We were down there week before last for four games featuring the Colorado Rockies. Stayed about 20 minutes away in Chandler, didn't bring our FW. Hope you had as good a time as we did. First time we had gone as my old day job kept me from going much of anywhere until after April 15th.
Same thing could happen at Gros Ventre as happened in Colter Bay and you would get the same response. We have never, in about 50 years of going to Colter Bay, had anything stolen from our site or out boat that is on dry land down by the marina overnight. Now watch it happen this year on one of the three trips we will take there this summer.
The ADA sites run around one loop, with half of them going down one side and the other half coming out the other side. In the middle of the site are simple dry camping sites. I think, if you could get one of the dry sites close to the ADA sites, the extension cord would work or it you got into either of the loops on each side of the ADA sites, the cord might work ok. Actually, there are plugs in the bathrooms in each loop as well. Don't know if they would work for the wheelchair as they are 120, but I'll bet them would.
By the way, smkettner, this campground doesn't have the traditional "camp host" like a lot of campgrounds do. The entrance gate is the camp host and it closes around 7:00 pm most of the time. However, most of the folks who work at the entrance gate are in the campground at a special place on one of the loops. So, a person could probably find one if they looked hard enough.
We were in Colter Bay two years ago on one of our three trips there each summer and used one of the ADA sites when our son and his family joined us for three days. They reserve them for most of the day but will lets people without disabilities use them when they don't fill up around 2:00 or 3:00. Our daughter-in-law has a C-Pap machine so the electric was good to have but there is some type of designation you need to get to just get into the site early, don't know what it is but some kind of disabled pass I think. As far as the site is concerned, they are quite roomy with electric only and are very level for the most part. Not all are paved, but even the dirt/gravel ones are very nice.
How long does it take to re-charge the wheelchair? If you can't get into one of the ADA sites, you can run a generator from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm in about half the sites so, after sightseeing, you might have three or four hours to recharge before having to shut the generator off, if you have one.
Never had one other than the bed, that's the way my first one was wired and saw no reason to change out as it has always done the job. Mine have always been just in front of the wheel well on the driver's side. However, there's still time to change for me as I have only been doing it this way since 1993.
First pickup in 1987 and kept it until 1993 when I realized the old 350 3/4 ton with a 4.10 rear end was not enough truck to pull both my fifth wheel and boat all the time. Last trip with it I got 5.3 mpg and almost didn't make it to the next town to fill up. Got a 3/4 ton 454 in 1993 with a manual transmission and had it 20,000 miles when we traded out for a new Vortec 454. Got rid of the 1993 because it had a problem with its sensors, it would simply start the speedometer toward the top speed, peg out and then go into limp mode. Dealer/friend tried everything to figure out the problem to no avail. He traded me out of it for $2,000 for the 20,000 miles I had on it and I got the Vortec 454. Really liked it a lot, but decided I "needed" diesel so got a new one in 2002 and used it for 103,000 miles and replaced the PRNDL switch four times, the last time the wife said that was enough, well she said I could get a new truck. So, in 2011, got a Dodge diesel, long-bed crew cab with a six-speed manual and a 3.42 rear end. As I was getting old, it got harder and more difficult to back the truck with both feet on the pedals and turning around to watch my backing, I know, I should use the mirrors. Also, hated the mileage and when I added to boat to the load, I was uncomfortable with the perceived lack of towing ability so, June 2012 bought bought another GMC D/A short-bed crew cab and have a little over 20,000 miles on it. Love the power, get decent mileage and figure this will probably be my last truck, absent mechanical problems, as I am now over 70 years old and don't have enough towing years in me to wear out this truck.
As you can see, I don't keep the trucks a long time but, in my mind, I had good reasons for getting rid of each one of them.
It will take you about 30 minutes to get to the Colter Bay entrance which is five miles from the junction to Jackson Lake which is five minutes from Signal Mountain Camp Ground and Marina. Then, it about 15 minutes to Jenny Lake and another 15 or so to the Moose Junction. If you then go to the main highway, it about 25 minutes from there to Jackson. On the way to Jackson, you can turn to Gros Ventre and take a little longer trip, only because of the crappy roads most of the way to Slide Lake. Then return by way of Antelope Flats and see a ton of Buffalo/Bison on the way back to the main highway. Take a right turn and about 20 minutes later you are at the Moran Junction entrance and about 10 minutes from one of the most photographed spots in the world, OxBow Bend on the Snake. Another 4-5 minutes you're back at the Jackson Lake junction. These are merely driving times and don't take into account stopping for sightseeing, photos, etc. and looking at the sights all over the park.
Headwaters is about a mile from the entrance to Yellowstone. It is a ways from the first junction, but it's a beautiful around Lewis Canyon and Lake, etc. before you get there. Probably will take less than an hour our of your day to get to the junction. It's no longer to get into Yellowstone from Headwaters than it is from West Yellowstone. Just get up a little bit earlier and you'll be fine. That's what we do when we go to Yellowstone from Colter Bay, just get up a bit earlier than usual for fishing, drive to Yellowstone, spend all day there and then get back to our FW while it's still daylight, 8:00 or so. Might even grab a dinner in Yellowstone or just get a late one at the FW. Honest to God, it's not really that far.
