I don't think he saw this one at Gros Ventre, he said they were hiking in one of the canyons. However, we did see two younger ones this spring that came within a couple of feet of the FW the last night we camped there. I took some pictures from less than 15' but the moose was very docile and just kept grazing and moving around.
I know some, if not all, of you will poo-poo this, but our Jayco Eagle SuperLite HT 26.5 RLS has most of what the gentleman is looking for. The chairs in the rear of the FW face the television without having to crane our necks, the bathroom, stove, sink and bedroom are available with the slide in, Unfortunately, there is not enough room in the bedroom for a full-size wardrobe in the front, but the wardrobe slide has four doors and a lot of room in it. As well, there are two wardrobes, one on each side of the queen bed. I do believe, however, he is looking for a little higher end FW than our HT. Our HT is slightly less than 30' long also.
I see no reason you couldn't do this, and there really aren't that many states that don't allow double-towing. However, most of them require that each towed "vehicle" have brakes and some of them have fairly short lengths for the whole shebang.
You guys are cruel, the wind only blows in the southern part of the state, and the middle, and the central northern, and the northeast, some of the time. And that's not true about falling down when the wind stops, I have only seen a few people suffer that when the wind unexpectedly stopped, the rest of us were able to remain standing, usually marveling at the stillness of it all, while it lasted.
Very much enjoyed Mr. Garner's work. The story about his life said his favorite film was "The Americanization of Emily" with Julie Andrews. I saw that film many years ago and still remember it as a great film with two people who seemed to enjoy working together.
Folks, we ran our pump in the HT for two or so days with no water in the system. Noticed it was running this morning so I shut it off and just filled, mostly, the fresh water tank and am trying to get the system pressurized. However, the pump keeps running and I am not getting much of a stream out of either the hot or cold water faucets in either the kitchen or the bathroom. Have I basically burned up the pump, based on this skimpy description? It's not really the water pump's fault, I think we left it on with no water in the system. Any help or hints would be greatly appreciated.
Filled up yesterday and let it set overnight. Turned on the pump this morning and it ran just like it did before I messed up. Hopefully, it's ok and I won't have to replace or repair it for a while longer.
What a bunch of wimps, all of Wyoming is not real windy, just the southern corridor from Evanston to Cheyenne. Unfortunately, that's where our OP is wanting to run. There are only two real hills on I-80 in Wyoming, one around Evanston to Green River, called the Three Sisters and then the Summit from Laramie to Cheyenne. But, since it's interstate, it's fairly straight and not very long anyway. Not at all like the Road to the Sun out of Glacier National Park, of course that's not an interstate anyway.
One other thing, not posted as far as I can tell, is to take the Moose/Wilson Road and stop at the L Rockefeller Reserve and take the hike into the newest part of Grand Teton National Park at Phelps Lake, the Rockefeller compound that they reclaimed and then gave to Grand Teton. Also, if you do go into Jackson, there is a little restaurant there named Merry Piglet that serves pretty good Mexican food at a very reasonable price. My wife of 49 years and I have been going to Grand Teton almost every summer since we got married, we tent camped, camped with her family in a camper, trailer and motorhome and then got our own FWs to camp at Colter Bay. Couple of good hikes around Colter Bay to Swan Ponds and Heron Ponds, both pretty easy hikes. And don't forget, probably one of the prettiest spots on earth. Also, if you don't mind spending the money, take a cruise on Jackson Lake and perhaps have lunch or dinner on Elk Island in the shadow, kind of, of Mt. Moran. We had never camped at Gros Ventre campground until this spring when Colter Bay was closed for construction, but had a couple of moose wander through our camp one evening and down past Slide Lake we saw about a dozen Bighorn Sheep. I never get tired of Grand Teton and, for about the last 15 years or so, we have celebrated our anniversary on the deck at Leek's Pizza with beer and pizza overlooking the lake and the Tetons. I think there are many things you can still do in Grand Teton if you just take a while to figure it out.
Years ago I had an extended cab with a long bed when we first started towing our FW. Didn't have a slider and didn't need it. However, when we traded out of that truck, we got a crew cab with a short bed and it actually was not as long as the extended cab with a long bed. The first two crew cabs with short beds I had did have small, 26 gallon, tanks, but the last three, two GMCs and one Ram have all had 34-36 gallon tanks so I think all of them now have larger fuel tanks to accommodate those of us who don't like to fill up very often. When we bought our first short-bed truck, we put a Reese manual slider on it and have used it a few times and it's not really much of a pain, just takes a little more time, but what's the hurry in putting your FW up, one or two minutes sure as heck isn't a big deal. Also, with most of the newer FWs, their front ends are manufactured so that they will generally not make contact with your cab under normal circumstances. As far as hauling is concerned, when I had the long bed truck, I didn't haul anything in it that I don't haul in my short bed, but then, the extra thing I take along with a Crestliner SuperHawk 1900 and it wouldn't fit in the bed of a long bed anyway. Having said that, I would suggest you get any length bed you wish, it's your truck and you need what you want, not what the rest of us think you should need.
