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Old 03-22-2006, 05:29 PM   #1
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Need advice driving to Yellowstone

Need to know if I can pull my 25' Classic 2004 with a Chevy Tahoe LT to Yellowstone .. we would go thru Cody, Wy (least hilly route) to Fishing Bridge.. worried if my Tahoe would be able to pull in that terrain.. if anyone knows, would appreciate advice.. we alway go to Florida or Texas and never have tried the mountains.. Thanks...
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Old 03-22-2006, 05:44 PM   #2
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Well my suggestion would be to check your vehicle's manual and specifications to see what the towing capacity is. I have never gotten much help from the dealers about this sort of thing. Someone here should be of more help to you; however, I think they will want to know what engine and transmission you have. I just wanted to chime in because you are in Oklahoma. There are not many of us Airstream owners here. I am in Chandler, sitting right off old route 66. I'm working on bringing home my second Airstream right now. Nothing new. Have a 78 and working on a 58. Envy you going to Cody, it's beautiful up there.
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Went through there a couple of years ago. There were some pretty steep grades coming into Yellowstone from Cody. We left via the Grand Tetons and went Through Jackson Hole. I seem to remember that it was much more of a gentler descent.
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You will be climbing while towing

There is a moderately steep, winding, somewhat narrow stretch not too far inside the east entrance coming from Cody. I can't recall exactly how long it is but it's ten miles plus. I worked on a Federal Highway survey crew there in the late 80s (so maybe it's wider now) and know every mile of that road. Keep in mind you're climbing up past 7000 feet too. I think the flatest entrance is on the west side through West Yellowstone. BTW it snows (or it did before serious global warming kicked in) every month of the year. Take it slow, enjoy the critters and scenery and bring your fishing gear.
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Old 03-22-2006, 07:32 PM   #5
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Well my suggestion would be to check your vehicle's manual and specifications to see what the towing capacity is. I have never gotten much help from the dealers about this sort of thing. Someone here should be of more help to you; however, I think they will want to know what engine and transmission you have. I just wanted to chime in because you are in Oklahoma. There are not many of us Airstream owners here. I am in Chandler, sitting right off old route 66. I'm working on bringing home my second Airstream right now. Nothing new. Have a 78 and working on a 58. Envy you going to Cody, it's beautiful up there.
Thanks for your reply..I know where Chandler is.. I grew up in Tulsa town and my husband is from Durant.. I will post the transmission etc.. we checked the manual and we are in limits.. we are just worried about the mountains..
We love the Vintage Airstreams.. we love Airstreams any year.. ours is the Silver Palace.. lol she's a beauty as I'm sure yours is too.. thanks..
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Keith ---Don't worry about the grades. The worst thing to happen will be you'll be a little slow at times. As a side note we were there last year and there was a lot of road construction in and around the park. I think there was some on the road in from Cody. You might want to check with the Park service concerning that. If my memory serves me correctly there were some delays coming in that way but it was still open--Pieman
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We took the same trip that you are considering in June '05. Our setup at the time was a 2001 Yukon 5.3 /3.73 diff. towing a 1993 21ft. Sovereign. The Sovereign weighs about 5000lbs. loaded--probably about 2000lbs. less than your rig. We were not very happy with the performance at any significant altitude. We slowed to about 22mph on some occasions! Remember that you lose about 3 to 4% of engine power for every 1000ft of elevation with a gas engine. Our towing experience in June and then again later in fall through Utah, convinced us to ante up for a larger truck. If mountain towing is something that you will do frequently, then a suitable vehicle is desirable. Otherwise just take it real slow.
BTW, it is a fabulous trip!!! Juergen
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Was there a few years ago....went thru Cody. Be sure to stay for the gunfight! You might think it sound 'hokey' but they do a really nice job!!

I was driving a 40' Monaco Dynasty MoHo at the time AND pulling a full size Chevy van. Had no problems with the roads.....you'll do fine !

