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Titus Canyon Road Condition

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Titus Canyon Road Condition

Post by jeff12345 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:58 am

I'm planning a trip in January and own a compact 19 foot RV in excellent condition. I'll check with a ranger on weather and road conditions closer to my trip. My question is more on difficulties to be encountered. I've been down many "jeep roads" with it. My research shows trucks and campers the same size or even larger on the road but I was looking for some expert chat on the matter. Thanks, Jeff.

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Post by Sparky of SoCal » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:38 am

I would have no problem ATTEMPTING driving a rental through the canyon. No way in hell would I drive my personal RV down the canyon. Sharp turns,gullies,potholes,rocks,sand and off camber spots. The risk vers reward is no way in your favor.

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Post by jeff12345 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:42 am

Thanks Sparky. I appreciate the feedback.

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Post by 1974runner » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:07 am

What kind of RV is it? What is it's height?

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Post by jeff12345 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:27 am

Coachman Freelander. V-8 engine. 12 feet tall, 7 1/2 feet wide, and 19 feet long.

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Post by Older Fossil » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:48 pm

jeff12345 wrote:Coachman Freelander. V-8 engine. 12 feet tall, 7 1/2 feet wide, and 19 feet long.
I wouldn't try it. As I recall there is one particularly sharp off-camber turn that could be a problem.

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Post by MojaveGeek » Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:59 am

I think the turn at the high point - is it Red Pass? - would be hard, it's just as Art says. And you're a long ways in when you get there.

There's also some twisty spots in the narrows that might have very limited clearance for a long vehicle, though yours is on the short side there.

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Post by jeff12345 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:11 am

Sounds like maybe I should stick with Mojave Preserve and Joshua Tree NP this trip and come back with a SUV in the SPring to do these types of roads? Disappointing as the Titus Canyon road looks very cool to drive.

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Post by Older Fossil » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:46 am

jeff12345 wrote:Sounds like maybe I should stick with Mojave Preserve and Joshua Tree NP this trip and come back with a SUV in the SPring to do these types of roads? Disappointing as the Titus Canyon road looks very cool to drive.
We've driven Titus Several times and it is always a great drive. There is a fairly wide range of road conditions over the length of the road. You can experience washboard (on straight first part in Nevada), narrow switchbacked shelf roads (over Red Pass), deep sand/gravel (down in the main narrows).

If you don't mind washboarded roads, you might consider taking your RV on the Harry Wade Road at the south end, and visiting Saratoga Springs and Ibex Dunes.

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Post by jeff12345 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:17 am

Good thought. I don't mind washboard at all. Ideally I visit the backcountry and pull over a few places where I can have a small campfire. I understand the camping part will need to be outside of Death Valley proper to have a fire. My experience has mainly been on BLM land near Saline Valley Road.

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Post by D.A. Wright » Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:20 pm

My main concern is the lower canyon. As well as the tight confines, sharp turns previously mentioned, I recall one right hand turn that drops sharply as well, with some embedded bedrock. That might hang you up on your rear bumper, especially if you are carrying anything hanging off the back or are loaded heavily.
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