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Another trip to the Grand Teton/Yellowstone National Parks


We have been to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks several times. We are back once again with one of our daughters and her children since they have never been here. We also brought one of my other daughters daughter who has never seen this place or any mountains.

We were a few days later getting started than we planned due to some issues with our RV. Our first night on the road was okay with no issues. However, on our second day we had a little problem. We were in Raton, NM on the second day. I had not checked our propane supply before we left, so I went out in the morning to check before leaving Raton. When I moved the hose to the propane bottle, I heard a hissing sound a smelled the distinctive odor of propane. One of the connections was leaking. I checked around and there was no RV supply place in Raton. However, I went to the local propane delivery facility and explained my problem. They came out to the camper, took the problem hose off and made another connection at their facility. Problem solved. That only put us about and hour and a half late.

The next night was in Cheyenne, WY. When we arrived at the Cheyenne KOA, the kitchen slide came out crooked . For the third time, one of the bolts in the torque rod had failed and came out. Fortunately, I had purchased two additional bolts last year when I had the same problem. With a little effort and help from a fellow camper, I was able to get the bolt back in the hole with the slide aligned properly. I need to figure out why the bolt keeps sheering. Since I am using a class 8 bolt, this should not be happening.

So the next day we pressed on to Rocksprings, WY. The next morning it was raining and I was trying to stay as dry as possible. I wasn’t going to check the tire pressures because of the rain, but something told me I needed to check them since I had trouble with a leak in the rim of the back left tire. I checked and the pressure was down to 45 psi, essentially flat for a tire that requires 110 psi. Read my previous blog where I detail the problem that I had with a wheel.

Fortunately, there was a tire shop in Rocksprings that worked on large truck tires and sold wheels. I aired the tire up and drove from the campground to the tire shop. They confirmed my suspension that the weld in the wheel was leaking. So I bought a new wheel, even though it didn’t match the other wheels. Hopeful that our troubles were over, we pressed on to the Grand Teton RV Park.

We spent a week in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone area showing the grandkids the sights. They saw Old Faithful and many other geyser fields. From there, we headed for Estes Park.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Grandkids in front of Yellowstone National Park sign

Old Faithful Geyser

Grandkids at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful Geyser

Old Faithful Geyser erupting

Dragon's Breath

Dragon’s Breath at Mud Volcano in Yellowstone National Park

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