Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Navigation, Routes & Roads
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-24-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
micki49's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 296
Blog Entries: 1
Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone

We are at Mt. Rushmore and would like to go to Yellowstone next. Can anyone tell me the best RT. to take and how the Mts. are before you get to Yellowstone. I have never driven in the Mts. before, just the foot hills of the Mts.
Thanks for the help.

PS
Where are some good places to stay outside of the park.
__________________

__________________
Dan and Micki (Dogs/Kids) Reece and Zoey
2008 Monaco Knight
micki49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-24-2013, 03:13 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Steve Ownby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cosby, Tn
Posts: 6,399
Quote:
Originally Posted by micki49 View Post
We are at Mt. Rushmore and would like to go to Yellowstone next. Can anyone tell me the best RT. to take and how the Mts. are before you get to Yellowstone. I have never driven in the Mts. before, just the foot hills of the Mts.
Thanks for the help.

PS
Where are some good places to stay outside of the park.
We took I90 to Buffalo, WY and then US16 over the Big Horns. There is a big turn out at Powder River Pass at the top were its ok to over night. You should spend a few days at Cody. The Buffalo Bill Museum is really well done. Then it's an easy drive into Yellowstone. We were in a 40' DP towing and was no problem. Outside the park, Grizzly in West Yellowstone gets good reviews.
__________________

__________________
Steve Ownby
Full time since 2007
2003 Monaco Signature
Steve Ownby is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 03:34 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
micki49's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 296
Blog Entries: 1
That looks like a good way to go and I think I will give it a go. I have never driven in the Mts. could you please tell me in what gear is the best to go up and come down in. We are in a 38ft Monaco Knight 360 Cummins, pulling a 2007 Ford Edge.
Thank you.
__________________
Dan and Micki (Dogs/Kids) Reece and Zoey
2008 Monaco Knight
micki49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 03:40 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
WesinRockies's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 581
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Ownby View Post

We took I90 to Buffalo, WY and then US16 over the Big Horns. There is a big turn out at Powder River Pass at the top were its ok to over night. You should spend a few days at Cody. The Buffalo Bill Museum is really well done. Then it's an easy drive into Yellowstone. We were in a 40' DP towing and was no problem. Outside the park, Grizzly in West Yellowstone gets good reviews.
While at Cody check out the dug up gun museum for a Donation it is a cool piece of history, we enjoyed Grizzly, I am sure there are cheaper places but Grizzly is easy.
__________________
Sally, Hailey (Shih Tzu) and Me!
08 Revolution LE 40E
12 Jeep Wrangler,10 FLHX
WesinRockies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 03:45 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Spinner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: MN
Posts: 292
That's the route we took as well. As for driving in the mountains, going up keep your RPMs up, 2000-2200, and watch your temp. If temp gets too high, downshift or pull over and let it cool down. Going down use your exhaust/engine brake and manually select the gear you used to go up. Don't ride the brakes and don't be in a hurry.

There are a lot of rv parks with narrow sites in Cody. If you don't need full hookups, try Buffalo Bill State Park, they are 6 miles west of Cody. If you can get by with no hookups, try any of the national forest CGs between Cody and East Entrance.
__________________
Spinner & Gang
2000 MADP ISC350 2003 Jeep Liberty toad
"Working towards the next vacation!"
Spinner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 03:52 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Steve Ownby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cosby, Tn
Posts: 6,399
Quote:
Originally Posted by micki49 View Post
That looks like a good way to go and I think I will give it a go. I have never driven in the Mts. could you please tell me in what gear is the best to go up and come down in. We are in a 38ft Monaco Knight 360 Cummins, pulling a 2007 Ford Edge.
Thank you.
US16 Climbs out of Buffalo for several miles. It's not excessively steep so just pick a gear that I'll let your Cummins rev up to around 2000 rpm. On the way down just keep your exhaust brake on. If the exhaust brake selects 2nd you should be ok. If 3rd will keep your speed stable there are long stretches that 3rd will be fine. Relax & enjoy the scenery.
__________________
Steve Ownby
Full time since 2007
2003 Monaco Signature
Steve Ownby is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
BFlinn181's Avatar
 
Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 16,255
Going up, keep revs up into power band RPMs of your engine. You'll know it's time to downshift as temperature gauge goes up, downshift. Going down, use the engine brake and only use foot brakes when you need to. Apply foot brake firmly to drop speed about 10 mph then let foot off completely until you need to slow down 10 mph again.
__________________

Bob & Donna
'98 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager DP being pushed by a '00 Beetle TDI
BFlinn181 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 04:12 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
micki49's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 296
Blog Entries: 1
Thanks all for the great info.
__________________
Dan and Micki (Dogs/Kids) Reece and Zoey
2008 Monaco Knight
micki49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 05:50 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Where ever we stop
Posts: 537
Our preferred route from Cody to Yellowstone is via the Chef Joseph Hwy to the NE YS gate. The scenery is fantastic and there's a lot less traffic. I also think the grades are easier than the direct route from Cody to YS east gate.

We've done both and now will always use the CJ Hwy.
__________________
Chet
Monaco 2004 Signature 45' Castle IV Detroit 60
Towing 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel
super_rep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 07:03 PM   #10
Community Moderator
 
"007"'s Avatar


 
Nor'easters Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 26,804
If you think you may have a problem with mountain driving read these threads.
__________________
98KSCA, 99MACA, 03 KSCA-3740- 8.1 Chev-- ALLISON Trans, now in good hands
VISIT the NEWMAR QUICK TIPS & EASYMODS 1 & 2
QUICK TIPS # 3
RV SYSTEMS & APPLIANCES & RECALLS --- TECH INFORMATION
"007" is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 07:06 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
tedgard01's Avatar


 
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Posts: 3,011
Why not consider going to the iRV2 rally in Iowa that starts on September 8th first, then head out after the rally....

See this thread;

http://www.irv2.com/forums/calendar....1&day=2013-9-8
__________________
tedgard01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 09:02 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
BFlinn181's Avatar
 
Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 16,255
While the Chief Joseph Highway is pretty, it is much longer than going from Cody to YNP East Entrance. Look on Google maps and you'll see Hw 296 has switchbacks and many more twists than US 14, 16, 20 from Cody to East Entrance, 52 miles. Cody to YNP NE entrance is 87 miles. Also if you look at a map US 14, 16, 20 follows the Shoshone River, thus is a pretty flat road. Chief Joseph Highway follows a creek part of the way but does go over the spines of some mountains.
__________________

Bob & Donna
'98 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager DP being pushed by a '00 Beetle TDI
BFlinn181 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2013, 10:00 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
micki49's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 296
Blog Entries: 1
Thanks again for all the great info.
__________________

__________________
Dan and Micki (Dogs/Kids) Reece and Zoey
2008 Monaco Knight
micki49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.