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North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

We will be staying at New River State Park in North Carolina. From there we start home via Tennessee. Google maps shows the quickest route to be US 58/NC16 North up into Virginia to connect with I-81 W and on down to Sevierville, TN. An alternate route would follow US 88/NC 167 to US 421 to US 321 to I-26 to I-81. One reason Google Maps would suggest the route through Virginia is that provides for much more freeway driving. But I will not average that much more because I will NOT be driving the speed limit on the Interstate. I have not given all the connecting roads on either of these routes but anyone who could respond helpfully would know the basic differences in the choice between them. I am not anxious, but if anyone is really familiar with these routes I'd be glad to hear suggestions. I don't generally avoid mountain driving but most of my experience is with Colorado and points north in the Rocky Mountains. I've been over most of those passes.
padredw 10/17/19 06:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 181

Don't think he needs the tunnels on the Parkway. It's the bridges going UNDER the BRP he is asking about. Yes, Terry is exactly right. I don't think I have anything to worry about in that regard. We are not traveling extensively on the BRP. Maybe I should have started a new topic about the route FROM New River State Park. But, again, I don't think I have anything to worry about, just looking for local reassurance.
padredw 10/16/19 02:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 181

OK, I think I will piggy-back on my own post to ask about routes. We will be staying at New River State Park in North Carolina. From there we start home. Google maps shows the quickest route to be US 58/NC16 North up into Virginia to connect with I-81 W and on down to Sevierville, TN. An alternate route would follow US 88/NC 167 to US 421 to US 321 to I-26 to I-81. One reason Google Maps would suggest the route through Virginia is that provides for much more freeway driving. But I will not average that much more because I will NOT be driving the speed limit on the Interstate. I have not given all the connecting roads on either of these routes but anyone who could respond helpfully would know the basic differences in the choice between them. I am not anxious, but if anyone is really familiar with these routes I'd be glad to hear suggestions. I don't generally avoid mountain driving but most of my experience is with Colorado and points north in the Rocky Mountains. I've been over most of those passes.
padredw 10/15/19 07:35am Roads and Routes
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 181

Thanks, friends, looks pretty good. We will be leaving on Monday, October 21 and will be up toward the BRP a bit over a week later.
padredw 10/15/19 07:18am Roads and Routes
Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 181

We will be traveling on NC 181 N. in a couple of weeks. We would like to turn off from 181 onto the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few miles and then back on 181 (near the Camp Creek Parking Lot). I see these stone arch bridges at each entrance/exit. I have a 12' 9" high fifth wheel. Will I have any problem with the arches?
padredw 10/14/19 07:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Carlsbad Caverns NM

My experience is a few years old but I will share anyway. I would not stay in White City if it is anything like what I saw on our last visit to Carlsbad. We decided to stay in town. No, it's not a resort and pretty typical of older parks with permanent residents, but we found it so much more conveniently located than KOA. I would not hesitate to stay there again unless it has really declined.
padredw 10/11/19 03:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boston Ma. to San Antonio Tx.

My previous post concerned only the portion of the trip inside Texas. Here is a part of EastCoast original post: Bluegrass Pkwy. down to Nashville to 40 to 30 Many people are not familiar with the Kentucky system of Parkways. I have been using them for years. Some of them are destined to become part of the Interstate Highway System. I have found them to be excellent highways. In this instance you could take the Bluegrass Pkw to Elizabethtown and then take the Western Kentucky Pkw to connect with I-155 to I-55 down to West Memphis, AR and avoid both Nashville and Memphis. That is the route I take all the time to Lexington, KY. Lots of good campgrounds in the Land Between the Lakes Area just off this route. Also the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington. Just some more ideas for consideration.
padredw 10/10/19 09:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Boston Ma. to San Antonio Tx.

