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Old 06-23-2015, 11:15 AM   #1
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Seeing Yellowstone in a Motorhome

Hi All,
My family and I have a big trip coming up, leaving NY and heading out west in our 42 foot diesel pusher. This is our first trip with the RV, been travel trailering for the past few years. A quick list of some of our big stops:
Yellowstone
Grand Teton
Arches
Bryce
Zion
Las Vegas
Grand Canyon
Lake Powell
Great Sand Dunes
Mammoth Caves

Some other stops too, just to break up the driving, but those are the biggies.

My question is whether or not we should tow a vehicle. It seems there are clear advantages and disadvantages to towing and we can't decide what to do.
Advantages - Easier to tour the parks in the towed vehicle, flexibility to run out for milk, etc.
Disadvantages - A hassle to tow and unhook at every stop, lower mpg's, wear and tear...

Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. We leave next Monday and we are really torn.

Thanks,
Mike
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Tow a car..

We did Yellowstone and glad we had a toad...

Besides, with you being 42ft... you'd have a hell of a time finding parking in the parks.. especially in the summer when things are really crowded..
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:30 AM   #3
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Hi All,

My family and I have a big trip coming up, leaving NY and heading out west in our 42 foot diesel pusher. This is our first trip with the RV, been travel trailering for the past few years. A quick list of some of our big stops:

Yellowstone

Grand Teton

Arches

Bryce

Zion

Las Vegas

Grand Canyon

Lake Powell

Great Sand Dunes

Mammoth Caves



Some other stops too, just to break up the driving, but those are the biggies.



My question is whether or not we should tow a vehicle. It seems there are clear advantages and disadvantages to towing and we can't decide what to do.

Advantages - Easier to tour the parks in the towed vehicle, flexibility to run out for milk, etc.

Disadvantages - A hassle to tow and unhook at every stop, lower mpg's, wear and tear...



Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. We leave next Monday and we are really torn.



Thanks,

Mike

Mike,

You have a nice trip planned. You will regret it if you don't tow. Towing 4 down is pretty easy & doesn't add more than 10 minutes to hookup time.


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Tow a car. Mpg is minimal. You won't be able to stop and get out very at very many vistas in the NP with a 42'.
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Nice trip. Wish we were going with you. How long? There are many less tangible reasons to tow a vehicle. Break downs in the middle of nowhere, medical emergencies, re-supply, etc.
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I have done many on your list in a car, and now with the motor home I would still want to do them in a car. There are many sights in Yellowstone you simply won't see without a car. I tow on a dolly and while more trouble to hook up and disconnect, the use of the car is invaluable once you reach a destination.
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Awesome trip! Sounds fantastic.

I vote tow!

I tow a motorcycle, but you will loose a lot if you try to actually see the parks in the RV. Every place you go will be tight with that big rig. You will enjoy parking base camp, sight seeing, and returning to a already set up base.

Enjoy the trip!

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Ok. Thanks for all of the input. Since I value the opinions I get from all of the eperience on this forum, looks like we will tow.

I'm glad I asked.

It is roughly a 5-week trip. We are are psyched and a bit nervous, but mostly psyched.

Thanks again for the advice and well-wishes.

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We were just in Yellowstone with our 43 footer, most of the pull off areas to see the thermal sites have signs saying "No RVs or buses allowed". We were glad we had our Toad or we would have missed many of the great sites. You can see some of the large sites, Old Faithful, Mamouth Hot Springs, but even there the parking would be tight for a 40+ coach.

Take a toad.

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Take a toad for all the reasons mentioned. If you have any kind of breakdown you have a vehicle. Mileage won't make much of a difference.
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It's a no brainer.....tow a car. You'll be able to see so much more. There is a tremendous amount of driving in Yellowstone and a car is the way to go.
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Tow and don't leave home with out it. We have a 42' and if you want to sight see you need the car. Sometimes we put on more miles on the tow car than the MH.
Have a great trip
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Ok. Thanks for all of the input. Since I value the opinions I get from all of the experience on this forum, looks like we will tow.

I'm glad I asked.

It is roughly a 5-week trip. We are are psyched and a bit nervous, but mostly psyched.

Thanks again for the advice and well-wishes.

Mike
You, sir.. are one lucky man... that sounds like a trip dreams are made of for working stiff's like us...

Please regale us with updates, posts and pictures of such a magnificent trip...

God bless and safe travels !!
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Definitely tow a car along. We took an RV to Yellowstone a few years ago without a toad. We thought we could get into the parking lots early and be gone before the crowds got there. One day we arrived at one of the attractions about 6:00 am. We made a quick tour and headed back to the parking lot. In the 1/2 hour we were gone the parking lot filled up. We got parked in by someone squeezing their car between us and someone parked at the far side of the adjacent stall.


We tried several times to get the rangers to tow away the illegally parked car, but they would have none of it. The owners didn't return to their car until late in the afternoon. We wasted a whole day waiting. The only redeeming moment was when the Ranger walked up to the driver and gave him a ticket for illegal parking.


Lesson learned. We will never again go to any tourist destination without a toad. The motorhome will stay in the campground, and the toad will get us from one attraction to the next.
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