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Old 05-10-2016, 09:49 PM   #1
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Question Tioga Pass, east side of Yosemite

I was wondering how this area has or has not changed as far a driving with a 5er and a F250 6.0 diesel. It has been close to 50 years since I have been there and that was with my parents and I was riding in the back back seat (the one that faces out the back window) 57 Plymouth Wagon.
My DW was born in Hemet, CA and has not seen any of the US states. We will becoming down I-395 (stayed in Carson City)and wanted to go through the east entrance (Levining or Tioga Pass) into the park and out the west side to Bass Lake.
Is this a doable drive with 40' of trailer and 13'2" tall? Anyone out here on this forum that knows this area PLEASE respond, Thanks for any info in advance. I love this forum
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:02 PM   #2
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A little info here https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/restrictions.htm

Check thru the website as the road over Tioga Pass is closed a good portion of the year with heavy snow. Sometimes into June.
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:27 AM   #3
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We towed our 33' fiver west to east over Tioga with no issues. I do not think your longer RV will be an issue. It was a beautiful ride the end of August with lots of snow on mountain tops.


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What about a V10 XL 377? Would you go through the East entrance(Lee Vining) straight through the Park if going to San Mateo in the Bay Area?
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:30 AM   #5
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Take your time and you will be fine (nice rhyme, eh). Seriously I don't think you will have any problem.


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Tioga Pass

I've never been that route with a TT of any kind but I do know it climbs 3000 feet in 12 miles. Even in a car I use low gears coming down!
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We travel the Lee Vining side a lot during trout season. The east side is very steep and many times we had to get out of our vehicle to move rocks out of the roadway. Just be careful and take it easy as there are no guard rails and it's a long way down over the side! The scenery is breath taking and we never get tired of it.
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It's looking like this Tioga Pass adventure will happen

I've been clear I am a rookie. So, what's the best way to drive the V-10 XL 377 up and then down the Tioga mountain pass gear wise. Some of your have obviously done it. We'll be in no hurry whatsoever.

Thanks for your help thus far. This forum has been very helpful as I 'navigate' my rookie year as an RV owner.
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:57 AM   #9
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Tioga Pass

I would like to thank you all for your replies to my thread. I really feel that I will not be using this access to Yosemite. I will find another route to get to Bass Lake,
Thanks again, Van
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