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Old 12-14-2015, 03:21 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the info.
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Old 12-16-2015, 12:09 AM   #16
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Avoiding Moab and environs during Easter weekend is a good idea unless you love crowds. It gets crazy busy with their annual jeep safari.
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Old 12-16-2015, 12:24 AM   #17
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Don't go to Bryce NP campground. Kodachrome Basin is 20 miles away along scenic route 12 and much more scenic. Stay there a few nights and you will understand what I mean. Route 12 is highly recommended from Goblin Valley SP through Capitol Reef. Utah State Parks are a treat. If you end up south of San Francisco consider booking Kirk Creek campground about 2h south of Monterey. Unfortunately Napa has a very sad selection of ugly campgrounds. I would stay close to the Pacific.


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Old 12-16-2015, 12:34 AM   #18
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Also, consider route 50 (looniest road in the us) from UT to NorCal. You would then take 80 via Truckee.

Southern routes can go via Mono Lake / Lee Vining and Yosemite. No issue with our 25FB and a diesel SUV, so you should be ok with the truck. From UT this brings you through Rachel NV via the extraterrestrial highway. Make sure to bring a copy of Paul to watch when going there 😉.

Or via Vegas and Mojave. Red Rock Canyon or the Movie Road in Lone Pine are good places (no hookups).

The easiest pull over the Sierras is the Southern route via Mojave-Bakersfield, unless you go really South....

If you look for an alternative to Napa, Sonoma, then consider El Dorado vine country and check out Jackson Rancheria RV park (pre booking is essential).



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Old 12-16-2015, 10:54 AM   #19
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HW50, the loneliest road in America.


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Old 12-17-2015, 12:25 AM   #20
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HY 50 is advertised this way, but some of their other routes come a close second unless it's snowbird migration time.

Bleak is beautiful! A good place to enjoy it is at the Great Basin National Park. Apparently it is the least visited of the western national parks. The Lehman Caves there are well worth a tour.

Satellite radio is highly advised for crossing Nevada as there aren't many radio stations outside of the cities.
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Don't really concur with Satellite radio. Found it highly repetitive because there were only a few channels that we liked, but this is perhaps just us. Audiobooks are another great alternative. Lots of digital stuff that fits on a phone nowadays.
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I second this post. We hit it for the first time this past summer. We loved the road, lots of history "Pony Express" route and Navy Firing Range close enough to see from the road, which we were lucky enough to experience. It is lonely to be sure, if you still have the 26 gallon factory fuel tank you will be somewhat pressed for Diesel en-route so make sure you stop and top her off. We installed the 50 gallon aftermarket OEM replacement tank on our F350 prior to our trip - well worth the trouble and expense.

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Ah the loneliest road, was driving along that way last summer.
When I spied something big on the roadside waaaay up front.
It grew bigger as I approached and turned into a van pulled just off the pavement.
Naturally I slowed as I drew closer, then stopped on the road when I came abreast to check if they needed any help.

Nope, they were just stopped for a snack brake in their small group cross country bicycle ride, one woman rider was riding to get over her just completed third tour in the M E.
Seeing them way out there on bikes made my previously pedestrian 63 mph seem almost hasty, but I stayed with it anyway.

It's lonely out there.

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Ah the loneliest road, was driving along that way last summer.
When I spied something big on the roadside waaaay up front.
It grew bigger as I approached and turned into a van pulled just off the pavement.
Naturally I slowed as I drew closer, then stopped on the road when I came abreast to check if they needed any help.

Nope, they were just stopped for a snack brake in their small group cross country bicycle ride, one woman rider was riding to get over her just completed third tour in the M E.
Seeing them way out there on bikes made my previously pedestrian 63 mph seem almost hasty, but I stayed with it anyway.

It's lonely out there.


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I think we came across the very same lady cyclist and her support van at the campground in Ely, Nevada.
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Elko Nv is the gateway to the Ruby mountains national park. Its about 40 minutes out to Lamoille Canyon. There a decent campground there and it's MUCH nicer to be there than Elko. Its worth a night or two.

If you go the 50 route definitely stop at Great Basin. I drive this every other week on business. I always fill my tank in Ely. If i were towing i would top off in Austin. There are a couple campgrounds along the way. Petroglyphs is an interesting stop. I stop there often to stretch. It's a dry BLM campground. Free. Good for a short overnight stop. A Little further is a national forest campground outside Austin, Bob something. Its ok. Towing a 25 should be no problem.

Tahoe: reservations required. Do not miss the window. The lake books up fast. Fallen Leaf Lake- South shore,
Sugar Pine Point west shore. William Kent works but only for sites lower down. Just barely fit in an upper site with my 23. Prosser campground out by Truckee is a good bet if you can't get into a lake CG. Its national forest so no hookups. Spacious flat sites. Easy drive up to the lake. We had a rally there this year.


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Another option for camping in Napa Valley is Bothe Mill State Park. No hookups but very scenic and right off Hwy 29 just south of Calistoga on the north end of the valley. Check it out on the CA State Parks website and reserve a site up to 7 months in advance. Napa can get hot in the summer bring a generator for AC if possible.
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