<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Hemi:
Can someone advise or comment on hwy 395 California. We will be coming down I-10 and then just west of Bartow CA we will transfer to hwy 395 to Reno...we are looking for some nice views of the sierras.
We have 36 foot class a (2002, vortec, allison 5 speed) towing a saturn vue.
1. Is 395 2 lane or 4 lane.
2. if 2 lane is it reasonably wide
3. on the summits; are the grads to the summits reasonable, for example 6% or less
4. fuel stations, are there some
5. would welcome any other comments.
Thanks, HEMI </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Hemi, I think you mean I-40 you will be comming down, as I-10 does not come any where near Barstow to intersect hwy 395.
At any way I have traveled this highway many many times. The highway is both 2 and 4 lanes, and is kept in very good condition, as it is the only north-south highway in California that is east of the Sierras. You will be driving high desert from Barstow to about Lone Pine, not much to see, you will be crossing some ancient volcanic lava fields, and travel along side Olancha dry lake for several miles. Things get a bit more scenic once you go further north. You are on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountians, and do not really get into any climbs until you leave Bishop. Sherwin pass is a long 6 to 7% grade about 10 miles out of town. I climb it in third gear in my 8.1 Workhorse with my toad at about 4000 RPM, just watch your engine temp in the summer time heat.
Other major climb is north out of Lee Vining, Mono Lake. It is also quite a steep climb, but shorter and a couple more curves than Sherwin pass. You will not have any problems.
Barstow, and Bishop would be my choices for getting fuel, can be pricy at small towns. A good time to fuel after Bishop would be south of Reno, around Gardnerville, fuel is a little less there than in Reno, and a way less hectic.
There is a little road construction going on just south of Reno around Carson City, or at least there was 6 months ago. Again not bad. I can't advise you on RV parks as I have no expierience with any in this area. There is a visitors info center just south of Lone Pine, with much info on side trips if you are intrested.
Enjoy your trip, and hold on to your money in Reno.