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Old 01-01-2016, 02:24 PM   #1
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hybrid campers in National parks

are there any restrictions on hybrid campers in some of our National Parks? We have a Shamrock 23SS and wife wants to go out west to Yellowstone and other parks out there, plus down to the Smokeys
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Old 01-01-2016, 02:26 PM   #2
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not sure what makes you think there would be. Maybe I'm missing something I don't know of
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Old 01-01-2016, 02:29 PM   #3
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Old 01-01-2016, 02:36 PM   #4
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Yeah, bears. Look up the CG info in Yellowstone. I know for sure one or two do not allow soft sided campers.
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that's all I could think of
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Yeah, bears. Look up the CG info in Yellowstone. I know for sure one or two do not allow soft sided campers.
The only Federal owned campground that does not allow soft sides @ Yellowstone is Fishing Bridge "RV Park" and it does not have anything to do with bears despite what the contractor who leases the place from the NPS will tell you, Xanterra. You can not have popups and hybrids in among the TT's, 5'rs, and MH's using the full hook up sites in the "RV Park" oh my!

Don't believe the bear BS they post on the Xanterra website. They also manage Bridge Bay campground which is less than 4 miles from Fishing Bridge, and no bear issue there, bring a tent. Hang a pork chop around your neck. Xanterra told the bears not to not cross the Yellowstone river because people have canvas at Bridge Bay.
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The only Federal owned campground that does not allow soft sides @ Yellowstone is Fishing Bridge "RV Park" and it does not have anything to do with bears despite what the contractor who leases the place from the NPS will tell you, Xanterra. You can not have popups and hybrids in among the TT's, 5'rs, and MH's using the full hook up sites in the "RV Park" oh my!

Don't believe the bear BS they post on the Xanterra website. They also manage Bridge Bay campground which is less than 4 miles from Fishing Bridge, and no bear issue there, bring a tent. Hang a pork chop around your neck. Xanterra told the bears not to not cross the Yellowstone river because people have canvas at Bridge Bay.
x2! Totally agree. They want to keep Fishing Bridge for the big RVs that want hookups.

Many out there assume that because Fishing Bridge has this ban, all the other campgrounds in YNP do too.
They don't.
Madison, Bridge Bay, Grant, Canyon and Mammoth all allow soft-sded campers

I've put a challenge out to many out there, to post other public campgrounds (that a RV can fit in) that have a similar permanent ban.
So far, after 10 years on various RV forums, only Fishing Bridge has been mentioned.

And if you "turtle" in your hybrid, you can stay at Fishing Bridge.
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I have been to Yellowstone several times; tenting, pop-up and hybrid (and may get there with my Motorhome this summer). The general rule is if a bear can get in easily (soft sides) no food is permitted inside the camper. This is for your safety as well as the bears. If a bear gets into your camper and eats then he will start attacking more campers, at this point the park must kill the bear.

Read about food here: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklo...ge-campground/

Food should be kept out of site from bears, in many parks they recognize coolers so they should be kept in the trunk or covered. When cooking outside always stay near your food. Leaving food outside unattended will again allow the bear to become accustomed to eating human food which will force the park rangers into killing the bear. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN, the parks are for the bears and other wildlife as much as they are for us.

Our hybrid in Yellowstone: DCP_1431 by cdrdwd, on Flickr

On this trip we saw a bear in the campground 3 nights out of a 5 night stay.

Sorry to sound preachy about protecting the bears, but I want my great grand children to see them in the wild (and I don't have a grandchild yet).
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Have camped for years in Yellowstone in tent, pup & now a hybrid. Only restriction is at Fishing Bridge. Haven't ever had a problem with bears, except at Bridge Bay where we stayed once. We had come back to our PUP for a rest & I was several rangers drive through the camp & stop around the corner from us. Got up & asked them what was going on. Said a bear had walked through the campground & wanted to make sure he kept moving. He did & nothing else about it. The rangers patrol the campgrounds in the evening to make sure coolers, stoves & food have been properly stored for the night. Keep doing this & the bears aren't a problem. Only bears I have seen in the park have been well off of the road eating the wild stuff on the hillsides or a grizzly on an elk kill. Get out there & make your reservation for the campground of your choice at Yellowstone. Great place to camp & the facilities are well cared for & clean. My preference has been at Madison, but would like to try Canyon next time I go.
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