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Old 09-07-2016, 11:06 PM   #1
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Crossing Sierra Nevada Mountains

Trying to go from Mariposa, CA on the West side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Carson City on the East side. Are any of the three highways, CA4, CA88 or US50 advisable for a Class A MH towing a toad? I am trying to save some miles by not going around to I80.

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Avoid Hwy 4, even without the toad! 88 or 50 will be fine, in fact I just drove 88 on Tuesday pulling my Subaru Forester. There is ongoing construction, but I still prefer 88 over 50 simply because it avoids the congestion in South Lake Tahoe.

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Old 09-07-2016, 11:26 PM   #3
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I would take the Hwy 88 route. Just as good as Hwy 50, without Echo Summit and avoids S. Lake Tahoe!

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We've done Hwy 50 a few times with our 40' MH towing. No issues. We skirt around at the south end of Tahoe on 89/88 to Gardnerville & 395.
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Thanks for the info. Any idea what grades are on US50 or CA88? Sounds like CA4 is a no go so not worried about it.

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Anyone have knowledge of the grades on US50 or CA88 crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains?

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I looked at the Mountain Directory (available on Amazon) it says "Highway 88 is a roller coaster descent, some grades are 7% for a couple of miles". There are 2 hilly areas listed for Hwy 50, Echo Summit 7382' and Luther Pass 7740'. You could look those up on the Cal Trans website. We've been on Hwy 88 in the truck and I wouldn't tow the 5'r on it. We've gone across Hwy 50 and it is ok.
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We came across CA88. It was pretty slow going both due to the grades and the twists and turns, but a beautiful ride. Not sure I would do it again but we made it without incident except to the fuel tank. Cut mpg almost in half, so could have gone around to I80 probably for about the same fuel expense and time.

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We are driving from west Yosemite to Santa Cruz, anyone know a good route for a 35' 5wheel ?
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