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Old 06-22-2016, 04:52 PM   #1
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Yellowstone from Buffalo

Hi all,

We are 14 days into our 2 1/2 month cross country adventure. Have never gone over mountains in the west and will be traveling to Fishing Bridge RV park from Buffalo.

From what I can find, there are three routes to get to Yellowstone. One is off the table for us (too many switchbacks) which is via 14, north of Buffalo heading west.

So now I am trying to decide the best route, either 16 south heading west or taking I90 north to avoid the mountains altogether. I realize that 16 is a scenic route and if I were in a car not towing anything, that's how I would go. My only concern for this trip is avoiding scary moments, like stew climbs if I can avoid them.

Here's what we have: tow vehicle is Dodge Ram 1500 with six passengers, diesel V6; towing 31 ft. TT.

Would like to know from other RVers their experience on both routes:

1. Travel time for taking 16 and taking I90.

2. What to expect on 16 and if my TV can make it easily with our TT.

Thanks in advance for your quick responses.

Crystal
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Old 06-22-2016, 06:43 PM   #2
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Hwy 16 not as bad as it looks bit still has plenty of hard climbs and switchbacks. Going I-90 is quite a bit longer but if u make 2 days it's not bad. You can take in Custer Battlefield and stay at the Hardin Mt KOA. I would also recommend the Big Horn County just off I-90 at exit 497. Plenty of fuel and eats at exit 495.
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:35 PM   #3
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It is not steep climbs that should scare you, it is steep descents. Rt 16 has a 20 mile straight downhill at 5% grade, which while not a scary grade it is really long. As a mountain road, rt 16 is not a bad drive. (I towed it last year) It is your choice. Lots of people go around.


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Great info, thanks we are nearing our trip to Yellowstone.

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Old 06-30-2016, 02:18 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info! We didn't have cell coverage in YNP (shocker! &#128521. My dad, who was driving our TT, opted to head to the north entrance and we left using the west entrance.
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Old 07-04-2016, 03:14 AM   #6
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thanks for sharing,I also want to see.
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Old 07-04-2016, 08:31 AM   #7
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We just completed the trip using RT16 from Custer to Cody and had no problem. 2 Georgetowns pulling 4K & 5k toads and a 1/2t Dodge Ram hemi pulling a 27ft TT. While in my jeep, I followed a loaded concrete truck up the Beartooth highway from Red Lodge. After seeing that, anything is possible.


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Old 07-04-2016, 01:59 PM   #8
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Problem with the Beartooth is not weight, it is length. Although on my many trips on the Beartooth from west to east and east to west, I have seen some long rigs that do cause problems on some of the switchbacks out of Red Lodge. They might tend to come over the line interfering with oncoming traffic.
They did have a sign near Cooke City stating recommended maximum length, but the one out of Red Ledge I heard has been missing.
But I have never seen an accident caused by a long rig either.
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