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Natchez Trace parkway
#1
Wondering if anyone knows if they enforce the total length limit including tow vehicle of 55 ft.
1988 40 ft 8v92 newell
Coach name Big Blue
25 ft Haulmark car hauler with Andersen Anti sway
2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
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#2
I drove the 39' from Natchez, MS to Tupelo and it was not a problem. Pretty drive. Some of the turnouts were a little small but mostly doable.
DO NOT drive the coach to the Visitors center just outside of Natchez. There is no parking for a big rig and if you continue past it you get to a Y intersection with a low clearance train trestle to the left and go into a subdivision the other way. Thankfully we weren't towing. Cindy had to stop traffic so I could get turned around!
Not sure north of Tupelo.
Forest & Cindy Olivier
1999 Foretravel 36' U320
former owners 1998 Newell 45' 2 slide #486 

former owners 1993 Newell 39' #337 
2011 Chevy Tahoe RZR 570LE

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#3
I drove the trace from Jackson, MS to near Tupelo, MS. I won’t do that again. The road is beautiful but it is built up and has fairly deep ditches on both sides of the road. It is strictly two lane and limited to 50 mph (or maybe slower).
Bill Johnson
2003 Newell #653 Quad Slide Cat C-12 engine with Motorcycle lift 
2011 Jeep Wrangler, 2018 BMW 1200GS Adventure Motorcycle
Auburn, Alabama
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#4
Length won't be a problem if you stay on the Trace. Do however obey the speed limit. The rangers strictly enforce the speed limit on the Trace, The Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Shenandoah Parkway. They have NO sense of humor. As a cyclist, I appreciate the enforced speed limit since all three see heavy cycling traffic. I don't know how they would react to the total length.

It is beautiful, but not expedient.

We have camped in the Newell at the Rocky Springs. It's no hookups and the water available is bad. But the campsite was beautiful and plenty big.

https://www.nps.gov/natr/planyourvisit/rvs.htm
Richard and Rhonda Entrekin
99 Newell, 512
Subaru Outback Toad
Inverness, FL (when we're home Cool )
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#5
Thanks Richard. Do you know if our big rig can fit in the campgrounds along the trail?
1988 40 ft 8v92 newell
Coach name Big Blue
25 ft Haulmark car hauler with Andersen Anti sway
2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
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#6
I don't know about all the campgrounds. I do know that you can fit in Rocky Springs.
Richard and Rhonda Entrekin
99 Newell, 512
Subaru Outback Toad
Inverness, FL (when we're home Cool )
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#7
Richard, Everything I read states the length limit. I am just concerned that if we travel all the way out there from Az. on our way back to the north east that we might be banned. Did you have a tow vehicle and did you see any other oversize rigs on the trail?
I am just under 70 ft.
1988 40 ft 8v92 newell
Coach name Big Blue
25 ft Haulmark car hauler with Andersen Anti sway
2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
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#8
I did have a tow vehicle. I did not see any oversize rigs on the Trace.

In my experience the National Park Rangers does not have a good sense of humor when it comes to traffic infractions.
Richard and Rhonda Entrekin
99 Newell, 512
Subaru Outback Toad
Inverness, FL (when we're home Cool )
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#9
Brad:
If you make the trip and come across LA on I 20, stop by and visit.
Steve Magown
West Monroe, LA
1997 Newell #458, one of the earliest slide coaches, 3 roof airs, 74 GMC Eleganza, 62 Vette, 67 SS 427 Chevelle, 07 GT3, 02 Boxter, 68 Toronado, 67 Toronado, RZR 800, 88 Mastercraft, 86 Ski Nautique, 02 Baja Islander
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#10
Thanks Steve, I called the NPS and they said they would turn us away so I guess that trip is out of the picture.
1988 40 ft 8v92 newell
Coach name Big Blue
25 ft Haulmark car hauler with Andersen Anti sway
2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
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