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Old 10-17-2014, 08:01 AM   #1
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Gafney to Chicago

Hi All

After our Camp Freightliner session April 2015 we plan on a trip to Chicago, Wisconsin, and Michigan.What would be the suggested route if we wanted to avoid any of the mountain passes? Or what would be the least amount of grade changes?

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Old 10-17-2014, 09:23 AM   #2
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What mountain pass's would those be?

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Old 10-17-2014, 10:26 AM   #3
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Nick: Nothing really serious along the route. Shortest would be to pick up I-26N at Spartanburg, NC- there's a 2 mile climb at 7% near Hendersonville, NC. Pick up I-40W at Asheville. Most of the grades and curves through the Smokies are fairly mild. At Knoxville, on I-75N there is a 5-6% climb over 4-5 miles near Jellico. (Almost at the Kentucky border) Nothing significant after that, use I-64 or 74 to get over to I-65 then on to Chicago....
It's a beautiful area to drive through, should be pretty in the spring.
I been though there both directions, no challenge for my 36ft DP with Cummins 260 hp ISB, and toad.


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Only way to Chicago from Gaffney is I85W, I26N, I40W, I75N, I64W and I65N.
Last May my ISB pulling a toad made it from Gaffney to IN. and I am sure whatever Diesel engine you have will also.
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