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Old 07-02-2013, 06:51 PM   #11
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From the park web site, here are the gas stations.


Old Faithful Lower Station - open from mid-April to early November.
Old Faithful Upper Station - open from late May to late September.
Canyon Village - open from late April to early November.
Grant Village - open from mid-April to mid-October.
Mammoth Hot Springs - open from early May to mid-October.
Fishing Bridge - open from mid-May to late September.
Tower Junction - open from early June to early September.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:06 PM   #12
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The second battery is a good idea regardless. of taking the generator
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:13 PM   #13
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The second battery is a good idea regardless. Taking the generator is only an option if it is quiet or you will get a visit from a Ranger. You can pick up a portable solar panel in the range of 45 watts pretty cheap. Just came back from Yellowstone and it was awesome!
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:24 PM   #14
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We were just there for 8 days, it's great !

I was surprised to see that at least. 4 of the gas stations had mechanics on duty, for auto service! Guaranteed its not cheep, but if needed that's pretty cool ! Anyway, they may charge batts for you. I know big trips seem to get pricy, but a small gen set should be high on the list of needed items.along with an extra battery! IMHO
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:47 PM   #15
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From the park web site, here are the gas stations.


Old Faithful Lower Station - open from mid-April to early November.
Old Faithful Upper Station - open from late May to late September.
Canyon Village - open from late April to early November.
Grant Village - open from mid-April to mid-October.
Mammoth Hot Springs - open from early May to mid-October.
Fishing Bridge - open from mid-May to late September.
Tower Junction - open from early June to early September.
you're right! don't know what i was thinking, maybe of Glacier.
there was one at Grant and Canyon. didn't see the one at O.F., but it may have been off the main road.
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from what i remember(which i'm beginning to question), all the main campgrounds allow generators, but with only certain hours of usage.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #17
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Yellowstone no generator hours are 8 PM to 8 AM.
Main campgrounds and Fishing bridge do allow them but fishing bridge
has electric so why would you need one there??

I agree, you'll probably need a generator sometime during the 2 weeks but
it can be done without one if you're careful and creative and have 2 good
batteries to start with.

If you're driving your car to explore every day you can leave it plugged
into your trailer when you're in camp and that will supplement your
battery power for the trailer.
I've done this several times myself.
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Could I charge the batteries with a small generator? 800 watts? And a converter?
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Could I charge the batteries with a small generator? 800 watts? And a converter?
I recommend a generator and a stand alone charger.
Others will disagree but it works for me.
Note: we all pretty much agree even a small generator is very loud unless
it's a honda or other Inverter type genny.

A plain old "contractor" generator generates 120v AC by spinning at
a specific speed. This means the engine runs full speed all the time.
Even with light or no load at all. They are noisy!!!
An inverter generator makes DC voltage which is Inverted to that all important
60 cycle AC. This means the engine can run at a lower speed.
The lower engine speed coupled with a better muffler make inverter
generators noticeably quieter.

You could simply plug your A frame cord into a genny and charge that
way but MY onboard charger typically starts out at a decent high rate
of charge then drops back. This is better for long battery life but I want
my batteries to get charged ASAP so I can shut off the genny.
For this reason I use a stand alone charger.
If you plug your trailer into a genny be sure your fridge is set on LP only
and be sure your water heater electric heater is shut off if it has the
electric heater option.

Good luck! Have fun! I think "dry camping" is fun. It's why we have
these "self contained" RVs in the first place!!
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