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Old 05-31-2009, 08:43 AM   #1
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Well we took our first major, major trip by treking 900 miles to Yellowstone for 2 weeks. We did 3 nites in Jackson, West Yellowstone, Fishing Bridge RV - inside the park, and Gardiner. This type of trip was perfect for the trailer, as we could dump it off for a few days and use it as a base camp. Yellowstone in May is very pretty, but you have to contend with snow (at Fishing Bridge we were wedged between 2 melting snow banks) and road/trail closures, but other than Memorial weekend, the park was very lightly attended. We did Wal-mart camping on the trip out, and found a parking place to allow the dining and bedroom slides to come out, which made it very comfortable.



The Kingston did fine, we had a few items fall from the large rear cabinets on some rough roads (many of the roads were suffering from water damage or the start of construction projects) - We used a rubber band to keep the doors closed after that. Being early season we used the furnace and our addedelectric heater quite a bit(we have the fireplace but found the heater portion is too small to do much good). The propane usage of the trailer still impresses me, we filled up one of our tanks about halfway through (which was still on its original loading back in August). We also had a strange problem with one of the Fantastic fan thermos, which had vibrated itself off the set screw.



We should have listened to the RV net posts about replacing the cheap plastic access door holders with metal ones, as the basement door holder to the connection panel broke early on, and there are no RV shops around. We also had the door frame for the generator panel (front of trailer) start to pop out, and one of the basement doors sticking.



We had quite a few people with trailer envy of our rear electric jacks, they really paid for themselves in making it easy to move every few days. My biggest complaint on setup/takedown is that our sewer connection is too low on the frame, we had several parks that raise their sewer access about 6 inches off the ground and that is about how high our sewer access is. I noticed most others (including a couple of cruisers we saw, have a much higher access point).



After two weeks, I can say that I was not really looking forward to getting home and getting out of the trailer, it is such a comfortable trailer. The only compromise we made was avoiding the regular Yellowstone campgrounds, since they have such limited space for a 32' 5th with a large pickup. But in return, we got full hookups every night.



Gas milage for me was interesting, towing around Yellowstone I got about 12mpg (45mph), smaller highways about 10-11, and down to 8.5 mpg through Nevada where wedid 72mph which seemed to be asfast as the rig felt comfortable doing without much vibration (Diesels hate to go 72mph, but we hated to spend any more time than necessary to get through Nevada). The Nevada speed limit is 75. The biggest problem with my rig, is that you tend to forget you have a 11k lb trailer behind you!



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Old 05-31-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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Sounds like you had a great time. We loved Yellowstone over Labor Day. Glad it all worked well.
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Nice report. Sounds like minor issues and a great time!
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Old 05-31-2009, 12:41 PM   #4
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Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. We have done Yellowstone numerous times. Never this early tho. The best time there was after Labor Day for us.

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Old 06-01-2009, 12:58 PM   #5
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What's Yellowstone like in early July ?

Anybody been there that time of year ?
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Anybody been there that time of year ?
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Old 06-03-2009, 12:25 AM   #7
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We are heading to Yellowstone last week in June and first week of July,was wondering if the park is pet friendly ?
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Old 06-03-2009, 02:55 AM   #8
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We were in the park the second week of July of 2007 and the park was not crowded. It had been dry for several months prior to that time and the gysers and pools were not as pretty as they were when we were there previously. However, it is a great place to seeunder any condition.



With fuel prices being lessthan they were in 2007 there may be more people deciding to explore the park this year.
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Old 06-03-2009, 01:16 PM   #9
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What are the temps like in July?
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Me and Susan will be at Yellowstone June 21 thru 28. Parked at the west side, at a place called Lionshead resort. In the neighborhood, give us a shout.
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