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Old 11-29-2018, 12:53 AM   #1
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CA 190 Eastbound into Death Valley

According to Google, the route is a narrow two lanes with some pretty tight curves. My wonderful (but novice trailer puller) wide will be driving our rig (in my signature). The TT is 34' and the truck is 20' +1' for the hitch for an overall length of 55'. For the said driver, how would those of you who have done it rate the drive?

Campground tips would also be appreciated.

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Old 11-29-2018, 02:12 AM   #2
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A similar question was asked here: http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...-171679-2.html

Edit: As for campgrounds, the one near Furnace Creek is the most convenient but it's literally a parking lot. Panamint Springs Resort is a bit nicer and not as busy but not in actual Death Valley. All the other campgrounds do not have any services and some of them might not be accessible with a sizable rig (the ones off Wildrose Canyon e.g.)
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Old 11-29-2018, 02:36 AM   #3
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Thanks! Just found the thread you referenced and it's video. Sounds as though she needs more practice before we go that route.
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A similar question was asked here: http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...-171679-2.html

Edit: As for campgrounds, the one near Furnace Creek is the most convenient but it's literally a parking lot. Panamint Springs Resort is a bit nicer and not as busy but not in actual Death Valley. All the other campgrounds do not have any services and some of them might not be accessible with a sizable rig (the ones off Wildrose Canyon e.g.)
The private one is a parking lot. The park service one is nice.
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We have visited Death Valley several times, and I have to say I would not take an RV into any of the campsites available there. I recommend you consider staying at Boulder Creek RV Park just south of Lone Pine - an easy drive from the LA area - and then drive your TV into the Valley via Route 190. We will be there in May of 2019 and will be able to tour Scotty's Castle and also visit several other notable sites in Death Valley.
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We will be there in May of 2019 and will be able to tour Scotty's Castle and also visit several other notable sites in Death Valley.
The website says Scotty's Castle is closed until 2020 due to storm damage.

Thank you, I've been looking for campsites just outside the park to ease the drive for her.
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We have visited Death Valley several times, and I have to say I would not take an RV into any of the campsites available there. I recommend you consider staying at Boulder Creek RV Park just south of Lone Pine - an easy drive from the LA area - and then drive your TV into the Valley via Route 190. We will be there in May of 2019 and will be able to tour Scotty's Castle and also visit several other notable sites in Death Valley.
Why? The park service campground is fine at Furnace Creek.
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According to Google, the route is a narrow two lanes with some pretty tight curves. My wonderful (but novice trailer puller) wide will be driving our rig (in my signature). The TT is 34' and the truck is 20' +1' for the hitch for an overall length of 55'. For the said driver, how would those of you who have done it rate the drive?

Campground tips would also be appreciated.

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Was through there end of March, not really that bad, fairly high up, lots of grade, curvy for sure but one thing I noticed was everyone was really taking there time so there was no pressure and a really nice drive. Having said that I was in a 28ft motorhome which is way shorter than your rig, so ya maybe not. If you do get into Death Valley make sure you head out west toward Panamint Springs and stop for a burger at the restaurant there.


We stayed at furnace creek campground which is right beside Ranger Station/ Interpretive center, no hookups and gennys can be run all night, $18/night but wasn't that hot so most gennys were off at night. Other side of road very large state park campsite, full hookups and basically a gravel parking lot. $35/ night?. At the time furnace creek resort was being remodelled so may be different now.


I hope the new owners don't change much as it is a real nice resort. With your campsite fee, the pool (Olympic size or bigger), was free and hardly being used (hot spring fed).


Death Valley is a beautiful place, lots to see. Been there twice in late March now and will probably do the same this year. Enjoy! By the way, late March and it was starting to get very hot.
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I went last week of March. Was around 80 when I was there.
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We have visited Death Valley several times, and I have to say I would not take an RV into any of the campsites available there. I recommend you consider staying at Boulder Creek RV Park just south of Lone Pine - an easy drive from the LA area - and then drive your TV into the Valley via Route 190. We will be there in May of 2019 and will be able to tour Scotty's Castle and also visit several other notable sites in Death Valley.
It's over a hundred miles to furnace Creek from Lone Pine. Hardly a short drive.
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An option just outside Death Valley is Longstreet Inn Casino & RV Resort. When 190 comes out of the park and ends at 127, go north 8 miles and cross into Nevada and it is right there in the middle of nowhere. We were there in May and it was wide open, spacious, and safe, unlike typical dumpy city casino RV parks. The western view is the other side of the Death Valley mountains.
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An option just outside Death Valley is Longstreet Inn Casino & RV Resort. When 190 comes out of the park and ends at 127, go north 8 miles and cross into Nevada and it is right there in the middle of nowhere. We were there in May and it was wide open, spacious, and safe, unlike typical dumpy city casino RV parks. The western view is the other side of the Death Valley mountains.
That would be a way better option than staying in Lone Pine.
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