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Old 12-30-2014, 08:38 PM   #11
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I'm confused, why cross our great state all the way over to the West entrance, only to go back across the park to fishing bridge? We've done the Devils's Tower to Rushmore to Yellowstone. Traveling on in through Cody, from South Dakota is a good road.
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I am envious! There are many stops on your itinerary that I hope to see someday.

Delivering for Jayco, I made the trip to Mitchell several (many?) times. My preferred route was to stay on I-80 until taking I-380 north near Iowa City. Then US-218 north to Iowa-27 and staying on that until I-35 north. All the roads were very nice and not heavily traveled. I'd spend the night at a private RV campground somewhere along the south side of Clear Lake (sorry, I don't recall the name). The following morning, I'd take I-35 north to I-90 and on to Mitchell.

Mitchell has a nice Cabellas that I believe has free overnight camping.

Fuel in Iowa was usually less than in Illinois so I usually bought fuel at the Flying J in Davenport.

If you are looking for fuel in Indiana, at Toll Road exit #107, go north on 13/131 to the intersection with Indiana Highway 2 (only a mile or two). At that corner there is a Marathon gas station. The prices are usually the best around and they pump A LOT of diesel for a small station. I usually bought fuel there before heading into Middlebury to pick up a trailer.

Hopefully some of this might be helpful. Be safe and have a great trip.
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:30 PM   #13
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Devil's Tower to Sibley Lake, WY is only 208 miles and from there to Fishing Bridge is 188 miles. The road is beautiful and Sibley Lake is a nice Federal campground you can reserve on recreation.gov May be too late, sounds like the arrangements are made. You'll have the time of your lives! Enjoy. We love Yellowstone.
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:31 PM   #14
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Definitely take a Yellow Bus tour. Nice to let someone else do the driving while you can enjoy the views.
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:45 PM   #15
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Wow, that's the trip of a lifetime. I love Yellowstone and the Tetons. Happy camping
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:29 PM   #16
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BigSky - In my initial reading I saw where crossing the Big Horn mountains on US 14 or US 16 was to be avoided due to very steep grades. So, up and over on I-90.

I also read that the road into Yellowstone from the east was very difficult to tow due to narrow road with sharp curves.

Anyhow, that is why that approach. Sounds like you have gone the east way with no difficulty?

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sailor - thanks for the tip - will make reservation.
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We have been to Yellowstone over 30 times from Illinois since 1977. The first 10 years was with truck campers, ever since with TTs. Our current one is a Jayco Octane T29A. We have almost always gone through the Bighorns, often stopping to camp for the night or just picnic. The northern route, 14A, is not for the faint of heart with a big trailer, but you will see TTs, FWs, and MHs all day long on either route. And as stated above, the East entrance through Cody is one of the most scenic ways to enter the park. Remember, every main road to and in the park is passable with any RV, just don't be in a hurry. Just my observations.
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Anyhow, that is why that approach. Sounds like you have gone the east way with no difficulty?

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We had no issue. Our rig is about 30' long, near 8,000 lbs., behind a suburban style TV. The scenery dropping in from that East side is pretty amazing. Used gears as much as possible to avoid the breaks but not unlike coming down Tioga pass in Yosemite. Until then I had no idea what that area of Wyoming was like, we were all very impressed.

You'll have a great time, enjoy the adventure.
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Sounds like an incredible trip!
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