Monday, September 25, 2023


Brazilian couple planning U.S. RV tour have questions


Here’s a question from a reader of about boondocking. 

Hello Bob,
Congratulations for your position in response all people that need your help. Thanks in advance for your help. I’m Brazilian and my wife and I are going to our first road trip in US Motorhome Class C rented with a Cruise America. We are going to Grand Canyon, Zion Park, Yosemite, San Francisco, and let’s go down a Highway 1 to LA. I would like to know if is allowed to bring bottles of wine on board or in the refrigerator! More questions is if you know the conditions of Tioga road and Big Sur. Thanks a lot again.


Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel

Welcome to California and the USA. I hope you find your RV road trip and visits to our National Parks both enjoyable and memorable. Note that to visit the Grand Canyon (and Bryce Canyon) from Zion you will need a permit to drive through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel.

You are allowed to carry wine (opened and unopened) in your RV as long as any open bottles are kept in the refrigerator or closed locker and not within reach of the driver. 

You can find out the current conditions for all roads in California at the CA Department of Transportation website. You can find similar websites for other states.

Tioga Pass

Depending on when you expect to travel, Tioga Road is currently closed for the winter due to snow, and Route 1 south of Big Sur is closed due to winter storm damage to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which is set for replacement though it could take as many as nine months before a replacement opens. Check here for updated status reports and alternate routes.

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  1. Bob, You failed to warn these visitors that camping spots at their destinations may not be available without advanced reservations. Nothing spoils a trip to a National Park like finding no RV camping spots upon arrival.

    Most top rated National Parks require up to a one year advance reservation for RV camping reservations.

  2. Bob, the Brazilian Couple needs to know that Highway One through Big Sur is closed about midway due to a bridge out. From Carmel to Cambria will have to go inland, particularly in an RV


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