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.
We have gone up to Grand Teton and Yellowstone toward the end of May and early June and the folks on here are correct, the weather is a little "iffy" a lot of times. One year at Grand Teton over Memorial Day we lost three days of fishing due to a lot of rain, another time we took grandsons up for a week early in June and had snow in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone, but not enough that we couldn't sightsee and fish. One other time wife and I just took our boat up for the weekend and stayed at Jackson Lake Lodge, woke up Memorial Day morning with six inches of very wet snow on the boat cover. So, you just have to take your chances and be prepared for any weather, it's in Wyoming where if you don't like the weather, just wait a while, it will change.
I got a postcard and two telephone calls wanting to buy my 2011 Ram here about two weeks ago. Only problem is, I traded the Ram i June 2012 after owning it for nine months. The interesting part here is that I bought the Ram from one dealer and traded it to another dealer, in the same town, and both dealerships are owned by the same people. Seems they compete so much they don't communicate with each other very well.
ppine, not to pick a fight, but how is Grand Teton harder to travel around than Yellowstone? There are tons of hiking trails, there are turnoffs to almost all the views, and there nowhere near the congestion of Yellowstone. Don't get me wrong, I really like Yellowstone, but I love Grand Teton. I believe that the scenery is much more magnificent in Grand Teton but it does lack features like those found in Yellowstone. Each park has its own beauty in my opinion.
The, it's not really a zero premium policy, there truly is some cost to it. For a person to say "zero premium" is a little misleading for old folks like me. Right now my wife and I each pay about $304 for our Part B, Supplemental and drug Part D. So our health insurance cost per year is about $3,650 per year. So, if that were the total cost all along, my seven years have cost me about $25,500. But neither one of us has paid a penny for a doctor visit or hospital visit, X-rays, MRIs, etc. in that time so the cost is probably not quite as bad as it could have been. As far as the drug donut hole, one of the things causing this is an inhaler that the wife uses with a "cost" of over $1,000 per quarter but cash out of our pocket is less than $125 per quarter while the whole "cost" of the inhaler goes against the donut hole.
I am surprised your fan doesn't have a separate switch, our 2012 Jayco HT has two switched right inside the bathroom door, one takes care of the lights and one takes care of the fan, although the fan also has a switch on it up near the ceiling. But, should be fairly easy to do, if you are fairly handy, to put in a fan switch next to the light switch. Not for me, but for a handy person.
Bought a 1993 Jayco 215SD FW in 1993 and sold it in 2011, so owned and used it for a little over 18 years. We now have owned our 21012 Jayco HT 26.5 RLS for almost five years, having bought it in January 2102.
TooMany Tents, I said that "I understood it might be one of the casualties of the Affordable Care Act" I didn't say that it was. Sorry for the confusion. By the way, what is your monthly cost for your Advantage Plan?
Between my Medicare Part B and D(drug) I pay $165.90 per month and my supplemental is about $138 per month. I don't have Advantage as I understood it might be one of the casualties of the Affordable Care Act. So, my medical insurance costs per month are about $304 per month. Since taking out these plans when I turned 65 almost seven years ago, I have not had to pay a doctor, hospital or clinic a dime, and I have used them a bit. As far as the drugs go, I do have to pay for some stuff that doesn't come in 90-day supplies, but the two generics that I get for 90 days at a time, up to now, have not cost me any extra. Now, for my wife, the doctors, clinics and hospitals are the same but right now she is into the donut hole as some of her drugs are not fully paid for, obviously. However, she pays the same amount as me, so our total monthly cost for health insurance is about $608.
Colter Bay Village in Grand Teton has a bunch of old cabins as does Jackson Lake Lodge. I'll bet you could get one of those right now if you called and tried to reserve. We have stayed in both, a couple of times and had no problem getting a room, as long as you contact them far enough ahead of your trip.
Unfortunately, if you are planning on staying at the Colter Bay RV Park, you had better work on your reservations now for next year. We have been camping at Colter Bay for over 50 years and I have never driven past the RV Park entrance without the sign saying full. The full sign rarely goes up at the campground but the later you come to the campground, fewer choices of spots to camp are available.
