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Old 07-31-2020, 02:46 PM   #1
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W Yellowstone MT to Gardiner, MT

RVTW isn't letting me route from West Yellowstone, MT to Gardiner, MT without going through Bozeman and Livingston.

Is there a problem taking 191 and 89 through the park that I'm not aware of?

Using the RV setting in RVTW, if I change to Standard it allows.

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posted signs along the Highway recommend that vehicles over 40' in length not be taken on the road. While this length limit is only a recommendation it should be used as a guideline during trip planning."


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Old 07-31-2020, 03:26 PM   #3
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We drove that exact route a few weeks ago, 30 FT TT and 26 ft truck. I assume the grade south of Gardiner and north of Mammoth Hot Springs is the problem, if I recall it was 7% with some sharp turns. We had no problems. YMMV

We boondocked right off the highway 15 miles north of Gardiner for several days, right on the river.
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Old 07-31-2020, 03:29 PM   #4
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We went last year and there was construction going on inside the park between the West Yellowstone and the North entrances. Down to one lane, sometimes narrower than normal, and we had to wait for a lead truck to follow. I would think that's all finished by now but it would be good to make sure. We did see some larger rigs along the way but it is definitely a slow winding drive.

My plan was to take that route when we left Yellowstone to go home but it didn't take but a couple of drives through the park for me to nix that idea. Traffic was horrible and slow so we decided to take the Bozeman route instead. Quite a bit longer but I have no doubt much quicker. If Gardiner is just a via, then I'd head for Bozeman.
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Old 07-31-2020, 03:38 PM   #5
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Unless they're doing road work that route is OK with a big rig. We did it multiple times with our 40' motorhome towing the Jeep.
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Yellowstone and several other roads in the US and Canada do not allow commercial traffic so our routing program doesn't route you on those roads. RVs are permitted and you will need to switch to Standard Routing to be able to drag your route over those roads.

We drove both those roads last year with no problem.
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Old 07-31-2020, 03:59 PM   #7
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Hi, I've visited Yellowstone many times over the last 30 years or so. I took my 34' foot MH towing a Jeep Cherokee over the road between Mammoth and Madison Junction last year. There was some construction that added about a 1/2 hour to the trip. Other than that it is more than adequate for your RV with toad. I've also driven the road to Gardner from Mammoth and while steep 7% for about a mile the rest is good.

See this: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvis...nstruction.htm

I see where there are currently no construction between Madison and Mammoth but the map shows there are delays between Mammoth and Gardiner. I can't imagine that they will be long enough to offset the extra 100 miles!

Also see: https://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/construction.shtml

Scroll down to US89. Whatever construction in Montana must be completed. No mention of construction near Yellowstone.

You might inquire with a Park Ranger. They will have the latest news. Many of the Park staff stay in Gardiner and drive the road everyday. 18 Wheelers come up and down that road making deliveries in the Park. They are much bigger than you!

I think I would just GO! You might just see something interesting along the way. Isn't that why you are there?
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Thanks all. Just looking at all options.

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