Giant Jeff, We traveled from Bakersfield on Rt-58, turned north onto Rt-395, east onto Rt-90 and into Death Valley March of 2014. We were very surprised on Rt-190 at the steep down hills 7-8% for several miles, hair pin turns, into the first valley, up several thousand feet over a mountain range. Then down into Death Valley with the same steep, slow hair pin turns. Beautiful scenery but scary down hills. I would not travel again with a MH. We towed a toad and have an exhaust brake. I pity anyone who is in MH with no exhaust brake. The rangers in Death Valley indicated that it is not unusual to see MH catch fire from brakes overheating from inexperienced drivers.
If you are not adventurous I would suggest entering form the east side and pick up Rt-190 west. We left Death Valley going east to Las Vegas and the road was not difficult. Death Valley was spectacular. We did not know there was so much to see. Zabriskie Point was the most scenic.
We have yet to update our blog for our trip back to NY form California but will be doing that in the future weeks. You can see our blog of the 2014 trip form NY starting on the Natchez Trace Road in Mss. at:
RVGR8escape: MONT JULIET, TENNESSEE JANUARY 3-7, 2014
EnJOY Death valley it is worth the trip
Safe travels and THE JOY IS IN THE RIDE