When we went to Colter Bay the early part of June, the sites that held bigger rigs was closed for some construction work. According to a friend who called them, the work is supposed to be done by July 2nd and will be open for business. With the Senior Pass, the price will be $11.50 per day for dry camping at both Colter Bay and Gros Ventre. The length limit on the open sites at Colter Bay wa 24' so we went to Gros Ventre and had no trouble getting a spot. Since we were fishing, we had to drag the boat back and forth each day and this was a bit more inconvenient than staying at Colter Bay. The FHU campground at Colter Bay is over $50 per night, at least that was the posted price last year. And, without reservations, you will be hard pressed to get in there. Signal Mountain is a beautiful campground but, again, length restrictions and we couldn't get in there either. Either place you stay, make sure you take a cruise boat on both Jackson and Jenny Lakes so you can get very close to the wonder of the Tetons right out the sides of the boats. Also, great hiking trails and sightseeing, buffalo, elk, moose, bears (black and grizzly), antelope, etc. It's a veritable wonderland. We usually spend three weeks up there, June, July and August for about one week at a time. Wouldn't miss it for the world.
You won't be disappointed coming to Wyoming to see the Parks. We live three hours from Grand Teton and 3 1/2 from Yellowstone and can't wait to get up there every year. I do agree, trying to see all the others so quickly is probably not the best plan. Hopefully, there will be another trip and you can spend time at the southern parks then. We have been to Zion three times and love it, but one or two days does not do it justice. Same for the Grand Canyon, really need more than one or two days to truly enjoy it.
We had a 2011 Ram diesel with 3.42 gearing and a six-speed manual, long bed crew-cab. Our only FW tow with it was disappointing, on the way to Zion we got around 12 mpg, then drove around without the FW to various places, and then came home. When we got home we were down to slightly less than 11 mpg overall. Pulled the boat to the lake to fish three times and mileage kept dropping. I don't know if it was me or the truck, but after nine months I gave up on it and got a different brand with which I am quite satisfied now.
We stayed at a campground in Draper, south of SLC. Fairly nice, some permanent and some transient. Only problem we had was the camper next to us had plugged into our 30 amp post and we didn't have a 50 amp adapter so we had to get one. The young lady who checked us in went out on her lunch hour, found an adapter and plugged us in, nice service. Not too far off I-15, but since we had a big motorhome between us and the highway, not too noisy. It was Mountain Shadows and pretty highly rated in the Good Sam Travel Guide. Didn't have cable, but didn't need it, got over 40 stations with our antenna and the price was about $40 per night before GS discount.
If you can't get into Flagg for any reason, you might go south to Gros Ventre campground. We went to Colter Bay last week and couldn't get in so went to Gros Ventre and had a very nice spot with a bunch of large trailers and motorhomes parked around us. We're only 30' so we didn't have a problem. However, if you need hookups, Gros Ventre won't work either as they have no full hook-ups.
As far as the dry camping at Colter Bay, they are working on the water lines and other stuff on the bigger sites, about half the campground and they have a length limit of 24' on the part that's open, with no generator usage. We were up there last week and couldn't get in so stayed at Gros Ventre. The work is supposed to be done by the 2nd of July and back in full operation. Hope so, because we plan on going up to Colter Bay around the 8th of July for a week.
Camper, it's a 2012 GMC Sierra D/A combo crew-cab short-bed 4X4 with 373 gearing. We had an old 2003 GMC, traded for a 2011 Ram Diesel Crew-Cab, long bed with a six-speed manual and 3.42 gearing and only kept it for about nine months, fuel mileage was getting worse rather than better as it got broken in and I came to the conclusion that I didn't like backing, looking over my shoulder, with the manual and having to keep both feet active on the pedals. Just hard for an older, somewhat less than svelte guy like me. The 2012 GMC has been a dream to drive with no problems so far. Just finished another shorter trip to Grand Teton National Park to fish and the console showed 13.7 after we got back home. However, there was quite a bit of none-trailer pulling, we had to stay quite a ways from the lake, about 30 miles, so towed the boat there and back each day. Couldn't tell you about the L, whatever that is, I am not a gear-head, I just buy them and drive them.
Your friend should get an extended run tank and he wouldn't have to fill it up as often. I would think the engine will last a long time, as long as he keeps oil in it and the air filter gets checked often.