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Old 06-15-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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We will be camping in SD and Glacier National Park at St Mary's Campground. I plan to use the dishwashing stations. About how far are they from campsites. Do you recommend a wagon? We have a family of 7 and cast iron cookware.

Food Storage is another question. I know I have to keep all foods and food related items in the van. Can I keep food in the trailer, a Roo with tent pop-outs, in the fridge and coolers in the trailer? We plan to put the tents in when we leave the campsite, but what about evenings?


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Old 06-15-2014, 08:52 PM   #2
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We have spent countless nights in Northern National Parks and Alaska and have always kept food in our RV while camped in the NP campgrounds and even while in Alaskan road side parking areas. Keep your campsite clean and free from food lying around on picnic tables or fire rings. Typically you will be warned if any bears are wondering through the campgrounds at night by posted notices. The bears are really interested in the main garbage bins which have bear proof "locks" on them and don't bother campsites.
As for the washing stations, they can be aways (city block at most) from your campsite so a bunch of loose dishes can be a pain to transport unless you have some type of carrier/basket.

PS--If you are hikers and go on the park trails, get educated by the park rangers (evening fireside programs or visitor centers) about safe methods to travel these trails in bear country. We carry bear pepper spray, some think this is a good idea, some folks don't--you'll have to decide for yourself.
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Check the campsites you will be visiting. a lot of them will NOT allow soft side campers or tents...that was one of the big things that moved us from a pop-up to a TT.

IN fairness, in a roo, you may be able to camp as long as you do not pull out the tent ends.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:24 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by HSVBamaBob View Post
Check the campsites you will be visiting. a lot of them will NOT allow soft side campers or tents...that was one of the big things that moved us from a pop-up to a TT.

IN fairness, in a roo, you may be able to camp as long as you do not pull out the tent ends.
this is not accurate.

we stayed in Glacier and Yellowstone with our Roo. no problems at all.
soft-sided campers ARE allowed in Glacier and Yellowstone.
Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone is the only major campground there that does not allow soft-sided campers. all the other major ones do. we stayed in Madison and Grant and followed bear policies.
at both Glacier and Yellowstone, the rangers said that food stored in the fridge/freezer was fine.
anything opened that didn't require refrigeration, went in the bear box.

i asked tons of times for people, on numerous RV forums, to post other campgrounds that have a permanent ban on soft-sided campgrounds, like Fishing Bridge does, and have only had a couple of smaller campgrounds mentioned.
there are NOT a lot of campgrounds, for RV's, that have this kinda of ban.

if you "turtle" with your Roo, you can camp at Fishing Bridge.
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With a crew of 7 you should be able to make a bucket brigade to and from the wash station.

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