Acampingwewillgo, Colter Bay campground has some electric-only sites that are primarily reserved for folks with disabilities, but we were able to get one a few years ago when we had family visiting us there and last summer a friend with a motor home was able to get a site even though no disability. I think there are about 10 of these sites in the loop and I'll bet you'll be able to get one in August.
From the South Entrance of Yellowstone to the Moran entrance to Grand Teton is about 45 miles and about an hour. However, it is about 15 minutes to the entrance to Grand Teton, but it takes a while longer to get to Jackson Lake, Leeks Marina and around the corner to Colter Bay with its general store, grocery store, restaurants and marina where you can get a cruise on the lake for a wondrous trip. We go to Colter Bay, usually three times each summer to fish Jackson and sightsee both Grand Teton and Yellowstone. If a person were to stay at Colter Bay, it's about 45 minutes to the South entrance to Yellowstone so we just get up a little earlier than usual and drive to Yellowstone for the day. Usually see a lot of what we want and then get back to our Fifth Wheel for a late dinner. I know most of the folks say that Yellowstone is too big to take a trip that way, but it works for us as the Colter Bay campground is a very nice place to stay while we fish the lake.
There is a Forest Service Campground about 20 miles outside of Dubois towards Grand Teton that was recently fixed up a bit. Might consider taking a look at that one as well. It's just around the corner from the turnoff to Brooks Lake.
I second or third the idea of driving to Laramie through Fort Collins and then I-80 to Rawlins. Turn right at Rawlins and go to Lander and stop at the Sleeping Bear Campground. Then go up to the Sinks in Sinks Canyon and over to the rise to see some of the bigger trout you will ever see. Then, the next day on to Dubois, over Togwotee Pass for that first time flew of the Tetons, down to Moran Junction, through Grand Teton National Park and on to your Destination in Yellowstone. From Lander to Moran Junction is about 2 1/2 hours so you will have plenty of time to get to Yellowstone. Great scenery and a pretty easy drive all around if you take this route.
We converted our bathtub/shower to a shower only a while ago in another house. Had them take out the jet tub as we didn't use it much at all. They then put in a pan, covered with tile, tile up the walls and then a glass brick wall from the shower head to about 1 1/2 feet from the entry area. That way we didn't have to have doors or curtains. Worked great and didn't miss the tub at all.
If you drop down to the Colter Bay campground fairly early, 9:30 to 10:30 in the morning, you will generally have your pick of good spots. They have water at two places as you pull into the campground and do have some sites with electricity, though mostly for folks who are disadvantaged and need electricity. Some of those spots are available for non-disadvantaged folks as well. We come up to Colter Bay from our home three hours away and have, with one exception, always gotten a spot. Sometimes, we are assigned a spot but drive around and find something we like better. If you are willing to camp dry, the Colter Bay campground is a great place, we usually stay there for a week at a time, three times during the summer so we can fish Jackson Lake. Great place to eat is Leeks Pizza at the Leeks Marina. Great pizza, beer and views to die for. If you can't get into Colter Bay, Gros Ventre is about 45 minutes away, much closer to Jackson and very easy to find a spot. On to of that, since you would be close to Jackson, drop in to Jackson one evening and take in the Bar J Wranglers dinner and show. It's worth the trip every time. You would need to call them to reserve tickets, but not a big deal. Very fair price for a decent dinner and a two-hour show of music and comedy.
I noticed a couple of folks complained about the "animal jams" in the Park. While Yellowstone itself is spectacular, the animals are very intriguing as well. If it is so important that a person "scream" through the park and not take the time to look at as many of the features, including animals, why do they even go to Yellowstone? I have never been in a two hour "animal jam" but in plenty of 15-30 minutes one and I wouldn't trade one of them for the ability to get through the Park as fast as possible. Go to the Park and enjoy all that it has to offer, which is a lot.
Don't want to hijack this thread, but when putting the two 6-volt batteries in a FW, does a person have to worry about changing out the converter to accommodate the 6-volt batteries? Just wondering because my 12-volts are, I think, nearing the end of their lives and am wondering what to replace them with.
