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Fryer5

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Posted: 05/02/19 07:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are leaving for our first ever trip west May 16 and are very excited. We will be leaving from southern Wisconsin heading through Minnesota and west. We pull our 30’ trailer with a 2wd Nissan nv3500. Heading west and into Yellowstone at this time of year, will we need tire chains? If so, van only or van and trailer?

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Posted: 05/02/19 08:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

May. If it snows, it'll be wet heavy stuff that melts practically on contact. Pull off, wait until it melts and move on. It is foolhardy to drive on it (even with chains) if you know it'll be gone in no time at all.
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Posted: 05/02/19 08:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pulling a trailer in snow is a bad idea on mountain roads. If it snows, just wait. It is good to carry chains all the time. Two sets is even better.

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Posted: 05/02/19 08:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We went to Yellow Stone in 2013 the last week in may and they still had 6 feet of snow on some roads. Lake Yellowstone will be frozen over, the park really doesn't get going till May 31st. But it's a great time to visit not to many people and Artist point water fall is really flowing.

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Posted: 05/02/19 10:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yesterday morning checked the weather there. In West Yellowstone in the AM it was 13. We're considering a stop off there after RMNP the end of May also. Now we"re thinking maybe it would be better to stop off there on the way back, towards the end of June.


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WebCams - https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

Just scroll down to see some roads - like the weatherman Looking out the Window.

West Yellowstone still on the side of the roads but looks to be an Easy Drive.

You know what they say about the weather in Yellowstone - "If you don't like it now, Don't worry it's going to Change[emoticon]"

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Our daughter went to college at the University of Wyoming, which is down south in Laramie. She was there for seven or eight years (I forget) for undergrad and doctorate. Every year without fail, it snowed during finals in May.

We had rented a Class C motorhome from Denver so we could just camp in front of her house for graduation instead of driving back and forth to a motel. It snowed so hard on us on the last two days of the trip that we had to wait until the highways reopened so we could drive back down to Denver and catch our flight home. We barely made it.

So yes, expect snow in May.

I don't think I would bother with chains though. If it snows hard enough for chains, pull off the road and wait it out. Wyoming has plenty of vacant spaces and Walmarts.


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If I think I may need them, I carry them

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Posted: 05/02/19 12:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As long as your plans are flexible I would skip the chains.


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Posted: 05/02/19 03:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Road opening dates:

https://www.yellowstonepark.com/news/2015-spring-road-opening


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