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Old 01-28-2014, 04:35 PM   #15
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Try Custer State Park. Very reasonable and lovely spot to stay. You just need to book ahead. We stayed at Stockade Lake North and enjoyed it a lot.

SD GFP | State Parks | Directory | Custer State Park | Campgrounds | Stockade North Campground

There are also several National Forest campgrounds in the area.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:57 AM   #16
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X2 for Beaver Lake Campground in Custer.
great owners nad good location.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:43 AM   #17
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We are partial to Game Lodge camp ground in Custer State park, offers electric at site and has dump and fill station on site. Very roomy sites. The other camp grounds in the park are electric but no dump, all are nice and can't beat the price if you can go without full hook ups
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:50 AM   #18
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Custer State Park is nice.

Mt. Rushmore KOA is really nice.....Here is the link:

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On Mt Rushmore KOA. We were there last May, 5 minutes to Rushmore and right down the road from Crazy Horse (rip off!) and Custer.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:37 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the information specially what roads to stay off of. When we get to Mt Rushmore/Custer state park area we probably stay at one RV park and drive to the other points of interest.
Thanks again and Happy Trails to all
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:30 AM   #20
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We stayed at Heartland, in Hermossa. Passport discount.[pool and hot tub/wifi]. Located just right. We drove car all around, over, and every which way. So much to see and do. Did not like Deadwood. Everything is focused on gambling. Spearfish canyon is splendid, as are the "loops",[ DO NOT PULL/DRIVE RIG thru tunnels"} iron mtn rd. needles hwy., wildlife in Custer state park. Hailstorm at Crazy horse, looked like snow in September[95 degrees]. Mount Rushmore is more "business-like", then "park-like". So comercial. Golden age pass not accepted at Rushmore. Paid $11.00 for parking, no entrance fees.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:33 AM   #21
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One more thing. When going thru tunnels, use the pull-outs. Then look back thru the tunnel. They [3 tunnels], are oriented so the faces on Rushmore can be seen. Neat...
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:01 PM   #22
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There are good reasons NOT to RV the Needles or Iron Mountain Hwys.

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Most people are so intent on staying off the sides of these tunnels(well except this guy) they don't realize, depending on which direction you're traveling, that in every tunnel you can see Mt. Rushmore from inside the tunnel. That's why we did Needles and Iron Mountain in BOTH directions.

Edit: Also, don't miss Wind Cave NP. We entered the park from the southeast(Dirt) off of hwy. 79 (we stayed in Hermosa) and saw way more wildlife than we did doing the Custer Loop. The cave itself should not be missed as well.
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By looking at the picture in your post it appears that the guy will fit thru the tunnel. Why can't you use the tunnel?
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Yes, he made it through the tunnel...but, he left a lot of paint and most of his side marker lights on the inside of the tunnel. He reshaped most of the metal on that side as well. In addition to all the crunching, he had to listen to all that screaming from the DW. There are size warning signs all over the place...he ignored 'em. I guess some smaller TCs might make it without contact...I wouldn't want to chance it though.
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We've seen tour buses go through these tunnels. They pull in their mirrors and at that will have only inches of clearance. There's one tunnel in particular where they pull out just far enough to let the passengers out and then back up so they can all get photos of the bus in the tunnel.

It's possible, but these guys do it all the time and, no doubt, got some training on exactly how to approach each tunnel. I'd put this in the "don't try this at home" category.
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Yes, he made it through the tunnel...but, he left a lot of paint and most of his side marker lights on the inside of the tunnel. He reshaped most of the metal on that side as well. In addition to all the crunching, he had to listen to all that screaming from the DW. There are size warning signs all over the place...he ignored 'em. I guess some smaller TCs might make it without contact...I wouldn't want to chance it though.
IC thanks for the heads up. I've waxed my sides enough that I don't want to scrap off the wax.
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We drive the Iron Mountain road in our dually and let me tell you, the road is narrow. We could not squeeze past bicyclists also riding on the road. They had to stop and get completely off the road to let us by. It was a great drive but definitely not for an RV.
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another vote for beaver lake campground.
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