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Old 03-21-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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My interest has been peaked to visit yellowstone after reading some of the threads and comments. I am planning a visit in the first week of june. It will be our first big trip with our 2012 solera. I have a few questions to ask. I know its early in the season,but is the weather[snow] create any driving problems? It seems like grizzley rv park is the place to stay. Do I make this my home base and do day trips into the park? Is my 25 ft sprinter ok to run around the park or should I rent a car or take a tour ? Iwould like to stay at Colter Bay and do some day trips from there. I would appreciate any suggestions. THANKS!
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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The roads shouldn’t be a problem in June but keep in mind it can snow in the upper elevations in Yellowstone any month of the year. If it does snow in June it will melt rather quickly.

If it were me I would make Colter Bay a base camp for visiting Grand Tetons National Park and part of the southern portion of Yellowstone. There are two campgrounds called Colter Bay, one is operated by a concessionaire and has full hookups. The other is operated by the NPS and has no hookups.

Then I would move up to Grizzly RV park in West Yellowstone or if you can get reservations, Fishing Bridge RV park within Yellowstone. Sites at Fishing Bridge are full hookup and are truly on top of each other.

If you plan to go this June you better start calling for reservations right now.

Lamar and Hayden Valleys are great places to see wildlife but remember to keep your eyes on the road.

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Old 03-21-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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We made the trip mid June last year, last SOME snow in the park and our campground. Stayed in the park, at Fishing Bridge, saved the 50 minutes each way traveling in and out of the park...

Why stay outside, when the destination is INSIDE???

We had no time to spend lounging OUTSIDE our trailer when we got back to camp..., too tired...

Dinner and a drink...then bed...Way too much to see when the sun rises....
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:02 AM   #4
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If you're not in need of full hook-ups, we found Bridge Bay a good CG. Neerby is the Bridge Bay Hotel which has it's own laundromat (a whole lot quieter than the park one at Fishing Bridge), plus the hotel has a nice atmosphere if you want to sit and have an 'elegant' drink. At the CG you can wake up in the morning surrounded by bison or other wildlife. As someone else said - the park is the destination!!!
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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Here's a link to live streaming video of the Old Faithful area. When Old Faithful erupts the camera will be trained on it. Old Faithful erupts approx. every 90 minutes. By the time you read this it will probably be night time in Yellowstone. Be sure to check it out in the morning.


Yellowstone Geyser Live!
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:47 AM   #6
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Did it last year!

You cannot go wrong in taking a trip to Yellowstone. We did 10 nights, stayed in West Yellowstone KOA, which was a really, really nice park, but had a bit of driving to do each day. Thoroughly enjoyed our trip, as did our four year old and eighteen month old. It is an amazing park - I've now visited it over a dozen times over my lifetime, and keep coming back for more - it never gets old! Looked at staying at Fishing Bridge, but decided to stay with KOA, where we spend most of our trips. Enjoy yourself!
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:55 PM   #7
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Wanted to pick your brains on route.

Wanted to pick your brains.

I will be going to the Grand Tetons Colter Bay RV Park from Ogden Utah heading north then from Colter Bay head north into Yellowstone and out the West Gate to Grizzly Cmapground.

My question is what is the best way to get into Jackson then to Colter Bay with a MH?

I would like to stay on the open highway as much as possible and it seems taking highway 15 north to Idaho Falls then east on 26 then 89 to Colter Bay is the best.

Does anyone have any thoughts on route for me and my MH?
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:00 PM   #8
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Hi Iggy,

I am new to these roads and following mapquest. This is our first big trip in our 2012 solera. Yes, I am a rookie. Sorry I can not help at this time.
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I too have a similar question that did not get addressed in the OP. How does a 25ft or my 34 foot TT handle when going down the mountain roads in MT, CO WY? I traveled some of those roads in a mini van and it was pretty nutty as you know those roads seem to go straight down and for a long time.... Is there a lot more presure on the breaks or is that only if you are over doing it with the speed? I would like to read your feedback regarding those experiances.

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Old 05-23-2012, 06:46 PM   #10
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Been to Yellowstone 2x... Once in the summer when everyone goes & again snowmobiling in the winter when there's almost nobody there.

Awesome place... not to be missed! Suggest check out little grand canyon of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons.

IMHO, Old Faithful is the least of the park.. Have to wait 90 minutes I think. But everyone will want to go see it. There are other areas with much more geyser activity. Incredible wildlife.

