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RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

The Sierra Nevada is called the best camping area in the world, lots and lots of boondocking areas out there. Maybe so, but not an easy place to roam and camp/RV. The area, along with Yosemite area, is constantly swamped by crowds and crowds of people. Tourism crowds and locals (Cali/AZ/UT/NV) have hemmed up most of the reservations months in advance and trying to get sites is nearly impossible. Then, there’s the Van Life crowds, some of whom live full time boondocking, or are near homeless, living in and around campgrounds and trailer parks as a source of water and sewer dumping, showers/toilets, etc, benefit. Some of these “boondockers/Van life people are not respectful of others who are traditionally “camping or RVing” making it an unpleasant experienece for those who are trying to “camp or RV.” And then there’s the season closures, which has begun Sept 15th. I’m just looking for a “quick fix” few nights of R&R, for DW and I, the dog. Really don't want to make an exhausting competitive task trying to fight the crowds. Just thought someone in and around my current area might know of a “neat and quiet” spot for a few nights, that’s all. Thanks. No suggestions for you. Just wish to thank you for your service. I’ve came back to check the comments, recheck the suggestions of places to go and saw your comment. I missed it the first go round. My bad. I, wife and I both, deepy apprecaite your comments. Truly. Thank you very much!
synergy_58 10/19/22 01:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

Lots of great recommendations, and we will make a list of ALL of these. Thanks so much for the support! I had even thought about staying home and just RVing in my driveway, have a fire out back and do nothing. But DW says, no, you won’t just do nothing, we’re leaving. LOL!
synergy_58 09/20/22 09:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

For this trip, we’re hoping for some east, close amenities to just relax. Maybe we’re getting lazy. Tired is more like it really. I don’t feel like cooking/grilling, cleaning, etc. I just want to sit, walk, talk, play cards, eat and drink, stare at the stars, views and reflect on life and wife, the dog. NO chores, no house, no work, no nothing! LOL! Thanks! So you want some place with all the qualities of a tourist resort but without the tourists but in a wild remote area and you want it cheap and you want it local? Honestly, I think you have too many conflicting needs and will be disappointed if you try to meet all of them. Hahahaha… no, I don’t. Wife booked us in at the Monterey Pines RV Park, Monterey, CA. She said she’s not taking any chances with leaving this up to me this time. LOL! So, we will park, walk, enjoy the weather, enjoy eachother, and all the surrounding amenities of the area, all the while not getting bogged down with the stresses of the typical camp/RV issues, hopefully. And, I still get to be in my rig and not have to drive too far away. Great!
synergy_58 09/20/22 08:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

Can try campgrounds out by Collins Lake, or between Truckee and Graegle, Gold Lakes area. We thought we’d head up this way, but we’ve been in and around this area a few times, and what with the fires, we were’nt sure if things were accessible. Another time. Thanks!
synergy_58 09/20/22 06:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

We run away to Ocean Cove just north of Timber Cove Lodge. No hook-ups but some beautiful ocean bluffs to walk on and a nice restaurant across the highway ( 2 lane) with views of the ocean. Closes up for the winter, first come- first serve. Thank you, we will defiantly check this out!
synergy_58 09/20/22 06:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

Synergy, You do not include very much information except California. If you do not have to have an FHU site, you might investigate Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome. They are two very different versions managed by the same group. HH places you at commercial establishments. Most are limited to a single night and it is hoped that you will buy some of what they are selling. BW is just people with room to park for a night (or maybe more - usually in the profile). We are BW hosts in Michigan and we get to meet a lot of interesting people. Matt Thanks, I’ll check these out for sure!
synergy_58 09/20/22 06:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

I suspect part of the issue you are having is that you are looking at RV Parks in highly congested areas. Yes, RV Parks in Tahoe or San Francisco are crowded and expensive and/or run down. Just like hotels in those places. They are international vacation spots. It's sort of like the person who goes to Disneyland and then complains about the crowds and commercialism. That's why you go to Disneyland - if you don't want that then you go elsewhere. Look for places that are not international tourist attractions. Look at campgrounds rather than RV Parks. All the federal places I identified in my prior post are under $40 a night (under $30 for dry campsites) - no need to pay $150+ a night to get away. Yes, you’re correct. But we wanted an easy three nights, four days of relaxing this trip, not doing much. Just spending time together without all the fuss. No, we do not go in areas of places like Disney and the like. We’re more of the NPS, NF, BLM, and of course boonedocking and Glamping couple. Thanks!
synergy_58 09/20/22 06:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

