I always say "Don't try to know what I know!!!", but I don't know...so I'm reaching out to you kind people, to find out what you know!!! I am very interested hearing from people who have any experience with RVing in National Parks/Forrests. Briefly, here is what we are thinking...
My husband (who drives for a living), myself and our two dogs were going to rent an RV for 10 days and drive from Chicago to The Badlands, then on to Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons (we have visited/hiked Yellowstone & Tetons before). We realize we can't hike in the NP's with the girls, but can in the Forrests. We thought that if we really had to hike in the NP's we would hit the trail early and only be gone for a few hours (only if the weather is conducive to leaving the girls in the RV, which looking at the average temperatures seems like it will be more than ok). We have run a budget and know it's going to be expensive (rental, gas, milage, campgrounds, food, entertainment, etc..) but are ok with that. Our line of thinking is:
1. Never tried it and sounds fun
2. Have to bring the dogs (our first vacation w/pets)
3. Even with conducive weather, don't like the idea of leaving girls in the SUV, if we were to drive our vehicle-feel they would be safer/more comfortable in RV.
4. Don't want to have to worry about finding motels that allow dogs/like idea of being able to pick up and go w/out worrying about motel obligations
Ok, so what do you think? Did I cover the bases? Did I miss something? What am I not thinking of???
ONE SPECIFIC QUESTION: With the average OVERNIGHT lows of 30 degrees in Yellowstone, do we have to be concerned about the water lines freezing? The rental company requires that you drain all of your lines if you will be in below freezing weather, but I wonder if the lines will freeze in 8 hrs.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE for your thoughts, opinions, advice and cautions. WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!!