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RE: Is CA 120 Lee Vining to Manteca Do-able?

Thanks everybody. We decided to travel California 58 to 99 N rather than 395 in part because many campgrounds along 395 are closed for the season. We also couldn't nail down boondocking locations in areas that matched the daily driving distances we needed along 395.
RussOnTheRoad 11/13/19 01:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Is CA 120 Lee Vining to Manteca Do-able?

395 S. ~ 58 W.Bakersfield ~ north on 99. JM2¢ ~~ YMMV Thanks. I know we can go via 58. But that's not what I'm asking about.
RussOnTheRoad 11/12/19 12:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Is CA 120 Lee Vining to Manteca Do-able?

Is there a way out of Yosemite on the west side other than CA 120 perhaps some combination 140 and 49? We need to get to the west side of Yosemite.
RussOnTheRoad 11/12/19 11:52am Roads and Routes
Is CA 120 Lee Vining to Manteca Do-able?

I'm wondering about the feasibility of traveling west from Lee Vining, CA on CA 120 through Yosemite to Manteca pulling a 34' 5th wheel (37' if you count the bike rack on back) with my 6.7 liter diesel dually. I've driven this route many times in passenger vehicles but it has been some time and I've not ever thought about what it would be like to tow a trailer. Nor do I remember if I'd seen rigs like mine making the journey. My fifth wheel is about 15K, and the truck has made every ascent and descent I've asked of it before including several crossings of the Rockies. The truck has an engine brake and typically I don't need to use the brake pedal until downhill grades exceed 8% or so. I'm less concerned about the uphills than I am about the downhill west of Groveland and any of the curves I'd encounter along the way. Has anyone traveled this route in this direction with a truck and trailer similar to mine, and if so, would I be OK or would it be best to plan another route?
RussOnTheRoad 11/09/19 09:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Summer Route & Campground Suggestions for Utah & Idaho

Update: I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and suggestions. We stayed almost the limit at Ten-X camp in Tusayan near the Grand Canyon. Then we headed up 89 through Page, AZ to Bryce as it was the only one of the National Parks in southern Utah cool enough to visit. We will catch the others on our way south. We had a great boondocking location in the Dixie National Forest near Bryce. We then headed north on 89 blowing through the heat of Utah as quickly as we could, staying a night at each of a few commercial campgrounds with electricity so we could run the A/C. We circumvented Salt Lake by heading around it to the east passing through Heber City before cutting NW to Ogden and heading N to Ketchum ID where we are now staying in a Forest Service campground and really enjoying the fabulous weather, beautiful surroundings, bicycling and hiking. We also visited the Ernest Hemingway Memorial and his gravesite. Groceries are pricey here but our campsite is just $8 a night with our senior pass. Even the most expensive diesel is way less than in CA. From here we will head N through Challis and Salmon, ID, and Missoula, MT up to the Mullan, ID area where we will bicycle the Hiawatha Trail before heading south to southern Utah when the weather has cooled off a little. We haven't decided on the routing south yet. We may come back this way or head through Wyoming and Colorado. We'll see. Thanks again!
RussOnTheRoad 08/26/19 06:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Summer Route & Campground Suggestions for Utah & Idaho

Stanley, Idaho Currently has fire burnjng west of there about 12 miles. The highway is, (was) closed traveling towards the Idaho City area as of last night. Thanks for the heads-up!!
RussOnTheRoad 07/21/19 03:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Summer Route & Campground Suggestions for Utah & Idaho

From G Canyon I’d head to Durango CO and then work my way N staying in CO. This would let you hit the Tetons and Ystone and then W to ID. I’m hoping by the middle of September it will be cool enough to enjoy UT. I know that route. I've done it before. In fact parts of it more than once. I was in Silverton and Ouray CO last summer, along with the Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier. I think Bryce will be cool enough to visit due to elevation. From there I think we are wanting to skedaddle north. Thanks for the idea!
RussOnTheRoad 07/21/19 03:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: Summer Route & Campground Suggestions for Utah & Idaho

Not that there is a guarantee it will be really cool in the mountains - it's often in the 90s there midsummer too. Coolest spots near us (s.e. ID) these days are Yellowstone and Stanley,ID (the Sawtooth Mts). Some beautiful NFS campgrounds w/o hookups near Stanley - I believe some take reservations and others are first-come. Some of those sites will fit your rig. IMO there is no truly easy way north to the Coeur d'Alene area, except I-15, which is going to be the least scenic way. Not terrible, but you will have to go thru SLC (awful traffic). If you go up the western route thru Idaho, you'll hit Boise (slightly less awful traffic). Once north of those cities, though, there are some pleasant drives. Going north from Salmon, ID, you have some pretty amazing mountain passes - lots of switchbacks, etc. Do-able (we did it with our trailer in tow) but not exactly "easy." A few private campgrounds we have tried and liked reasonably well: Richfield UT KOA - pleasantly shady through much of the campground (near US 89 & I70, not far from I-15); Montpelier ID KOA (some sites shady; rural atmosphere, not far from town); Southside RV Park, Dillon MT (off I-15) - on edge of town, far enough off I-15 that road noise is diminished, some shade; Buffalo (NFS) CG on US 20, Island Park, ID - one loop has electric sites & some sites close enough to water that you can refill a tank, and that loop does have some sites big enough for your rig; Jim & Mary's RV Park, Missoula MT (shady, older but pleasant). Thanks so much!
RussOnTheRoad 07/21/19 02:00pm Roads and Routes
Summer Route & Campground Suggestions for Utah & Idaho

We are in the Grand Canyon area thinking about heading to Idaho. It's July and hot. I am looking for suggestions for routing suggestions from Bryce NP to Mullan ID. If there are ways to beat the heat following a more mountainous route we would consider that provided we can negotiate the route and campgrounds with a 34' 5th wheel. Otherwise we would consider commercial campgrounds where we can run our A/C. We prefer more rural over city camping, are equipped to boondock which we like to do but if the weather is really hot we have opted for commercial campgrounds for the A/C factor. It looks like I-15 would get us there fast but if there is something prettier where the heat wouldn't be oppressive we'd prefer that. We have no particular time frame. We prefer to hang out at nice places for a week or more but will blow through areas to avoid unfavorable weather. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
RussOnTheRoad 07/20/19 04:30pm Roads and Routes
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