Bill & Kate, in the three years we have had our Jayco, we have yet to hit our heads on the wardrobe slideout. I know it can happen, but a guy/gal just has to be careful when rounding the corner from the front. Also, some folks have taken those swimming noodles and cut them down to fit on the corners to help keep the damage down when contacting the corners accidentally.
Probably looking at a rear kitchen model as they seem to have a bit more counter space than the side kitchens. I know our Jayco HT 26.5 RLS kitchen area has the fridge next to the stove with a little space between the stove and the side of the sink and then some counter space on the other side. They try to make up for this with a little add-on shelf, but we've never even taken it out of storage and used it.
X2 with mowermech, I am a recovering accountant, retired now for almost eight years. However, I record all, hopefully, transactions in my checkbook and also in my bookkeeping software so I know how much is available to me. On-line banking cannot know about outstanding checks, etc. and are therefore an unreliable source to check a balance. My on-line account shows me the balance and the available funds if there are items pending which also show up in a different color on the screen. One thing I also do is record future payment requirements, such as credit card balances that are sent to me three weeks or so before they are due. I put them in the checkbook and in the bookkeeping software so I know how much is available to spend in the future. We also have overdraft protection that automatically kicks in when we go into deficit. Wife thinks this is a little bit of overkill, but she's not as anal as I am about this stuff.
Sorry about your son's problem. Hope you get it straightened out satisfactorily. Not to pour salt on the wounds, but why didn't he have a checkbook register? From the first bank account I had back in grade school, I also had a register where I kept track of the balance. Of course, back in the stone ages that I am talking about, there was no on-line banking.
ddndoug, great picture, we have many like that from our travels to Grand Teton to fish and sightsee. That spot is one of the most photographed spots in the world. I honestly can't believe anybody would drive by there and not stop to take pictures. Two years ago, three was an elk wandering around on the bank of the river over there on the left side grass. I have always told people that Grand Teton is much more beautiful and majestic than Yellowstone but doesn't have as many features.
We just bought a Volkswagen Touareg, V-6 gas engine with eight-speed transmission and it is rated to tow 7,700 pounds with a 10-year/100,000 drive-train warranty. Supposed to get about 20 MPG overall which is pretty standard for the size vehicle you are looking for.
Our Jayco HT 26.5 RLS has a living area slide that is pretty generous, holding the couch and dining area. When closed, the stove, bathroom and bedroom is still available. It also has a wardrobe slide with four doors and quite a bit of room. However, in that size FW, there is no room for a desk. It also has the large rear window and a lot of windows on the slide. Not so much on the curb side. We took a 20 day trip two years ago and had more than enough storage room. I haven't looked at the larger Jayco HTs, perhaps they would have a bit more room.
Neither Gros Ventre or Colter Bay take reservations so that's not a problem. When we travel to Grand Teton, fortunately we are only about three hours away, we try to get to Colter Bay around 9:00 to 10:00. 11:00 is check-out time so people are leaving and we are usually able to get a site that we want. Two years ago we couldn't get into the Colter Bay campground, not RV Park, and went to Gros Ventre. Since we go to Grand Teton to fish in Jackson Lake, Gros Ventre is a little far away for our tastes as compared to Colter Bay which is right on the lake. We did enjoy it, though, when the two moose wandered through our campsite. There aren't as many pull-through sites available in Gros Ventre as there are in the Colter Bay campground, if that means anything to you. Hope you have a wonderful trip.
2gypsies beat me to it, but if you are coming in on I-80, turn north when entering Rawlins and take 287 to Lander, up through Dubois, over Togwotee and then down to the entrance to Grand Teton with Colter Bay about 10 miles from the entrance. Going up 191 does subject you to Jackson traffic and there is no way to get around it, all roads lead through Jackson in that area. And, the views going from Dubois up to the Park are great, especially when you round the curve right before Togwotee Mountain Lodge and see the Tetons. Right there is a turnout with a rest room and viewing area that offers a magnificent view of the Tetons, well worth the stop if you haven't seen them before. If you decide to go into Jackson one day, make reservations at the Bar J Chuckwagon for a great night of decent food and great western entertainment. They feed about 600 people in 20 minutes and then about two hours of western singing, not country-western, western and comedy. World class fiddle player and some really good singing. Something a person can take any age child to as the performance is totally acceptable to all ages.