Have a great trip!
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JoeyO,

I took my 36 ft fifth wheel to and through the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone then on through the bottom of Montana to Spokan WA. We got to the Grand Tetons by the way of Casper WY, then took hwy 26 to Jackson Hole. We were as high as 10,000 ft going over the mountains east of Jackson Hole. I have also towed through the Colorado Rockies, as well as to Grand Canyon. In my opinion, if you stay with state highways, you should not have any trouble with a 34 TT as long as your tow vehicle is not over its tow ratings. Power is an issue and the higher in altitide you get, the less power you have, but the real issue in my opinion, is one that you touched on, and that is brakes on the down hill stretches. There is an old rule of thumb that states that you go down hill only as fast as you can go uphill. I will usually start the downhill portions of long, steep passes at around 25mph. At this speed, I can control the downhill speed gain much easier. I will usually use just the trailer brakes to control speed if I can as they are electric and do not have hydraulic fluid to boil as they heat up. But be aware, you can still get brake fade with electric brakes! When it gets to the point that the trailer brakes alone will not control my downhill speed, I will then use the combination of tow vehicle brakes along with the trailer brakes to get my speed back down. If you know that you have a long down hill run, keeping your speed down is very important, in my opinion. If it is a really long down hill run, I will stop at a pullout if available and let the brakes cool before continuing on. Just remember, if you get your tow vehicle brakes get hot enough for them to fade and lose effectiveness, you are in for a very scary ride! We pulled our fifth wheel through Yellowstone and did not have any trouble, however, if you get off of the highways and onto some of the mountain backroads, pulling a larger trailer can then get to be a real challenge!

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We're heading up that way the first of June. Staying at Colter Bay for our base station to see the area for 10 days
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:31 PM   #13
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Was there in August 2009. Stayed at campgrounds inside park, had no hookups. Campground was almost empty, hardly anybody there. As others said, sight seed all day, went back to camper, ate, relaxed and went to bed. Got up the next day and did it all over again. We drove all over the park with our TV with no problems, crowds where way down. No bear problems but be warned, the rangers are real strict on open coolers and food left out and unattened camp sites. Only surprise was how cold it got at night, had frost on the punkin" in the mornings. Glad I brought along the Mr Buddy Heater. We had a great time and will go again and again it will be in August after school starts for the kids.
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As I write this I am setting in Grand Teton Park RV Resort. It is located in Morane, Wy just outside Grand Teton National Park on US 26. It is currently 33 degrees out but feels warmer. It has rained and snowed off and on all day. They closed the road at Colter Bay going to Yellowstone for about an hour today while they plowed the road.

I would not let any weather that happens at this time of year stop you from coming here. We are having a good time. We did make the mistake of not packing warm enough clothes, so make sure you pack for this weather. The best thing is NO CROWDS.

You won't have any problem with the RV getting into the park.

Enjoy the trip.
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JDWeir,

I like that strategy, thanks for sharing. I made the trek from WA to IL three times in a minivan and some of those passes were so steep on the descents it was nuts! Having the TT in tow seems like it could get out of hand quickly if your not cautious as well, but pulling over to cool the breaks could be the ticket.

So when using manual only TT breaks on a descent; do you get a feel of when the electric breaks begin to start fading, enough so that you can switch to using the TV breaks?

My 11' Expy has TowMode, is it advisable to leave it in TowMode or would It be smarter to use a lower gear to help maintain lower speeds on some of those downhill descents?

Driving experiance pays in these situations. I'd hate to have to use one of those run off ramps!
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My interest has been peaked to visit yellowstone after reading some of the threads and comments. I am planning a visit in the first week of june. It will be our first big trip with our 2012 solera. I have a few questions to ask. I know its early in the season,but is the weather[snow] create any driving problems? It seems like grizzley rv park is the place to stay. Do I make this my home base and do day trips into the park? Is my 25 ft sprinter ok to run around the park or should I rent a car or take a tour ? Iwould like to stay at Colter Bay and do some day trips from there. I would appreciate any suggestions. THANKS!
Grizzly RV Park is great and sooooo close to the west entrance. After dropping my 5er I had no problem driving everywhere in the park in my truck which is 22 feet long. You won't have any problems in your sprinter. I didn't mind driving into the park each day as we saw something different every time. And the Grand Tetons are very close so don't miss.
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Joey,

If you are familiar with your TT and how it acts when braking, you can feel the brake fade, but sometimes it is subtle and hard to feel. I like to release the trailer brakes every so often to let them cool a bit then reapply them and then you can usually tell that they are losing effectiveness.

As far as the tow mode of your TV, I really don't have any experience with it so I can't tell you how it will work on the down hill runs. Using a lower gear can certainly be helpful controlling your speed especially if you have a gas engine. It does not help as much with a diesel unless you have an exhaust brake. Getting to know how your TV/TT combination reacts in the downhill/uphill situations and what works best to keep it under control will keep you off those runaway ramps!

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Thank you all for the input on visiting yellowstone. I decided on one day in Jackson @ the Virginian,2 days @ Colter Bay in Tetons, 2 days @ Bridge Bay and 2 days @ Fishing Bridge in YS. I will be hitting the road in a couple of days. Thanks again.
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Thank you all for the input on visiting yellowstone. I decided on one day in Jackson @ the Virginian,2 days @ Colter Bay in Tetons, 2 days @ Bridge Bay and 2 days @ Fishing Bridge in YS. I will be hitting the road in a couple of days. Thanks again.
We will be in Colter Bay for 3 days then north to West Yellowstone and 5 nights in the Grizzly Campground. I just can't wait..
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We head that way on the 14 of June. Going to be staying around Mount Rushmoore for 5 days then head to West Yellowstone. We have rental car once we get up there. Figured it would be easier than using camper to get around.
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