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Old 01-05-2013, 06:28 AM   #1
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Help! Best way from Dallas to Boston in January?

So my husband picked up our new (to us) Excursion yesterday in Dallas and is driving it home to Boston. (YAY!)

Unfortunately for him his navigator, me, is not with him. He has a new Rand-Macnally RV GPS set to take the fastest route. I'm afraid, however, that this will bring him through some mountains and with that ice and snow.

This is his first time driving anything this big (40' DP) as our last coach was a 34' gas. He's still gettin used to the breaks and the coach in general.

He does have his adult son with him in case anyone was worried, lol!

Any suggestions as to the safest/easiest route?

edit: Looking at a map, I guess my question is: should he be worried about driving I 81?
Thanks so much!
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Congrats on your new MH!!! Have they left yet??? The quickest route is probably through Memphis and Nashville and then up I81. We're heading to FL from NH in the next couple of days and I want to avoid any potential snow along I81.

A more southern route might be I20 through Atlanta and then to I95 in Florence, SC. They can stop at South of the Border as their second stop if not driving straight through. From there, they can take all the usual routes up to Boston. This might add about 150 miles to the trip compared to the quickest route.

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Congrats on your new MH!!! Have they left yet??? The quickest route is probably through Memphis and Nashville and then up I81. We're heading to FL from NH in the next couple of days and I want to avoid any potential snow along I81.

A more southern route might be I20 through Atlanta and then to I95 in Florence, SC. They can stop at South of the Border as their second stop if not driving straight through. From there, they can take all the usual routes up to Boston. This might add about 150 miles to the trip compared to the quickest route.

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Thanks, Fran, I'm so excited to see it!

Yes, they have left and are following GPS directions along rt. 30 to 40 to 81. I hate to send them out of the way back down towards Shreveport and over 20, but it looks like that's the best way to avoid the mountains.

Is this a legitimate concern, or am I making a mountain out of a molehill? Seriously, though, would you all avoid the mountains even if it meant adding a few hours to your trip?
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Would I drive 150 miles to avoid mountains? No. To avoid mountains with snow and ice? Yep. Especially in your situation. Safety first.

Ok - so now I have to go search your posts. I've been following your hunt from the beginning (thread by thread) but must have missed the one where you pulled the trigger. (Or just forgot.)

So - Congrats!! It's been a long hunt. I know you have a big trip planned - so without knowing what the weather is likely to do - I would go the longer - flatter route now - and save the mountains for your big trip down the road. Just my opinion. Again - congrats - and get pictures up as soon as you can.
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It is a trip that I would not want to make. Storms are omnipresent. What would be the mentality of trying to get home when it starts storming instead of parking it for the night? Are they prepared to spent the night when the highway is closed? What is the requirement of getting it home during the winter? Is there a place you can store it?

Steve mentioned you were taking a big trip. I'm just going to assume it is to get away for the winter, but if it is spring would an option be to drive it as far south to get away from the mountains and weather, store it, load up the TOAD with only clothing and necessities and drive back to the storage area to make the trip. Food and many items can be purchased on the road.

Driving a big MH is a challenge for any first time driver of bigger rigs. Driving on slippery or threatening roads can be worse. As stated, safety first. It is what one can do, not what one thinks they can do.

Good luck to you and the family and above all, stay safe. We would like to hear of your travel escapades.
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Is the coach winterized? That should be a significant consideration regardless of route at this time of year.

Depending on weather shortest route is best as long as there is a willingness to wait if bad weather intercedes. Another factor is traffic. Traffic from Richmond North on I95 and any weather makes it miserable. Stop and go on an Interstate in a DP is not where I want to be.

Congrats on your decision.
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One thing to note once you turn north, after a certain point there aren't going to be many if any RV parks open. That may mean a long push at the end of the trip unless they can find a Walmart or the like to stay overnight.
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I think Wayne has the right idea. If you are heading south with it right away, why not leave it in warmer weather now and fly or drive down to it for your first trip.

We keep our motorhome in Orlando during the winter and fly down from Boston to use it. We bring it back up north for the summer. Never need to winterize.