Take 271 south at Mt. Pleasant to hwy 31 to Waco then 84 to 281 and San Antonio. Avoid I-35 traffic, just another plan Excellent suggestion from Camreal. I have another suggestion which will avoid not only Dallas but also Austin which is worse for RV driving than Dallas. So here goes. As above take US 271 at Mt. Pleasant. You have a good new bypass now around that town. BUT at Gilmer take TX 155 through Tyler to Palestine, TX. You will have a loop around Tyler and also at Palestine. @ Palestine take US 79 and follow it all the way down to Rockdale to take US 77 S. At the intersection with TX 21 take 21 through Bastrop to San Marcos where you will pick up I-35 Not everyone will prefer this route since there are many 2 lane highways, but I like to avoid the traffic in Dallas, Waco, and especially Austin. Lots of good places to overnight along this route. I will only mention Tyler State Park and Bastrop--either Bastrop State Park or the LCRV (Lower Colorado River Authority) on Lake Bastrop. At least you have some good choices.
padredw 10/09/19 07:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Toronto Canada to Corpus Christi have 25ft travel trailer

I will confine my remarks to the route within Texas as I am very familiar with these highways. I will assume a starting point of Texarkana, Texas. Look for the US 59 exit from I-30 indicated "Houston" @ Marshall take Loop 390 around Northwest of Town to TX 43 @ Henderson take US 79 (loop around Palestine) all the way to Rockdale then take US 77 US 77 will take you all the way to the vicinity of Corpus Christi. Good commercial campground at Shady Pines, Texarkana (bit out of the way) Good State Parks at Caddo Lake and at Tyler, require small modifications in the route above. Slight modification allows visit to Bryan/College Station and the George W. Bush Presidential Library. I could give many other alternate routes, but this is one for a start.
padredw 09/30/19 09:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

You asked about experience with towing with 2500 2 wheel drive. I have been towing for over 20 years and over 180,000 miles (4 different fifth wheels) all with 2500 2 rear wheel drive. The last several trucks have been diesel but we started out with gasoline. In all these 20+ years I can only remember one time when 4 wheel drive would have made any difference. After a sudden rain in Florida many years ago the ground became slippery. Within minutes a park ranger had come to help us out. That's it. Not one other time we could have used four wheel drive.
padredw 09/29/19 11:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: States Visited Map Rules

Very few states are in any doubt for us. Only two: we have "rolled across" and stopped in Vermont and New Hampshire. All the others "filled in" we have spent at least one night in the RV. I don't know whether we will ever fill in these: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware. I think these are the only states not filled in on our map.
padredw 09/21/19 08:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Texas

Very good suggestions above. Just be sure to extend your "part of April" to include the blooming of the Bluebonnets.
padredw 09/17/19 08:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling on I-70 West to Monument Valley to Zion

I think we are talking about US 160, not I-60. The part I am familiar with in Colorado runs from Walsenburg (intersects with I-25 there) to Durango in the west. As has been said LaVeta is one of the easiest passes in Colorado and Wolf Creek is up a notch, but so much better now than the first time I drove over it in the 1960s.
padredw 09/17/19 08:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-10 in Louisiana

Yes, we have never had any difficulty in that regard. This prompts me to say that we always use "regular" service stations and not the big truck stops. We tow a 34' fifth wheel and the secret is to "scope it out" before you pull in. I've had to back out a few times, but not many. We just got back from an RV trip to Santa Fe, NM and found diesel at every point we needed it. We have had four fifth-wheels. Our first was a "well used" Prowler. On one of our first trips we stopped for fuel in a small Central Texas town. Everything seemed fine until that night in the state park where we were setting up camp I rounded the back of the trailer and saw the back cap pulled away from the side wall. I could tell a long, long story here but need only say that I will able to make pretty good repair and continued on our say to Colorado. NOW -- I still cannot be totally sure, but I finally came to believe that I snagged one of those low posts at that gas station. I heard nothing, saw nothing, felt nothing, but that is the only reasonable explanation. From then on I have been very conscious of making wide turns and watching the trailer wheels come in very much from the truck wheels. We have never had any difficulty finding fuel along that route I suggested. We just made the portion from Mount Pleasant to Amarillo last week, as we were going to Santa Fe and not to Colorado on that trip. EDIT TO ADD. We made our first camping trip to Florida in 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis. We spent our first night in what was then Fort Picken State Park. We've been back many times -- staying in St. Andrews as well as Fort Pickens (when it was possible to get a campsite just by driving up and selected it -- that will be hard for many to believe. Oh, that first trip was with a tent not an RV but we've been back many times with an RV.
padredw 09/16/19 02:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-10 in Louisiana