You have a lot of requirements, or I would suggest Cotton Wood creek, Cold creek along highway 89 north of Truckee or Boca or Stampede campgrounds on I 80 East of Truckee in the Tahoe NF. Always have enjoyed quiet camping off season in the week. Further away is my favorite Grasshopper flats at Lake Davis (Plumas NF) There are no easting places within walking distance at any of these tho. Have to drive for several miles for food. Part of Tahoe NF is closed due to Mosquito Fire. Never been here. I’ll this to my list, maybe for a three day weekend run on a not so popular weekend. Thanks!
synergy_58 09/20/22 06:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

Another vote for boondocking. Most of our camping is on the eastern side of the Sierras, so I can't help you with specifics, but there is plenty of boondocking on the west too. I guess the only place I can name specifically is Shaver Lake. The drive is pretty steep and twisty and might not be fun depending on your setup. But the payoff is pretty good. There are plenty of other places though. And if you don't feel like driving up into the hills, I would definitely look at Harvest Hosts closer to the wine country. Since we're talking about next weekend though, it's probably going to be cooler in the higher elevations. I just looked at the map and it's about four hours from Travis to Shaver. It's only 1.5 hrs up to Coloma in the Gold Country. We stayed at an RV park there (primitive) and it wasn't very expensive. You can walk to dinner and goof off in the river during the day. It's too late in the season for rafting since the river is so low now, but it's still pretty nice up there. There's also plenty of history nearby if you want to see Sutter's Mill, etc. Placerville is nearby too and it's a fun little town. I got stuck up there in Coloma one summer when the DEF pump went out on my truck. The local Dodge dealer was really good and got Dodge to cover it under a courtesy claim, but stuck is still stuck. They had my truck for a week and my wife had to catch a ride back home to get back to work. Luckily I had my laptop with me and I could walk across the highway to bum their wifi at the coffee shop there in town. I've never drank so much coffee, but at least I didn't lose any work. Long story short, there are lots of places out there. Some of them are free to boondock. Some are borderline free since you need to buy some wine to stay there (Harvest Hosts). And some are cheap-ish. The season is definitely over in Coloma, so I assume it's cheap to camp there this time of year. Good luck. Thanks. We’ve roamed the area, and there are nice walking around places to visist for sure. We’ve never really sp0ent much time camping, due to it being so close to Travis. I guess we’ll have to spend more time, in the OFF season, and check it out.
synergy_58 09/20/22 06:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

There are no restaurants within walking distance, but Codorniz Recreation Area fits the rest. It's about 20 minutes off highway 99 at Chowchilla, so about 3-4 hours away from you. There are electric only sites, full hookup sites and dry sites. Dry sites look out over Eastman Lake. There is plenty of hiking all over the hills, including a trail that circles the lake. At night, the coyotes howl along the lake. Firepits and picnic tables at all sites. Another easy reach campground is Sycamore Grove just outside of Red Bluff off I-5. Again, no restaurants within walking distance. The campground is manicured grass with dry and water/electric sites. No dump station or sewer hookups. Nice nature trails, some with a nice view of Mt Shasta. Sacramento River runs between it and the freeway. You can also look at NF campgrounds near Sierra City, Sierraville, etc along highways 49 and 89. There are some that are within walking distance of the towns. They will be dry camping, but usually sit alongside rivers, creeks or lakes. The Lakes Basin area near Bassett Station is very scenic. And it looks like most are open through October/November this year. Going during the week will definitely help. New Hogan and New Melones reserviors offer great quiet off season dry camping. The campgrounds are open year round but don't get the party crowds off season. Plenty of hiking to do with lots of wildlife around. As they are in the foothills, they don't get the snow and the weather will be similar to what you have at Travis. Campsites are dry - no hookups. And again, no restaurants within walking distance. All of the above are federal gov campgrounds (NF, COE, etc) and can be reserved through recreation.gov. There are private RV Parks throughout the foothills too. Look for places along highway 49 south of Sacramento. Look around San Andreas, Mokelumne Hill, Twain Harte, Calaveras, etc. And you can try some state parks. Bodega Dunes, Calaveras, Mt Diablo, Mt Tamalpais, Samuel P Taylor, China Camp, etc. Lots of options if you're willing to look. We’ve been to a number of your listed areas and places, and there are a few that would/could work for sure. For this trip, we’re hoping for some east, close amenities to just relax. Maybe we’re getting lazy. Tired is more like it really. I don’t feel like cooking/grilling, cleaning, etc. I just want to sit, walk, talk, play cards, eat and drink, stare at the stars, views and reflect on life and wife, the dog. NO chores, no house, no work, no nothing! LOL! Thanks!
synergy_58 09/20/22 06:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

