X2 on Jim Shoe's comments.
I have always said that Yellowstone is spectacular due to it's features and Grand Teton is magnificent due to its beauty. We live about three hours, dragging our FW and boat, from Colter Bay Campground in Grand Teton and make the trip about three times during the summer to fish and sightsee. Some people will call me cheap, but Leek's Pizza Restaurant is where we celebrate our anniversary, and have for about the last 15 years or so. Good pizza and beer and the view from the deck facing the lake and mountains is simply to die for.
Mountain Shadows is one we stayed at last year on a trip we took. Very nice place, nice folks, reasonable price and FHUs. If you are taking a 3,000 mile trip, it's not that far off the interstate, but we did have to look for it, but found it quite easily.
Hope you are taking a tode along as driving the motorhome in the Park will be a bit of a challenge. However, you should have great time in Yellowstone in September as the crowds will be a bit thinner but the animals will still be hanging around and all the features will be accessible. It's a very big place and you need to take some time to soak it all in, don't try to see it all in one day. If you come up through Colorado, come up I-25 to Cheyenne, take a left on I-80 through Laramie and to Rawlins where you take a right to Muddy Gap and then left to Lander. After that, go north out of Lander to Dubois, over Togwotee Pass where you glimpse the Tetons in all their grandeur as you come to Togwotee Lodge and then on to Moran Junction to enter from the South entrance. Drive about 45 miles to the South Entrance to Yellowstone. Don't know if you have any reservations, but I believe you will be able to find accommodations most places in the Park, if you don't need full hook-ups. By the way, you might consider taking a couple of days in Grand Teton to look at some of the prettiest scenery in our United States with Jackson and Jenny Lakes, the Tetons thrusting up right out of the lakes going to the sky. Have a great trip
The Great Arabia riverboat museum is a place I would suggest. At least that's what I think the name is, at least Great Arabia is in the name. It's in downtown KC and very easy to get to. We went there about a year and a half ago with a friend and found it to be interesting. The history is more interesting than the displays but it's worth the time to see it.
If you don't mind driving 30-40 miles, drop down to Colter Bay on Jackson Lake and "dry" camp at the campground. It's about 40 miles, more or less, from Colter Bay to the South entrance and about 20 miles past Lewis Canyon and Lake to get to the junction for Lake or Old Faithful. We do that quite a bit as we tow our FW and boat to Jackson Lake, park in Colter Bay Campground and fish. Then, if we are a little tired of fishing then we may go to Yellowstone for a day trip. It's not too bad, but folks on here will tell you to go to West Yellowstone because it's a shorter drive into the Park, and it is, but I don't think it's anymore convenient than Colter Bay. If Colter Bay is too far, might try for Grant Village, it's in the Park close to the junction I noted above and has "dry" camping on a first come/first served basis I believe. If you get there sometime mid-morning, you probably shouldn't have a problem getting a spot in August, same at Colter Bay.
Jayco has a rear kitchen in the HT line that would be less than the 32' you are looking for and they come with an arctic package of insulation and the underneath is fully covered and all the holes are plugged, at least on mine. I'm thinking the Eagle line also has a rear kitchen model, but it may be over the 32' limit you noted above. There is a ton of counter space in those rear kitchen FWs but the Jayco ones I was looking at didn't have the two chairs up front by the entry door, at the time, and that was a no go. That picture from SH would appear to be the ideal rear kitchen set-up with the two chairs for the entertainment and the big rear window, but it's probably around 38' long.
I suspect you might be talking about the streaks in the wax after washing and waxing. I have noticed the same thing on my front cap and really don't have a solution. Maybe a light buffing with a soft circular pad might do the job. I haven't tried it yet, but would like to hear from someone who has and what their results have been.
I do believe the Jayco HT line has vapor barriers, the flooring is tongue and groove 5/8", I believe" plywood and "bonded" walls as well as 5/8" roofing material and is walk on approved. They also have the "Arctic" package which includes full enclosure of the frame of the FW. Other than there being more space to heat, I have noticed no difference in ability to keep the FW warm on chilly nights between our Jayco HT 26.5 RLS and our 1993 Jayco Eagle 215SD with no slide and only abut 23' long. And that FW lasted us for 18 years without no breakdowns or even minimal problems.
I think this could be a problem if the clearance is less than six or so inches. I have been considering getting a cover, but my clearance is less than six inches and I have actually scraped the spray-on liner on the rails a little bit. Not enough to hurt anything seriously, but a little bit. There are some covers that install very close to even with the top of the rails, that might be the way to go.
We have an HT 26.5 RLS and have enjoyed it for the two seasons we have used it so far. Vary easy to tow, even with our boat behind the FW. Other than a couple of warranty issues, it's been a very nice FW. Only gripe is about the swivel rockers in the rear of the FW. In order for the slide to come in, the driver side chair has to be moved. The rear part of the FW is about six inches to narrow to allow the slide to come in with the chair in the normal position. Fortunately, the chair is pretty light so we just pick it up and move it so we can get the slide in. You might check the 27.5 to see if they have rectified this situation. Even with a factory delivered weight of 7,272 pounds, there is plenty of carrying capacity before going over the limit of 9,950 pounds. Also, we have found that the black tank works fine for us on our week-long trips during the summer when we are "dry" camping, not boon docking.
