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JQgolf wrote:

...Is much of the Parkway drivable with a 38" motorhome and a toad? Width of road, tunnels...


Which dimension is 38 inches?

You can drive it but may need to be careful in a few tunnels. Unless you are accustomed to narrow curving roads you may not enjoy the drive. For the safety of all road users be careful to stay in your lane on curves.

Like others warned, the BRP is on the crest of the mountains most of the time. Most access roads are narrow and twisting. Make your ingress and egress on the main state route highways.

It is one of the best drives in America.


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I drove the complete Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway in my 39' class A. Absolutely NO problem with tunnel heights, road widths or grades!

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"The speed limit on the parkway is nominally 45 mph, with 35 mph through some areas. Take your time and enjoy the views. You might want to avoid weekends during peek leaf season if possible."

Lots luck with the speed limit. We drove it the first time in the spring of 2010. The scenery is too good to drive by that fast and it is way too much work the hold the narrow lane at those speeds.

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As a motorcyclist and formerly a sports car driver, please pull over if traffic builds behind you. Everyone is entitled to travel at their own pace but not to force others to comply with lower speeds. I'm sure no RV.net posters would be so discourteous!

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Sky Line Dr has only one tunnel, Mary's Rock Tunnel, just south of Thorntons Gap, with a height of 12'-8" contrary to what some think, I've never seen a MH (of any size) have trouble navigating it, true, I wouldn't want to tour it in my MH, thats why I would camp on the Skyline at Big Meadow or Loft Mountain & tour in the toad. The speed limit is 35 mph for the entire 105 mi., & if someone spots a deer or bear next to the road, that can actually become 0 mph.


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bukhrn breings a good point. Be forever on watch for the wildlife. Deer Bear, whatever. It's there, and it could be in front of you ina second. I once had a fawn race me to get in front of the truck. I did let him win.


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We are about 45 minutes from the BRP and go on it alot several times a year spending multiple days, You wont have any problem with your motorhome, Just make sure your brakes are good in the last 50 miles in NC there are some pretty good grades and they go for many miles at a time


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We did the Parkway and Skyline Drive three years ago from North to South, in our 37' coach. No problems at all with grades or tunnels. On the tunnels listed in the chart that give low clearances, be aware that all the tunnels are arch shaped, and the clearances listed are at the edges. There's plenty of clearance near the center, even on the "low" tunnels. Most are short and you can easily see oncoming traffic.

The southern part of the Parkway is beautiful, but the roads are somewhat curvy with lots of up and down grades. Not a real problem, but be sure to allow extra time because you'll be driving slower than normal. Just slow down and enjoy the views.

These two roadways (actually just one long roadway) are among the most scenic in our country. Don't let your caution cause you to miss a great trip.


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Just north of Asheville, heading north, we had issues with tree branches that were scraping the top of the MH. I decided to turn around use an alternative route at that point . That was 2 yrs ago, perhaps they have trimmed them back by now.

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Wow, great info. Didn't expect access roads into park to be an issue. Thought we might be able to camp outside park and drive toad into park for 50 miles or so and do this several times along the length.

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