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Old 02-13-2013, 01:12 AM   #15
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Thanks Ted,
I should have added to the I-5 route US-50. According to Google maps there is a short section of I-80 business to get to the 50. I have not been on 395 since the early 60's, all I can remember is how narrow it was at that time.

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Old 02-13-2013, 01:46 AM   #16
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Hey Chuck from so cal go up 395 to carson city then up the 50 to lake tahoe. real nice ride if the wind is not blowing.
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Thanks Ted,
I should have added to the I-5 route US-50. According to Google maps there is a short section of I-80 business to get to the 50. I have not been on 395 since the early 60's, all I can remember is how narrow it was at that time.

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Many improvements on 395 in the past years. Most sections are two lane both north and south and most with divider median in the middle. They have even widened most of the narrow sections.
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Hey Chuck from so cal go up 395 to carson city then up the 50 to lake tahoe. real nice ride if the wind is not blowing.
Absolutely agree, we love that drive up the 395. The only thing to be aware of is a low clearance tunnel heading south on the 50 towards South Lake Tahoe. It kept us from taking the 50 from Carson City as we the clearance was too low for our Winnie and we were staying in Zephyr Cove. We had to take the 207 over to avoid it and that wasn't fun.
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Thanks to everyone that replied, it sounds like 395 is the way to go. Google maps says to leave 395 and take NV-756 to NV-206 to NV-207 to US-50 to get to South Lake Tahoe. After reading ChileRick's comment that the 207 wasn't a fun drive, I looked at Google again, 207 does look like it is a very winding road.
I went to the ground level view on the map of US-50 to look at the tunnel entrance's that ChileRick mentioned has a low head clearance. I could see the warning signs at the entrance to both tunnels South and North. Both tunnels are arched. The South bound tunnel posted clearance is, left side 13' 0", center 18' 6", and right side 12' 4". The North bound tunnel posted clearance is, left side 13' 7", center 21', and right side 14' 4". Since my Dolphin is 12' tall including the two AC units there should not be a problem going through the tunnel either direction, as long as I am in the correct lane. I am going to measure the sides of the MH to verify their height.

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Wow I'm glad I stumbled across this posting. As I too am going to Tahoe but via a long trip through Utah, Wyoming and then across. But my map also had me ending up on highway 50 from Carson City to Tahoe. My coach is 12'10" tall with roof airs and 45' long and will have a tow so all together 64 feet. Im only going the one way southbound Is it a straight tunnel or are there curves in it? Im being escorted through the Zion tunnel (its routine) to drive down the center.

This sounds a lot more tricky though and not supervised like Zion . Suggestions? yes or no? or hog the middle?
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If you get to the Donner Pass area there are many, many empty ski resort parking lots. And many of them are off the highway close to scenic areas. (A ski resort in summer is UGLY.)
Now, head up 395 to Lone Pine. The Alabama Hills provide lots of boondocking space and that's where they made many, many Western movies. You'll have a real sense of deja vu, and probably be right. There are parks there too, but without amenities as RVers are accustomed. There is a great museum there which has a movie a night, too.
You have a great view of Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48.

I cannot recommend it too highly.
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Absolutely agree, we love that drive up the 395. The only thing to be aware of is a low clearance tunnel heading south on the 50 towards South Lake Tahoe. It kept us from taking the 50 from Carson City as we the clearance was too low for our Winnie and we were staying in Zephyr Cove. We had to take the 207 over to avoid it and that wasn't fun.
Where exactly is this tunnel?
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The tunnel is thru Cave Rock on the Nevada side of the lake. "Hog" the middle and you will be fine. I live in Carson City and have driven several different RVs thru it over the years. Great views from 50 heading towards Tahoe. I would avoid 207.
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I would avoid 207.
I am coming in from Las Vegas to South Lake Tahoe and the 207 is unavoidable coming from that direction, or at least that is all I can see from the maps...
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From L.V 95 to 50, and 50 thru Carson City to Tahoe, unless you cut over to 395--then 395 north to Carson City and 50 to the lake. From the south taking 207 from 395 is a shorter way to South Lake Tahoe, but that road is steep and very curvy. Fine in a car. Not so fun in a large RV.
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Rdostal, to answer your question, the South bound tunnel does curve to the left slightly. From Google maps street view, the tunnel does not appear to be very long, maybe 1/4 mile. If you have ever used Google maps street view you can see the tunnel clearly. Just follow 50 till you see the Cave Rock State Park, the tunnel is just North of it. As Paulc47 said, just "Hog" the middle and you will be fine.

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Rdostal, to answer your question, the South bound tunnel does curve to the left slightly. From Google maps street view, the tunnel does not appear to be very long, maybe 1/4 mile. If you have ever used Google maps street view you can see the tunnel clearly. Just follow 50 till you see the Cave Rock State Park, the tunnel is just North of it. As Paulc47 said, just "Hog" the middle and you will be fine.

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Thanks Chuck for your info - I just did google street view and looks like it will be one of those "i know i can i know i can" until through it and then say "well that was easy".

Hogging is a specialty of mine in tight spaces . I appreciate everyones input.

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From L.V 95 to 50, and 50 thru Carson City to Tahoe, unless you cut over to 395--then 395 north to Carson City and 50 to the lake. From the south taking 207 from 395 is a shorter way to South Lake Tahoe, but that road is steep and very curvy. Fine in a car. Not so fun in a large RV.

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