Congrats on your 55th. We celebrated our 51st this past summer eating pizza at Leeks Restaurant on Jackson Lake along with beer on the deck overlooking Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Kind of a cheap date for an anniversary, but we have done this for somewhere around 15 years straight now.
CloudDriver, no ruffled feathers, I have camped at Colter Bay for over 50 years and had to go to Gros Ventre for a week about two years ago and was disappointed compared to Colter Bay. the campground is nice and open, we had two moose stroll through our campground while we were there but there are no showers, general or grocery store and no restaurants. So, I just really talk up Colter Bay whenever I get a chance. Plus, when we go to Colter Bay, we also tow our boat as we fish most of the time we are there and it only takes us about 10 minutes to get the boat hooked up and ready to put in the water there as opposed to about 45 minutes coming from Gros Ventre. So, different strokes for different folks. All's fine.
For those who are complaining about no view from the campground at Colter Bay, do you stay in your RV all day and never venture out to see the Park. The shoreline of Jackson is no more than a 10-minute walk from any campsite in the Colter Bay campground. Not only that, but it's a whole lot quicker to get to the lake and a possible cruise if you are in the Colter Bay Campground than in Gros Ventre. If you don't carry anything to eat or drink in your RV while going to these campgrounds, then you should stay in Gros Ventre as it's much closer to Jackson and the grocery prices are a bit lower there than they are in the Colter Bay area, but having to drive to Jackson and back might make the price differential a bit smaller. For those of you who eat out, there are two restaurants at Colter Bay and Leek's Pizza has some of the best pizza in the country along with a gorgeous view on the lake and the Tetons from the outside deck. Won't probably see as much wildlife in Colter Bay as in Gros Ventre, especially Moose, having not seen a moose at Colter Bay during the 50+ years we have been going to Colter Bay to camp and fish. Also, if you wish to take a day trip to Yellowstone, it's way closer to do it from Colter Bay, we have done that many times, take off pretty early in the morning, take a tour of part of Yellowstone, and then get back fairly late and have a great evening meal and libation around the campfire if you wish. Both campgrounds take the Senior Pass so it's pretty inexpensive to stay there, $13 per night. And it is true they don't take reservations, but if you show up around 10:00 am, checkout time is 11:00, you can almost always find a suitable spot. And, it is not true that most of the campsites are in the sun all day long. Some spots the sun will hit the RV in the morning up until noon or so and then the trees take over and shade the RV the rest of the day into the evening. Some spots don't get any morning or noon sun, but you get a bunch in the afternoon. However, everything usually cools down by the time a person gets ready to go to bed so it's not a big deal. We have never used our AC at Colter Bay if that means anything. If you haven'g guessed, I love Colter Bay and try to refrain from saying anything bad about Gros Ventre if at all possible. If you have any questions, PM me and I'll try to answer you promptly.
As far as keeping your RV plugged in until you get the slides extended, that is exactly what I do. My cord is long enough that I can park and level the FW, lift it off the hitch and then pull forward far enough to level the FW and put out the slides before unhooking the power. I do this to conserve the battery power for when we are parked and enjoying the FW. Why drain any more power from the batteries than necessary if you can do it. I also keep the truck running and have never worried about whether the batteries in the truck will help with the FW or not. Don't know about the disconnect, I have one, but have never used it as we usually keep the FW plugged in to a 30 amp outlet here at the house when not camping.
When I used to tow with a full fresh water tank, I would plug the overflow hose with a wire nut of the appropriate size and then take it out when we got where we were going. Don't tow with a full tank anymore so don't do that. Easy to do and just remember to take out the wire nut before using your fresh water. Simple and easy to do.
I know you guys don't care, but there was another three-overtime game this weekend, University of Wyoming versus University of Northern Illinois. Due to lightening delay, didn't start until after 10:00 pm and ended at 2:34 the next morning. Wyoming won 40-34 and was talking about how much better their defense was compared to last year. Really like watching that Wisconsin/LSU game, especially since LSU lost, or Wisconsin won.