The very best RV camping is done outside of campgrounds along the backroads. Away from the crowds, noises of towns, campgrounds, little to no fees, & plenty of scenery awaits the adventurous one.
Total Escape has compiled a short list below of specific areas with backroads wide enough for RVs:
Total Escape has developed campgrounds and RV parks listed on the California TOWNS pages A to Z
Bears breaking into RVs for food is an extremely rare occurence. Food may be stored in a hard-sided trailer, motorhome, or recreational vehicle (RV) as long as the food is not visible or odoriferous from the outside. Windows and doors must be kept closed if the vehicle is unattended.
Dispose of garbage frequently in animal-resistant dumpsters and cans. Don't leave any garbage in your campsite, especially at night.
look for this RV symbol throughout our camping section for alternatives to the standard
crowded motorhome parks
& winter closures
Hwy 395 offers amazing camping for RVers, from deserts to alpine canyon hide aways.
Certain small highways & narrow paved roads in California restrict the length of vehicle. CalTrans and roadside signs recommend RV not use certain routes. Many Sierra Nevada passes are challenging for motorhomes, so the department of transportation has come up with a thorough list.
Below is a partial list of some of these roads.
Sequoia National Park - Hwy. 198 from south (near Three Rivers) limited to RVs under 23'
Eldorado National Forest - Hwy. 4 from Lake Alpine to Carson River.
North California Coast - Marin and Mendocino
Highway 1 Restrictions - length limits PROHIBITS MOTORHOMES over 40 feet driven from the south
Southern California Desert Rats are serious about their weekend camping adventures, their motorhomes and all the toys! MOTORSPORTS: Quads, motorcycles, sand rails, dune buggies, you name it. Big, hefty RV's tow their toy boxes out to the nearest desert almost every winter weekend near Mojave desert, Imperial Sand Dunes, Glamis & the eastern stretches near Anza Borrego SP. If ya want peace & quiet the popular OHV areas are not the place to find it