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Old 04-03-2015, 10:02 PM   #1
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Going south on 81 from Pa

I plan on going route 81 from pa to nashville tn,looking for some advice or what to look out for etc,I have 27!foot Winebago tt.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:12 PM   #2
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Hi Jonnypip, I would put a planned departure date onto your post. I am sorry I can not help you as I am going that direction soon, but have never traveled that part of the route VA to TN... Sorry. If you are leaving next week, I hope we both have "A Great Trip"... If you have a CB, monitor channel 13.
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:25 PM   #3
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Going south on 81 from Pa

You don't say where in PA you're starting, and PA has some pretty good hills along there south of Scranton. I-81 is fine road all the way. It ends at I-40 east of Knoxville, and you'll continue to Nashville on I-40. There are two areas of grade you'll see in the southern portion, neither a real bother. South of Roanoke for about 25 miles there are some up and down stretches about 4-5 miles each of about 5%. Likewise in TN on I-40 east of Cookeville there's about 5 miles of 5% descending into Cookeville. Even with these grades it's a fine ride.
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We took that route last October, MH and toad, with no problems whatsoever. Good road all the way. Got on I-81 at Harrisburg. We planned to boondock at the Wal*Mart in Wytheville, VA but could not because of local ordinances. The WM Manager suggested driving further south to the WM in Marion where overnight parking was not a problem.
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Hi Jonnypip,
The ride will be quite pleasant. The only long and steep pull will be
1. Leaving Wilkes-Barre on I-81
2. Christiansburg Mountain on I-81 . After Salem, Va. and before Blacksburg, VA. There is a truck lane.

Scenery is great. Enjoy the ride.
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I've done that route three times each way. I prefer it over I 95 and go 77 miles out of my way to take it. I have always found decent campgrounds to stay at along the way. I like the KOA in Staunton VA. While us east coasters might complain a little about steep inclines they are nothing compared to the I40 incline in Tenn. or the many mountain passes out west. The worst part of steep inclines is that you have to slow down. Have a great time and let us know about any great camp grounds you stay at.
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Hi jonnypip. We came up 81 n from 77 today and no real problems as we arrived here in Carlisle pa.now ....not a bad ride... beats 95...good luck enjoy nashville...paul
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Fleetman...do you use RVParky? It would have shown Whiteville is a "no overnight parking" Walmart.
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Here's a link for Virginia Interstates Virginia 511 Web that you can use to monitor the traffic and weather conditions. You shouldn't have any issues on I81 in VA the road is very nice all the way into TN. Obviously throw an accident in the mix and all bets are off, specially if it involves a semi.

I40 from Knoxville to Nashville has some long grades but shouldn't be any big issue for you. Once West out of Knoxville gas stations can be sparse, or at least they seem to be. If I recall Cookeville area has fuel stops close to the interstate.

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Fleetman...do you use RVParky? It would have shown Whiteville is a "no overnight parking" Walmart.
No. I wasn't aware of that resource, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the information
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