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Old 09-18-2016, 09:25 AM   #1
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The best Route for first timers to Florida

I have to drive my 36' Fleetwood down to Ocala Florida but those high hills of Kentucky and Tennessee just kill me bad is there any other route that I could avoid Kentucky and Tennessee and the Sky bridge of Indianapolis and that area also not for me either please if someone know a flat route let me know please .

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I have to drive my 36' Fleetwood down to Ocala Florida but those high hills of Kentucky and Tennessee just kill me bad is there any other route that I could avoid Kentucky and Tennessee and the Sky bridge of Indianapolis and that area also not for me either please if someone know a flat route let me know please .

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I have to drive my 36' Fleetwood down to Ocala Florida but those high hills of Kentucky and Tennessee just kill me bad is there any other route that I could avoid Kentucky and Tennessee and the Sky bridge of Indianapolis and that area also not for me either please if someone know a flat route let me know please .

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You can dodge the Sky bridge by going down through Fort Wayne & hitting I75 early. The hills of Ky & Tn are what they are. The ones on I75 are not really steep or all that long.
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From : Grand Rapids Mi. But I could start anywhere even Cleveland OH
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So this is not a direct answer but close. Having driven and still driving commercial now and then (shipping horses) I always keep a truckers atlas in all vehicles. Go to a truck stop and get the large one with the coated pages and spiral binding. No matter where my gps or directions take me I always look on the map to double check. Those maps are great with the plastic laminated sheets as you can open the map while driving and flip to your state (carefully). I think it is the rand McNally truckers road atlas. Highly recommended as backup.
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how far out of the way

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From : Grand Rapids Mi. But I could start anywhere even Cleveland OH
how far out of the way are you willing and able to travel to avoid the hills?

It is not short, but you could go east to the coast then south, fewer hills but a lot longer and many big city areas.
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What about the hills in Florida? Aren't you worried about them?
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I'm not aware of a route that makes more sense. Thinking after you've run I75 a few times, that section will become much less intimidating. Just run it while well rested and enjoy the scenery!
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I have to drive my 36' Fleetwood down to Ocala Florida but those high hills of Kentucky and Tennessee just kill me bad is there any other route that I could avoid Kentucky and Tennessee and the Sky bridge of Indianapolis and that area also not for me either please if someone know a flat route let me know please .

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I just drove the route from Decatur IN to Tampa Friday night. The hills of TN and KY were not even a challenge for my 2016 36 footer. Now, the roads around Cincinnati? Ugh. The absolute worst of the trip. hat year do you have?
I was passing loaded 18 wheelers with ease. Tow/Haul down shift for going down the hills works great.
What is the concern with the tiny hills of I75? Max elevation was around 2100 ft.

BTW, averaged low 6's in MPG for round trip. The gene was running most of the time with AC running.
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I75 through the mountains is no big deal. Driven it many times.
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I don't like traveling I-75 because of the truck traffic. When I travel south to Fla. I travel I-69 south to I-465 around east side of Indy and pick up I-65 south. I have found that the camp ground at the Cave City exit (east of the interstate behind the resturants) Is a nice easy in and out place to spend my first night. No really bad hills, I then travel down and pick up I-24 out of Nashville and angle south back to I-75 near Chattanooga. No major hills other than one at Mt Eagle. Note another nice campground is the KOA at Manchester Tn. I find this more appealing travel than I-75. Also your timing of travel and not entering major citys during rush hr in the AM or between 3-5 pm always make for a much less trying travel around the big cities. Hope this helps.
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Take I 69 from Grand Rapids to Lansing, to Fort Wayne, to Indianapolis. Then catch I 65 through Louisville, KY, Nashville,TN and on to Birmingham, Al. Catch I 20 at Birmingham. Go east to Atlanta where you can get on I 75 south to Ocala. No mountains, just rolling hills. Not like east TN.
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As stated 75 south isn't to bad

If you do not want to take that route then pick up 65 from either Indy or Louisville

Took my gas 38ft Fleetwood down 75 numerous times, just take it slow and you are fine. I would also usually try to plan my trip so I wasn't in the big cities where traffic is bad at rush hour. Cincy as stated with all the construction is horrible, Atlanta can also be really slow....
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Check the Louisville bridge construction before choosing I-64.The Project Overview | Ohio Bridges
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