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  1. I think all interstates need improvement. Hope help is on the way. We like secondary highways.
  2. A 'MUST' anytime but the Fall season is absolutely awesome with color. There are two campgrounds - Platte River with electric and dumpstation and waterfill. (We volunteered there 9 Fall seasons) and D.H. Day - no hookups. Get a reservation now as it's an extremely popular place. Nice hiking, scenic drive overlooking the dunes and Lake Michigan, a gentle canoe trip for a couple hours down the Platte River ending at Lake Michigan. The canoe rental is right across from Platte River campground.
  3. At Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park we succeeded in splitting the 3-month requirement with another couple but don't count on that happening often. The big parks like the 3-month commitment because they don't have to be constantly training. Rocky Mountain has over 1,000 volunteers a season. Smaller parks are more laid-back.
  4. Some workers on the road have toy haulers and have it set up as an office. That may be an option for you.
  5. A subgroup of the Escapees RV Club is the Xscapers group. There are typically on the younger side and many have children. Many also work from their RV so they may be able to answer you questions. I believe they have an active Facebook site. https://www.escapees.com/community/xscapers/ Also, you would need your own wifi setup and not rely on RV parks. This couple could help to answer questions. They are also Xscapers. Look under their Technology link for good setup info: https://www.technomadia.com/ I really doubt a RV park clubhouse would let you set up a workspace daily. The clubhouse is used for activities.
  6. We've volunteered a lot during our 16 years of full-timing. Kirk gave some good resource information and as he stated, the national parks will usually want a 3 month commitment. Fish and Wildlife shorter times and state parks shorter times. If you want interpretative Oregon State Parks are a good choice. We gave lighthouse tours at Heceta Head Lighthouse & I see they have an opening for 2022. We also did South Manitou Island Lighthouse summers in Michigan - Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore. Also gave tours at Kartchner Caverns State Park, AZ. Check the park volunteer sites for more openings. Good luck! It gives you a good feeling to help our parks out since they are so short-funded. They will all have space for your RV. We also volunteered at a local school with their early elementary reading program. Many volunteer opportunities out there and with a little experience they will then be easier to come by. https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=get-involved.volunteer-opening&oppId=872
  7. So.... you're asking about staying on the EAST side of Yellowstone so that would be Cody, WY. Check these out: https://www.campgroundreviews.com/regions/wyoming/cody You'll be doing a lot of driving including Sylvan Pass. You won't be in your RV but you'll have 5-6% grades and sharp curves down to the Fishing Bridge/Yellowstone Lake area. Should be fun in the buggy!
  8. No, it's not rare. Grizzlies are commonly seen roadside in Yellowstone and we've seen many black bears close up.
  9. The only one that I know of that bans soft tops & tents is Fishing Bridge campground in Yellowstone. That area has a lot of grizzlies. Other campground in Yellowstone allow soft top campers and tents.
  10. What would be ideal for a single person is a murphy bed or similar. No wasted space. Do some Googling. Here are some: https://www.godownsize.com/rvs-with-murphy-beds/
  11. Things have probably changed since the 1980's. If going through Escapees to set up domicile it can be done in a very short time... a couple days at the most.
  12. Plan to stay in West Yellowstone or the immediate outskirts. Each national park has a great website which includes things to do, map, special alerts regarding fires, road construction, etc. Read them thoroughly and Google the surrounding towns for things to do. Everyone's wants are different and it sounds like you want to reserve various types of accommodations. Also, check back on these websites just before leaving so you're not disappointed on possible closures for various reasons. https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/things2do.htm#onthisPage-0 https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/things2do.htm
  13. You did it the right way rather than most who would just pull in and start draining their oil. We've seen some remnants of oil changes.... not pretty ... plus, they even toss the containers for someone else to pick up.
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