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Michaeloh
10-10-2015, 11:10 AM
Bought a limo GC last year, but now we no longer attend the events for which we bought the thing. Where and how do y'all use your GC while camping? Especially interested in the State and National Parks.

jmgratz
10-22-2015, 09:59 PM
Bought a limo GC last year, but now we no longer attend the events for which we bought the thing. Where and how do y'all use your GC while camping? Especially interested in the State and National Parks.


We do not have a GC but that is on the list for the future. As we travel to different parks we see many many folks who have an use GC in the parks. Some public and some State and National Parks. Guess it beats walking :)

porthole
10-31-2015, 12:47 PM
Delaware State parks (where we are now) have a no "un-tagged" motorized vehicle clause on the info sheets.

avvidclif
10-31-2015, 01:15 PM
Ditto Texas. No license plate no drive on state park roads. Some parks have ATV areas where they are legal but you have to haul it to the area, no driving on roads.

HornedToad
10-31-2015, 02:23 PM
I travel to several places that have rules prohibiting unlicensed motorized vehicles... music festivals, campgrounds and State Parks. What I've found is most are pretty lax about enforcement, except the Texas State Parks. I have a mule style UTV that tops out at 25 MPH, about golf cart speed. One campground owner told me he did not mind low speed vehicles and that his rule was to keep the Razor type vehicles that do 50+ MPH off the road. At worst I've had to park it!!! There are very few BLM areas in Texas where they are usually allowed.

whp4262
11-01-2015, 08:55 AM
I stayed at a state park in Arkansas that had the no tag no ride rule so you had to haul the ATV to a parking lot at the start of the trailer. The rules clearly stated "no riding" so when I came back from riding the trail I got off the ATV and walked beside it while it idled its way back to the camper. I thought it was pretty funny but the park people didn't share my sense of humor.


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Tombstonejim
11-01-2015, 10:48 AM
That's funny. The park I am in in Tucson will allow electric golf carts but not gas ones. just dumb.

IronJ
11-01-2015, 11:42 AM
I have all but given up taking the gc and pretty much exclusively travel with small electric scooters. ..don't have issues in nat or state parks as they are generally considered bicycles...whisper quiet, and even with my 200 lb self will easily do 25-35 mph ..obviously we don't ride that fast through camps and such, but they will do it.. here is my wife cruizing the neighborhood with the daughter in tow..

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Treyz71
11-01-2015, 12:32 PM
No golf carts allowed in Virginia State Parks, but we really enjoy ours at most all other campgrounds. We use it to haul all of the junk to the pool or beach, to enjoy a cruise with our friends around the campground or run the dog to the doggie park areas. It's definitely not a "need", but I have a blast customizing it and tinkering with it.

avvidclif
11-01-2015, 04:08 PM
This thing followed me home and I'm working on it to get it running correctly. It is street legal with tags and inspection sticker. The mickey mouse towbar fell off so that front bumper mess is gone. Fits nicely in my toy hauler and legal in all parks. I do plan on adding a muffler instead of the straight pipe.:rolleyes:

scottyb
11-01-2015, 05:28 PM
I fought this battle every time I took the Mule somewhere, in the Cyclone. In Big Bend NP, you can't ride it, even on the 4WD roads. They scolded me just for unloading it. I explained that I needed to in order to use the garage and patio while we were camping. Arizona and Utah are generally more open minded in specific areas, but their state parks vary. In Parker, I was allowed to drive the Mule through the state park as long as I was coming or going to a trail. In Utah, at Kodachrome Basin, no way. Had to haule it to the trail head. You can license OHV's in several states, but not Texas. I don't understand their logic. You can drive a street legal motorcycle like the Honda CRF 250 dual sport dirt bike. You could make a lot more noise and do a lot more damage with one of them than a Mule or golf cart that runs 25 mph.

porthole
11-02-2015, 10:31 AM
That's funny. The park I am in in Tucson will allow electric golf carts but not gas ones. just dumb.

Electric limitation is the main reason we bought an electric cart. And after being in multiple parks where gas carts are allowed - I like the limitation at the parks that have it.

avvidclif
11-02-2015, 11:56 AM
I fought this battle every time I took the Mule somewhere, in the Cyclone. In Big Bend NP, you can't ride it, even on the 4WD roads. They scolded me just for unloading it. I explained that I needed to in order to use the garage and patio while we were camping. Arizona and Utah are generally more open minded in specific areas, but their state parks vary. In Parker, I was allowed to drive the Mule through the state park as long as I was coming or going to a trail. In Utah, at Kodachrome Basin, no way. Had to haule it to the trail head. You can license OHV's in several states, but not Texas. I don't understand their logic. You can drive a street legal motorcycle like the Honda CRF 250 dual sport dirt bike. You could make a lot more noise and do a lot more damage with one of them than a Mule or golf cart that runs 25 mph.

Texas is kinda strange. You can license an off road vehicle as long as it's classified a LSV (low speed vehicle). One of the criteria is being able to go over 25mph IIRC plus headlights, taillights, wipers, horn etc. All the usual inspection stuff. The ATV's, Razors, SXS etc have the speed, just not the classification and inspection stuff. I'm sure I will have a few problems in the State Parks when I get my dune buggy running but by being street legal they can't say much.

IronJ
11-02-2015, 12:27 PM
And with texas city and local ordinances can supercede the state law for lsv's as well....some of the housing areas near me have banned the golf carts....

You would be surprised how many people ride thier lsv/carts to the grocery store....I have...it's only a couple miles away ..

It was cool being in moab and seeing utv's cruising

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porthole
11-04-2015, 06:47 AM
When I was looking for a cart the LSV's were gaining popularity. I had just missed the state and federal incentives which would have netted a new LSV at an end cost of only $1,500 (about $11,000 new).
There are 528 municipalities in New Jersey, 6 do not allow LSV's on the roads, our town is one of them. :mad:

TxCowboy
11-04-2015, 09:57 AM
For folks in the Rockport, Texas area, there are some very strange (interesting?) laws governing golf carts.

The carts have to be fully equipped: headlights, tail lights, turn signals, the "slow vehicle" triangle, seat belts must be used by all passengers, a pennant flag (like you see on bicycles), the ability to maintain a minimum speed of 35 mph (so as not to impede traffic), and must be registered with the city and have the registration tag displayed.

But -- you can't take them on or across any of the major thoroughfares and can not be operated during hours of darkness (sunset to sunrise). The Walmart and HEB (grocery stores), the major hardware store, and most of the good restaurants on across the main road which makes them inaccessible by golf cart. And, now that the time has changed, your golf cart is prohibited on city streets after about 6 p.m.

YMMV based upon your location, of course. :)