We haven't stayed at Headwaters, but it is probably the most centrally located campground in the Yellowstone/Grand Teton area. It's just south of the Yellowstone entrance and just north of the Grand Teton entrance. We go by there when tripping up to Yellowstone from Colter Bay and, timewise, it's about half-way from Colter Bay to the junction to go to Yellowstone Lake and Canyon or go the other way to Old Faithful.
We took highway 49 last spring from Tahoe to Yosemite and, while it is interesting, in my opinion,it is not a great highway for those just wanting to get from one place to another. It is twisty, narrow and has true 15 mph curves. It would probably add at least an hour or more to your trip from Yosemite to Tahoe, in spite of the neat scenery. And, we were only pulling a 30' FW.
My door sticker says 60 in front and 70 in rear, I run a 2012 D/A crew-cab standard bed. If your truck rides rough, it might possibly be overinflated tires. How does it ride unloaded. With that type of pressure, I would think it would ride hard as well.
Riverton, Wyoming is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours from Grand Teton National Park. While it's a nice a little town, that's a long way to travel to see the Tetons when there are many campgrounds much closer to the Park, such as Colter Bay, Gros Ventre, etc. that are right in the Park.
Don't know about your carrying capacity, but Jayco has a Super Lite 23.5 FW that is pretty light. The next size up is our Super Lite 26.5 RLS and it weighed around 7,200 pounds from the factory with about a 2,750 cargo capacity for a final weight of 9,950 pounds. If you figure a hitch weight of 20%, which I think is a bit high, that gives you 1,990 pounds hitch weight. I will tell you that our GMC 2500 HD D/A combo crew-cab carries our 26.5 RLS very well and, without extra springs or helper bags, etc. the bed only drops 1" when we drop the FW on it. However, our 3/4 ton probably has a bit more carrying capacity than your 1500 but I'll bet you would be able to carry and tow it, unlike some of the others here are saying. With the hemi, you will certainly have the power. I shied away from a bumper pull because we have always towed our boats behind our FWs but that might be a good option for you.
Oh no, don't skip Grand Teton. It would be a shame. I believe the scenery is much more grand than Yellowstone, but nowhere near the features. However, you can take a boat ride on Jackson Lake and get right up next to Mount Moran at its base and look straight up about 6,000 feet. Even take a lunch or dinner cruise and eat in the shadow, kinda, of Mount Moran. Then, go to Jenny Lake, take the tour boat and take in Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Then on over to Moose Junction to the Craig Thomas Visitor Center, then to the Gros Ventre area and Slide Lake. Back around through Antelope Flats and hundreds of Bison/Buffalo for us hicks, and driving around you might see some Grizzly Bears, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope and all kinds of birds, including Bald Eagles. Then one night, get in your car and go into Jackson and over towards Teton Village and take in the Bar J Wranglers. Very nice dinner and a two or so hour show of great western music, think Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, etc. and they feed about 600 people in 20 minutes prior to the show. Jackson is about 45 minutes from Colter Bay and you get another chance to see wildlife as well as driving along the Teton range and seeing those majestic mountains. Grand Teton is not a park to miss. Or if you don't want to drive into Jackson, go to Leeks Marina and have a great pizza with beer out on their deck overlooking Jackson Lake. We have spent the last 10 -15 anniversaries on that same deck and it never gets old, even though I am.
But then, I am biased, I have been going there for over 50 years and go back about three weeks each year to fish and sightsee.
Well, you can't get reservations at the Colter Bay campground as it's first come, first served. If you were thinking about the RV park, then you will need reservations. For the past 50 years or so that we have been going to Colter Bay, the RV park sign always says full. We live about three hours from Colter Bay and usually just leave home around 6:00-6:30 and arrive at the campground around 9:00 or so and usually have no trouble getting a spot. Checkout time is 11:00 and people who have to be somewhere else usually leave pretty early. I don't think you will have any problem getting a site if you arrive around 9:00 on the 3rd of July. We usually don't go up until after the fourth since we like to stay here in town for, probably, the best personal fireworks show in the country. We have one little part sponsored by the city and the rest of the city is lit up for about four hours with fireworks all over the city. You shouldn't have any trouble getting a space in a very nice campground in one of the prettiest spots in the US. As you can tell, I really like Grand Teton and Jackson Lake.
You must have already been in Wyoming as it appears you are planning on by-passing us. However, if you change your mind, it's pretty easy to get here from Idaho or Colorado and take in the Snowy Range, up to Grand Teton, Yellowstone and then over Chief Joseph Highway, over to Cody and then to the Black Hills after going through Wind River Canyon and traveling the longest 1,000 miles on earth between Shoshoni and Casper (distance 96 miles). On your way to the Black Hills you can take a look at the Devil's Tower.
The shower area at Colter Bay have about 16-18 showers for both men and women. It's not a big deal to get in as they are open all day. That's what we use, most of the time, and the price isn't too bad as long as you don't take two or three showers a day. And, I am not sure that Gros Ventre has a shower area, I don't remember seeing one when we were there last June. We went to Colter Bay and used theirs.
The truck may be two models old, but I would guess it's a holdover and would receive new warranty coverage. If so, then you aren't too far off with that price. However, you might ask him to drop it another $5,000 or so or so as the value will probably really plunge when driven off the lot. You might also take a look at Edmunds value stuff and see what they say. I think they have columns for various pricing including what would it really sell for. Might be an interesting look.