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Old 07-18-2019, 09:26 AM   #1
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We are going to be traveling from Redwood National Park to Yosemite. What is the best way to go in a motorhome pulling a trailer. I am sure that I want to avoid 120 I believe it is, something about Priest Grade. Sounds like an awful place to be with a motorhome. Any help with tips would be greatly appreciated. From Yosemite we are going to Sequoia then on to Vegas, Grand Canyon etc. Thanks for any help.

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Hi,

We are going to be traveling from Redwood National Park to Yosemite. What is the best way to go in a motorhome pulling a trailer. I am sure that I want to avoid 120 I believe it is, something about Priest Grade. Sounds like an awful place to be with a motorhome. Any help with tips would be greatly appreciated. From Yosemite we are going to Sequoia then on to Vegas, Grand Canyon etc. Thanks for any help.

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The old priest grade is pretty wicked at something like 17%
grade and is signed at both ends as prohibited for motorhomes. There is "new priest grade " that runs adjacent to it. It is twisty with hairpins but not nearly as steep. I followed a dump truck with a dump trailer up that road when we last went to Yosemite(2013). Saw plenty of RV's big and small and many had towed's on that road. If you can turn a steering wheel it shouldn't be a problem.

We went from Redwood to Yosemite IIRC via rt 299 through Lassen Volcanic Park and then down US 395 to California Rt 4. Probably not the way you want to go.
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When are you going?

Do you have reservations?
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The old priest grade is pretty wicked at something like 17%
grade and is signed at both ends as prohibited for motorhomes. There is "new priest grade " that runs adjacent to it. It is twisty with hairpins but not nearly as steep. I followed a dump truck with a dump trailer up that road when we last went to Yosemite(2013). Saw plenty of RV's big and small and many had towed's on that road. If you can turn a steering wheel it shouldn't be a problem.

We went from Redwood to Yosemite IIRC via rt 299 through Lassen Volcanic Park and then down US 395 to California Rt 4. Probably not the way you want to go.
I agree, as long as you avoid Old Priest Grade you shouldn't have a problem. I haven't yet done it in our 35' motorhome but New Priest Grade wasn't a problem with our 25' TT and 1/2 ton PU.
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It would be helpful if you give the towns where you're leaving from and where you're going. Both Redwood and Yosemite are HUGE and there are many ways to get there.

What campgrounds are you staying for both? That would help.
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140 at Merced through Mariposa is another good route. As twogypsies stated above, where are you staying. That could change the route.
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I am not to keen on driving a lot of two lane mountain roads in the RV. Your constantly working power and gears along keeping it from running away and there is always someone behind you wanting to pass.

From Redwood come down the valley on the 99 and go to Merced, catch the 140 to Mariposa and into Yosemite. You drive up the river canyon, better than coming from the high country down to the floor.

This route is longer but a lot flatter on better straighter roads.

On the way out, same way to 99 but if you want to do something a little different then go out the south exit hwy 41, you do some hills, wave to me when you drive by me in Oakhurst, then your out to Fresno and HWY 99.
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Yup. Just donít take 49 from the 120 split to Mariposa. That will be a drive to talk about!!
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Hi everyone,

Thanks for your hints. Haven't decided where we are staying yet. We can't really make reservations because we are not sure exactly when we will be there.

Thanks again.
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Hi again,

Sounds like the 140 is the way for us to go. We have our motorcycle to ride in Yosemite. Any recommendations on campgrounds from the 140? Thanks again.
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Hi again,

Sounds like the 140 is the way for us to go. We have our motorcycle to ride in Yosemite. Any recommendations on campgrounds from the 140? Thanks again.
So if you are not taking the motorhome into Yosemite then camp close at Bass Lake. Also reroute, from Mariposa south on 49 then up 41 to Bass Lake

I do not know about camping off of 140 but just South of Yosemite check out Bass Lake RV park, it is about 30 min south of the south gate off of Hwy 41. Bass Lake is worth visiting, consider renting a boat. This is a resort town.

A little farther down the hill in Coarsegold off of HWY 41 is Yosemite RV Resort (not in Yosemite). If you want more info send me a PM, I live in this community. Marc
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