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Old 12-09-2017, 06:39 PM   #1
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Possibility of a big rig staying in national parks

I was hoping to hear from some big rig owners that have actually stayed inside national parks. I read a lot and get a lot of information about it and I understand that each Park will vary. However my question is in regards to those parks that do allow big rigs what has been your experience? We total out at about 59 feet total. That includes our 36-foot motorhome plank a flatbed car hauler. Are there any national parks that would allow our situation? If so which ones? If not have any of you detached a trailer so that you could pull the motor home in? If so what would you do with the trailer?

On a related note we were wondering how hard it would be with are set up to park on to BLM land or Forest Service land? I am assuming that it would be easier but then again I could be wrong about that as it may be harder to find a spot for something so big. If anyone knows that please tell me. We're going to be spending the next couple years out west meaning anywhere in the mountain and Pacific time zones so any advice from someone that pulls something as big as ours or longer would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:48 PM   #2
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Coming up past the Imperial Dunes by Yuma we observed a couple 45 MH with at least 30' stackers boon docking. There were a number of easy off areas where they could have left the road surface.
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I travel a lot in the PNW during fire season. I am about 53' OAL, truck and trailer. While I am staying at a area established by the management team, I have traveled over hundreds of thousands of acres. I will be going back to many of them when I get a chance to travel more for fun.

There on public land in WA and OR the are an almost unlimited number of areas you can easily get in.
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We have stayed in numerous national parks with our Coach. I will admit that you must be careful with driving in, low branches, width and dips can cause some serious damage on your RV. I was pulling a U turn in the red wood forest drive through tree and clipped our left bay door number 4 on a parking lot post. It is not bad and can be fixed but I know it is there. We have stayed outside the grand canyon in a few national forests with no issue, Oregon had a few BLM spots we were able to fit into. I know in a few years when we upgrade to a 45 foot coach our choices will be less but I feel confident we can find spots to park. Imperial dunes on your way to Yuma right hand side right before the rest area can fit big rigs and trailers as well.

Be safe, watch your six and happy travels.
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Your MH is only 36 feet. That's what matters.
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Actually it is a 38 foot diesel pusher.
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Watch out if you want to go to Zion NP. from their brochure:

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Visitors requiring traffic control
through the tunnel must pay a $15
fee per vehicle in addition to the
entrance fee.


Large Vehicles
Vehicles 11’4” tall or taller, or 7’10”

wide or wider, require one-lane traffic control
through the tunnel. Large vehicles cannot travel
in a single lane through the tunnel. Nearly all
RVs, buses, trailers, fifth-wheels, dual-wheel
trucks, campers, and boats require
traffic control.
Large vehicles may only travel through the
tunnel from:
• Nov. 5 to March 3 from
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
•March 4 to March 10 from
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• March 11 to April 28 from
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

PROHIBITED VEHICLES though the tunnel
Vehicles over 13’1” tall
• Semi-trucks and commercial vehicles
• Vehicles carrying hazardous materials
• Vehicles weighing more than 50,000 lb.
Combined vehicles or buses over 50 ft.
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Not a National Park but the second biggest State Park in the USA is Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota near Mt Rushmore is a great place to stay and use your toad to see the surrounding area. There are several campgrounds in the park that will accommodate your rig and if you call in advance they will try to get a place to park your trailer.
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Thanks for the information. I will have the wife log this in our travel book.
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Actually it is a 38 foot diesel pusher.
I am pretty sure he was referring to the OP's rig which he said is 36'.
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Ahh, my apologies.
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Although we have not been to any of the NPs back East, the ones in the west all seem to have a number of RV parks just outside of the parks that can accept the larger rigs with no problem.

Again, the ones we have been in, the traffic is so "intense" that it is easier to drive through in our toad, than to even THINK of driving our MH in.
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Thanks for the info so far. We'd like to hit some of the big ones this year but haven't decided where yet. Of course that would include Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Glacier, Grand Teton, Crater, Grand canyon, Arches, etc. Not all but that's why I posted this question to see if there are some we can get into and actually stay on. Naturally we'll look at sites just outside the parks if necessary, but it would be nice to wake up IN the park and not have to worry about unhooking.
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Possibility of a big rig staying in national parks

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.....that's why I posted this question to see if there are some we can get into and actually stay on. Naturally we'll look at sites just outside the parks if necessary, but it would be nice to wake up IN the park and not have to worry about unhooking.

If you wish to keep the trailer attached during a stay, parks away from the main venue are your only likely choices.
But, to explore a place, why would you tour with everything connected?
And why is unhooking a worry?
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