"Yosemite, oh right, wishful thinking." Not correct. By staying on the east side of the park in the national forest you can make day trips into Yosemite. Personally I think you'll like the Lee Vining/June Lake area so much you won't go into Yosemite. The Lee Vining / June Lake area is another great option. A bit longer drive than you were looking at, but plenty to see and do. This is a MUST check agenda for sure. I had thought the roads were closed down after Sept 15, or so. We’ve only been to Yosemite once, dur to crowds, but never checked out the east side. Thanks for this!
synergy_58 09/20/22 06:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

Have you actually checked the national park campground reservations to see if there are any last minute openings? The kids have gone back to school, so demand should be easing up with the big summer vacations done. Another thought...are you forced to go over the weekend? If you can go mid-week, a lot of the crowding issues go away. We did chedk out the NPS Reserve site and everything is either booked or places are closed down. Even called. Thanks!
synergy_58 09/20/22 06:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

From my personal bucket list, meaning I want to go but have not done so yet... Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument This is north of you. Probably pretty primitive. https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/california/berryessa-snow-mountain-national-monument From my been-there-liked-it list: San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area South of you near Los Banos. A variety of camping areas, ranging from primitive first-come-first-served (Medeiros, where I always stay) to full hookups with lake views. https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30712 We’ve been around Berryessa several times. Pretty much done with this, but have not checked out the Snow Mountain NM. As for San Luis Reservoir, and Medeiros…thanks for the tip! We will add this to our list!
synergy_58 09/20/22 06:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

The Sierra Nevada is called the best camping area in the world, lots and lots of boondocking areas out there. Maybe so, but not an easy place to roam and camp/RV. The area, along with Yosemite area, is constantly swamped by crowds and crowds of people. Tourism crowds and locals (Cali/AZ/UT/NV) have hemmed up most of the reservations months in advance and trying to get sites is nearly impossible. Then, there’s the Van Life crowds, some of whom live full time boondocking, or are near homeless, living in and around campgrounds and trailer parks as a source of water and sewer dumping, showers/toilets, etc, benefit. Some of these “boondockers/Van life people are not respectful of others who are traditionally “camping or RVing” making it an unpleasant experienece for those who are trying to “camp or RV.” And then there’s the season closures, which has begun Sept 15th. I’m just looking for a “quick fix” few nights of R&R, for DW and I, the dog. Really don't want to make an exhausting competitive task trying to fight the crowds. Just thought someone in and around my current area might know of a “neat and quiet” spot for a few nights, that’s all. Thanks.
synergy_58 09/19/22 11:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

It’s been a while, just got back from deployment and need an RV break. We’re stationed at Travis AFB, and everything near here is either crowded, exp0ensive, difficult to get to, and or run down dirt holes. We need three nights. Three nights of nice, peaceful scenery, walks/hikes, views, and a place to relax. Walking distance dining would be great too. BUT WHERE? Everything thing California is busy/congested, expensive (150+/nt! to park in a crowded park!) and worn down. Tahoe, been there, done that. San Fran, been there, done that. Yosemite, oh right, wishful thinking. Drive along the coast, done this too, and nothing but mud holes, sand pits and filthy places to park. Picky you say, maybe. Cheap? Ah, I don't think so, just not into forking out nearly $500 for three nights camping/RVing, to make someone else’s mortgage payment. Many parks are closing up for the season. I’m looking for Sept 22 - 25. Somewhere within a four hr drive from Fairfield, CA. I would push 6 hrs oneway, but wouldn’t like it. Any suggestions would be great. DW and I are looking for a nice site that has elbow room (woods, lake view, beach, etc) a nice place to walk, with our dog, and without. Scenery, views, scenery, views! A firepit. Someplace to walk and eat. A few shops would be okay. Thanks!
synergy_58 09/19/22 09:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for advice/feedback on a purchase

