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Old 12-25-2013, 06:42 AM   #1
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I donít recall seeing this video posted before but itís worth another look if it has. I donít know for sure but it looks like it was taken on the Needles highway in or near Custer State Park in SD. The driver had already had his front A/C ripped off going through the tunnel when this video was shot. This video points out the reason why I map and plan, map and plan, and map and plan some more when visiting places Iíve never been to before. What a mess.



I really feel sorry for this guy.
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:01 AM   #2
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:21 AM   #3
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Wow! That is a nightmare! I feel sooo sorry for those folks.
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That was posted over on RV.net multiple times. Saw it over there but no here yet. Poor guy!
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:45 AM   #5
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had something similar happen to us the first time we took our 26 ft toyhauler to sturgis. in our defense the pos garmin sent us on this road and there are no signs at least at that time on the eastern side of the park that said cars only. fortunately our toyhauler was shorter and not as tall i guess as the one in the video. did hit the side of one tunnel and did some damage but i was going slow and was able to stop and get it out. since there is no place to turn around we had to go thru the park before we could stop and assess the damage. i noticed where we stopped there was a very large sign that said cars only no campers. since then we do plan better lol. the last tunnel we went thru the only thing you could see ahead was Mt. Rushmore which was a really cool sight.
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:27 AM   #6
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Having just been there and doing LOTS of homework prior to going to SD; this road is fairly well marked and there are warnings on all of the RV sites about the low clearance. We didn't even risk taking our truck down this road.

HOMEWORK...lots of homework prior to heading out, to keep you and your rig safe!
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:40 AM   #7
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The RV owner coulda used one of these to help get him around that hairpin turn:



I watched the whole thing thinking about whether or not he had a wife in that truck. If so, I'm sure she was crying with each new (necessary) damage getting it unjammed.

(smile) I also noticed rubberneckers making jokes about the Chevy TV vs. the Dodge truck and owner.

I'ma show this to DH. He's determined (as I am) that our next (and soon) RV will be a *short* 5th wheel. We already have it picked out.
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:48 AM   #9
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Man, that's terrible. Having been on that road summer before last, I can certainly understand how he got into trouble. It looks like he didn't pay attention to the curve and/or couldn't swing wide enough in the oncoming lane to negotiate it (due to inattention or another vehicle). Of course, just coming thru the tunnel, he may have had his attention looking at the trailer when that switchback came out of nowhere.

I do hate it for my fellow RV'er, no matter what the reasons were he had for making the mistake.
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Man, that's terrible. Having been on that road summer before last, I can certainly understand how he got into trouble. It looks like he didn't pay attention to the curve and/or couldn't swing wide enough in the oncoming lane to negotiate it (due to inattention or another vehicle). Of course, just coming thru the tunnel, he may have had his attention looking at the trailer when that switchback came out of nowhere.

I do hate it for my fellow camper, no matter what the reasons he had for making the mistake.
Hate it for a fellow camper also, but one would think after tearing off an AC unit he would of had the common sense to stop and take whatever means to turn around and get off that road rather than continue. Turning around might have taken a lot of time and trouble, but not like what happened later.
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