Minden/Gardnerville is just 20 miles south of Carson City. It’s a farming community/nice suburb, and greener than Carson, due to small rivers and streams flowing through. Highway 88 goes directly into Tahoe. It’s just a 20-30 minute drive to the big shopping center in Carson City, and there is ample basic shopping here. The Carson Valley Inn RV campground is nice, very peaceful, nice people, large dog run, though a little on the pricey side. They have a public dump station by the gas station for $6.