I think the problem with West Yellowstone is that there is a bunch of construction going on on that side of Yellowstone and that will impede you travel more than buffalo, bear or elk jams. Fishing Bridge, while not really central in the Park, it's probably the best place in the Park to see the features on both of the loop. And, if you have to travel south to get home, take an extra day and go through Grand Teton on the way home.
Only problem with going through Cody is that you have to pull over Sylvan Pass, which is pretty steep and high or go over Chief Joseph Highway which is pretty steep and high. I do believe that you would be going a long ways out of your way if you were to go from Billings to Cody to get into Yellowstone. Colter Bay campground does not take reservations, but the RV park does. Don't know about your needs, but the campground is great for almost any size trailer up to 35-40 feet in some pull-throughs. Your 19 footer will fit just fine. As far as getting, checkout time is 11:00 am so getting there around 9:30 or so works great for finding a spot. I recommend Jackson Lake because we have been going there, almost un-interupted, for 50 years or so. If you do stay around Jackson Lake, take the lake cruise that takes you out and around Elk Island and into the shadow of Mt. Moran, looking almost straight up about 5,000 feet. Jenny Lake is also very beautiful and offers some easy hikes around the lake to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Whatever you do, don't cut your time short, if possible, and see some of the best features, in Yellowstone, in the country and some of the prettiest and most majestic scenery in the country in Grand Teton.
Then, once you get in the park and find a spot, enjoy it to the fullest based on your time-frame. Then, go south through Grand Teton to see its majesty and then to Jackson, Wyoming and over to Idaho and on home.
When we picked up our new FW in 20121, the tech said we had enough space between bed rail and FW because he could put his fist, sideways, between the two and it fit with no problems. Probably between five and six inches, he had a pretty bit hand.
The ads for the 2015 GM pick-up products tout the quiet that occurs in the cab, don't know how that compares with the other manufacturers, but the ad says it's the quietest inside. As for my 2012 GMC D/A combo, it's quieter, by far, than my sister-in-law's pickup, which is a gas engine. Of course, her pickup is a pre-2000 pickup, but mine's still quieter.
Why be afraid of using insurance, that's what you bought it for. For example, you have a $50,000 fifth wheel and incur a total loss, fully covered by the insurance company and your insurance is, just for kicks, $2,500 per year. After the claim, your insurance goes up $500 to $3,000 per year. So, the $50,000 claim will be recouped by the insurance company in 100 years and you have a new fifth wheel. Now, it might be worse if they cancelled you, but you will probably be able to get insurance somewhere for not much more than you were paying. Now, when you are talking about smaller claims, then the increase can have a bigger effect, but there is no reason not to use your insurance if you paid for it.
Our Jayco 26.5 HT RLS has a two burner stove and a small sink right outside the entrance door toward the back. It has a rear living room and is just about 30' long. I know it's not a "kitchen" but you can cook on it and clean up some of the dishes if you want. It looks to me like most of the ones noted above are going to be longer than 30' but some might be shorter than 33'.
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.