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Old 09-12-2010, 02:40 PM   #1
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California on Hwy 395

Anyone go up and down Hwy 395 in california/Nevada border.
Great camping etc

Theres equally beautiful areas elsewhere,but if youre in the area,hwy 395 from Bishop to Bridgeport is loaded with most things RVer will love.
Old mines on the east desert mountains and on the west sierra Nevada mtns
Wilderness lakes,cabins,hiking exploring ,hot springs,all from Bishop to Bridgeport.
I think this part of 395 has the most packed into it along 395.
We escape the 100 to 120 degree summers and go there. Sometimes from Sept to oct.
Nice temps days and cool at night.
Highway is great and little traffic.
Theres always Mamoth Mtn for the citified culture.

Beware,we had to wait a week for a matching spare tire to be delivered to Bishop from Reno. Deliveries for tires are only once per week
We had 2 blow outs that trip.

We were forced to stay at in the Indian casino parking lot ...so my wife was entertained.While I took the pickup out and explored She Won just enough to pay for the tire and change.

Should have two for spares JIC
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You said you had two blow outs on that trip.

Out of curiosity. Are your tires old, were there road hazards, or is there some other logical reason for two blow outs?
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:33 PM   #3
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Old for RV tires. I think they were 4 yo,and since rubber only had 5000 mi I took my chances. Fortunately I only drive 50mph and less .

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You said you had two blow outs on that trip.

Out of curiosity. Are your tires old, were there road hazards, or is there some other logical reason for two blow outs?
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:43 PM   #4
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Couldn't agree more about 395. Some don't miss places South to North

Lone Pine - Movie Museum/Alabama Hills; Mount Whitney
Bishop - Mule Days; High School Rodeo; Laws Railroad Museum; Lower Owens River
Lake Crowley; Upper Owens River;
Mammoth Lakes - Town is fun but go to the towns namesake the Mammoth Lakes; and Devils Postpile, Mammoth Mountain skiing in winter.
June Lake Loop - Very pretty drive you can do in under an hour or maybe a week.
Highway 120 - Eat at the Mobil Station; East entrance to Yosemite
Lee Vining - Mono Lake
Bodie - Well preserved gold mining town. About 8 miles of unpaved but very good road.
Bridgeport - Bridgeport Reservoir, East Walker River, Kens Sporting Goods, Bridgeport Inn
Topaz Lake - I have not stopped to check this out yet but have driven through and it looks beautiful.

Carson City - Lots of Nevada history

Reno - If you look hard enough you can find something to do in Reno.

There are decent golf courses in Lone Pine, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, Carson and Reno.

There is good fishing from Lone Pine to Reno. Checkout Lake Crowley, Twin Lakes, Bridgeport Reservoir, Pleasant Valley Reservoir, the Mammoth Lakes, June Lake Loop, Topaz Lake. In addition there are the East and West Walker Rivers and innumerable alpine lakes and streams at up to 10000 feet some of which hold the rare golden trout.

It is about 260 miles from Lone Pine to Reno. If driving it for the first time take at least two days to do it, two weeks would be better.

395 fan .... I will not be surprised if there are complaints about what I left out.
Jim
PS I am also curious about the details of the blowouts mentioned.
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You hit some highlights. There are many more areas to see along that route and close to 395.
. Ive been up and sown that road for years,theres just too much too see and do. So please, everyone ,inform us of other spots along the way.

I found going to google click on maps and check photos in satallite. You will see pics people have taken of various spots,many remote. Exploring has come a long way with wireless internet and our digital PC compatible cameras.
Wonderful time now. Just wish we had this when I was younger.

I rarely have blow outs. Just so happens two within 400 miles of each other.



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395 fan .... I will not be surprised if there are complaints about what I left out.
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[QUOTE=AvoJim;701446]Couldn't agree more about 395. Some don't miss places South to North

Lone Pine - Movie Museum/Alabama Hills; Mount Whitney


I went to their film festival a couple,or more, years back and they had marked so many places in the Alabama Hills where many old films1920(as I recall) up into the 50's where scenes were shot. They had pictures of those scenes at each spot where it was originally filmed. Really worth going to.
They may have them every year. Check with the Movie museum.
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Couldn't agree more about 395. Some don't miss places South to North

Lone Pine - Movie Museum/Alabama Hills; Mount Whitney


I went to their film festival a couple,or more, years back and they had marked so many places in the Alabama Hills where many old films1920(as I recall) up into the 50's where scenes were shot. They had pictures of those scenes at each spot where it was originally filmed. Really worth going to.
They may have them every year. Check with the Movie museum.
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:51 PM   #8
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Willow Springs Motel & RV on 395 just north of the Bodie Road.
We stayed 2 days and had a great time.
The owners were very friendly.
I caught trout for breakfast and dinner across the road, in Virginia Creek
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We are heading for Vegas for Thanksgiving from Washington state and I'm thinking about running south from K Falls on 39 to Alturas to Susanville and then meander south on 395 to Death Valley for a couple of days and then over to Vegas. I am wondering about the weather that time of year and should I worry about snow,etc since there are some pretty good elevations..Want to take two weeks from here to Vegas.. We'll more than likely head back over to L.A. and back up 101. I Hate I-5...
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HWY 395 Winter Weather

BIGDOG,

Hwy 395 from Gardnerville, NV to Bishop, CA can be very nasty anytime between October and May. We were stranded in Mammoth Lake this year in May due to the snow. Most campgrounds are closed for the winter and the only rest stop (before Mammoth Lakes) has been closed due to California budget cuts for almost 2 years. There are 2 very steep and long grades between Bridgeport and Bishop. The first is Connelly Pass just past Bridgeport. There is a view point traveling southbound that you should stop at. I usually stop, engage the engine brake and put the Allison in 3rd gear, this will get you down without warping your brakes. The other, much longer grade is south of Lake Crowley. I always have trouble on this one keeping the speed below 55MPH. After Bishop you shouldn't have any weather worries. It's a beautifull trip anytime of year!

There is a nice RV park at the Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) in Reno, east of HWY 395 and Glendale Ave (just past the I-80 interchange). GSR is a large casino and has a bowling alley.

The next RV park is south of Carson City, Silver City RV Park. It's clean and they have fuel and propane. I'd stop here and top off the fuel tanks because after Gardnerville the price of fuel skyrockets.

The last RV park before Bishop that will be open is The Carson Valley Inn RV Park. It is very nice and there is a Casino and plenty of resturants. They also have fuel but they are a Shell Station and are usually 10 to 12 cents higher than elsewhere.

Hope I didn't deter you from taking Hwy 395, it is a gorgeous trip in the winter. Just check the weather. I'd stay at the Carson Valley RV Park, check the Caltrans site, wait for the weather to be right and go for it! Happy Trails
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This campground in Mammoth is open all year:

Mammoth Mountain RV Park - Official website
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It now looks as if we're gonna head down the coast and either cut across at Paso Robles and hit B'field again and then 58-14-395-190 and then to Vegas from there.Orrrr,101 to 118-14 and then to Death Valley..The latter is kinda out of the way,but it's a road trip..Gotta get home right after Thanksgiving and so will be either heading up 93 or I-15 to Idaho and across or I-15 to 58-I-5 and home..
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I full time in my rig in Ridgecrest, Ca. I also have Mountain property just outside of Alturas on the Or. border. So I drive 395. You guys forgot to mention this place: Erick Schat's Bakker˙ I go there a few times a year. also you have Mt Whitney hatchery. And the Bristle pine forest. The Japanese internment camp. Lots of beauty and history along 395.
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