I don't know if this is the right forum, but here goes:
My wife mentioned she wanted a “camper” about three years ago. So, we looked and found a used 1995 Jayco Eagle bunkhouse model –as it turns out, it was a very nice camper and really enjoyed it. We needed a truck to pull it with, and after some internet searching and a couple of test drives, settled on a 2012 Ram 2500.
We got another travel trailer, a 2015 Jayflight 28BHBE. It was clear my sons would soon be longer than the bunk beds in the one we had, despite how much I liked it.
Last summer (in 2014), we decided on a trip west; I asked and received many good suggestions from the folks here on the forum.
Being the CDO type (that is Compulsive Disorder: Obsessive, which is nothing more than your normal obsessive compulsive disorder, but with the acronym in the proper alphabetical order, as it should be!
) I very carefully planned the trip and route, again with good suggestions from folks here on the forum.
The trip is 52 days in length. There are 12 travel days of between 300 miles and 350 miles each day. Roughly 8 days are devoted to the Badlands and Black Hills areas of South Dakota, roughly 18 days are devoted to the Yellowstone area, and roughly 14 days are devoted to the Grand Teton area.
While travel has been meticulously planned, the time spent at each area is fairly unscheduled. The only planning done outside of travel was to try to make a list of things to be sure to experience. The list is long, and I am certain only a small portion of the list will be accomplished.
My wife and older son (16 years old) are doing the entire trip. I will be at work except for a two week period during which I, my younger son (14), and my step-father will be joining the rest of the family by plane in Wyoming. We spent quite a few evenings this past winter researching routing, learning and practicing first-aid, and discussing, planning, and rehearsing safety on the road and on the trail.
We spent quite a few Saturday and Sunday afternoons in practice driving sessions. This is one thing I would not do again – I should have found someone else to work with my wife on the driving. When all is said and done, I think my wife is doing well, but it was not the right way to go about it
She continues to find backing up challenging – so do I – but I feel if you wait until you are perfect you will probably never do anything.
I want to extend a big “thank you” to the many folks here on the forum. I appreciate the help and suggestions for this trip. If you suggested we do something on this trip and we end up not doing so, please do not be offended – there is so much I think I could do this trip ten times.
The trip began today – not much to say, as it is a travel day. I will update with the results of this first day of travel tomorrow. Here are pictures of our rig and my wife and older son, ready to go.