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Old 05-21-2018, 07:23 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Presently in the Asheville, NC and intend to travel to Birmingham, AL on Thursday morning. Not being a fan of Atlanta traffic, wondered about the feasibility of taking I-40 west toward Knoxville, to I-75, I-24 toward Chatanooga to I-59.


It's about 30 miles further than the route thru Atlanta, but looks like it times out about the same. However, it looks pretty mountainous, and since our toad is pretty hefty, that could really slow us down.


If any of you have experience with this route, I would like to hear.


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Hi All,

Presently in the Asheville, NC and intend to travel to Birmingham, AL on Thursday morning. Not being a fan of Atlanta traffic, wondered about the feasibility of taking I-40 west toward Knoxville, to I-75, I-24 toward Chatanooga to I-59.


It's about 30 miles further than the route thru Atlanta, but looks like it times out about the same. However, it looks pretty mountainous, and since our toad is pretty hefty, that could really slow us down.


If any of you have experience with this route, I would like to hear.


Thanks
I have taken this route often, and had no trouble with capability. My toad is a 3/4Ton Crew Cab Chevy, so not the heaviest, but certainly not light.
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Old 05-21-2018, 08:40 AM   #3
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I have driven this route dozens of times with a 34K pound bus with a toad. I-40 is a little tight in the mountains but really not a problem. More of a problem driving thru Knoxville and Chattanooga than the mountains. Much better than driving thru Atlanta.
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As others have said, you will be fine on this route. If you went up what I call the Black Mountain grade on I40 east of Asheville, that is more than you will experience going down I40 on the west side of Asheville. There are several slow curves but if you keep it geared down and use the exhaust brake you won't have an issue.

BTW, if you go thru Atlanta between about 11AM and 2PM or before 6AM or after 7PM you should not have too many issues. I've been thru many times as the in-laws live there. I26 also has some pretty steep downgrades, but again, nothing like the grade on I40 east of Asheville.
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I wouldn't worry about either route as far as pulling grades. If it was me I would avoid Atlanta no matter what time just because one crash in that area will block it for hours.

Make to use the right gear coming down the steep grades and try to keep your rpms up and stay off the brakes. We are pulling 9,700 pounds of toad and never an issue.
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Thanks to all for the input. We elected to use the Atlanta route coming thru well after rush hour with minimal delays. But next time, I really wanto to try the other route.
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Happy to hear you made it through fine and glad we could help!
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