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Old 01-19-2019, 06:18 PM   #11
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If you are heading straight to Yellowstone you may get there before some parts open for the season. We were there the second week of June a few years ago and we arrived the day they opened the roads in the northern half of the figure eight.
If you are planning on driving the Beartooth Highway, they try to have it open by Memorial Day but that can change at any hour. On another trip during the third week of June, we were eating lunch in Red Lodge Montana and a family came in and said that s sudden storm came up and closed the highway above 9000 ft.


Good point, I will have to watch this closely as the time draws near. We were planning on entering on the east side coming from Cody and camping on the west side near West Yellowstone.
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Old 01-20-2019, 01:56 PM   #12
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I've got the TireMinder system which has saved me a couple of times. Was able to stop before tire blew out and resulting damage it can cause. This link is the brand on
Amazon. It's looks like what I have but a little newer version. https://www.amazon.com/TireMinder-Tr...itoring+system
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Old 01-20-2019, 02:59 PM   #13
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Check the weather

After 30+ years living here n Wyo, check the weather before using I25 or I80. The wind can be a real white knuckle influence...... that said - drive Chief Joseph highway out of Cody either going towards Red Lodge and Beartooth Pass (gorgeous!) or through Cooke City into Yellowstone. If you come back through Montana later in June, a side trip to Glacier NP and driving “Going to the Sun” road is to me top 3 scenic drive in the US. Bad part is it is snow packed well into June, & might not fit in your schedule.
If you go out of Yellowstone through Gardiner, there is a fabulous restaurant in Chico Hot Springs, and a very nice RV camp close by called Yellowstone’s Edge that we have used several times.
If you like unusual entertainment while in the Cody/Red Lodge area, the Bear Creek Saloon in Best Creek MT has Pig Racing that is truly hilarious & proceeds go to charity. Good steakhouse, too!
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Old 01-20-2019, 03:14 PM   #14
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Go west…uh further west…

You have a wonderful trip planed. In respect to Yellowstone NP I suggest you drive (without your TT) The Bear Tooth Highway, a National Scenic Byways All-American Road. It's a 68-mile drive with much of the highway above 9,000 feet elevation and a pass to cross at 10,947 elevation. The drive connects the cities of Red Lodge and Cooke City, Montana. You can start at either end. I like parking my RV in Red Lodge and driving west and making a round trip out of it. That way the morning sun is giving the best light for taking photos heading east and the afternoon sun on the mountains when heading west after lunch at Cooke City. Cooke City is at the northeast entrance to Yellowstone, NP. You could start there, of course.The elevation at Cooke City (pop = 140) is 7,608 ft and the Red Lodge elevation is 5,568 ft. (pop = 2,125) I understand 18-wheelers drive it so you probably could pull your TT, but it might be hard on your truck and brakes considering the elevation gain going up and braking going down. In respect to cooking, my son gave me an Instant Pot for Christmas and I've been making stews and freezing them in 3-cup plastic containers for eating on the road.
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We spent 86 nights in our 5th wheel last year and tried to plan some RV parks where we thought the wireless network would be good for us to get work and communications done. For the most part we were very disappointed in the quality of the wireless in most parks. So please let me suggest that if you do plan to work from your RV see if you can get sites close to the "office" or be prepared to take your laptop to the office to work. If you can call the park ahead of time tell them your needs and they can possibly put you in a site that is close to a internet access point where the signal strength is better. If you have already made reservations call the park back and explain your need, they will probably help you out. The thing we saw more then anything was how helpful and accommodating most park managers are. If heading to Yellowstone early season consider the town of West Yellowstone. It is right on the edge of the park and is a beautiful drive into the park if it's open. If not the little town is a delight to visit. Tire pressure monitors are awesome but sometimes a little pricy. I've resorted to a quality 12 volt tire air compressor and a $5.00 pressure gauge. I checked the coach tire pressure before leaving any site along with the TV. Awesome trip! Have fun!!
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Old 01-20-2019, 10:52 PM   #16
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I had the exact same truck. Upgraded to 2018 Ford F-150 in my signature. You will be amazed how much better a newer truck pulls. Even the exact 5.3L in a new Chevy 1500 truck is night and day and has more power than the 6.0 in your new to you 2006.


I cannot argue with the newer trucks pulling better, but the new to me 2006 3/4 ton upgrades HP, tow capacity and cargo capacity from my old 1999 1/2 ton without breaking my budget. Thanks for the input.
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Old 01-20-2019, 10:54 PM   #17
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I've got the TireMinder system which has saved me a couple of times. Was able to stop before tire blew out and resulting damage it can cause. This link is the brand on

Amazon. It's looks like what I have but a little newer version. https://www.amazon.com/TireMinder-Tr...itoring+system


Thanks I will check that out.
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After 30+ years living here n Wyo, check the weather before using I25 or I80. The wind can be a real white knuckle influence...... that said - drive Chief Joseph highway out of Cody either going towards Red Lodge and Beartooth Pass (gorgeous!) or through Cooke City into Yellowstone. If you come back through Montana later in June, a side trip to Glacier NP and driving “Going to the Sun” road is to me top 3 scenic drive in the US. Bad part is it is snow packed well into June, & might not fit in your schedule.
If you go out of Yellowstone through Gardiner, there is a fabulous restaurant in Chico Hot Springs, and a very nice RV camp close by called Yellowstone’s Edge that we have used several times.
If you like unusual entertainment while in the Cody/Red Lodge area, the Bear Creek Saloon in Best Creek MT has Pig Racing that is truly hilarious & proceeds go to charity. Good steakhouse, too!


Thanks for the suggestions. We will have five free days without plans so may work these in.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:06 PM   #19
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We spent 86 nights in our 5th wheel last year and tried to plan some RV parks where we thought the wireless network would be good for us to get work and communications done. For the most part we were very disappointed in the quality of the wireless in most parks. So please let me suggest that if you do plan to work from your RV see if you can get sites close to the "office" or be prepared to take your laptop to the office to work. If you can call the park ahead of time tell them your needs and they can possibly put you in a site that is close to a internet access point where the signal strength is better. If you have already made reservations call the park back and explain your need, they will probably help you out. The thing we saw more then anything was how helpful and accommodating most park managers are. If heading to Yellowstone early season consider the town of West Yellowstone. It is right on the edge of the park and is a beautiful drive into the park if it's open. If not the little town is a delight to visit. Tire pressure monitors are awesome but sometimes a little pricy. I've resorted to a quality 12 volt tire air compressor and a $5.00 pressure gauge. I checked the coach tire pressure before leaving any site along with the TV. Awesome trip! Have fun!!


Thanks for the insights. We have spoken with some of the parks and mentioned the need for good Wi-Fi so I can work. We also have a dedicated hotspot so as long as cell service is decent I should still be ok. Only booked parks that had multiple good reviews for Wi-Fi and cell service on the days I need to work. We will see how it goes.

I always check tires before leaving each site and carry an air compressor as well.

Thanks again.
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I don't know the wisdom of GM, but i had a 1500 3/4 chevy which i bought new in 03. As my brother said that (he worked where they were built) it is labeled 1500 on a real 8 lug 3/4 chassis. traded it in on a 3/4 diesel in 06. 5th wheel gone, now have class c sun seeker.
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