Actually, there is a campground close to Yosemite, about five miles from the entrance, called Yosemite Lakes. We stayed there last spring while tripping from Wyoming to Idaho, Nevada, California (Tahoe, Yosemite and Seqouia), Palm Desert, Zion and Utah. Very convenient to the Park. If you are coming from the south to Yellowstone, you could take a look at the Colter Bay campground in Grand Teton, it's about 45 minutes from the south entrance to Yellowstone on decent roads and is a beautiful place to stay. We go up there about three times a year for about a week at a time. I wouldn't recommend the RV park simply because of the cost, almost $60 per night for full hook-up.
My short-bed pickup has a 34 or 36 gallon tank and I have filled it up and taken over 32 gallons when the little orange light comes on on the dash telling me I am close to being empty. My first short-bed had a 26 or 28 gallon tank. Both trucks were and are diesels.
I believe the strike zone used to be between the knees and the top of the letters across the chest. However, it is very rare when an umpire will call a strike anywhere above the middle of the stomach. Seems like the system likes to have the ball down a little lower in the "strike zone" to encourage ground balls. If you watch a game on television, you will see what I am talking about when they put up those little boxes of the strike zone and put the pitches in there. I think the bigger problem is the width of the zone wherein some umpires call strikes two or three or more inches outside the plate parameters, but usually only outside pitches, not inside ones. Greg Maddox used to "paint" the corners of the plate, but it appeared when watching the boxes, his corners sometimes were four to six inches outside the plate.
We bought a Canon PowerShot SX10IS with a 20X zoom about five years ago. Don't know if they still sell it, but it does take very nice pictures. And the 20X zoom is to die for. The image stabilization is very nice as well. Cost was less than $300 when we bought it. Have used Canons for many years going back to the A-1 and the AE-1 when we were using film. Don't think you can go wrong with a Canon product.
68ltd, we just got back from a trip with our Jayco HT 26.5RLS towing our 19' Crestliner behind it up to and back from Jackson Lake in Grant Teton National Park. Put about 400 miles on the truck and, according to the DIC, we got 12.8 mpg for the total trip. I know, I know, some people on here will tell you that you can't trust the DIC, but over the last three years, the DIC has been within less than .5 mpg every time I have hand-checked it so that's what I use. We have gotten as high as 13.6 and as low as 12 mpg on this trip nine times. We did take a trip of about 3,500 miles last spring and got an even 12 mpg on the DIC and 11.9 hand calculated. Sorry your mileage is so poor, but I doubt you will get any better unless you step up to a little bit bigger engine or a diesel. By the way, I have a diesel GMC and wouldn't trade for a gasser for anything.
We have a couple of those small stick-on levels on the front and side of the driver's side of the FW. Got the FW level on the driveway, using a carpenters' level and now we pull into a site, check the side-to-side level using the little one-inch lines on the level to tell me approximately how many Lynx leveler blocks to put under the low side. Pull up on the blocks, check the side-to-side level. If it's within half a bubble of less, we're good to go with dropping the legs, unhooking, driving the truck out from under the hitch and then leveling front to back. It does take a bit of time getting level since we have to get out of the truck to check the levels, but it's not a big deal. We haven't boon-docked much and the places we stay usually have either some asphalt or compacted road base so we don't dig a hole the on the high side. We did do that once a long time ago, but we also filled the hole back up when we were done so the place wouldn't look like a Prairie Dog had been there.
Yes, the Game and Fish just had to relocate a Grizzly down by Pinedale, which is a lot further away from Yellowstone than Cody. Also, be very careful around the animals, there have been four people injured by Bison because they were getting too close. The last one was a 68 year-old lady who tried to get around a Bison on a trail. You know, the Bison travel at their own pace and there's no good reason to try and hurry them along.
We saw one up at Jackson Lake this last weekend with a jet outboard. Didn't think it was a jet since it was an outboard, but upon further inspection on shore, it sure as heck was. Looked like quite a boat with lots of room to fish. Didn't really talk to the guy about the boat though.
Towing our Jayco HT 26.5 RLS and our 19' Crestliner, we get around 12 mpg and just got back from about a 350 mile round trip with just our boat and got about 14 mpg. Last spring we took a 3,800 mile trip, about 3,500 towing the FW and averaged 11.9 mpg for the whole trip, to Idaho, Nevada, California and back up through Utah to Wyoming. When driving 70 unloaded we have gotten anywhere from 17-19 mpg on the highway. Now, this pales in comparison to our hybrid which gets 35-40 consistently driving 70 and 35 consistently when driving on the interstates at 75-80. Our DA combo crew-cab weighs around 8,000 pounds fully fueled and ready to go. The D/A combo gets about 40% better mileage in town and about 50% better mileage towing than did our old 454 Vortex back in 2002 before we sold it to get out first diesel, we're now on our third after the middle one, a 2011 Dodge 2500 with a six-speed manual turned out not to be the bet choice for us, after nine months of ownership, for various reasons.
Having said all that, I would hazard a guess that your towing mileage will be less than 10 but unloaded you will get closer to 18-19 on the highway and 12-14 in town.
