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Old 05-12-2010, 05:34 AM   #1
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The Beartooth Highway?

Have any of you attempted a trip from Yellowstone across the beautiful Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge, MT with a 30ft Airstream? We took this route in an automobile years ago and it was the most beautiful trip I think we've ever undertaken in North America. We spotted a mama Griz with her cubs and lots of game during the venture. I seem to recall numerous switch backs above Red Lodge. A google search may help me; however, I'd appreciate some advice from any of you that have made the haul. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:27 AM   #2
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When we made the loop from Cody to Red Lodge in June of '08 they were still plowing the road to clear the snow. Followed a Bambi and it was a little hard for him in a couple of places on the switchbacks close to the top on the west side. I was glad I left my 28' in Cody. But that's just my way of thinking.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:31 AM   #3
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We took that route several years ago with a full sized van and 24 foot SOB trailer. Just take it nice and slow and enjoy the ride and views.

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Old 05-12-2010, 07:44 AM   #4
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Breathtaking! The scenery AND the road.

We have a 22' trailer and made it. so 8' extra feet should fit. AND that bending in the middle feature really helps getting around turns!

Be sure to fuel up before heading up. We were on fumes on the way down...
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:57 AM   #5
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My father and I went over the highway 6 years ago while on our way to visit relatives in Montana. These pics were taken on Memorial Day weekend. There were still skier's on the slopes. Most of the road was clear - maybe a few small patches of snow but nothing to be concerned about. The road was narrow at the very top as you can see from the picture but shouldn't pose too much trouble if you take it slow. If I recall there was a small forestry campground on the Wyoming side and some other campgrounds like this down in the valley on the Montana side (south side of Red Lodge)


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Yes, the alpine scenery west of the crest is sublime in its beauty! Couple years back I met a couple from our area who'd been living in Red Lodge a few years. He volunteered that their local auto garages make a killing rescuing vehicles that don't make it.

Going west to east? That's the downhill direction. I'm glad I have my Allison tranny to help in such cases! Ford diesel trannys are similarly "intelligent" and tough. You'd really want to go down with a minimum of braking.

I've always wanted to go up there again. Susie keeps putting the nix on doing that with the Airstream. I finally bought into it while in Glacier last September. Mount Cleveland, the tallest peak in Glacier at 10,448', is still short of the road going over Beartooth pass.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:50 AM   #7
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Beartooth is a gorgeous, breathtaking, awe inspiring, knuckle whitening drive! Beartooth is our favorite of all the high places we've been, but we'd not take our 30' AS over. Anyway, leaving it on one side just means you get to do the drive twice, once over and once back-yea! We encountered rv's pulled aside and some smoking and crawling up at a snail's pace when we made the trip. We are all different, but we'd enjoy the drive much more if not concerning ourselves about the load we'd be toting with our Gypsy. Enjoy the trip--we're more than a little envious of anyone taking the Beartooth this summer ~G
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A beautifull road! We've pulled the Beartooth from Red Lodge. As the Canoeman said, the downhill trip could be hairy if the brakes are not in top shape. Well worth the trip!
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Thanks for all the comments folks. Stay tuned while we make our decision. We feel really good about our Duramax but the length of the trailer is of concern. August should be a good month to cross as we once crossed in July with no problems and no Airstream. What a drive it was! Thanks again.
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Towed my 25' Tradewind up this pass last july. No problem at all. I had been a little apprehensive because of comments I read here and elsewhere but it was really not a problem. I don't think you have any thing to worry about. Just take it easy. The view is amazing! It must be the best way to enter Yellowstone.
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If you look very carefuly far down the mountain on the lower side of the road you'll see several crashed Airstreams that didn't make it, either going or coming.

I believe that Airstream corporate management encourages Airstream owners to tow their trailers over the Beartooths as a way of keeping production volumes up. Plus, with no survivors to report otherwise, they can continue to report these units as still being on the road.

Caravan anyone?
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If you look very carefuly far down the mountain on the lower side of the road you'll see several crashed Airstreams that didn't make it, either going or coming.

I believe that Airstream corporate management encourages Airstream owners to tow their trailers over the Beartooths as a way of keeping production volumes up. Plus, with no survivors to report otherwise, they can continue to report these units as still being on the road.

Caravan anyone?
Hey Flyfisher,

Would it be safe to assume you viewed all of this while towing yours?

Can't wait to wet a line.

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Have never taken the Beartooth route. Several years back the wife and I were tent camping and took the Chief Joseph Hwy. on the way from Cody into Yellowstone using the north entrance. Great trip. But then again we werern't towing anything and had a rental car. I don't remember that route being such that I would hesistate to make the same trip with my truck and airstream. A lot of uphill and switchbacks. Also didn't have the same altitude as the Beartooth route either. But it likewise was a specacular ride. If I'm out that way again with my trailer I would take it again and try and spend a couple of days along the way too. If I had the opportunity to hit the Beartooth trail I think I would give it a go without my trailer. At least for the first time and then make a decision as to giving it a go with. Better safe than sorry. Half the battle is avoiding any suprises as you go around a bend.
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Have never taken the Beartooth route. Half the battle is avoiding any suprises as you go around a bend.
The Beartooth is scary, but completely worth it.
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