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Old 10-20-2013, 03:06 PM   #1
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Camping in the Sierras end of October?

Just bought a new 20' travel trailer and want to try it out for a 2 - 3 day camp-out. We would like to experience the fall colors of the No. California Sierras but most campgrounds close Oct. 15. We also find that quite a few State parks don't offer full hook ups. Would also love to take our kayaks out for one last time before winter.

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We just left both Sacramento and Sparks, Nevada after doing the fall color thing. We left the RV in the valleys while taking our toad into the mountains. We're now in Bishop for the same reason. First off, it's getting real cold at night in the higher elevations. Second, very few public parks in California have hook-ups. In our motorhome, I don't think we could get through the night running the furnace without depleting our batteries. My advice would be to use rvparkreviews.com to find a full hook-up private park close to where you want to kayak and leave the trailer there.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:12 AM   #3
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If you don't mind going to the Eastern Sierra you can stay in Bishop at the fair grounds. Nothing fancy, sites are pea gravel, but it's $25 a night with full hookups. We stayed there in May one night on the way to Tahoe, very quiet.
Tri County Fairgrounds

Or if you hurry you can try the Camp Ground by the Lake in South Lake Tahoe, it closes on the 27th. Nice CG across from the lake, power and water.
South Lake Tahoe, CA - Official Website - Campground by the Lake

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There's a campground w/hookups right on Hwy 89 just north of Hwy 80 in Truckee. From there you can kayak at any of 3 lakes w/in 60 minute drive of the CG. Take a cube heater; we've found we can keep the coach livable w/one (if you've got heavy covers on the bed) down to the high teens in Reno. You'll want the trailer furnace in the a.m. to warm the joint up. Crawl out, turn on the thermostat, then jump back in bed for 20 minutes. Maybe hit the button on the coffee if you are industrious enough to set it up the night before.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:07 AM   #5
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If you can get reservations over Halloween, try 49r rv park in Plymouth. Bring lots of candy and decorations for your site and rig, lots of kids and adults having Halloween fun
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:38 PM   #6
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You might want to try Mammoth Mountain RV Park, it is open all year. Has hookups however they shut the water off in the winter months, there is water available at the entrance to the park year around. If you are there late October be prepared for any kind of weather. We were there about that time a few years ago, one day I am sitting outside in my shorts commenting about the great weather, the next day a huge snow storm comes in and we get feet of snow.
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Just remember that there could be significant amounts of snow there in late October. Make sure you don't turn into modern day Donner party.

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If you don't mind going to the Eastern Sierra you can stay in Bishop at the fair grounds. Nothing fancy, sites are pea gravel, but it's $25 a night with full hookups. We stayed there in May one night on the way to Tahoe, very quiet.
Tri County Fairgrounds

Or if you hurry you can try the Camp Ground by the Lake in South Lake Tahoe, it closes on the 27th. Nice CG across from the lake, power and water.
South Lake Tahoe, CA - Official Website - Campground by the Lake

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Thanks for your suggestions. We've decided instead to explore the Central Coast this trip. Just trying to find a campground under $40!
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Thanks for all your suggestions. We've decided instead to explore the Central Coast this trip to avoid any surprise snow storms. Just trying to find a site down that way for under $40!
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Thanks for all your suggestions about camping in the Sierras in October/November. We've decided instead to explore the Central Coast this trip to avoid any surprise snow storms. Just trying to find a campsite under $40!
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