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Old 04-25-2010, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default Needles Highway in South Dakota

Has anyone ever driven this? We have a 2006 RT 190V but was curious about this route.
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:13 PM   #2
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It's been a long time -- decades --- but, yes, I've driven that route. Some spectacular views. Go for it!
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:07 PM   #3
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Yes, drove it back in 1995 with the family car. It has a very narrow, winding stretch which is one lane only. I don't know if that has been upgraded since. Still, it is a great drive.

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Here are your tunnel restrictions for Highways 16A and 87 (Needles Highway):

Steep grades in the Black Hills of South Dakota can put a strain on tow vehicles and brakes. Prevent your vehicle from overheating and overheating your brakes. South Dakota has seven tunnels, all in the Black Hills on the Needles Highway with height and/or width restrictions. These tunnels can be found in Custer State Park and near Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. If you are trailering and plan to drive the Needles Highway, it is highly advisable to park your trailer first, and then enjoy the highway. Not only is the road narrow with a number of tunnels, there are a number of very sharp switchbacks which are difficult to negotiate. The seven tunnels are:

US Highway 16A, 6-1/2 miles south of Keystone, South Dakota, 13'5" maximum width, 12'4" maximum height

US Highway 16A, 4 miles south of Keystone, South Dakota, 13'7" maximum width, 12'7" maximum height

US Highway 16A, 3 miles south of Keystone, South Dakota, 13'6" maximum width, 12'10" maximum height

US Highway 16A, 1 mile north of Keystone, South Dakota, 18' maximum height

South Dakota Highway 87, 6 miles southeast of Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, 10'4" maximum width, 12'8" maximum height

South Dakota Highway 87, 2 miles southeast of Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, 9' maximum width, 12' maximum height

South Dakota Highway 87, 1 mile north of Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, 11'4" maximum width, 10'10" maximum height


Given that information the maximum width is 9'-0" and the maximum height is 10'-10". A Class B should be able to negotiate that. I drove Highway 16A last year in my Pleasure-Way Plateau Sprinter.
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:19 PM   #5
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Don't forget to close the Fantastic Fan roof vent before that 10'/10" overhead clearance, just in case!!!

It does look a bit curvy. Wonder how tight the tightest turns are?
A 9' width, and a sharp turn might be slightly problematic.
Overall the widths and heights look like no problem, as you say.
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