On day five of our Yellowstone trip, our second full day in the park, we drove up from the Madison Campground to the Mammoth area.
On the way, a stop at Gibbon Falls:
The Gibbon River below the falls:
Arriving at Mammoth, we saw some elk lazing by a building:
While eating lunch on some grass, the rangers started getting excited about elk moving nearby, telling everyone to give them space. A female and young elk wandered through the grass where we had been sitting:
Followed by a bull, who was trying to get them to go back to the others:
The elk back by the building:
The Mammoth terraces:
A nearby bridge and valley:
On the way back to the campground, we encountered a bison jam; just a bison slowly wandering down the road, followed by a line of cars:
As you’ve seen, we have a luxury 40-foot motorhome. So of course we headed out in it immediately, right? Nope. We parked it at our homestead, and picked up a 19-foot rental trailer.
Why?! Because we have had a trip to Yellowstone National Park booked for over a year, where we planned to meet up with several family members. And our 40-foot coach doesn’t fit in Yellowstone, especially when towing a pickup truck.
So after considering many options, including staying outside the park, we decided to stick with our original plan of using a rental trailer, as one last pre-motorhome trip. The main reason being that since we were meeting family, it’d be nicer to be able to all camp together in adjacent campsites.
The trailer itself was a bit of a challenge; we actually went through five trailer bookings over the year or so leading up to the trip; some we cancelled as not being suitable, some stopped being available, etc. The one we ended up with wasn’t ideal, with only a full-sized bed, and as it turned out at the last minute, the shower didn’t work, but those weren’t dealbreakers (the Madison campground in Yellowstone doesn’t have any hookups, so we wouldn’t want to expend water on showers anyway).
Here’s the rental trailer we ended up with, when we picked it up:
It has a full-sized (aka double) bed, with a half-sized bunk above, where we stored clothing:
The tiny bathroom, with non-functional shower (we provided towels for use elsewhere):
And dining area:
Stay tuned for a recap of day 1 of the trip tomorrow.
We just spent five nights in Yellowstone, without any internet access (or shower). It was quite pleasant… well, not so much the no shower part, but that was fine. Now we’re in Missoula, MT for a night (and a shower), on our way home.
Since we have Wi-Fi at the campground, I thought I’d do one more post touring our new motorhome, again using photos from when we first bought it. This time, the basement compartments. It has quite a lot going on under the floor. I’ll post about our Yellowstone trip later.
But first, an exterior compartment that isn’t under the floor; the outside TV and sound bar:
Starting at the passenger-side front, here’s the basement fridge or freezer (it can do either, by setting the temperature):
One of two full-width slide-out trays:
The trays are slid out and in via a switch on the door:
Inside the storage compartments, you can see through to the other side, with a raised rail beam down the center. Plus what looks like a speaker? Not sure about that:
The second slide-out tray, with an electrical outlet:
Next, a smaller compartment, plus the central vacuum container (yes, there’s a central vac):
Air hose and slide room hydraulic compartments:
Chassis batteries and electronics, powering the vehicle side of the coach:
Engine compartment (at the back; it’s a “diesel pusher”, as the diesel engine pushes the coach down the road):
Around to the driver side, the surge protector and 50 amp power cord reel (with powered winder):
The wet bay, with water filter, outdoor shower, black (toilet) and grey (sink) sewer outlet, and water hose reel (also with a powered winder):
The Aqua-Hot hydronic heat system, that uses diesel or electricity to provide heat, continuous hot water, and pre-heat the engine:
Above one of the storage bays from the driver side; the auto-generator starter and the electrical inverter, that provides 110V power from the batteries:
Speaking of, the house batteries, that provide power when not hooked up to “shore power” via the electrical cord:
There are six house batteries (currently flooded cell, but we may change them to AGM or lithium someday):
At the front of the driver side, a bunch of electrical breakers and such:
Behind the front cap of the coach, where a gas-powered RV would have its engine, is instead the 10,000 watt generator, which slides out for servicing:
I hope you were fascinated by this tour under our coach!