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Old 01-03-2015, 02:34 PM   #1
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Normally we go to Florida every year but this May/June we are considering going to the Badlands, Yellowstone, etc. We live in western Kentucky so will start from there. My question is how MH friendly is the Badlands? We have a 2011 GT 378 and since it has only 10,000 miles on it we need to use it or sell it! I know we will have to be careful with the overpasses and not peel my roof.
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Old 01-03-2015, 02:53 PM   #2
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Much would depend on the route you want to take to see what you wish to see .

I looked for a week before picking the way we went to Mt. Rushmore and the Grand Canyon so we could see as much as we could.
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Old 01-03-2015, 03:16 PM   #3
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Much would depend on the route you want to take to see what you wish to see .

I looked for a week before picking the way we went to Mt. Rushmore and the Grand Canyon so we could see as much as we could.

Good point. It will be this summer so I have time to plan my route.


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We were there in Oct (I am assuming SD). We drove the car through the Bad Lands but there was no reason we could not have taken the GT. You will need a toad if you want to do the Needles Highway or the Iron Mountain because of the tunnels in Custer State park. We loved Custer State Park.

Don't forget about Wall Drug and Mt Rushmore.
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We stopped there on the way to Alaska last summer. We pulled a 30 foot trailer with our pickup. I assume you have a vehicle other than the MH to drive when you get there. If so then you can go anywhere in the area. There are a few roads near Mt Rushmore and Custer State Park that could be a problem if you are driving the MH. The main roads all have plenty of width and height clearance. Have fun, we had a great time there.
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Currently we don't pull a toad but it sounds like I need to see if one of our cars will work.


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When we were in S.D. there were several rented MH's at or near Rushmore but they were smallish I doubt you want to try and park it at any historical sites.
A toad or bicycle's or even a motorcycle is going to save you big time.


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Keystone is two miles out if that is not to far.
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We took a motorcycle ride from Texas to Wyoming, spent some time at Sturgis (a few weeks before the rally), went to Wall Drug and Rushmore, did the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain and absolutely loved it. One reason why we want to go back SOON if possible and spend more time, do a little more exploring. A lot of the roads as mentioned above are absolutely not usable for TT of any size or really even a big dually truck. There is a nice KOA campground at the base of Devil's Tower (not sure of prices or sizes of rv sites yet) and we would like to go there and spend some camping/hiking time. DH doesn't want to pull 5er and trailer with motorcycles so we will take bicycles for some short rides and will be limited by where we can go because of truck. It is just a great place.
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You asked specifically about the Badlands. You'll have no issue with driving through the Badlands in your RV. We've done it with 40-foot diesel pulling a toad. There are plenty of places where you can pull off of the main park road and park.

There's a campground at the Visitor Center about halfway through the park, but I believe it's dry camping. About 1/2 mile south of the Visitor Center, just outside the boundary of the park, is a KOA where we stayed. There's also a small campground right at the exit for the east entrance to the park, just across the road from the office where you can sign up for tours of shuttered Minuteman missile silos. If you come out of the park at the west exit, you'll be right a Wall, SD and the Wall Drug Store.
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Has anyone been there in mid-May? We intended to go in mid-June but the other party cannot go at that time. My question is how much colder is it in May? Our other option is to go back to Florida instead.


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