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RE: Yellowstone 2016

Several different good ways to get to YNP from I-80. In mid-May, some of the higher elevations may not yet be fully plowed, depending on the kind of winter we've had. Interstates are probably likeliest to be cleared, in which case you could take I-80 across Wyoming (watch out for wind and occasionally snowy conditions) and catch I-84 in Utah (less of a climb than I-80, as I recall) to I-15 north - then US 20 from Idaho Falls to West Yellowstone. An excellent campground with hookups, just outside the park, is Grizzly RV in West Yellowstone. We usually use it. You will need reservations well ahead of time, and they may be taking them already for next May (not sure). You're not IN the park, true, but much less crowded conditions than in Fishing Bridge.
kknowlton 08/27/15 09:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Monument Valley Tours

Another vote for the Gouldings tour. The advantages: going farther into the park than you can on your own, and the insight (and educational/entertainment value) of the local Navajo guides. Ours sang us several songs of blessing, protection, etc., as well as providing lots of insight into their culture. We found it very enjoyable and felt it was worth the expense.
kknowlton 08/27/15 08:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing Newbie

Depends on your route, and what you will be using the tow vehicle for when it's not camping season. You will probably be happier towing over the mountains with a larger engine, but if the tow vehicle is to be your regular daily driver, you'll of course want to keep its expense and usefulness under consideration as well. Sometimes it's a compromise. Good luck with your decision, and welcome!
kknowlton 08/27/15 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Campgrounds in Black Hills and Badlands?

Sturgis rally is like the first two weeks of August - and spills over some on each side of that. Not only would you not want to be there then due to the huge crowds of motorcycles you might not even find a place to stay. That being said we stayed at the KOA in Badlands - couple of days there should be fine - and Rafter J in Hill City for 3 days. Both very good. I would not even consider it without having a/c. What Lauren said. I'd give the Black Hills more time if you can; we spent a week there and didn't see/do all we intended. A public CG alternative in the Black Hills is Custer SP. A couple of the CGs have electric hookups.
kknowlton 08/12/15 09:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is downsizing a bad idea?

We went from a 34' TT to a 27' TT and as the driver, I'm really happy about the change. DH misses some of the comforts of the larger TT, but we are not planning long (4+ week) trips anymore, and this size suits our needs better now than our old larger one did.
kknowlton 08/12/15 08:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jackson, WY to Livingston, MT

Normlobo, you're going thru next week w/o reservations? Good luck. Best RV park in the Tetons, IMO, is Colter Bay RV Park (not to be confused with Colter Bay CG, which has no hookups). Haven't camped in Paradise Valley yet, but there are a couple CGs there, including a KOA, which get good reviews - and great views!! (Paradise Valley is between Gardiner & Livingston.) Rocky Mt RV Park in Gardiner is decent.
kknowlton 08/12/15 08:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Turkey Run SP in Indiana

Glad it worked out for you! :)
kknowlton 08/11/15 09:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone - Grand Tetons

Togwotee Pass is a beautiful drive, not especially difficult with an RV or towing. As others have mentioned, beautiful view of the Tetons as you come down the west side. I wouldn't divert. Bear spray yes, if you plan to hike in Yellowstone. If you don't want to buy it, there is a kiosk at Canyon Village where they will rent it to you.
kknowlton 08/10/15 08:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2015 Fall Trip - Vicksburg and the Natchez Trace

The Trace is lovely. Enjoy the trip!
kknowlton 08/10/15 08:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Michigan city,mi to Madison,wi

Best in general: I-84 to I-80/90/94 to I-80 west, then north on I-39, catching up to I-90 in southern Wisconsin. Fewest tolls and least traffic, without going way out of your way. This year's road construction situation may necessitate a few changes to this plan, but I'm not up to speed on that.
kknowlton 08/09/15 07:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Winter tires

Sorry I can't answer your question, but my guess is that no state requires winter tires. They are optional in every state I have lived in (quite a few). There are dates before and after which studded snow tires are not allowed, however. There are also locations in the mountains where chains may be required under certain winter conditions.
kknowlton 08/05/15 09:07am Roads and Routes
RE: For anyone who may need a vet in Utah

Good to know - thanks!
kknowlton 08/04/15 08:14pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Yellowstone/GTNP: move or stay put?

