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Old 07-30-2016, 10:34 AM   #1
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Bighorn Mountains

I am planning on traveling from Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone. The route will take us across the Bighorn Mts. on Rt 14. Has anyone taken this route and if so how is the pull up from east to west and the ride down. It seems like a pretty good elevation change across the Bighorns. I would prefer to cross on Rt. 14 because of the scenery but maybe I should consider a different route. I am pulling a Roo 19 with a Lincoln MKT (Ford Flex) with ecoboost engine and factory tow package. This includes a transmission oil cooler. I also recently upgrading the brakes in preparation for this trip.
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Did the trip last month but took rt 16 instead. My GT was pulling a jeep and did fine. Was a little slow going up in places, but not that bad. I've heard that 14 has a lot more switch backs, but since you're not that long you should be fine. I think it will be a bit taxing on your vehicle though.


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Old 07-30-2016, 11:06 AM   #3
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Did that drive a couple years ago from Yellowstone to Black Hills. It was one of the most awesome and challenging drives I have ever towed the TT on. It had very steep grades and long pulls up and down but the views were worth it. I would do it again but I question the ability of you TV. I had my foot to the floor a lot and the hill descent option on the truck was kicked in most of the way down. This was with our old TT smaller and lighter than current one but same TV. Glad I had the 6.2. The river going thru Ten Sleep runs up hill thru town due to the speed coming out of the mountains. It was very cool to see. But only you know what your towing abilities are and how your TT pulls. It will be a challenge no matter what.
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Just make sure you stay off 14A. It is very beautiful up there, I think like 10,700 feet of elevation. It is so beautiful, there is a Indian Medicine Wheel up there, you can see forever


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Old 07-30-2016, 02:04 PM   #5
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Don't plan on traveling 14A, but I am going 14 instead of 16 primarily for the views. I am not in any rush so the slowness of 14 and all of the switchbacks really aren't an issue for me. I have a camping site for overnight at shell creek campground so I am splitting up the trip from Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone.
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Very pretty area but both 14's are a challenge that one might be wise to bypass. We stayed in Sheridan a month ago and took the truck on the 14, 14A loop. Not in interested in taking the RV through there. We went up to 90 and around.


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16 out of Custer and through bighorns is not lacking in scenery by any means!!


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I was just up there yesterday with my brother riding quads. There was every kind of RV rig imaginable going up and down hwy14 or what we call the Dayton-Kane highway. The grade is a steady climb with switchbacks for over 20 miles. They have done lots of improvements since I was last up there in 1975. Can't say about going down the other side as I have never done that.
Take your time and joy it. The best eating place is Elk View Inn. Bear Lodge used to be ok but has gone downhill lately. Lots of campgrounds and boondock sites once on top.
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I was just up there yesterday with my brother riding quads. There was every kind of RV rig imaginable going up and down hwy14 or what we call the Dayton-Kane highway. The grade is a steady climb with switchbacks for over 20 miles. They have done lots of improvements since I was last up there in 1975. Can't say about going down the other side as I have never done that.
Take your time and joy it. The best eating place is Elk View Inn. Bear Lodge used to be ok but has gone downhill lately. Lots of campgrounds and boondock sites once on top.
Is Bear Lodge on the DOWNHILL side...lol that's my morning laugh, thanks.
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