Read a story the other day that compared coolers, including the Yeti and a Coleman Extreme among others and they determined the Coleman Extreme was the best bang for the buck and held the ice for almost as long as the Yeti. they really liked the Yeti for its "bear resistance". So, I guess, if I am going to be somewhere where the bears are going to be getting into my cooler inside my fifth-wheel or truck, then I'll have to buy a Yeti.
Jagtech is painting Lumber Liquidators with a pretty broad brush, the problems are with some laminates that were imported from China if I remember correctly and Lumber Liquidators is no longer selling that laminate. We bough natural Hickory from Lumber Liquidators(LL), having looked at Home Depot and Menards personally and Lowes on-line and found that LL was much lower in price for the same or better quality. Comparing to local dealers, the Hickory was over 50% less expensive. We had it professionally installed and the installer couldn't stop talking about how good looking it was and how good the quality was. He threw away three small pieces while installing and, after the fact, replaced three other small pieces. We used around 900 square feet and probably threw away or replace less than three square feet. We had planned on about 5% wastage, but ended up with over 50 square feet in boxes being stored for later use in replacement or perhaps putting in another room. I would heartily recommend LL to anyone.
If you were to sell the land on an installment sale basis, you certainly could pay the tax as the payments come in, and it makes no difference as to the term, two years to 30 years. There is an election to take the gains all in one year if a person wishes to do so. No accountant can spread the gains over any time if you get all the money at one time. And, the tax rules do not just change as if whim.
I would say that you are out of luck, there is no way you can add the forgone interest to your land basis on a personal asset. If it were "business" or "investment" property, you might have had a chance, but not now. Developers can elect to add interest to the basis for future deduction against gains, but not on a personal piece of property. Sorry about that. However, if you could prove, someway or other, that it was an investment piece of property, you could consider trying to do a Sec. 1031 tax-deferred exchange on the property, but that's only if you can convince yourself and your accountant that it was investment property. If you can make that leap, then you could to the tax-deferred exchange into either business property or other investment property. I would suggest you contact your accountant and give him this hypothetical and see what he says.
I guess I don't have enough stuff in the forward compartment of my FW as I am able to get both of my Hondas in that area. I know, it's under the bedroom, but we take them out when we get parked so they are not there when we are in the FW. I really can't put them on the back of the FW since I have a boat hooked there most of the time we are going somewhere.
Sometimes the service from the selling dealer isn't too good either. We had to take our FW back to the selling dealer a couple of times for a warranty issue and then took it back for some just plain work and the trailer was there for about three weeks. Now, we made an appointment so they could work on it when we got it there, but no luck. I have had better luck getting work done timely at a non-selling dealer about 25 miles away rather than the 150 miles at the selling dealer.
I do believe you will get between 8 and 10 mpg. We tow a Jayco HT 26.5 RLS and a 19 Crestliner with our 2012 D/A crew cab GMC 2500HD and get, generally close to 12 on the highway. We took the FW only on a 3,500 mile trip last spring to Idaho, Nevada, Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, Palm Desert, Zion and Salt Lake City and then home and got 12 mpg over the whole trip. But diesels will get better mileage pulling the same loads and that's why I say between 8 and 10. Our old 454 Vortec would get 8 mpg and our old diesel pulling the same loads would get around 12, approximately 50% greater mpg.
We have now camped in both Colter Bay and Gros Ventre campgrounds, we don't use the RV park as we don't really want to pay $55+ for a camp spot with hookups compared to about $12 a night for "dry" camping, if you have the Senior Pass. The RV Park will not honor the Senior Pass. We live about three hours from the Colter Bay campground and usually get there around 9:30 -10:00 and have never had trouble getting a spot, except for June last year when the larger side of the campground was closed for water line work. checkout time is 11:00 am so getting there around 9:30-10:00 has gotten us a spot that we want almost every time. We then went to Gros Ventre and had a nice time. My personal opinion is that Colter Bay is prettier and much closer to the lake and most of the things you want to see in Grand Teton. We go to Colter Bay with our FW and boat and we fish a lot, it's a lot closer to Jackson Lake, like right on the shore almost, compared to Gros Ventre so we like it more for that. From Gros Ventre, it's about a 45 minute drive to Colter Bay and the marina. We did see some great wildlife, moose and mountain sheep that we normally don't see at Colter Bay, so that was a plus. If you don't have to take a shower every day, four or five days in the "dry" campground is very doable and enjoyable. Whatever you do, make sure you take the cruise boat on Jackson Lake, maybe even the lunch or dinner cruise, it's something you will not regret. Then, also go to Jenny Lake and try to get over to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, they are working on the trails there this year. Also get to the Craig Thomas Visitor Center in Moose and then take the Moose/Wilson Road and go to the newest part of Grand Teton, the Laurence(sp) Rockefeller Reserve and Phelps Lake where they had their compound. They have totally taken it back to nature and you cannot tell there were over 30 buildings around Phelps Lake. Great easy hike and wonderful scenery. Whatever you decide, take your time, see a lot and have a great time.