We "cut the cable" about eight months ago and haven't really regretted it that much. We were paying about $210 per month for tv, phone and internet. We bought four in-house antennas, two Roku 4's, a blu-ray player and a smart tv. The Roku's will play 4HD, but that's wasted on the tvs that we have them on as they are older and don't get 4HD but we really like them. The blu-ray player is on one set and it turns the set into a semi-smart tv as well. The only real problem is that, where we live, we only get two networks, CBS and ABC, and two PBS channels. So, NBC and Fox are out, but you can get them on the Rokus, etc., usually with a one-day delay. We already were subscribed to Netflix and Prime from Amazon so when figuring out what I am now paying for cutting the cable, I don't consider those. Our bill is not about $74 per month, tack on the Hulu subscription and we are up to $83 per month. A pretty goodly amount of savings per month and with that savings, we paid for the hardware, Roku, blu-ray and antennas in about three months. Just looked the entertainment cost of the cable compared to our current set-up and so far we have dropped our entertainment bill by half this year. As I said, almost no regrets, other than football not on CBS or ABC, but I subscribed to a live feed called livetvweb.net for $30 for the year and can get any football game I want to watch, most of the time. Good luck with your search and don't be afraid to do it. I went Roku, but I think the other are good as well, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, etc. Didn't go with those due to some of the streaming limitations that I thought they might have.
I would think that if you can take a couple of pictures of the crack and the failed repair to send to GD, that would go a long way to getting satisfaction. And, I would not go and ask about a defective tank, I would just get hold of them, let them know what the problem and ask if you can send some pictures of the problem to se if they will replace the tank. If you go in and tell them, or ask them, why a defective tank was allowed to leave the factory, they will get their back up, probably, and be a little less than helpful.
I would doubt that the residual water in the lines, after blowing them out, would be enough to freeze, expand and break or rupture a line. Even if it's in a curve in the line, it would expand up both sides as it freezes and I don't believe it would break the line. We have blown out our FW for 20 years or so and just put antifreeze in the P traps and, I had one thing break, an outside kitchen line broke because the dealer didn't open it up when blowing the FW lines out after they did some repair and I didn't do it either when I got home. I had never heard of having the faucets closed until the system gets pressurized up and then opening the sequentially to get them all blown out. I guess as long as the air pressure isn't too high, should be ok. Also, don't open the low point drains, I have three, until after you have blown out the rest of the FW, at least I don't do that. It would seems to me that doing this would keep you from getting all the air pressure to the fixtures that are a ways from the low point drains, but I could be wrong.
We just went up to Jackson yesterday for lunch and sightseeing and drove past Fireside RV Resort. It used to be a KOA, I believe. it is about four or five miles south of the south border of Grand Teton and probably about 10 miles from the south entrance. You get a beautiful view of the Tetons from the RV resort. From that place it would take you about 15 minutes to enter Grant Teton and another 50-60 minutes to hit the south entrance to Yellowstone.
Unless you are getting a really big, heavy FW, you won't need air bags. Also, FWs don't need weight distribution since the hitch generally rides over, or close to, the rear axle.Is your Ram a dual or single rear wheel, that does change the load capabilities and somewhat the towing performance.
Wife and I were born and raised in a little town in the middle of Wyoming. After marriage we hit the road to Casper, Wyoming, Denver, Colorado, New York City, back to Denver and then to Casper. When retirement hit we moved back to our little home town and have been here for over eight years. Do some traveling and go to see the kids in Casper and South Carolina a few times a year. We get away from our little town a few times a year for fishing and camping and road trips. Will probably take a road trip for Christmas, don't know how long but will include family in South Carolina and friends in North Carolina, perhaps also Florida.
We have "double" towed since 1993, first with a Jayco 215SD for 18 years and the last five years with a Jayco HT 26.5 RLS. In both cases we had a professionally installed hitch attached to the frame. This last time, 2012, the welder also reinforced the frame from the rear to toward the axles. Our current boat, Crestliner Super Hawk 1900, weighs 3,800# full of fishing gear and gas. Weighed it yesterday on the way to the lake. Just make sure you get a good welder and you'll be fine. Our last job cost right at $500, but that also included the wiring for the plug for the boat lights.
If you are doing a day trip, why are you pulling the TT? Without the TT, it's still a pretty long trip that will take most of the day. Leave very early in the morning, 6:00 am or so and go to Cody. Then, after you get done with your sightseeing in Cody, it's a long trip back and will take you three or so hours. So, plan on a full day away from camp, but it will be worth it to see the Buffalo Bill Museum and other things Cody has to offer.