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Old 03-19-2013, 10:34 PM   #1
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Mid April too soon for CA-395?

We was wanting to drive 395 South from Reno to Southern Ca but are concerned there are more closed parks then open ones. We would like to BLM as much as we can, but will need a park a few nights as well.

Too soon for either?

Anyone think mid April is just too soon for this route?


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Old 03-19-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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You may run into some late snow, there is a phone number you can call for Caltrans road info.

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Old 03-19-2013, 11:15 PM   #3
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395 road conditions depend on how fast you will travel the route. If the road is clear per Cal Trans and it hasn't snowed recently (last couple of days) you should be ok for a one or two day run, Reno to LA. There is always the possiblity of snow especially up near Mammoth. There are several State camping areas and year round RV parks in Bishop and Lone Pine. Full hook ups between Topaz Lake and Bishop will be next to none. Bottom line is ...good weather go for it. Bad weather not advised IMHO.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:22 AM   #4
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Caltrans 1-800.427.7623 (427-road)
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:24 PM   #5
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Thank You all.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:10 AM   #6
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I would never rely on Caltrans for timely reporting of road conditions. Every time I have encountered a problem, even lane closures with Caltrans doing road repairs, there is no alert on their hotline. Twice I have found myself tucked in behind a snow plow and following at 5 MPH for miles until reaching clear pavement.

The most accurate forecast will be one less than 48 hours out from your time of departure. Heavy snows have fallen as late as July 4 at Lake Tahoe so what April will be like is a WAG. You can try your luck and check the forecast at snow-forecast.com for areas along your route.
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There's an Indian casino in Bishop that has an overnight rv area, no hookups, $5 a night. We've stayed there and they have a gas station too that's reasonable. April should be good for weather but you never know, check Cal Trans.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:18 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by DonDee View Post
Caltrans 1-800.427.7623 (427-road)
Another easy way to remember is 800 - GAS - ROAD (800-427-7623) that's how I always remembered it.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:05 PM   #9
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Thank You all for the advice. Unfortunately, we have a recurring issue that we must return to our dealer for repair which will most likely force us a different route due to time.

So at this time we are just going 1 day at a time with it. I know where I am today, and I know where I will be in mid April, it's the middle part that is the unknown.

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