If you can get into Fishing Bridge for YNP, stay there. If not try West Yellowstone KOA or Grizzly RV also in W. Yellowstone. Colter Bay works very well for GTNP. With the kids, I'd suggest this as well. The KOA will have more for the kids if you want to spend a day not touring around; sounds like you plan to spend a lot of time in the parks, so you could mix it up a little with a couple of nights in a no-hookups CG inside the park. Bridge Bay or Madison CGs might work for you, but do let them know the size of your trailer when you make reservations, as not all sites will accommodate a 30-footer. (Sites in Canyon CG will probably be too small.)
kknowlton 08/04/15 08:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suggestions for camping near St Louis

Will you have a toad with you? If not, I'd suggest renting a car. On the east side of the city, we have camped at Red Barn Rendezvous in Edwardsville, IL. Nice little CG, convenient to the interstate but road noise isn't too bad. I believe it has only water & electric hookups, no sewer, but it does have a dump station and may possibly have honey wagon service. Older CG but clean & neat, at least when we were there. It just felt nicer to us than the usual RV parking lot with power poles. :)
kknowlton 08/04/15 08:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Route assistance Seattle to Grand Forks, ND

I'd suggest avoiding US 14 between Cody and Buffalo, Wyoming; go around the Bighorn Mts instead. And it almost goes without saying that they should avoid the northeast entrance into/out of Yellowstone (i.e. Beartooth Pass).
kknowlton 08/03/15 03:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: stupid question

Side to side often helps - nothing extreme. It also helps to have the waste tanks as full as possible when you dump them. If your campsite has a water hookup, you might consider putting more water down the drains & toilet prior to dumping. Sometimes dump stations have kind of an indent that the trailer wheels fit in, which helps give you more of a side to side lean; if the CG you're staying at has a dump station (even if you have full hookups at your site), you might walk by it during your stay and see if it looks like it would help to use that, rather than dump in your site. We have often done that if the sewer hookup at our site is above-grade or has other issues that make dumping more difficult. No really stupid questions here. Ask away - that's how you learn! :)
kknowlton 08/02/15 06:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Planning Mt. Hood Trip Need Input

Did you try rvparkreviews.com?
kknowlton 08/02/15 04:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What's The Steepest Grade You Have Towed...

Our driveway, which is probably somewhere around an 18% grade. Mercifully, it is also relatively short, compared to a road. It does have one curve in it, though. :)
kknowlton 08/02/15 01:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pulling 5th wheel through Yellowstone

We just left there. Lots of road construction with backups between Mammoth ?Hot Springs and Norris Junction. We stayed at Yellowstone's Edge in Emigrant and then went 89 thru West Yellowstone down to Jackson Hole. I'm glad to see that someone finally mentioned this. Construction on the Norris to Mammoth section of the park road is major. Unfortunately, the only alternative to get between Mammoth and the rest of the park is the northeast part of the Grand Loop Road, which goes over Dunraven Pass and has some steep, narrow and/or winding sections with no guardrails & a big dropoff. It's do-able with a large trailer (we have done it) but not exactly pleasant for the driver. And depending on how late in the season you will be in the park, Dunraven Pass may be closed altogether. That said, it will take much, much longer to go up to I-90 and around. Just take it slow & easy and don't be concentrating on the scenery. If you take the area under construction, allow extra time for those delays.
kknowlton 08/02/15 01:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What advice to first time TT buyers? Airstream 27 footer...

27 feet is at the upper limit of RVs fitting into state & national parks; some of those CGs will still have sites too small. That said, the size is a good compromise between interior space you'll need and fitting into campsites where you want to go. Options: air conditioning, absolutely! You may find you want an awning, but could start without it. Microwave can sure be handy, and TV, since you have young children. (Not to encourage them to spend time inside instead of enjoying the outdoors, but there will probably be times - in bad weather, for instance - when a TV could come in handy, especially with a DVD player that works with it.) Extra/large batteries (we have 2 6-volts instead of the standard single 12-volt) can be very handy for "dry camping" (i.e. without hookups), which is what you find in most national parks and a lot of state parks. No experience with Airstreams, but when we visited their factory, we were sure impressed with how they are built. Hope this one works out really well for you! If not, resale value should - I would guess - be better for an Airstream than for virtually any other brand.
kknowlton 08/01/15 07:50pm Travel Trailers
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