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Old 10-01-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Best route from San Jose over Eastern Sierras?

We're currently outside of San Jose and want to head east to Hwy 395 on the other side of the Eastern Sierras. Anyone have any recommendations on the best place to cross over the range? We're in a 35' Class A with no toad. We can easily go north or south first if we need to - just looking for the best/easiest way to go.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:45 PM   #2
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The easiest is probably I80 to Reno. We just drove it up and back from just North of San Francisco.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:48 PM   #3
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Depending where your ultimate destination is, head up to Reno, then take 395 south toward Bishop...beautiful drive. Otherwise, head down toward Mojave and go across to 395. Just made that trip, both routes in May. Other routes - like Tioga Pass - may be closed due to weather...best to check first. Weather could hit the Reno I-80 route - if so, then south through Mojave to 395 is the best bet. Hope that helps.
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We prefer Hwy 50 from Sacramento to 89 to 88 to 395 at Minden, Nv.

But all two lane roads and speeds will be down to 35mph at times.

It could be slow on Friday nights.

Or, you could take Hwy 580 from Pleasanton to Stockton and then route 88 all the way from Stockton to Minden. This will have twisty turns also, but no problem for your rig.

This assumes that Minden is in your route plan.
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Two days ago we used I-80 from Sacramento to Sparks. Winnebago 37' gas towing a C-RV. No problems at all. Watch the weather though. Pretty good winds predicted over the next few days. And it is a lot cooler on this side of the Sierra.
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Hwy 80 from Sacramento to Reno is in the best shape it has been in in the last 7 years. I used to dread driving the RV thru that stretch. Don't know how long it will stay in great shape though.
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