 'summer months' from going into hot desert area's. If any damage was caused or mechanical failure it would make you responsible for the costs. If you are permitted then a good location for night 1 on this leg would be Panamint springs or Lone Pine. From either of these you can decide whether to go South or North on 395 depending on the status of Tioga pass. North and you could stop near Mono lake/Lee vining for the night ready to tackle Tioga in the morning, or South around Lake Isabella. You have a few options open to you and one would be Sequoia NP. If Death valley is off limits and Tioga open you can head to Barstow on I15 and 58 to 395 to Lone pine or head North on 95 and across to Big Pine on266 or up to Tonopah and through Benton on US 6. I would probably take the longer 395 route as you have time to enjoy the scenery.

    For Yosemite use one of the 3 'Pines' campgrounds in the heart of the valley floor, wonderful ! Book asap after the booking window opens, sites can sell out within hours of the opening, all info can be found here on the Yosemite NPS site. [Booking window opens tomorrow if there before June 14]

    San Fran has a limited amount of RV parks but it is important that you get one close to good transport links, you will not be wanting to take the RV down town ! I have heard of one called 'Candlesticks' that has a free shuttle service but also that is a bit cramped and basic so I would research.

    If you are taking the coast Rd between LA and SF you will have to allow at least 2 days and it will be slow going in the RV but there are a few RV parks down the way.

    Some links.

    You have a very relaxed trip which is nice but you could consider places like Monument valley and/or Zion NP,you might pick up bit's of info from our RV trip in the area and this is a useful site for RV park reviews and this one has a list of campgrounds around Big Sur.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    The Candlestick RV park is essentially just a parking lot across the street from the football stadium. It gets mixed reviews.

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    Thanks so much for the tips everyone! Dave, your images from your trip report were my main source of inspiration and a perfect way to get my family excited about such a trip :) Looks like your advices are golden too!

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

    Default Planning is part of the fun.


    If you have any other questions as you piece your trip together just ask.

    The planning stages are an exciting and enjoyable part of the adventure and it's good to get the whole family involved and let the kids join in so they feel an important part of it, it will be more enjoyable for everyone.

    Enjoy !

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