Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-29-2010, 07:18 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Born2RV's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 372
Question Safe travel to Myrtle Beach?

We'll be leaving the Detroit area in three days for Myrtle Beach. We've never traveled 77, etc. and wondered if there are any steep grades? Low clearance issues? any other advice?
__________________

__________________
Born2RV is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-29-2010, 07:55 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 507
I am heading to the MB area from Indiana in a week, same basic route for me, G
__________________

__________________
GENECOP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2010, 08:18 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Algoma's Avatar


 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 2,639
No low bridges but there are some steep grades crossing from West Virginia to Virginia.
__________________
John and Mary Knight
2015 Newmar Ventana 4311 - wheelchair accessible
2015 Cadillac SRX Luxury AWD
Algoma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2010, 08:39 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Baby Bear's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Beaufort SC/ Harmony PA
Posts: 221
If you are not in a hurry this can be a good route. Area around Beckley, starting to the north, is ROUGH. To the south there are some fairly good pulls going up and believe the speed signs at the bottom of the hills on the bends!
If you take your time and enjoy the scenery it's not too bad.
NO way would I do this at night!
__________________
Lee,Marge Living Our Dream-Fulltiming!
Beaufort SC, Winter Harmony PA Summer
Semper Fi In God We Trust
Baby Bear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2010, 08:42 PM   #5
Moderator Emeritus
 
smlranger's Avatar


 
Country Coach Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Glen Allen, VA
Posts: 7,257
Blog Entries: 1
I-77 just south of Charleston, WV starts the toll portion and there are some grades and sweeping curves. However, it is good interstate road with some rough pavement in spots. Toll boothes are very narrow so suggest you use the far right booth which has no curb side barrier. Toll portion ends at Princeton.

I-77 south of its intersection with I-81 in the Fort Chiswell/Wytheville area also has some long and steep grades around Fancy Gap but, again, good interstate highway. I would agree with Lee's advice above to avoid traveling this area at night, primarily because you will be traveling through some of WV and VA's most spectacular mountain scenery. You don't want to miss it.

Good fuel stops along the way include the huge Travel Center near Beckley, WV at the Tamarack center and two Flying J's along I-81 at Wytheville. Also, if you will be traveling with anyone who loves great crafts, the Tamarack gift center at the Travel Center has some beautiful stuff made by WV artisans. Also a great place to eat since the Greenbrier Resort operates the food operation there and puts out some great food at reasonable prices.
__________________
'07 Country Coach Allure 470 Siskiyou Summit #31578, Cummins ISL 425; 2014 Ford F150 toad; Air Force One Toad Brake.
Glen Allen, VA; Smith Mountain Lake, VA.
smlranger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2010, 09:17 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Born2RV's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 372
Since this will be our first time with our "new" diesel instead of our gasser in mountains, do you have any suggestions for going down the steep grades? I like to use the "retarder" brake - but do you have any special advice regarding the air brakes? What about the uphill climbs?

Thanks for the great advice for gas stops! I was consulting our Flying J book and already spotted the one you mentioned. We'll be leaving Michigan around 10:00 p.m., so we should be hitting the Ohio/Virginia border around sunrise. I'm assuming our route through Ohio should be fairly simple. We're so accustomed to traveling I-75 south that this is something new for us!
__________________
Born2RV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2010, 09:37 PM   #7
iRV2 Marketing
 
DriVer's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Coastal Campers
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Conway, SC
Posts: 23,304
Blog Entries: 70
Quote:
Originally Posted by Born2RV View Post
Since this will be our first time with our "new" diesel instead of our gasser in mountains, do you have any suggestions for going down the steep grades? I like to use the "retarder" brake - but do you have any special advice regarding the air brakes? What about the uphill climbs?
Born2RV, Like gas RV chassis go down the grade in the same gear as you went up the grade. Yes by all means use your exhaust brake if you have one.

Only occasionally pump the brakes for brief periods of time to control your rate of descent. Do not stay on the brakes for any length of time.

You'll do just fine by the way ... give yourself a little bit of seat time. Before you know it you'll be a mountain grade pro!
__________________
DriVer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2010, 05:00 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Born2RV's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 372
Thank you so much for your help and advice. We appreciate it! Happy Easter!
__________________
Born2RV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2010, 09:15 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Born2RV's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 372
Do you know of a good place to stop for an hour of sleep/rest at the border of Ohio and West Virginia?
__________________
Born2RV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2010, 09:02 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Abnmarine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 702
There is a Cracker Barrel off of 77 about 20 miles across the border at

100 Mineral Wells Heights
Mineral Wells, WV 26150-9676

Get Directions
(304) 489-2382

beckley west virginia - Google Maps
__________________

__________________
2016 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie 6.7 CTD, 45 gallon gravity tank, Cooper A/T3's, Bilstiens
2012 Arctic Fox 22H 300 watt Solar, Morningstar TS-45, 460 AH batteries, Xantrax 1000 watt PSW
Abnmarine is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Record Turnout for Oceanside Rally in Myrtle Beach DriVer Workhorse Chassis Motorhome Club (WCMC) 5 12-23-2008 02:56 PM
NJ to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mike R Navigation, Routes & Roads 20 04-29-2008 02:27 PM
Myrtle Beach State park camping anyone? SewBzzzy Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 5 02-13-2008 07:45 AM
NY to Disney and then back to Myrtle Beach Nell Navigation, Routes & Roads 4 07-24-2006 11:16 AM
information on Pirateland campground in Myrtle Beach smote Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 5 06-10-2005 08:09 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.