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adamis

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Posted: 06/21/20 10:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On our road trip one of our destinations is glacier National Park. Because we were so late in planning this trip, we are staying outside of the park at a nearby KOA. Not our first choice but for our needs on this trip, KOA will suffice.

So that said, one of the major features of Glacier is the drive over the sun road. Reading up it looks like there is a 21ft length restriction in place. My truck is just under this but with the camper I exceed the length by a couple of feet.

We considered just renting a van for the one day we are in the park just to make it easy for us. However a two day rental will be close to $300. It seems a bit of a waste to drop that much coin when I already have the truck.

So, being that we are staying at a KOA, does anyone have any experience dropping the camper at these places? Is there a policy against it or will it be just dependent on each location?


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Posted: 06/21/20 10:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Call the office and ask. Even when campground has such restrictions in the rules, when you ask nicely and they will see you keep your camper nice, very often then bend the rules.
I've been camping with my 1972 conversion at campgrounds with "no older than 10 years" rules.
I've been driving 32' motorhomes into parks with "no over 25' advised"
I park my 40' conversion at campground with 30' limits.
Rules are often written to avoid potential where drivers with no skills, or "full-timers" will like to test them to full extend.





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Posted: 06/21/20 10:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Call and ask. I drove Going to the Sun years ago in my TC, don’t remember any length limit then and had no issues.


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When you go on the going to the sun road pull both of your mirrors in, and really watch the other drivers coming at you.

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Are you sure your drw is less than 21 and 8 ft wide? I have no idea what they’d do if you were found to be over, but the point is the road is very tight, so you may have problems navigating parking at lookouts etc with a large vehicle.

Vehicles, and vehicle combinations, longer than 21 feet (including bumpers) or wider than 8 feet (including mirrors), are prohibited between Avalanche Campground and the Rising Sun picnic area parking.

Consider renting a normal car at Kalispell Airport.


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Posted: 06/21/20 11:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you don't mind being at someone else's schedule, you can take the Red Bus tour, can't tell you about the price, you can look it up on Glacier's website.


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There are also free shuttles at the Visitor Centers on both ends of Going to the Sun highway. There are transfers from bus to shuttle to bus. Leave the driving to the pros.. Parking for private vehicles are limited at the top of the mountain

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Posted: 06/21/20 03:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We stayed at the West Glacier KOA and took the Red Bus Tour. They picked us up right at the campground, made numerous stops, had a nice lunch at the Many Glacier Lodge and then headed back across the Going to the Sun road. All in all a great trip/day that took 10 hours. If you are lucky Peggy is still driving the Red Bus, she was great.
Unfortunately I just read that the Red Bus Tours are cancelled for 2020.[emoticon]

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What's wrong with the free NP buses? They leave from both Apgar and St Mary's and meet at Logan Pass. There are numerous stops along the way.

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The Going to the Sun Road from the west has the length restriction due to the road being narrow, curvy and rock overhangs onto the roadway. I chose not to chance it.

However the road going up to the Sun Mtn from the east, St Mary, is very good.

It's about 100 miles from West Glacier to St Mary. I took that route since I was traveling from west to east anyway.

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