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Posted: 03/20/15 02:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not sure where to post this, but it is like boon docking. We live in LA and used to stay overnight at the Chukchansi Casino in Coursegold on our way to Yosemite. It broke up the long drive and gave us a good start the next morning. But in October, they had a tribal war and the casino has been closed ever since.
I found the Tachi casino in Lemoore that is only 12 miles longer and about 20 minutes overall. I would be taking the I-5 instead of the Hwy 99 to the 41 and it's a straight shot up to the casino and then to Yosemite.
I read a few outdated reviews o Tachi saying it's in the middle of nowhere and the food was terrible, but has improved with a new chef. They do have free overnight parking with golf cart security roaming and a shuttle to the casino.
Has anyone stayed there with anything to report?

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There are no reviews on Casino Camper. If you stay there, would you post a review Here.


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DAS26miles wrote:

Not sure where to post this, but it is like boon docking.


This is the place! Casino camping is dry camping.

Too bad about Chukchansi, though.

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rv2go- I sure will post a review there. Not sure if we are going to stop going up this trip as there's a program on TV I wanted to watch that evening. But may stop on the way back and check it out. Not really out of the way, just a longer route by a few miles. The road on 5 is much smoother than 99 anyway.

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DAS26miles wrote:

Has anyone stayed there with anything to report?
Why yes, just a few days ago.

Parking is ample, and they welcome RVs, and they don't mind if you stay a few days either. If you're there on a weekend, best to park as far away as possible as you may find yourself surrounded by parked cars. I did!

I've been to so many casinos I can't recall if I ate there, but so far I can't recall any buffets being bad.

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DW thinks it may get too hot at night to sleep without running air and generator. Chukchansi is up in the foothills and Tachi is in the middle of the valley.

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DW thinks it may get too hot at night to sleep without running air and generator.
Yeah, depending on when you go.

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On our way home from Yosemite today, we took the detour staying on the 41 to Lemoore. We checked out the Tachi Palace and casino. There are 8-10 stop lights between Fresno and Lemoore, but the speed limit was 55 or 65 on 41. The casino was about 2 miles from 41 on 2 lane side road. Parking was well marked for RVs and trucks in the rear. There were shuttle huts located where we parked. Only stayed about 20 minutes and ate lunch. Didn't go inside. Too HOT! I think the casino is a good overnight option except when hot.
The other option when HOT is the RV park in Pixley on 99. It's about the same mileage to Yosemite give or take 15 miles. The full hookups are a must for AC in the heat.

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On our way home from Yosemite today, we took the detour staying on the 41 to Lemoore. We checked out the Tachi Palace and casino. There are 8-10 stop lights between Fresno and Lemoore, but the speed limit was 55 or 65 on 41. The casino was about 2 miles from 41 on 2 lane side road. Parking was well marked for RVs and trucks in the rear. There were shuttle huts located where we parked. Only stayed about 20 minutes and ate lunch. Didn't go inside. Too HOT! I think the casino is a good overnight option except when hot.
The other option when HOT is the RV park in Pixley on 99. It's about the same mileage to Yosemite give or take 15 miles. The full hookups are a must for AC in the heat.

This has been a rather warm Winter and spring in S CA, with a high pressure system hanging up over CA or NV for days at a time. I think more normal year weather pattern wise you'd find it cooler. Have to play it day by day, week by week, and have options.

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With the dry winters, the summers have been ever more brutal in the Central Valley. Lemoore has a nice spring and fall because there is a 30 degree temperature swing. Even if the high is 90 in the spring or fall, it will be in the 70's in the evening and 60's in the morning. The problem in 110-30 is still 80 degrees at sunrise.

I try to avoid Yosemite between Memorial Day and Labor Day anyway although I understand work and school schedules. I lived in Hanford for 5 years and we could make weekend trips to Yosemite in the off months.


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