RV/Campground advice

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Bubwheat, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Bubwheat

    Bubwheat Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,748
    I'm currently in Bakersfield, and while I like the weather, I hate the smog/fog/haze. I like looking 50 miles in each direction and seeing "stuff".

    My question is this: Is there a nice campground/RV park that you would recommend anywhere between Redding and Bakersfield, along the CA99 corridor, that has clear, clean skies, and would make a nice winter hangout? I'd like to stay above freezing, but I can tolerated some mildly cool temps. I'll most likely stay from Dec. 1 til March 1.

    Thanks in advance for any recommendations!
    #1
  2. Windrat

    Windrat just a poser

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,980
    Location:
    The Beach
    Death valley or the coast
    #2
  3. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4,504
    Location:
    Glendora, Ca
    Panamint springs, you might be able to trade working as the camp host in exchange for 3 squares and full hookups for the duration.

    http://www.panamintsprings.com/
    #3
  4. Bubwheat

    Bubwheat Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,748
    I think you're telling me what I thought would be the deal, smog/haze/fog all the way. It seems to clear out about Mojave/Barstow and points south correct?
    #4
  5. Bubwheat

    Bubwheat Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,748
    Thanks for the info, not too sure I want to be that far out in the boonies! :eek1
    #5
  6. rollinrob

    rollinrob Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,753
    Location:
    Nevada City, Ca
    #6
  7. draglemmag

    draglemmag Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Oddometer:
    46
    Location:
    San Diego, California (Metro hell...)
    If you’re staying on the western side of the Sierra’s check out Millerton Lake SCG http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=587 outside of Friant (just northeast of Fresno). I’ve stopped and camped here many times and it’s one of my favorites. A little pricy…(thanks allot CA) but really worth it. Campsites are right on the lake with big boulders to sit on and this time of year would be much less crowded.
    #7
  8. Windrat

    Windrat just a poser

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,980
    Location:
    The Beach

    for cleaner air and not freezzingg temps the low desert or the coast are the best in the winter

    you could rv at a few nice coastal spots more rain but warm or go low desert like death valley and have little to no
    rain and warmer days
    i'd do both if i had a month to hang out
    #8
  9. GoNOW

    GoNOW Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,604
    The largest swap meet in the US is starting up soon in Quartzsite, AZ. A "bit" out of your range, but lots of people camp there for the winter months. Tons of off-road riding too.
    #9
  10. jarthur

    jarthur Old Desert Rat

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2006
    Oddometer:
    254
    Location:
    Sacamento, Ca. Foothills
    There are a few KOA's that you might want to investigate. West Sacramento, Shingle Springs, Cloverdale (off 101 north of Santa Rosa). There probably are others so try the KOA web site.
    #10
  11. RocknTroll

    RocknTroll Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    808
    Location:
    WestSacCA
    There's a new RV park in Red Bluff near I-5 & Sacramento River don't know anything bout it. There's another in Redding on the Sac river also, it's on Park Marina drive. Doesn't seem to get foggy that far north.

    What kinda facilities you need?
    #11
  12. oldxr

    oldxr Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,169
    Location:
    central komifornia
    I live in Modesto.Most of the area along hwy99 gets fogged in all winter .Its like living in a damp refrigerator.I woud be thinking of the cental coast area( San Luis Obispo) or the desert-like Pahrump Nevada
    #12
  13. Ironwood

    Ironwood Friday Harbor, WA

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    866
    Do you need to stay in that corridor? The reason I ask is there are many nice areas to the south and east of you that would have a lot better weather.
    #13
  14. Gerg

    Gerg Gergy Bear

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2001
    Oddometer:
    8,768
    Location:
    Left Coast
    Anything along the 99 corridor is in the Valley. Depending on the wind and rain you will be in the smog/fog all year round.

    There are a FEW days in the valley when the north wind blows that anywhere is the valley is BEAUTIFUL, even Bakersfield. But it's only a few days and hard to predict :evil

    With that, the northern part of 99 usually has better air however it is colder in the winter.

    For clean air you need to be on the eastern slope (hwy 395) or the coast.

    Gerg
    #14