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Old 06-16-2019, 07:36 PM   #1
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Yosemite area RV parks in late Sept.?

Looking for advise on decent parks for late September stay for a 38 and 43 motorhomes? We're coming from the I-5 side near Manteca/Modesto. Appreciate any references.

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Hey Ron,

Sorry, I can’t answer your questions but I want to piggyback on the thread and get the good suggestions also if you don’t mind.



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Old 06-16-2019, 11:25 PM   #3
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Iím eager to see some answers too. I live in the Manteca/Modesto area and I go to Yosemite a couple times a year. But I donít take the RV. I was actually planning to take it this year but I couldnít find an RV Park that I felt comfortable with. I donít the the drive into the park from 120 in an RV. I did it once in a 30í class C. What I found was better was to take the Fresno route on 41 through Oakhurst. There is an RV Park in Oakhurst and there is one down the road in Coarsegold called Yosemite RV resort. Iíve stayed at the one in Oakhurst in the Class C and it wasnít bad. Was close enough to the park, 30 minute I believe. Both had mixed reviews so Iím still not sold on one that I want to take my 40í DP to. I have driven into the park in a 32í class A through Merced on 140. But I donít know of any RV Parks that direction. Hiway 120 is the one that goes through Manteca and there is the Yosemite Pines campground out of Groveland. It was ok in my 32í Gasser but the drive was pretty tough through the Priest Grade outside of Moccasin. Take it slow and you can do it but itís work. I assume that you donít already have reservations for one of the campgrounds in the park which is why I am mentioning those outside the park. I think if I was to go this year, I would check again on the Yosemite RV resort in Coarsegold. Or the one in Oakhurst. Check the reviews and make sure itís what you want. Some complained that they had a tough time getting there and getting to the spot. Others liked it. But I wonder if any that liked it had a 40+í DP.
Anyway, Iím curious too what others think.
Happy camping. I hope you enjoy Yosemite. It is pretty awesome if you arenít fighting crowds. If you stay a couple nights in the area Glacier Point is spectacular. If you want a light hike, rather than one of the many strenuous hikes at Yosemite, there is a nice hike near Glacier Point to Sentinal Dome. Not too long and more spectacular views. But you may have already done your Yosemite homework so Iíll stop.
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Old 06-17-2019, 12:20 AM   #4
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I just moved from Coarsegold after 10 years. Yosemite RV Park should do you just fine, it was a KOA. The one in Oakhurst is just OK.

Another option for you is the Chuckchansi Gold Casino that is on HWY 41 just 3 miles below Coarsegold. Free camping and no issue with length. No hook up just a nice large flat area with a great view on gravel or pavement. Casino has a hotel and 5 restaurants. No reservations just show up as plenty of room. They also have a large gas station with cheap Indian fuel, diesel, propane and electric charging station.
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We stayed at the Yosemite RV Park in Coursegold last year. It was great.
My recommendations :
Space 23- water and electric, no sewer. But, if you pull in "backwards", so that your entry is not facing the road, you will have great views of the valley. It's also very close to the pool, and behind a hill so that you get zero highway noise. This is actually an "overnight" space, that's why no sewer, but our favorite.
Space 21 & 22- nice tree shaded pull-through sites with deck and fire ring. And FHU. Click image for larger version

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We are currently at the Encore park at Yosemite Lakes about 6 miles from the park entrance on Hwy 120. We are in site 61...50 amp and right on the Tuolomne river. Cell is non existent but Wifi avail for $15 a week. Would advise against coming up New Priest grade with a car in tow. Toughest weíve experience in 5 years. Take J132 through Coulterville and up Greeley Hill. An easier climb. Iron Door Saloon in Groveland is oldest in the state!
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Are you a member of the Escapees RV Club? They have a beautiful park in Coarsegold with huge lots. We've stayed there.
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:46 PM   #8
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Although we're not members of Escapees we might have to look at that organization.

I'd like to thank everyone who has and will provide advice on parks near Yosemite, hoping more is on the way. The more info the better for those of us watching this posting.
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Had no problem at Yosemite Pines in our 40ídp We FT so we were totally loaded and jeeptoad.

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