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Old 04-22-2016, 09:32 AM   #1
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Route recommendation. Taking 395 from Barstow to Reno


Driving from near Barstow Ca, to Reno Nv. We're planning a few nights in Lone pine, a few in mammoth lakes, and a couple in Bridgeport before heading up towards to Reno.

Is taking 395 N an okay route pulling a 38' 5th wheel?

As an alternate we considered back tracking to Bishop Ca, and taking route 6 into Nevada.

Leaving South Dakota on April 26th.


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Old 04-22-2016, 01:22 PM   #2
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395 is fine for your rig. About 2.5 years ago we came down from Reno to SD, using that route in a 37' Class A pulling a CR-V. Couple of times in the '90's I used a 26' Class C to pull an 18' Sea Ray to Eagle Lake then over to Shasta. The road has seen some improvements since my fishing trip days, with lots more of it being multilane. If your vehicle is prone to crosswinds be aware that, they can come howling down from the Eastern Sierra, especially in the afternoon. Got caught in such while fishing Lake Crowley one summer. Lake patrol came out to rescue, then saw we had a sea worth craft & knew how to handle waves. Big waves.

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Old 04-22-2016, 05:11 PM   #3
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Now issues with that route. Have done it a number of times in the winter & summer.
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Old 04-22-2016, 05:15 PM   #4
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We've driven Hwy 395 many times with our 40' motorhome. We absolutely love it as it affords many places to explore and there are plenty of camp spots. We honestly have never been there when there were high winds. Obviously, it doesn't happen all the time. The one concern I'd have would be driving it at this time of year because of a sudden spring snowstorm. It doesn't happen all the time but it could so just monitor the weather. Of course, it would be beautiful and you could just hunker down for a few days. It won't last long. There are some nice dry camping spots around Lone Pine. It's a neat area with lots of history.
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Old 04-24-2016, 09:52 AM   #5
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It's a great drive and as those before have said, lots to see and do. We have often stopped in Bridgeport to eat at the Hays Street Cafe.
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....and Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining has great food.
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Out of Red Mountain is a grade to climb but Sherwin Grade out of Bishop is a long grade to the top. Conway Summit out of Lee Vining is another grade to climb but not nearly as long. They are a chug to the top but your time and gear down. I've been going up them in my MH towing Mr Jeep for many, many years

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