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So - Congrats!! It's been a long hunt. I know you have a big trip planned - so without knowing what the weather is likely to do - I would go the longer - flatter route now - and save the mountains for your big trip down the road. Just my opinion. Again - congrats - and get pictures up as soon as you can.


Thank You!!!
I haven't posted my "pulled the trigger" post yet. Waiting for it to get home and to get pictures.


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It is a trip that I would not want to make. Storms are omnipresent. What would be the mentality of trying to get home when it starts storming instead of parking it for the night? Are they prepared to spent the night when the highway is closed? What is the requirement of getting it home during the winter? Is there a place you can store it?

Steve mentioned you were taking a big trip. I'm just going to assume it is to get away for the winter, but if it is spring would an option be to drive it as far south to get away from the mountains and weather, store it, load up the TOAD with only clothing and necessities and drive back to the storage area to make the trip. Food and many items can be purchased on the road.

Driving a big MH is a challenge for any first time driver of bigger rigs. Driving on slippery or threatening roads can be worse. As stated, safety first. It is what one can do, not what one thinks they can do.

Good luck to you and the family and above all, stay safe. We would like to hear of your travel escapades.
Yeah, shortly after the coach gets home we're heading out of MA for a cross country trip. Massachusetts to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, there is no toad. Though I know we are going to regret that at times, our inexperience with a rig this big is daunting enough. Hopefully next time.


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Is the coach winterized? That should be a significant consideration regardless of route at this time of year.

Depending on weather shortest route is best as long as there is a willingness to wait if bad weather intercedes. Another factor is traffic. Traffic from Richmond North on I95 and any weather makes it miserable. Stop and go on an Interstate in a DP is not where I want to be.

Congrats on your decision.
The coach isn't winterized because we are heading out within a week of it coming home. Now, we were told by the former owner that it would be fine for a short time as long as we keep the heat on 45 and keep the engine plugged in. But he's from Texas where it doesn't get so cold. Can someone confirm that we'll be good?

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One thing to note once you turn north, after a certain point there aren't going to be many if any RV parks open. That may mean a long push at the end of the trip unless they can find a Walmart or the like to stay overnight.
They stopped in a Walmart in TX last night and are looking for another one tonight. The whole trip is pretty much a "long push"

Once we set out again for LA we'll head due south (I95) til we hit warm weather, then head west. Once we can take our winter coats off, it will be a nice leisurely trip.
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Why not drive south to meet them ?

Anything needed can be bought at said Walmarts...
(which is what we do 90% of the time... much easier to load up to go and MANY times easier to unload when back !)

and there are hitches for the toad in every city...

By the time they get to you, they will be experts at driving it and pulling a toad in a straight line is EASY !!!!
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I think Wayne has the right idea. If you are heading south with it right away, why not leave it in warmer weather now and fly or drive down to it for your first trip.

We keep our motorhome in Orlando during the winter and fly down from Boston to use it. We bring it back up north for the summer. Never need to winterize.

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That's a really smaht (couldn't resist) way to do it. But we have 2 dogs that I wouldn't fly and no toad.
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my dw and i have travled i81 from where it meets i77 to i84 most recently 1st week of december part of the way the weather was freezing drizle the road crews were salting the road we had no problems. we use 81 instead of 95 even with the hills and the fact that it is a longer trip it is a better drive and alot less tolls
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my dw and i have travled i81 from where it meets i77 to i84 most recently 1st week of december part of the way the weather was freezing drizle the road crews were salting the road we had no problems. we use 81 instead of 95 even with the hills and the fact that it is a longer trip it is a better drive and alot less tolls

Hey there! You're right in our backyard! Thanks for the info. I was hoping to hear from someone who has driven it in the winter.


They are going to head that way and if the roads/weather look questionable when they hit Knoxville , they'll head up 75 to Lexington. So that's the plan.
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Our first trip last year was 300 mi. one way. No toad. We really needed a toad. Two weeks later we had a toad.

It has been absolutely no trouble to tow. Looking ahead a little bit a the fuel pumps has prevented any problems.

Also the toad has been handing checking into several State parks with skinny roads.
Scouting with the toad has been very helpfull.

The DP was new to us last Feb and we have put 8500 miles on it and while it's been a real learning experience, it's been a lot of fun.
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