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Old 04-16-2014, 09:14 AM   #1
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Route suggestions, Arkansas to Iowa

We will be leaving Searcy, AR mid June and traveling to Altoona, IA. My Streets and Trips shows a pretty direct route using Rt. 163 and 63 primarily. My contact in Altoona (Summit RV products) says I should go to Fort Smith, to Joplin, to KC and use I35 to Des Moine which is very near Altoona. That seems out of the way.

Who can tell me about the quality of the roads if I take the more direct route? We will have 2 - 3 days for travel between appointments.

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63/163 are fine roads and will work well for Altoona. All of 163 will be 4 lane and have a 65 MPH speed limit and bypass most towns. 63 in Mo. will vary and there will be some travel thru the towns and the speed limit will vary. I still find it to be a good highway.
Going thru Joplin to KC is a bit longer but with the I35 part being interstate with 70 MPH speeds and no direct contact with each towns stop lights it is a bit faster. Driving through KC is a pane in the a## especially at peak drive times. I expect it will bring you in on 71 and use I435 or whatever that bypass # is and that is a heavy traveled road.
Summit RV ? can't recall ever hearing that business name before and I have lived in the area for most of my life. I'll Have to look that one up.
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x2 on the 163/63 route
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63 / 163 is good road with much of it 4 lane and a 65 mph posted speed limit. The 63 part in Arkansas and Mo will be the slower part but many of the towns are off to the side and it is well maintained. Going through Joplin using 71 and I35 is ok time wise except for the KC part. If you hit that at the wrong time of day it may be gridlock or the very least busy! Beyond that, It is 70 MPH with no towns or traffic lights on the Interstate part of it. I had never heard of Summit RV products before so I looked them up on Google. They are easy to get to and Altoona is a small town so should be easy to find. I recommend 63/163.
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63 / 163 is good road with much of it 4 lane and a 65 mph posted speed limit. The 63 part in Arkansas and Mo will be the slower part but many of the towns are off to the side and it is well maintained. Going through Joplin using 71 and I35 is ok time wise except for the KC part. If you hit that at the wrong time of day it may be gridlock or the very least busy! Beyond that, It is 70 MPH with no towns or traffic lights on the Interstate part of it. I had never heard of Summit RV products before so I looked them up on Google. They are easy to get to and Altoona is a small town so should be easy to find. I recommend 63/163.
I live in Altoona also and I'd never heard of them, so I googled them too. Looks like they are located in the former Townsend Industries building. Their address was a bit confusing for me until I realized that they are just outside of the city limits so they have a Polk County address instead of an Altoona address.
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Summit makes and installs custom polished stainless trim and other neat, blingy stuff for RV's. I installed some of their trim on my coach and four pieces had defects (didn't discover until after installation). So they are going to R & R those pieces for us.
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If you need a place to stay in Altoona, I recommend Griff's RV park ... it is a very nice place in a very peaceful rural setting. I have stayed there on more than one occasion.
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If you need a place to stay in Altoona, I recommend Griff's RV park ... it is a very nice place in a very peaceful rural setting. I have stayed there on more than one occasion.
If a person wants to be a little closer to things then there is also Adventureland RV Park right in Altoona. Across the street is Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino and a few blocks away is BassPro, Flying J and WalMart.
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Thanks for the RV park recommendations. Summit has elect/water and a dump station which we plan to use while we are with them but we will likely arrive a day or two before our appointment, so will be looking for accommodations.
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