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Old 01-08-2021, 03:37 PM   #1
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We will be traveling from DFW to Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Arches and Canyonlands. Grand Teton, owstone, Rushmore, Badlands and RMNP. We will be pulling a 35 foot 5th wheel. I am concerned about low bridges and tunnel. Does anyone have experience with this route or provide advise for traveling this route. I look forward to learning some pointers
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We will be traveling from DFW to Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Arches and Canyonlands. Grand Teton, owstone, Rushmore, Badlands and RMNP. We will be pulling a 35 foot 5th wheel. I am concerned about low bridges and tunnel. Does anyone have experience with this route or provide advise for traveling this route. I look forward to learning some pointers
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Chris,
We have been to most of these places and have had no issues with low clearance, but I suggest subscribing to RV Trip Wizard and/or buying a Trucker's Atlas (Truck Stop or Amazon) so you can map out the safest route. We did the Atlas and it helped when we started out. Now, there are other Apps and RV Trip Wizard is really worth looking into for a trip such as you are taking. I have several trips mapped out with this software. Routes, mileage, RV parks/campgrounds, facilities they have, and reviews all in one package. Safe travels.



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I was planning that trip two years ago. There is one low clearance bridge on the western loop. One good app is AllStays it showed the low clearance
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We've been to all those places over and over again and taking different routes to get there and never encountered anyplace our 40' motorhome wouldn't fit. You don't have those problems in the West.

You might consider getting the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers' western edition. It will give you heads up on what to expect when driving those areas. Elevation grades will be more of an issue for you. 6% - 7% is normal. If the highways in the directory are listed that doesn't mean you can't drive them with a RV although a few you wouldn't want to.

It's probably best to plan your route and mention the highways you'll be taking and then do a post on that so we can guide you more. There are many ways to get to those places... some easier than others.

Yellowstone has multiple entrances and this is a good guide on what to expect with each entrance:

http://www.rvcruzer.com/ystonervroutes.php

This is a huge trip. How much time will you have?
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We have a Garmin RV770 that we use. It will allow you to program in your size, height, weight of your unit and route you around low bridges and such.
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We will be traveling from DFW to Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Arches and Canyon lands. Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Rushmore, Badlands and RMNP. We will be pulling a 35 foot 5th wheel. I am concerned about low bridges and tunnel. Does anyone have experience with this route or provide advise for traveling this route. I look forward to learning some pointers
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Chris and Fred,

Need to be a little more specific - Might try to break the BIG TRIP down into Sections - and give the specifics of your Rig - Like the Height issue - Tunnel into or out of Zion is the Only thing I'd mention - but you should make it fine.

Might also include your Map - we all have different routes that we enjoy.

If you make it to the Black Hills you will certainly have an Issue with some of the Tunnels there.

How Long have you dedicated in Months for this Trip - We did maybe half this last summer into the Fall - 3-4 Months, and we only saw a small portion of what we visited.

Loved it all,

Needles might be an Issue
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Need to be a little more specific - Might try to break the BIG TRIP down into Sections - and give the specifics of your Rig - Like the Height issue - Tunnel into or out of Zion is the Only thing I'd mention - but you should make it fine.



Might also include your Map - we all have different routes that we enjoy.



If you make it to the Black Hills you will certainly have an Issue with some of the Tunnels there.



How Long have you dedicated in Months for this Trip - We did maybe half this last summer into the Fall - 3-4 Months, and we only saw a small portion of what we visited.



Loved it all,



Needles might be an Issue


Needles, no way with any RV bigger than a small pop up. There is a real funny video on You Tube with a guy taking a bumper pull trailer on Needles highway. It gets absolutely totaled as a result.
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Needles, no way with any RV bigger than a small pop up. There is a real funny video on You Tube with a guy taking a bumper pull trailer on Needles highway. It gets absolutely totaled as a result.
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