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Old 09-15-2016, 04:54 PM   #11
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As bikendan said Fishing Bridge was the only place that you couldn't stay unless you were hard sided. They pack the RV's in there like sardines, so no wonder the bears like that place. Enjoy the planning. I also had planned this trip long in advance. I booked my spot in Yellowstone in Oct. 2015 for an Aug. 2016 campsite. In most cases I booked campsites online as soon as the booking window opened up.


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Old 09-15-2016, 05:12 PM   #12
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Sounds like a wonderful trip. I might be able to use some of this information as we are planning on a Maryland to Grand Canyon trip next summer.

We did the Maryland to Yellowstone through Mt Rushmore and the Badlands trip in our high wall popup 5 years ago - loved the trip, all the sights were so awesome. Since we only had two weeks for our trip, we choose to use the KOA campgrounds throughout. Of the 10 KOAs we stayed at, only two were for more than a single night, so this worked for us though I would have loved to be able to use more state and federal parks and stay several days at each place. With the pace we had, it really was not camping, it was more like pulling your bed along. We only used the campground as a base and spent all of our time sightseeing, would get back to the camper, eat go to bed to start all over the next day.... we did not even set out the camp chairs. I imagine our Grand Canyon trip will be similar, but we are so looking forward to it.
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Old 09-15-2016, 06:15 PM   #13
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 09-15-2016, 08:35 PM   #14
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Did you make reservations at the state and national parks ahead of time, And if so how far in advanced?


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Old 09-15-2016, 09:08 PM   #15
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What a fantastic trip - thanks for the insight on campgrounds!
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:40 PM   #16
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Question about Custer State Park

Thanks for the great write-up!

I + DW + 4 kids are going to be heading to Custer State Park the end of next June to stay in a pop-up. I hope this isn't a dumb question but do they have water at each site in Custer or is it only electric? (We are looking at Game Lodge specifically.)

Thanks again! Your trip is one that I'd like to take someday.

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Old 09-16-2016, 03:26 AM   #17
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Great trip. Great write-up. Add some pictures and send that story to Trailer Life magazine for all to enjoy.

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Old 09-16-2016, 05:16 AM   #18
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I enjoyed the report! It is fun to hear the enthusiasm in your words. I remember that very feeling. We did those same parks but in 2 different trips.

I'm sure it was the trip of a lifetime for you. It was for us. Right up there behind wedding and kids.

I'm sure we would all enjoy more pictures if you can.
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:00 AM   #19
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To Boatman yes I made reservations way in advance. For Yellowstone, I made reservations in Oct. 2015 for an Aug. 2016 Trip. For the rest of the parks, I make reservations on-line as soon as the booking window open up. Sometimes that was 6 months in advance and other it might have been 4 or 3 months. For those of you who like to freewheel a little more, this might sound a little restrictive, but for me I liked knowing where I was going to put my head down at night.
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To Cyberalexander. I can't speak for the Game Lodge campground at Custer, but at Stockade North there was only electric at the campsites, but there was a spigot in the campground that is used to fill your water tank. I also carry a 5 gallon water container that I can use to add water to my tank as needed.
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