While deciding which class of RV suits your needs, look at your own vehicle first. If it is a truck or large SUV, then you may tow a travel trailer, toy hauler, or fifth wheel. Be aware that a fifth wheel requires a special in-bed hitch. Camper rentals in Stockton are more maneuverable than a drivable rig. For instance, a pop-up camper rental in Stockton may be pulled by a sedan or SUV if the pop-up camper is light enough. Whatever you choose, you'll be surprised at the storage available in any Stockton RV rental.
Should you choose a self-powered RV rental in Stockton, the size of your group makes a difference. Large motorhome rentals in Stockton begin with Class A and can sleep up to 12. The smaller Class C motorhomes can sleep up to 6, in most cases, and have modest amenities. Class B RVs, which are sometimes called sleepervans, are the smallest and are ideal for a couple or if you're a small group that just needs a place to sleep at night. A Class A delivers fewer miles to the gallon than a Class C or Class B.
One of the best RV campgrounds in the Central Valley is RiverPoint Landing Marina-Resort, which offers 32 back-in sites and spectacular views of freighters making their way to the Pacific. The resort is fenced and gated right by the river, and the sites are spacious enough to let you open your slides or park a separate vehicle.
Ten miles north of Stockton is Lodi, whose Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp-Resort lies right on the delta. Full hookups and concrete patios accompany this pet-friendly resort with 272 sites scattered throughout the camp near the comfort stations. Play in the pool, start a volleyball game, or relax as you fish from the pier.
Yosemite National Park is a world class attraction right on Stockton's doorstep. If you haven't made this trip already, you'll want to do it and savor the view of Half Dome and majesty of Bridal Veil Falls. The park lies about a 4-hour drive from Stockton, and you'll find both winter and summer diversions in its 1,200 square miles. The valley floor is the best-known spot in Yosemite, yet the park's less populated high country provides starry nights as you get away from it all. Take a jacket for after dark in the summer, and you'll be prepared for chill among the pines. Ranger-led programs guide all visitors to the best ways to enjoy Yosemite even in the snow months of November to May.
Stockton abounds in places to store your RV, and you've got Hammer Lane Self Storage, Fremont Plaza Storage, Big E Self Storage, and Stockton Secured Storage. Many choose to store their large RV and use their tow along smaller vehicle for short trips.
To keep your RV is perfect condition, use the dumpstations in town. Morada Self Storage, Riverpoint Landing Marina Resort, and American RV Boat and Self Storage of Stockton are some of your options. There is a dumpstation at the Elks Lodge for members only.
When you visit California's Sunrise Seaport, you'll discover festivals galore. In April, the Asparagus Festival hosts asparagus ice cream stands, asparagus beer kiosks, and your basic battered, deep-fried asparagus stalks. If you come for the delicious food, stay for the jazz, country, and urban bands who display their talent at the downtown venue. August's Buddhist Temple Japanese Food Festival and Bon Odori offers traditional music, dance, tea ceremonies, and martial arts demonstrations.
Visit the University of the Pacific chartered in 1851 to be California's oldest university. Burns Tower, rose gardens, and stately columns on brick buildings make it resemble Ivy League universities. Hollywood filmed Raiders of the Lost Ark here.
Stockton provides minor league baseball from its team, the Ports, at Banner Island Ballpark. For auto racing at the oldest NASCAR certified racetrack west of the Mississippi, try the Stockton 99 Speedway.
Investigate year-round venues such as the Haggin Museum, which is home to works by Gauguin, Renoir, and other painters of the late 19th and early 20th century. San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum operates 18 acres dedicated to preserving the legacy of San Joaquin's contributions to agriculture and manufacturing innovations. For movies and plays, seek Janet Leigh Plaza with its City Center Cinemas or Janet Leigh Theater at the University of the Pacific.
Interstate 5 and US Route 99 run north to south through Stockton, while I-580 and I-80 head east to west.