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Old 07-21-2017, 03:27 PM   #1
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Reason to read the signs

I was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City SD from 80-84. Am now revisiting the area, and becoming a SD resident again as I start my FT journey. I was driving my TOAD (Honda Fit) around Custer State Park (well worth the visit by the way.) As I approached a tunnel by Sylvan Lake, I saw a sign that said "Single lane tunnel, max width 9', max height 9'6" (or something pretty close to that. A mile down the road, on a curvy road, I came upon a small Class A with Quebec plates, stopped in the lane. There was no place to turn around, and he obviously couldn't go through. I turned around (remember, Honda Fit) and went back up the road about 1/2 mile to find a place I could park...then ran back down the hill and helped him back up and waving cars by him both ways. It was successful, but definitely not fun. He said thanks and went on his way. (I was glad I wasn't in California....the horns would have been blaring.)

Anyway, happy ending, but just another reason to READ THE SIGNS. All's well that ends well.

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Old 07-21-2017, 03:39 PM   #2
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You are absolutely right about reading signs. After a long day of driving it's easy to overlook an important sign after you seen a few hundred signs along the roadway.

Here's a video of a poor man who missed a sign went through one of those tunnels and ripped off his awning and then got stuck making one of those hairpin turns in the area. It happens.

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Old 07-22-2017, 02:40 PM   #3
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Expensive lesson. At the end it looks as if he lost the front A/C unit or something, also.
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I was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City SD from 80-84. Am now revisiting the area, and becoming a SD resident again as I start my FT journey. I was driving my TOAD (Honda Fit) around Custer State Park (well worth the visit by the way.) As I approached a tunnel by Sylvan Lake, I saw a sign that said "Single lane tunnel, max width 9', max height 9'6" (or something pretty close to that. A mile down the road, on a curvy road, I came upon a small Class A with Quebec plates, stopped in the lane. There was no place to turn around, and he obviously couldn't go through. I turned around (remember, Honda Fit) and went back up the road about 1/2 mile to find a place I could park...then ran back down the hill and helped him back up and waving cars by him both ways. It was successful, but definitely not fun. He said thanks and went on his way. (I was glad I wasn't in California....the horns would have been blaring.)

Anyway, happy ending, but just another reason to READ THE SIGNS. All's well that ends well.

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Old 07-23-2017, 02:53 PM   #5
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Those tunnels are not made for RV's even thou they list some at over 12'. Also you have t watch for the people entering the tunnels without stopping to see if someone is already coming through.
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Old 07-23-2017, 02:55 PM   #6
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I learned the hard way about reading road signs. I was following my GPS and about 10 ft. into this road was a couple signs. First one was the curvy road sign, next one said No Trucks. I thought, I'm not a truck and my TT was small only 21 ft.
I got about 1/2 up the road, rounded a curve and there was an 18 wheller stuck on a sharp curve, with his back right tire almost in the air off the road. Not only that, the driver had chocked the wheels and unhooked. There were all sorts of police. They were waiting for a tow vehicle. I started taking pictures, so they sent someone down to help me back down the road. I don't think I could have made it by myself because cars were still coming up the road.
I'm sure I could have made it around that curve, but I don't know what was ahead. So, after that I always believe the signs and if they say "No Trucks", I get out of there.
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Your a good man Fitz! Hopefully, there will be a good samaritan to help you if you have an hour of need also!
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Was it this tunnel on SD-87?!

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.84147...!7i3328!8i1664
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On the way home from Goshen last year, we were in an IL state park motoring happily along. I stopped abruptly in the highway. DW asked "Waa Huh?" or some such. I showed her the sign beside the road that said 13' 1" clearance ahead. Nope... we're about 13' 4". I only had to back up about 40 yards - no problem. I parked and found a park employee who told me I couldn't get under the mentioned bridge - said it was hit at least once per year.
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This is our Lexington 255DS in another area of Custer State Park - Route to Mt Rushmore. We took the long way (not tunnels) back at night.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cdrdwd...7654837210899/
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This is our Lexington 255DS in another area of Custer State Park - Route to Mt Rushmore. We took the long way (not tunnels) back at night.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cdrdwd...7654837210899/
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