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Old 09-15-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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what the H%#$^ were they thinking

many of you have traveled the Needles Highway in Custer State Park in S.D. in a car/motorcycle but have you ever tried in a RV thru the tunnels?
we were just leaving scenic viewing area at Cathedral Spires area when coming up the road was a RV. hurried out-of lot to be ahead of it.
as you'all know road passes Needles Eye & #5 tunnel (12'0 high & 8'4" wide) rv was 100' or so behind us, I told DW to keep video camera rolling & sure enough as we were exiting tunnel, there was all this scraping/banging as it was coming thru. I'm not sure how he got this far,tunnell #6 is only slightly larger. this was one of those SPRINTER class C cabover models. didn't stick around to see what kind of damage they had. Wonder if it was a Rental Unit?


Guess they didn't read tunnel heights/widths first
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I saw a 5th wheel stuck in there once. What were they thinking?
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I'd got in front of him and waved him over to warn him but that's just me.
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Yes, me too. Have often been warned I'm about to enter a one way street from the wrong end, or enter a town centrum that I wouldn't have a hope of getting out again, and it has always been much appreciated.
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What is it that PBS show used to sign off with.. OH.. READING IS FUNDAMENTAL..

Alas, not all can read I recall a movie or TV show episode, staring Dennis Weaver as a truck driver who could not read.

And then there ..... are......those......who.......le...ar...ne...d.... .. to ...re...ad...... li..ke......this.

2 Sundays ago I got tapped to do the Bible Reaings in church... No problem got a complement on how well I did.

So what's the point: Some folks DO not read the signs

Others CAN not read the sign fast enough and thus do not know that their 12.5 by 8.5 foot RV will not make it through the 12' by 8' tunner undamaged.
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Well... Whadd'ya Know?

Our friends, the wonderful RV Geeks, have a video of Iron Mountin Road AND Needles Highway!!
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.....coming up the road was a RV. hurried out-of lot to be ahead of it........

Give any fleeting thought to trying to stop him?
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many of you have traveled the Needles Highway in Custer State Park in S.D. in a car/motorcycle but have you ever tried in a RV thru the tunnels?
we were just leaving scenic viewing area at Cathedral Spires area when coming up the road was a RV. hurried out-of lot to be ahead of it.
as you'all know road passes Needles Eye & #5 tunnel (12'0 high & 8'4" wide) rv was 100' or so behind us, I told DW to keep video camera rolling & sure enough as we were exiting tunnel, there was all this scraping/banging as it was coming thru. I'm not sure how he got this far,tunnell #6 is only slightly larger. this was one of those SPRINTER class C cabover models. didn't stick around to see what kind of damage they had.
Can you post the video as a teaching aid for what not to do ?
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We were there 2 years ago during the Sturgis Rally and were going up Needles Highway and we came across about a 40 ft Class A, stopped at one of the tunnels. I guess he figured he couldn't make it.... but then the problem was, how do you get that thing back down ??? in the vicinity, there was really no place to do a turn around... I'll have to see if I have a pic of the rig .
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Originally Posted by two slides View Post
many of you have traveled the Needles Highway in Custer State Park in S.D. in a car/motorcycle but have you ever tried in a RV thru the tunnels?
we were just leaving scenic viewing area at Cathedral Spires area when coming up the road was a RV. hurried out-of lot to be ahead of it.
as you'all know road passes Needles Eye & #5 tunnel (12'0 high & 8'4" wide) rv was 100' or so behind us, I told DW to keep video camera rolling & sure enough as we were exiting tunnel, there was all this scraping/banging as it was coming thru. I'm not sure how he got this far,tunnell #6 is only slightly larger. this was one of those SPRINTER class C cabover models. didn't stick around to see what kind of damage they had.



I know I would have appreciated someone trying to warn me.
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I'm always really Leary of tunnels. Tunnels are for cars and trucks. Not a house on wheels.
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many of you have traveled the Needles Highway in Custer State Park in S.D. in a car/motorcycle but have you ever tried in a RV thru the tunnels?
we were just leaving scenic viewing area at Cathedral Spires area when coming up the road was a RV. hurried out-of lot to be ahead of it.
as you'all know road passes Needles Eye & #5 tunnel (12'0 high & 8'4" wide) rv was 100' or so behind us, I told DW to keep video camera rolling & sure enough as we were exiting tunnel, there was all this scraping/banging as it was coming thru. I'm not sure how he got this far,tunnell #6 is only slightly larger. this was one of those SPRINTER class C cabover models. didn't stick around to see what kind of damage they had. Wonder if it was a Rental Unit?


Guess they didn't read tunnel heights/widths first

I guess the real question is what were YOU thinking. You "hurried out-of lot to be ahead of it" and "told DW to keep video camera rolling" and then didn't even bother to try and warn them.
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I guess the real question is what were YOU thinking. You "hurried out-of lot to be ahead of it" and "told DW to keep video camera rolling" and then didn't even bother to try and warn them.
Well said. I guess we've reached an era where we thrive on others' misfortunes -- even chronicle them -- instead of trying to prevent them.

Admittedly, I'm one to look when someone new comes into a campground -- wondering if they're going to provide "entertainment" backing into their site. I'm 75' long and am positive others do the same. My wife and I have two special needs kids that have provided me with a new perspective on life and with an important life lesson: you never know what others' challenges are from one day to the next. For all we know, this guy was on a final trip with his DW who was diagnosed with cancer. Maybe his mind happened to drift when he passed the sign(s). Maybe the RV really was just too much for him and he had no business behind the wheel, who knows for sure.

Things do happen. Just keep an eye out for that karma monster - she can be a real beast and someone may have a video camera when she strikes.
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