We make the journey to Florida often--and also to Colorado. Since we live in the middle I will dare to make a suggestion: At Mobile take US highways through Alabama and Mississippi to Jackson, MS and pick up I 20. Take the loop around Shreveport (and slow down on the short rough section just before the loop.) Watch for Exit 628 soon after entering Texas. Exit there and take US 80 to near Marshall, TX but watch for loop 390 which will take you around the town to the north--hardly a slow down. Exit the loop onto US 59 toward Texarkana, but exit at Jefferson onto TX 49. Follow TX 49 all the way to Mount Pleasant, TX where you will pick up US 271 north to Paris Texas. Take the loop south around Paris (again no slow up) From the loop around Paris pick up US 82 West. Follow 82 all the way to Wichita Falls where you will join US 287 to Amarillo. Watch for the loop around North (it's Loop 335) to pick up US 87 N to Dumas, TX and on through Dalhart to Raton, NM where you will join I-25 on over Raton Pass into Colorado. I know it seems complicated but it is a route with which we are familiar--every mile. Best of all it completely avoids DFW and the traffic there. US 82 follows the Red River (near the Oklahoma line) and we have found we have to go that far north to avoid Dallas/Fort Worth.
padredw 09/16/19 12:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV Parks near Crater Lake National Park

diamond lake rv park is hard to beat. This is where we stayed and found it to be exactly what we wanted.
padredw 09/11/19 03:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need advice from local Texans

Good you see you on this forum, Scott. We are old friends on the NuWa forum. Hope all is going well with you. God bless. David We had just made most of that route a couple of weeks ago so it was fresh on my mind. Much of it we travel many times a year.
padredw 09/08/19 10:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Custer SD to Fort Worth TX by car and Return by Motorhome

A suggestion for your consideration: Turn off I-70 onto US 83 -- follow all the way to Childress, TX to pick up US 287 which will take you through Fort Worth to go on to Cleburne. I am not familiar with the northen portion of this route, but it avoids OK City and toll roads, and I am very familiar with US 287.
padredw 09/07/19 05:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: Need advice from local Texans

You have asked for comments from Texans. While there are several alternate routes I will simply comment on the one shown on the Google map posted above. You will turn off I-20 at Greenwood, LA on US 79 to Carthage. There is a loop around Carthage and while it is longer it surely will be quicker. Go around the loop to TX 315 to Mount Enterprise to pick up US 259 S. As you approach Nacogdoches watch carefully for the intersection with US 59. You will be turning R from the overpass. This is the end of US 259 which is an alternate of US 59. You will be going around Nacogdoches to the West. Watch for turn onto TX 7 toward Crockett. There is loop around Crockett follow it around to TX 21 toward Madisonville. We did find some construction on this section of TX 21 on a recent trip. There is no loop around Madisonville, you will have to drive through town. Follow highway signs. There you will pick up US 190 to Bryan.
padredw 09/07/19 05:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Winter Route to South Texas

We go down the east side of TX , cut over to Waco and down 77 to Victoria. From there either over to the coast, or continue south on 77. We miss the traffic in all the large cities. I have lived in East Texas all my life. The above quote is good advice in my opinion. We go often to the Texas Valley in Winter for a few days and we often follow the route above. I can give several possible routes through East Texas, but right now we are in New Mexico so I won't go into that detail
padredw 09/04/19 06:07am Roads and Routes
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