If you are coming all the way from Florida, you might go west to Texas and then over to Arizona, up to the Grand Canyon, then up to Zion, Bryze, Arches and then up to Wyoming through Jackson and into Grand Teton to various places, including Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake where you could take a cruise on the lake into the shadow of Mt. Moran. Then it's a short trip up to Yellowstone for a few days to see some of the features, including the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth and Norris Junction,etc. Then, to top it off, you might take an additional route north to Glacier. However, if you only have three weeks, you might not be able to do justice to all these parks, but it will be a trip you and your family will not forget. Also, on the way back home, drop by Devil's Tower in eastern Wyoming, the first national monument in the United States.
We retired to the town we grew up in after leaving Lander, Wyoming in 1966 to Casper, Wyoming and then on down to Denver, Colorado for nine years, interrupted by one year living in Connecticut and working in New York City, then back to Denver, in 1979 moved back to Casper and in 2008 back to our "home", Lander, Wyoming. Told folks when we moved back that we left in 1966 for a 42 year vacation and then came back from vacation. Retired at 63 1/2 while still in pretty good health since both parents and one of my wife's parents had died before age 60. Didn't want to get "old" and not be able to do things after retirement. Now we go fishing quite a bit, ride our 4-wheelers around a bit, take our FW for trips a bit and toodle around our house with 36" doors all on one floor and a walk-in shower. Have not regretted retiring when I did one minute. Up until two years ago, we also snowmobiled a bit as well.
If you are only going to stay in Grand Teton for two days, you will probably be ok without power, as long as you have good battery(Ies) and are frugal with your electrical use. We go up to Grand Teton about three times a year and stay at the Colter Bay Campground(almost all not power) and usually get about five days out of our battery bank before starting to use the generator. There is one loop in the Colter Bay Campground that has power, but it has most of it's spots set aside for folks with special electrical needs. However, you can get a spot later in the day since they usually free them up a little later in the day, after 2 or 3, if I remember correctly. Gros Ventre Campground is another on that has special power places like Colter Bay, but it's further away from Jackson Lake, so not as convenient, in my opinion, to the majority of the Park. There's always a chance of somewhat bad weather, but you just have to be prepared with coats, etc. After all, you are in the mountains in the late summer and it can rain or snow at almost any time. It's also a very beautiful time with the leaves starting to turn and nowhere near as many tourists so crowds are not a problem. Colter Bay RV has full hookups, but in 50 years of going to Colter Bay, we have never not seen a "FULL" sign posted at the entrance of the RV park. However, give them a call and see if you might get a spot, it's still pretty early in the year. Sorry, I don't have a number for them.
There are stories every year about someone getting gored or killed by Grizzly Bears. Can't people read, or are they merely so much smarter than us great un-washed that they believe it will never happen to them. And where the heck were the adults, taking videos of the event to post on U Tube????
We had a hitch installed on our new FW in 2012 at a professional welder's place. Cost, including fabricating the hitch out of square tubing, reinforcing the I-Beams about six feet forward toward the axles and installing a plug-in for the boat trailer, was about $500. Since I was planning on double towing with this FW, just like I did for 18 years with my old FW, I wanted a very strong and stable hitch and I believe I have gotten it. If you ever plan on double towing, I would suggest that you not go with a bolt on hitch as I don't believe they would be as strong an attachment as welding properly. You buy a $20,000-$30,000 FW, don't go cheap on a hitch, the consequences are not worth it.
I guess I could drive to my 50th anniversary trip, if my truck or car could float and cross the Atlantic Ocean. However, since that's not possible, I'll have to fly. I do have to agree that service in the air travel industry has probably gone downhill in the last 20 years or so, but sitting in the plane on the way there and back is probably a very short time based on the trip. On my flights, my total "plane" time will be about 30 hours. Our "ground" time will be 18 days, so any problems with my "plane" time should be inconsequential to the total time on our trip, unless of course they poison me or throw me off the plane, etc. I think we may be blowing our problems with airplane travel a little out of proportion if we compare it to the totality of the trip.
I put mine in the boat that I tow behind the FW. That way I don't have to take it out of anything to put it in the boat when we go fishing. In a pinch, I could probably put it in the front storage compartment but then I'd have to find some other place to put my two Honda 2000 generators. These problems are so bad.
Try to sell it, but price it fairly. If you can sell it for more than the trade, more than covering the additional sales tax on a cash purchase, then you will be better off selling, not counting the aggravation of lookie-loos and tire kickers.
We have had a Reese 16,000 manual slider for about 12 years, moved it from truck to truck to truck when changing out trucks. Doesn't swivel, go side to side or anything fancy and it's a manual slider, but it has never, up to now, lost my FWs and it is very easy to hitch and un-hitch. Why would I switch when there doesn't appear to be anything wrong. Now, if I were to go to a heavier FW, then I might switch out, but then I'l have to get a different truck because, according to some on here, I'm almost overweight with my 3/4 ton and my Jayco Superlite 26.5 RLS.
After all these horror stories I'm wondering if I should cancel my flight to Venice and back from Barcelona in August and September. I booked the flights on Expedia as well as the hotel rooms and thought I got a pretty good deal. Flights are on Delta or affiliates all the way. Had a really good non-stop from Salt Lake to Charlotte last winter and only one stop on the way back with no problems either way. But, if I cancel the flights, I'll have to cancel the cruise we are taking as well since I can't get on the boat if I'm not there. Oh well, maybe our 50th anniversary trip isn't that big a deal anyway.