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JAC1982

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Posted: 06/01/20 03:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are headed to the Black Hills in a couple weeks. It's my first time going there. We have an F-350 dually long bed tow vehicle. I am assuming the truck is too large to take on Needles Highway based on what I have read. Can someone confirm?


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Assuming is dangerous! This is the narrowest part.

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Posted: 06/01/20 04:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

your dually alone should get through the narrow tunnels, but be prepared for it to be a squeeeeeze. [emoticon] We have seen duallys go through it. I think they pull in their mirrors, etc. you can reach out and touch the tunnel sides.


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Posted: 06/01/20 04:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Smallest tunnel is 8'4" wide and 12' high. Last time I drove it was in a van, and had no problem. Well, no problem with the road. The day we did it a rock climber fell and was killed, and the road was blocked for a couple hours for emergency vehicles. But the road itself was no problem. You decide on your own comfort level.

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I do not know how much difference there is between make and year model but our 2007 GMC dually went through. We folded in the mirrors and it looked to be around 2-3 inches clearance on the rear fenders

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Tour buses go through the Needles Highway on a daily basis. I am pretty sure you truck is smaller that those big coaches. My Class C Damon made it through.


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BarabooBob wrote:

Tour buses go through the Needles Highway on a daily basis. I am pretty sure you truck is smaller that those big coaches. My Class C Damon made it through.

This is exactly right, big tour buses go through it daily. Just go slow.


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Posted: 06/02/20 05:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep, big vehicles go thru as witnessed by the piles of red and amber plastic along the road.





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We have an F-350 dully and we went thru just fine.


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Thank you for all the info all! Our camping buddies have a 1/2 ton truck so we may just take theirs if they're up to the drive (they've done it before). We just got our dually out of the body shop so I don't think my husband is too keen on adventurous driving with it [emoticon] It's 8' wide so only having inches to spare doesn't sound too fun.

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