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Old 12-31-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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Hello newbie here. I am planning a trip to Hot Springs Ark this summer. I will be traveling from Baton Rouge. Can anyone tell me how hilly it is between Texarkana and Hot Springs. My camper is only 5200 lbs and is pulled with a 5.3l v8 silverado. I've never pulled it anywhere with hills,mts. I may be a bit apprehensive about this trip so if anyone can put me at ease that would've great.
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What rear axle do you have? Been to the area a few times and no real problems. Just downshift and take your time. Keep the engine RPMs up. If you do not have an external auxiliary transmission cooler, I'd add one.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:49 PM   #3
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Hi there - we meet two couples from Red Stick @ Maumel in Little rock March, 2012 (last year )

one had an older MH with a toad and had no problems getting there - just slow they said...
we took a day trip to hot springs, etc...
and while hilly, no long pulls, mostly slow two lanes....

Now if you're going to Petti Jean (which I recommend you do once) the last few miles are a CLIMB !!!!

but - all but 15 miles of the 2 hours from Texarkana will be on I-30 to Malvern so shouldn't be an issue...
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If you go to Petti Jean, enter the park on the west end. The climb is longer but not as steep.

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yes sir - we happened to come from the East and WOW what a grade with turnbacks that would kill any momentum !!!

We saw storms coming in while up on the ridge and decided to leave and go back to Maumel since the lodge was closed for renovation and all...
about an hour later heard a tornado had gone thru there !!!
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I have a 28' Rockwood TT with the same approximate weight, and a Silverado 5.3L, 3.42 rear axle. I live near Branson which if others who have driven there could tell you they aren't extreme passes, but pretty good hills. I've had no trouble, but on the biggest hills I probably only go 40-45 mph and 60 mph flat to downhill. I haven't camped that far south into Arkansas, but don't think its much worse than what we have here. Take it easy and be safe. Don't push it and you'll be fine.
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I am from SW Arkansas and cannot imagine that you will have issues. Plenty of great camping sites in that area (Daisy State Park, DeGray State Park with Corps sites within driving distance to Hot Springs).
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I agree...easy drive! It's a beautiful area with lots to see and do. Great trip. We stayed at the "Cloud9 RV Park" outside of Hot Springs (~10 miles). Very nice facility with beautiful views. Have fun!

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We drove thru Cloud 9 and wondered how some of the coaches got up there

especially if someone was coming down at the same time with all those switchbacks
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Never a problem getting into or out of Cloud 9. Toot the horn well before the curve, coming and going. Traffic is light.

The steep grade(not too bad) and switchback is on the private campground road. More like a big long driveways

36' DP pulling a Wrangler.
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