Be patient and look hard, hard, very hard. Consider this. A gas engine at 6/8 mpg or diesel at 14/16 mpg (my average is 15.) How much more likely are you to get out and explore when your fuel bill is more affordable? I’ve owned a gas class B and a C, and I’ve owned both in diesel, one Dodge and one Ford, respectively. I now own a diesel, a 2009 Navion (’08 chassis) class C, and a custom class b diesel. I’ve owned the class C now ten (10!) years, with 125k miles on the clock and I use it for extended RVing, cross country traveling and day trips, even to go to dinner or shopping, to the doc. It’s convenient and comfortable and easy to drive, much easier than the previous gas units I’ve driven. My class B is a daily driver, gets 25/30 mpg. I’ve had it six years with 64k on the clock. Consider this, as an example for my miles driven on the class c @ 125,000 miles. At 7 mpg (avg of gas units) it's 17,857.14 gallons of fuel over the course of 125k driving. At 15 mpg it’s 8,333.33, less than half! At an average of $4.5/gallon (gas around $4, diesel $4.5, on average but NOT Cali!), the gas cost $80,357.14 where the diesel cost $37,500.00. Which bill would you have rather paid? Sure, that’s over ten years, but that’s a difference of $42,857.00 over ten years savings, which helped pay for my rig. The MB Sprinter chassis’ are easy to drive, much easier than the big truck Ford/Chevy/Dodge chassis RV’s. That said, Ford makes the Transit with RV platform’s and Dodge makes the Promaster platform for RV’s, in the van like frames; check these out before you jump right into a purchase. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you find. All three manufacturers have their pros and cons, as in most things. The big difference is in gas Vs diesel, respecting class B’s & C’s. Class A’s are best run by a diesel, IMHO. Just my thoughts, experience. As many have stated, be thorough and be patient in your research. Once you pull the trigger, you’ll be committed for a while so make sure you cover all bases. Have fun looking and testing!
synergy_58 12/16/21 11:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery power

Those devices are convenient, but significantly over priced ! Definitely! Your RV already has the battery. All you need is a solar panel and charge controller - both of which are dirt-cheap nowadays. Here's a handy, inexpensive way of hooking solar panels up to just about any trailer - without making any modifications to the trailer whatsoever: https://i.imgur.com/mXVY3htl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/SzDIw7Gl.jpg You simply plug your trailer's hitch connector into it. Power from the charge controller (Renogy's $20 Wanderer 10A PWM model) is supplied to your RV's house batteries through the Charging wire in the hitch connector. The $13 Harbor Freight Apache 1800 protective case case is waterproof (when the lid is closed), so this rig can be left outdoors indefinitely. I use it with a 100 watt solar panel (around $85) connected by 50 feet of wire. This portable arrangement allows the panel to be moved around to whatever part of the campsite has strong sunlight, and allows the panel to be quickly removed and stowed. For what it’s worth, this is a good, basic example to start with. I like the simplicity of set up and ease of use for minimal needs. New to RVing folks, as well as anyone interested in getting started with a basic solar power supply, can easily use this example and begin their own set up, exactly or modified to their own needs. Good job on the post!
synergy_58 12/09/21 07:59am Beginning RVing
RE: class c with v10

Wow! That’s all these Ford V10’s get for mpg! I didn’t realize they drank so much fuel. I was considering a new one but not anymore, not if that’s all the mp0g I can expect. It’s hard to imagine getting less than what I’m experiencing with my rig. I have a 2009 Navion, MB diesel Class C. I drive 65-70 and get 14-16 mpg, and my rig stays packed. I average 14.5, lowest I can ever remember is 14.1, towing about 3800 lbs from Anchorage, AK to Pensacola, FL. 2 adults, one very large dog (95 lbs plus dog gear), and our rig was packed. Yes, I know mine is a diesel, but I dont think a Ford diesel would get much better than the V10. Oh well, guess I’ll stick with what I have, unless I can find an American badged Class C (or Super C) with a diesel that is comperable with the MB chassis class C’s.
synergy_58 12/08/21 07:14pm Class C Motorhomes
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