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Old 02-19-2016, 10:29 AM   #43
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Yes, we're aware of this. I love the heat... as long as the air conditioners hold up, we'll be fine. We've been in Phoenix and Tucson with the rv when it's been 105 to 115 and I can't get enough of it... that's why we're going again. The RV has a good cooling system (new radiator) for the engine, so as long as we take it easy going through and keep our speed down, we can hopefully avoid a blowout. If we do get a blowout, I have a 4' breaker bar and a 4' pipe with which to test my manhood in the blazing heat.

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Death Valley is not Phoenix or Tucson and highs are more near 126 and as high as 134 in the summer. Some people do enjoy that though, so have a great time. You should be aware that due to some serious flooding last October, many of the roads and sights there are closed until further notice. Scottie's Castle sustained significant damage and is not expected to open for years. So be sure to check conditions before you go. Respect the desert and make sure you hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Keep yourself covered and protected from the sun, wear high SPF sunscreen, keep activities levels way lower than usual and did I mention hydrate, hydrate, hydrate?
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Death Valley is not Phoenix or Tucson and highs are more near 126 and as high as 134 in the summer. Some people do enjoy that though, so have a great time. You should be aware that due to some serious flooding last October, many of the roads and sights there are closed until further notice. Scottie's Castle sustained significant damage and is not expected to open for years. So be sure to check conditions before you go. Respect the desert and make sure you hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Keep yourself covered and protected from the sun, wear high SPF sunscreen, keep activities levels way lower than usual and did I mention hydrate, hydrate, hydrate?
Point well taken on the heat... thanks for the intel. We will certainly be checking on conditions before we pass through. If it's going to be dangerously hot, maybe we will bypass the area altogether.

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They'll give you plenty of safety info when you get to Death Valley. Also, only two paved roads remain closed. Have a fantastic time!

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Point well taken on the heat... thanks for the intel. We will certainly be checking on conditions before we pass through. If it's going to be dangerously hot, maybe we will bypass the area altogether.

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I agree take 101 to 20 to I5 to 120 if you want a fairly easy drive. Traffic in Sacramento will be bad at rush hour but bad befor 3 or after 7. A 2 day trip would be best if you have the time.
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I agree take 101 to 20 to I5 to 120 if you want a fairly easy drive. Traffic in Sacramento will be bad at rush hour but bad befor 3 or after 7. A 2 day trip would be best if you have the time.
Just to follow up... this is the route we took to get to Yosemite... one day... no problems whatsoever. There was a fair amount of traffic through Sacramento, but the flow was good and we made excellent time. It was HOT when went through... close to 100.

When we got on the west side of Yosemite, we decided to skip our tour through death valley, so we headed south down to 40 and then headed east across the southern side of the Mojave desert towards kingman... not much cooler than death valley at 112 degrees... but we made it just fine.

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