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Old 09-23-2016, 07:15 AM   #1
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Driving through major cities

We are heading to GA for a week, the route takes us through Atlanta, it's on a Saturday but we will probably be passing it around 6 p.m. We use Tomtom and was wondering if there's another type of route planner for RVs since driving a Precept 31UL through a big city that we're not use to is a little nerve racking.
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:23 AM   #2
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This should be a breeze...

My GF is often at the wheel when we drive thru and/or around Chicago... Just take it slow and easy.. let them honk their horn at you if necessary.. just go at your own pace and DO NOT worry about people being mad that you're not speeding thru the city like they are.. Just stay in the right lane and do your own thing..

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Old 09-23-2016, 07:30 AM   #3
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Most big cities have a bypass that avoids the heavy downtown traffic. Plan your route manually as most GPS take the direct route.
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Driving Through Major Citys

We live just south of Atlanta. Get in the HOV lane and let it roll. Have a good trip.
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:38 AM   #5
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Iím retired so my strategy may not work for you. When I have to pass through a large metropolitan area (Los Angeles and Dallas come to mind) Iíll time my travels so I stop at a rest area outside of the city at around 6-7pm, have dinner and sleep until 1-2am at which time I awaken and continue my travels through the city. If Iím still a bit tired Iíll pull into another rest area after I pass the city and go back to sleep. Very early morning driving is so much less stressful.

Also, some cities arenít that bad, traveling west on I-80 through Chicago for instance. Yes traffic can be heavy since youíre actually traveling on I-80/I-88/I-90/I-94 around the bottom of the Great Lakes. However, thereís not much lane changing required, just lots of traffic and some rush hour bump & grind.

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if you drive thru Atlanta,you can use the hov lane inside of 285 and diving should not be bad unless of event or wreck downtown. the HOT lane on 85 from north to 285 is a pay lane. 285 around atlanta the lanes are narrower and there is no hov lane. drive it every day i come to work going thru to work and around coming home. you really should be ok going thru on a Saturday.

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285 is the bypass for Atlanta. It can be as bad as 75/85 at rush hours. Early Saturday evening I would probably not do the bypass unless a traffic report advised otherwise...
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.. Just stay in the right lane and do your own thing..

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I respectfully disagree. The right lane has most of the traffic merging and exiting. And also the right lane can often turn into an " Exit only" situation far too frequently forcing you to merge left in traffic. When driving through a big city, I try to keep in the second or third lane, depending on the number of lanes. I avoid the far left lane as that is for high speed traffic, and I don't want to pi** them off. Of course this doesn't apply to HOV and other special purpose marked lanes. ...just my thoughts.
In the countryside however, I enjoy driving in the right lane as this is next to the shoulder which is there for emergency purposes.
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I've been through Atlanta several times. I normally stay in a middle lanes to minimize lane changes.

Semi trucks [unless going in for delivery] are not allowed to go through Atlanta, so the bypass is loaded with trucks.

For my money, straight through is the best option and I have too may tires for the HOV lane.
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In comparing my Trucker GPS (Garmin 760LMT) that I use in the coach to Google Maps that I use in the car, the Garmin may not use the shortest route but it does take the more truck friendly route. This, I've found, is the best approach to every route question.
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I've been through Atlanta several times. I normally stay in a middle lanes to minimize lane changes.

Semi trucks [unless going in for delivery] are not allowed to go through Atlanta, so the bypass is loaded with trucks.

For my money, straight through is the best option and I have too may tires for the HOV lane.
I go thru often and I never take the bypasses anymore. GPS should take you through downtown and that is the easiest way to me.

I would consider Copilot RV for gps with a tablet with gps. If you have data available, Pilot gives you real time info.
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We are heading to GA for a week, the route takes us through Atlanta, it's on a Saturday but we will probably be passing it around 6 p.m. We use Tomtom and was wondering if there's another type of route planner for RVs since driving a Precept 31UL through a big city that we're not use to is a little nerve racking.

It will not be an issue whatsoever. I live in Atlanta and regularly drive my 40' DP towing my full size truck (65' long) without any issues; just drove it yesterday in fact.

Just take the Perimeter (285) around the west side of the city, don't go downtown. Absolutely a non-issue on a Saturday night, especially in a little 31 footer.
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I go thru often and I never take the bypasses anymore. GPS should take you through downtown and that is the easiest way to me.

I would consider Copilot RV for gps with a tablet with gps. If you have data available, Pilot gives you real time info.

Disagree in Atlanta. The lanes through the city are significantly narrower than the perimeter (285). I even use the Perimeter in my tiny Mini Cooper to and from work, I avoid going through town regardless of the time or day of the week.

Take 285 on the west side, a breeze.
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We have six wheels - is that alowed?
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