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Old 08-05-2016, 10:25 PM   #31
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We are planning a trip from NC to Grand Canyon and on to Napa valley. Our biggest trip so far. I've mapped out the trip to Williams AZ, but need advise on the trip up to napa. Should I go I-5 or 99 to Napa?
Either one will get you there of course and the two converge south-east of San Francisco. I have traveled 99 more so that I-5 just due to areas we were visiting, Sequoia/Yosemite, and business in Turlock. It seems 99 is more populated, town wise. Perhaps the decision can be determined by any other points of interest you would like to see, if plan is to get to Napa asap I would lean toward I-5.
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Old 08-05-2016, 11:17 PM   #32
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Thanks Wanderer, appreciate your response. I had plotted a route 99, but when I used google maps it wanted to send me on I-5, guess they think it's shorter. I will go with the interstate since we will be anxious to get there and not really interested in stops along the way. Thanks again.

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Old 08-05-2016, 11:59 PM   #33
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Thanks Wanderer, appreciate your response. I had plotted a route 99, but when I used google maps it wanted to send me on I-5, guess they think it's shorter. I will go with the interstate since we will be anxious to get there and not really interested in stops along the way. Thanks again.

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Have traveled both routes with an RV in tow, I-5 is said to be faster due to its interstate status, hope you like it when you hit Los Angeles International Airport traffic and the 405 exchange, bring games and electronic devices to spend your time since that area is typically a parking lot. Highway 99 splits off of 5 north of this area and tends to be a nicer drive but a little slower. As said it travels through many towns. I-5 is extremely boring but there are several truck stop type waysides that a large RV'er can find easy parking. The 395 corridor is off the path to the Napa Valley but way more scenic.
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Old 08-06-2016, 01:28 AM   #34
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Agreed, Hwy. 5 is the quickest from Los Angeles/ So. Cal. area if you want to bypass scenic Hwy. 1, the coastal route ( Big Sur - Carmel area currently has a massive wildfire.) Another option is to take hwy. 14 N. to hwy. 395 N. ( a designated scenic route) all the way to either Yosemite's east gate and cut thru and straight across the state towards Napa, or go further norther on 395 to Carson City(hwy 50 W.) or Reno (hwy 80 W.) which takes you all the way to the San Francisco area, then cut north to Napa, not far away.
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Old 08-06-2016, 02:42 AM   #35
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[QUOTE=mtnlvr;1275787]Sept.-Oct. will NOT be ungodly hot!

You are correct and that's exactly what I said.
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Old 09-09-2016, 03:30 PM   #36
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Leaving in a week for this ten day trip. Really excited! I'm installing solar panels (DIY) on my motorhome in anticipation of many days of dry camping. Speaking of which, I hope it doesn't get too cold at night. We prefer electric heater over noisy furnace but will have to put up with the cold with dry camping. I've already mapped all the RV parks with hook-up on 395 just in case we are in need of heat

Our plan is to make the first stop at Alabama Hills (dry camp), then straight to Lee Vining next day. We will spend a few days camping in the northern part of Mono County, going to Mono Lake, Virginia Lakes, Saddlebag Lake, Tioga Pass etc, trying to catch some fall colors in Lundy Canyon. Then we will head down south to June Lakes, Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, Big Pine etc, on our way back.

Given the summer is over and campgrounds are not as crowded, I plan to keep our plan flexible, which means I won't make any reservation until the day of arrival or just look for first-come-first-served campgrounds (there seem to be plenty of that).

Thanks again for great input! I'll report back on our trip.
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Old 10-16-2016, 08:21 AM   #37
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:40 PM   #38
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Leaving in a week for this ten day trip. Really excited! I'm installing solar panels (DIY) on my motorhome in anticipation of many days of dry camping. Speaking of which, I hope it doesn't get too cold at night. We prefer electric heater over noisy furnace but will have to put up with the cold with dry camping. I've already mapped all the RV parks with hook-up on 395 just in case we are in need of heat

Our plan is to make the first stop at Alabama Hills (dry camp), then straight to Lee Vining next day. We will spend a few days camping in the northern part of Mono County, going to Mono Lake, Virginia Lakes, Saddlebag Lake, Tioga Pass etc, trying to catch some fall colors in Lundy Canyon. Then we will head down south to June Lakes, Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, Big Pine etc, on our way back.

Given the summer is over and campgrounds are not as crowded, I plan to keep our plan flexible, which means I won't make any reservation until the day of arrival or just look for first-come-first-served campgrounds (there seem to be plenty of that).

Thanks again for great input! I'll report back on our trip.

How did your trip work out? I noticed you said something about the campgrounds not being full in mid Sept. Did you find it that way? We have noticed many places are fairly filled into late October. Hope you had a very, very good trip.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:32 PM   #39
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Don't know where you are at this time but Bishop north got some rain/snow 10/15-10/16
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Old 10-19-2016, 12:45 AM   #40
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Here's hoping you didn't miss Mammoth Lakes and a ride to the top of the Gondola; or riding the Shuttle back to Devil's Postpile, Rainbow Falls, Red's Meadow, and other great sites. Campground at Convict Lake is also a winner, especially if you are dry camping and do not need hook-ups. Please let us all know how it all worked out.
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