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Old 03-28-2012, 11:58 AM   #15
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We love the Black Hills, and have been a number of times (and will return this summer). We may also swing back down to Yellowstone as its been many years since we've been there. You will miss some of the best of the Hills without a toad. Yes, you'll be able to get into most of the major tourist attractions (breaking down camp every time you head out), but there are some fantastic scenic drives that will range from uncomfortable to impossible with your RV. You will not find parking downtown Deadwood for your RV. You'll also be challenged finding space in many of the scenic pull outs at all of your destinations with your RV.

If this is a one time trip in a borrowed or rented RV that would be one thing, (then rent at your destination) but if you own the RV and plan to use it, do yourself a BIG favor and consider a toad. There are many types and styles to choose from and everyone has their personal favorites. We love our Jeep (and in the past, a GEO Tracker) for its ease of set up and as we are comfortable taking it anywhere without fear of doing damage to it. There are many easily passable back roads, especially out west, with even a stock and lightly optioned Jeep that you'd not want to take your Malibu, Mini, or whatever on.

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Old 03-28-2012, 05:23 PM   #16
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jabfado.....On our last trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, we put 500 miles on out toad, just touring around inside Yellowstone. The interior of Yellowstone is shaped like a large "figure 8". No matter where you park, you'll be doing a lot of driving to see the entire park. Most, but not all of the stops in the park have space for a moderately sized RV, but you may wait quite awhile for one of those spots to come open during peak season.

Mt Rushmore has RV parking and since you can see most of it with just one stop, you can park there. At Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, I would get a spot at Fishing Bridge and see about renting a car from Jackson Hole. You can easily stay in Yellowstone and commute to Jackson Hole and see the Tetons.

Or....you can work on your approach to getting a toad. I would be willing to be a personal witness to your wife as to why you need a toad....You could send me a gift card if approved :-)

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Great info my fellow RVer's. I will approach my DW and show her your responses but sure won't show her my inquiry. lol Thanks again all of you. Toad or no Toad that is the question. With or without I will have a great time. Will rent a car like suggested if I can't convince my DW.
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We were in Yellowstone in June with a 28' Class C. Stayed at fishing bridge campground. Rented a car in Cody. It would have been a real pain to drive the class C in Yellowstone.
If you want to pull out at wildlife overlooks, motor home won't fit. Most Geysers have parking but not all. Highly recommend picking up a rental car for Yellowstone.
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More reasons to have a toad than site seeing. It is just good planning. If you break down and it takes several days to fix your MH, then you are not stuck. If your MH is towed you can follow in the car and be free of it until fixed. Midnight emergency, you are able to get quickly to aid. Some one get sick and need to rest, they can do it in the MH while the other gathers perscriptions etc. The list goes on.
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We made the same trip our first year of motorhoming. Like some others, I wouldn't recommend either area without a car. Your MH will not fit through some of the rock formations near Mt. Rushmore and you will want to explore more than your MH will allow in Yellowstone.

The Mt. Rushmore KOA has rental cars (as another poster mentioned) and the Cody KOA is by the Cody Airport which has an Enterprise.

We used each of these and had a great trip!!

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