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Old 07-12-2014, 07:26 PM   #1
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Needles Highway tunnel

Today we were traveling on the Needles Highway in Custer State Park. I am sure some of you know the road--- narrow two lane, drop offs and twisty! We saw what was going to be a huge problem for some guy and my heart goes out to him. About 1 mile from the Tunnel we saw about a 30 ft. 5 th wheel headed to the tunnel. I am guessing he either did not see the posted sign stating a 10' height or he made the wrong turn out of Horse Thief campground. There are no good turn around spots between the tunnel and where I saw him. To make matters a little worse--- he had a large number of cars behind him and 20 minutes later it started to rain really hard. I would really be interested in knowing what eventually did happen and how he got out of the situation. I would rather learn from his experience rather than mine.
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Thats 10' in the center and goes down from there, the roof is curved. Small class C will make it.
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Some small 'Cs' make it...some don't. This guy made it but left all the clearance lights and lots of paint chips from the right side inside the tunnel. His wife's screaming could be heard over all the crunching noises...we make choices...

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Isn't that the one that tour buses go through? I've seen pictures of it.
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I've seen tour busses going through these tunnels, with very few inches to spare all around.
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We saw a huge tour bus between 2 tunnels so I know they can make it....how, I don't know but they do. Maybe they disassemble and portage through the tunnel then reassemble?
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It was at tunnel #5 which is much smaller than the others. I did see a mid sized tour bus go thru a couple of the other tunnels at the other end of the route. I would not like to be the driver-- too much stress with the learning curve!
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Tour bus going through tunnel on Needles Highway
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i was behind a tour bus that pulled forward and back for atleast 20 minutes to get thru and still had 2 large creases down the side to show for all his work,
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When we worked there, a tour bus driver came into the store and he was fuming. Seems as he was about half way through the tunnel, a [Moderator Edit] came into the tunnel from the opposite end and stopped right in front of the bus. So, the bus driver had to back out of the tunnel and a ways down the road which wasn't easy because the rest of the traffic wanted to get through the tunnel. He wrote down the description and license of the truck and then spent some of his time off driving the park looking for the truck. I can't imagine what he wanted to tell him.
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When we worked there, a tour bus driver came into the store and he was fuming. Seems as he was about half way through the tunnel, a [Moderator Edit] came into the tunnel from the opposite end and stopped right in front of the bus. So, the bus driver had to back out of the tunnel and a ways down the road which wasn't easy because the rest of the traffic wanted to get through the tunnel.

Seems like that would be a good time to apply "the rule of gross tonnage." Just slowly pull forward until [Moderator Edit] backs up...or gently nudge him. If you're on the right side of the gross tonnage scale, he'll move. One way, or another.

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U.S. 16a between Mt. Rushmore and Custer S.P. is also very pretty, but nowhere for an RV to be. I've seen a YouTube video of a 5th wheeler that tore his A/Cs off the roof then got hung up on a rock at the next hairpin turn. A few months later my wife and I drove the road (in our toad) and identified where the video had been shot.

I'm surprised RV owners would travel either road without some prior planning or attention to warning signs. They're pretty expensive to repair!
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