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Old 11-24-2019, 06:49 AM   #57
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I use 465, north side to 465 south on west side of INDY to I70 frequently. Usually stay in middle or 2nd lane on right side of road. Your only problem while traveling the 55mph speed limit will be the other traffic passing on both sides.
Isn't that so true. I think the average speed on the 465 loop is above 65 mph.

On the other hand, the OLD joke around Indy is we aren't speeding, we're qualifying.

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You may want to consider take I-55 all the way to New Orleans and then I-10 West to Texas. Thatís the way I will be traveling from Chicago in January. Going west through Missouri and Kansas could be difficult with snow and ice storms, plus the sooner you get south the faster you can de-winterize.
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Old 11-24-2019, 04:06 PM   #59
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there"s a large flying j in indy that might work for you; a walmart and a koa in terre haute.
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Old 11-24-2019, 04:18 PM   #60
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We live in Marshall, IL. About 45 miles from Effingham. There is a nice/safe Walmart right off the interstate
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Old 11-24-2019, 04:31 PM   #61
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Old 11-24-2019, 04:40 PM   #62
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Isn't that so true. I think the average speed on the 465 loop is above 65 mph.

On the other hand, the OLD joke around Indy is we aren't speeding, we're qualifying.

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Thank you everyone for all the great suggestions, we will now have a plan A, B, and C for crossing Indiana! BTW, it has "warmed" up a little here in Michigan and my wife and I were able to take a little practice drive in the motor home today. It drives good I even stopped and got it weighed.
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Old 11-24-2019, 04:54 PM   #64
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My wife and I just got our first motor home, a class A, and will be driving it to south Texas in January, we live in Michigan's "thumb". Due to our late season purchase and cold and snow here in Michigan we have so far been unable to take a practice overnight run so this may end up being our maiden voyage!
The first day we plan to take I-69 to Indianapolis then west on I-70 toward Effingham IL. The next day we will go south on I-57 and I-55 headed toward Little Rock AK. We have driven this route many times in our car so we are familiar with it but would like to hear from other RV'ers who are also familiar with this route and could suggest overnight parking locations along the way. We do not plan to de-winterize the rig when we leave, so for at least the first two nights we will be 'dry camping".
Effingham IL is 500 miles from our home and would probably be the absolute furthest we would want to drive the first day. Ideally we would want to stop a little sooner, somewhere around Terre Haute IN. We just want a spot to stop and put out the slide, fire up the furnace and get some sleep and hit the road early again the next morning. Then repeat this for a couple more days until we get far enough south to stop in a park, de-winterize, and fill up the fresh water tank. I am thinking rest areas, Walmarts, Cracker Barrels, etc. Any and all thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated, thank you.
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I have not read this whole thread - so if I am repeating info - my apologizes...

On the southwest corner of I-465 (Indy Beltway) not far from I 70 is Lake Haven camp ground. Lake Haven Retreat - Indy'a Premier RV Campground Nothing fancy as it is a working mans camp ground but clean and doable for one night. It is not far from I-70 to continue your trip - but the most important thing - it is open year round. Not sure about what's on, such as water, but the electricity will be and you can run your heating system without the generator.

Also - at this time of the year, I'd check the KOA web site to see what's open. I know Crawfordsville KOA was mentioned - this is no where on your route.

Also - - I also read people stay at Cracker Barrels. These would be a great stop except cars are generally parked in the RV spots.

Good luck and have a safe trip.

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Flying J in Effingham has parking space up front where motorhomes park at overnight. I would just take I-70 through Indy instead of going clear around. I went through there earlier this year on the way to Decatur without any issues. When you get ready to go, take a look at the weather forecast to determine whether to head through Arkansas or keep heading south on I-55 to get to warmer weather sooner. When going to Florida, we have stayed mainly at Walmarts, but also at Flying J. Google the Walmart to see reviews as to whether it is a safe area or not.
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I, also, haven't read every post here so if I'm repeating anything I beg forgiveness. We've done that route; Ft Wayne, Indy, Effingham, and south many times as well as taking I-69 south through Indiana. There are numerous rest stops and truck stops along the way so I believe there would be many places to "pitch your tent" for the night. A bit farther south than you've noted but worthy of mention is a little campground near Boomland at the Charleston, MO exit on I-57, second exit after you cross into MO from IL going south. The place is beyond the Boomland gas station and, while nothing fancy, is $12 a nite, full hookups. No attendant on duty, you just leave your $12 in a little envelope and put it into the slot. We've stayed there a few time and have never had any problems.



As a side note, this time coming south we bypassed Indy altogether because of the extremely rough highways in that area. Last spring heading back home it was so bad I honestly thought we were going to sustain damage to our truck/5er rig!
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I use 465, north side to 465 south on west side of INDY to I70 frequently. Usually stay in middle or 2nd lane on right side of road. Your only problem while traveling the 55mph speed limit will be the other traffic passing on both sides.
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Isn't that so true. I think the average speed on the 465 loop is above 65 mph.

On the other hand, the OLD joke around Indy is we aren't speeding, we're qualifying.

Steve
Hahahahaha

I have lived in the Indy area for over 30 years now......

I-465 is the closest thing to a NSACAR experience one can get without either paying a lot of $$$$$ or being in an actual race.....

I cannot go too many places without traveling on 465.......middle lane is the place to be.......entrance ramps are not unlike the cars coming out of pit row at Indy Speedway......

You'll do fine - - just make sure you leave enough road to get in the right lane for your exit.

Now - if you are traveling during rush hour(s) - stay in the right lane and just slow up at the interchanges. If you get in the middle lane you'll never get out.

Gotta love it......

Oh - Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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I've stayed at the Effingham Cracker Barrel. There is a Pilot across the street with fuel lanes. I thought it was a good stay. I was transporting a 42 foot tag axle Thor Tuscany with a jeep toad and was able to get in and out.
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Reserved overnight parking at truckstops!

Hey talk about on the way,


Some truck stops take overnight parking reservations for spots. Yes they do. If I recall correctly its between 15 and 20 for the night. No hookups just a long spot. Easy on and off with a full service restaurant etc. Check em out and call ahead!
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We have stayed at Walmarts, Sam's Clubs, Cracker Barrel's, Truck Stops, Casinos, rest stops. In most cases we'll try and find a Walmart since there is usually plenty of parking and if needed a quick in/out for shopping.

Here is a website where you can find the NO Park Walmarts.
https://www.walmartlocator.com/no-park-walmarts/
Walmart allows overnight parking unless the city has ordinances against it.

We will also stop at truck stops but they tend to be busier and louder.
Just east of Terre Haute, thereís a Walmart on the northwest corner of State Hwy 46 and I-70 .
Easy in and out .
Itís never too crowded.
Grew up there just down the road.
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