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Professor Yaffle Sep 19, 17 9:38 am

Advice wanted touring CA in an RV
 
My wife and I know California very well, and next year are planning on spending a few weeks touring in an RV with our 8 year old daughter. Initial thoughts are to head north out of LA, cover some of Highway 1, then head inland towards Mammoth / Yosemite, north to Tahoe then back west towards redwoods country, finishing up in San Francisco.

I would appreciate insights into the following:
- best rental companies to approach, and any to avoid
- thoughts on RV sizes for a family of 3
- thoughts on great campsites along the route - especially those with pools and kids facilities.
- any good resources to look at around campsite reviews etc

Thanks in advance :D

tmiw Sep 19, 17 2:27 pm

With only 3 people, I'd go with class B (van-sized) if possible or a smaller class C. It'll be much easier to maneuver, park, etc. compared to renting a class A RV (bus sized).

Of course, a lot of that also depends on the desired features and your budget.

djp98374 Sep 20, 17 10:29 am

consider renting an SUV that the three of you could sleep in the back of.

VickiSoCal Sep 20, 17 6:18 pm


Originally Posted by djp98374 (Post 28838649)
consider renting an SUV that the three of you could sleep in the back of.

That sounds uncomfortable and where do you cook and keep food and such?

Professor Yaffle Sep 21, 17 2:49 am


Originally Posted by djp98374 (Post 28838649)
consider renting an SUV that the three of you could sleep in the back of.

Thanks, but errrr no thanks :D

We want an RV for the experience of having an RV!

JDiver Sep 21, 17 12:30 pm

One site for locating campgrounds is the Good Sam Club website. Link.

RichardInSF Sep 25, 17 3:26 pm

What time of year are you planning to do this? In winter, the eastern side of the Sierra can get down to -30F at night. This is cold enough that rental RV heaters can't handle it. I remember that very well from the time I foolishly did it long ago.

Professor Yaffle Sep 27, 17 3:50 am

July / August - hopefully Tioga will be open by then :D

RichardInSF Sep 27, 17 7:13 am


Originally Posted by Professor Yaffle (Post 28863740)
July / August - hopefully Tioga will be open by then :D

Much better, and yes, it should be. Sonora pass can be quite interesting as well.

ucdtim17 Sep 27, 17 9:53 am


Originally Posted by RichardInSF (Post 28864264)
Much better, and yes, it should be. Sonora pass can be quite interesting as well.

I wouldn't want to drive Sonora Pass in an RV. It is a bit hairier than Tioga.

darthbimmer Sep 27, 17 11:59 pm


Originally Posted by ucdtim17 (Post 28864911)
I wouldn't want to drive Sonora Pass in an RV. It is a bit hairier than Tioga.

Agreed. I recommend against driving an RV through the passes on highway 4 or 108 unless you have experience with an oversized vehicle on very narrow, winding mountain roads. The passes on highways 120, 88, and 50 are easier to navigate.


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