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dave17352

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Posted: 10/06/20 04:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 27 foot Class C. It is 11 feet foot in height. I am considering whether or not to rent a car. We plan to be there for up to six days and we have a reservation in Pigeon Forge. I have plenty of experience in driving a class C as my Truck Camper combo is the same length and height! I am looking for opinions on if I should rent a car or not. We like site seeing in the Rig for the convenience but want to know if it would be practical. We will be there during the week so it should help with crowds.

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

We've done Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains plenty of times in our Truck Camper, 22' long and 11' tall... never have a problem. We drive a 4x4 Short-bed, with a Lance 845.


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Posted: 10/06/20 07:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been there twice a year for over 50 years. You should be fine. Traffic in PF and Gatlinburg will be busy busy then it is busy for a VW also.

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Posted: 10/06/20 09:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While I've only spent a day or so in the park, I had no difficulty with my somewhat larger class C except for the Cades Cove loop. It's passable by large vehicles, but there are overhanging branches and--more troublesome--many people pulling off and parking next to the road in inconvenient places, often leaving little room to inch by. I would suggest renting a car one day to go around that loop (it's very well worth seeing).

As for Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, it's often slow going and congested in any vehicle.





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You can do it, just go slower than you normally would around some of the corners on Little River road. As for going to the top and/or Clingmans Dome the road is plenty wide and 11 ft. is not a problem. Just don't burn up your brakes on the hills, they can be steep and challenging. Gear down and let the tranny do some of the work.

That said, Can-Am Spyders and Polaris Slingshots are available to rent in G'burg...Jeeps too. My opinion would be to rent a Jeep...or car. So much easier to park and maneuver especially when its SO busy.


Bring your patience because we are just starting color season here....that means LOTS of traffic. You can't tell there is a 'pandemic' or a recession. We are as busy as ever here.

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Posted: 10/06/20 05:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So if you had your choice Class C or Car for seeing the sights which would you pick, the motorhome for the convenience or the car for the mobility.

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Posted: 10/06/20 05:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

no issues driving a big thing there. Even the Dragon is doable by RV, but people will hate you if you drive the Dragon cause u will go so slow and slow everyone down. Pull out and let people pass

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You and EVERYONE else will be there thru the week... get the car.


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Car. Clingmans Dome has very little space for larger vehicles and gets very crowded. I have not been to the west side except the Sugarland visitor center, but everything on the east side is tight, including driving thru Cherokee. Be aware that on the east side you will leave he park to get to portions of the park such as the Deep Creek area waterfalls and trails. Outside the park is tribal land (all of Cherokee and surrounding area) and mask restrictions are in force on tribal lands. Two of the best waterfalls are on tribal land, Mingo falls (200ft) and SoCo falls but there is no parking for an rv, barely a car, but worth the visit.

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Posted: 10/09/20 02:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rent the car.

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