As far as hiking in Grand Teton, there are plenty of gentle trails. Colter Bay has a couple to Swan Ponds and Heron Ponds and also to Hermitage Point. They start down by the marina and the Swan Ponds hike is only about two miles. Hermitage Point is about 4-5 miles, but very gentle. Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point is a very gentle hike from the visitor center and is beautiful. Also, the Laurance(sp) Rockefeller Reserve, off the Moose/Wilson Road is the newest part of Grant Teton and is a very gentle hike to Phelps Lake where the Rockefeller compound was located which you can no longer see as they took over 30 buildings out before opening up the reserve. You don't have to climb mountains to hike in Grand Teton, unless you want to do so.
lawnspecialities, we just celebrated our 50th anniversary this last summer, so we have some stuff in our house and on our bodies that is older than you are. Don't worry though, age is just a number, at least that's what I keep telling myself.
Don't worry about the grade, we travel that about three times per summer with our FW and boat in tow and it's not that bad, especially if you have engine braking. If you do decide to take this route, make sure you stop at the overlook viewing area just before you turn the corner to Togwotee Mountain Lodge. The view of the Tetons is spectacular and shouldn't be missed. As far as traffic, don't worry about it, you are there to enjoy the Parks, not speed through them so you can go home and tell your friends you visited them. Have a great trip.
When we approached retirement thinking, we build a one-level home with the thought of mobility concerns in the future. Lived in it nine years and enjoyed the single level. However, we moved to another town to retire and built another single-level home, never once thinking about building a two-story. The thought of selling a home just because a person can't get around in it due to mobility issues is very distressing so we didn't do that. What we did do was get a plan that has the guest bedrooms on the other side of the house from our master bedroom. That way they, when they come, have their privacy just as we have ours.
One extra thing we did do was have a little larger garage built so we could get our toys in it, 19' boat, two ATVs, bicycles, lawnmower, compressor and pressure washer as well as our crewcab pickup and car, not to mention a refrigerator and freezer and two work benches.
Would not go back to a multi-level home.
Anytime is the best time to go. As said above, spring is great with the emerging flowers and trees, new babies, etc. Summer is great just for being there and fall is also great. We have taken two snowmobile trips in the winter and it's also a wonderful experience. So, once again, anytime is the best time to go.
hitchikerman, It certainly would be easier to come in from the north entrance than going over Sylvan Pass out of Cody, however, it might take you a little longer to get where you want in the Park. If you are parking at Fishing Bridge you have to go quite a ways through the Park from the north entrance to get there while you drop right down to the Fishing Bridge area off of Sylvan Pass.
We have a 2012 D/A crew-cab short bed and pull a Jayco HT 26.5 RLS with a 19' Crestliner behind the FW. When pulling this combo from Lander, Wyoming to Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park and back, we get between 11.5 and 12 mpg. One trip we got 13.6 but only that one time. Traveling at 70 unloaded we get between 18 and 19 mpg. Depending on the hills and mountains you travel through, I would think that is about what you should get, if not a bit better if you are closer to sea level, we live and drive at 5,000' altitude and above.
Jaycee makes a number of FWs less than 30", total length. They are the half-ton towable line, HT. We have an HT 26.5 RLS that is a couple inches short of 30' in total overall length and has a living room slide that houses the couch and dining table with chairs. It also has a smaller bedroom slide that houses a closet with quite a bit of room. A little over 7,200 pounds dry weight with about 2,750 pounds of cargo capacity. Jaycee also has a shorter one that is labeled 23.5. You might get on their site and take a look. Almost all the manufacturers have what they call half-ton towable that are less than 30', you just have to look for them on the sites rather than at the dealers. Although the three dealers I visited around my place all had the shorter ones in stock as well as the bigger ones.