If you decide to go thru the Tetons into Jackson Hole, be sure to stop at the New York City Sub Shop in Jackson. Owned by a friend.......best subs (done hot on the grill) that you will find anywhere in the West .
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Old 03-22-2006, 09:41 PM   #9
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We live in Utah and travel in Yellowstone almost every summer. The route through Cody is scenic and beautiful, but if most of your towing has been on the flatlands, you will definitley notice the higher elevations (loss of horsepower with the thinner atmoshphere), the steep grades, the curving roads, and other drivers who can be very impatient!

We get into Yellowstone either from the south (Jackson & Grand Tetons) or the west (West Yellowstone) The east side of the park has by far the most mountains - even worse than the road from Cody, is the pass to the north from Fishing Bridge up to Roosevelt. Not that it can't be done, it's just that it is mountainous terrain. For what it's worth, I avoid towing on those passes. Much easier to just drive around.

If you could plan your trip to enter from the south, there are lot's of good campgrounds, and once you're set up it's easy to do a day trip over to Cody (many good tourist things to do there - very historic, museums, etc). Also, there are lots of things to do if you go in through Jackson, and in some ways the scenic Grand Tetons are even better than Yellowstone. The roads are not nearly so steep from the south.

You won't be even close to being the biggest RV in Yellowstone, so it mostly depends on your comfort level for towing in the mountains.

Good trip!
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I was just there last summer. We came in from Cody this trip. We came in fom Lander the trip before. Coming from Lander is much steeper and higher elevation than from Cody. All you should have to do is empty all tanks before leaving Cody and you will be fine. Be sure to plan 3 nights in Cody to see all the sights. The museum is special.

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While I can not speak to your TV-AS towing combo characteristics I wanted to toss out a couple comments for consideration. I have made the trip into yellowstone several times (only once with my Trade Wind) several times towing. So for what it is worth :

Just a reminder that coming from OK you will be running into some mountians before reaching Jellystone. If you are going up to Cheyenne and over on I 80 you will be going though the Medicine Bow mountians. If you go further north into Wyoming and then cross on 14 or 14A, you will be crossing the Big Horns. Either range is fantastic both visually and for camping in my opinion. If my memory is correct, Comming up the Wind River on Hwy 26 from the south east will give you the least terrain to deal with in terms of towing into the park (you would actually come into Grand Teton at Moran Junction), whereas the east entrance is a long steep haul.
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I drove from Copy to Yellowstone towing my 03 Safari 25 with a V8 Explorer. The road is steep, and the altitude high... the power was very weak. The engine compartment developed that "hot" smell, I think it was the transmission. I pulled over often and let the engine idle to cool things down. After the trip I had the transmission fluid changed. When I make this trip again I will have a tranny temp gauge and stay in first gear up the mountain.

The view is beautiful!
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Thank you all for your comments and advice.. we will listen to what you all had to say.. we are a little nervous about the trip.. after hearing from you all, I think we will re-route and enter from the South.. sounds like it will be less "hilly" any more comments are appreciated...
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Thank you all for your comments and advice.. we will listen to what you all had to say.. we are a little nervous about the trip.. after hearing from you all, I think we will re-route and enter from the South.. sounds like it will be less "hilly" any more comments are appreciated...
My wife and I spend much of each summer through to the early fall in and around the Yellowstone area.

As already mentioned, the easiest way, with the best roads, into Yellowstone is through West Yellowstone and the west entrance. Second easiest is through Jackson Hole. Take your choice, and yes, it's normally a nice day trip from Fishing Bridge over to Cody.

Whichever entrance you decide on, if you're towing your trailer NEVER take route 22 over the Tetons from Idaho to Jackson Hole, although it may look like the shortest way on a map if you're coming up from (say) Idaho Falls, or points west in Idaho. (It does have the best view, though, from the top of the Tetons.)

The other "wild card" in your trip planning is to find out what roads they'll be having road construction on this coming summer. That's a particularly important thing to know inside Yellowstone, but also outside the park as well. If you can, try to avoid having to contend with any major construction like the plague when you're towing. I'd check this out with the park service well in advance of finalizing my route, and if it means another 100 miles going to another entrance, it can be well worth it. -- Many times I've see RV's going though some of these construction zones that were covered with mud and gravel from top to bottom. There are one or more major road segments in the park under construction every summer. I don't think there's anything worse in the lower 48 states than Yellowstone 's summer road construction.

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