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shonrt1

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I towed a travel trailer to Yellowstone about 10 years ago and now my wife would like to take the Class A DP there the week after Labor Day. The hill climbs don't scare me, but I must admit, the descents have me questioning whether or not I should go. I don't have an exhaust brake. I'd like to hear from RV'ers who've made the trip and how they were able to keep from burning up their brakes. I know if I downshift and get the RPM's to high, I can burn up the valves, and of course, if I ride the brakes, they fade and I take a swan dive over a switchback. Am I just being too cautious?

I have a 2001 National Caribbean, 35 foot with 260 HP Cummins. Will have a small car as toad.

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Shonrt1: the link I referred to above describes the various routes into Yellowstone with respect to their suitabilty for RV travel. It helped me decide my route for an upcoming trip.

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shonrt1 wrote:

I towed a travel trailer to Yellowstone about 10 years ago and now my wife would like to take the Class A DP there the week after Labor Day. The hill climbs don't scare me, but I must admit, the descents have me questioning whether or not I should go. I don't have an exhaust brake. I'd like to hear from RV'ers who've made the trip and how they were able to keep from burning up their brakes. I know if I downshift and get the RPM's to high, I can burn up the valves, and of course, if I ride the brakes, they fade and I take a swan dive over a switchback. Am I just being too cautious?

I have a 2001 National Caribbean, 35 foot with 260 HP Cummins. Will have a small car as toad.
You have come to the right thread. Traveling from I-90 down US-89 to Gardiner and the north entrance has no climbs or switchbacks. It is about a 1200 foot elevation change over 52 miles along the Yellowstone river. Very gentle, you will never have to touch the brakes or push the engine the entire trip. Stay in Gardiner and use your towed to tour Yellowstone. Gardiner is a great location to visit the Northern side of the Park features including the Beartooth Highway, the Lamar Valley, Tower Falls area, Mammoth Hot Springs and it is only about 7 miles further from Canyon (upper and lower falls) and 20 miles further from Old Faithful than West Yellowstone, Gardiner has much less traffic and congestion than the West Yellowstone area. Be aware, however that the landscape is very different. Gardiner and Mammoth is high mountain desert country, not pine forests. You will get really big views in Gardiner and Mammoth but you won't get a forest camping environment.

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