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Old 05-10-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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traveling from Spokane, Wa to Indianapolis

Taking my daughter to Indianapolis next week for work/school via my "new to me" motorhome(Pace Arrow 37A). We don't have a ton of time to dilly dally on the way there and was wondering what the best route would be for a MH for both time and safety? Never gone this far especially in a MH and am a little worried I may end up taking a route that's not so RV friendly. When we map it out, one route looks to be to Billings, MT(I'm told to bypass i90 out of Billings and use, I think, hwy212!) and then southeast through SD, Iowa and in. The other takes us to Billings then more directly East through ND, Minneapolis, chicago and down.

Any suggestions.

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I did that same trip in reverse last year and my recommendation would be the following ..

I-90 east to Just short of Sioux Falls (pickup I-29)
I-29 south to I-80 (Just north of Omaha)
I-80 East to I-280 (south)
I-280 to I-74 (southeast)
I-74 to Indianapolis

I admit I ran from Indianapolis going toward Spokane but the roads were all good and not really all that busy (except in the vicinity of large cities) and time to time a little left lane driving is required.

YMMV
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Even simpler, I90 to and through WI then I39 (not far south of the WI - IL border) to I74 (at Bloomington/Normal IL)to Indi.
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We went east through Chicago and I got tired of being nickle and dimed to death. I wonder at the original advice to drop I-90 in favour of another road?
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The route I've suggested will take you no where near Chicago. Where I90 takes a left, so to speak, toward Chicago you'll continue straight south on I39.

There's nothing more agravating than those damn toll booths around Chicago (or dangerous). In the last few years, since we bought our South Carolina property, it became much more efficient for us to route through Chicago so I got an IPASS transponder. Still expensive (they charge per axle - tag axle coach plus the toad), but we can cruise right through on the I290/294 bypass with rarely a need to slow below normal freeway speeds. It would not be worthwhile to get one though for a one time trip.


















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Our daughter used to live in Seattle. We've been about every way on the Interstate system to the Northwest, and Possum's route is, by far, the best. Stay as far away from the northern Illinois route as possible. The traffic is terrible.
One of our overnight stays is usually in Sheridan, WY @ the Walmart.
Where are you going in Indy? I may be of some assistance helping you find a good route and good place to stay near your destination.
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Our daughter used to live in Seattle. We've been about every way on the Interstate system to the Northwest, and Possum's route is, by far, the best. Stay as far away from the northern Illinois route as possible. The traffic is terrible.
One of our overnight stays is usually in Sheridan, WY @ the Walmart.
Where are you going in Indy? I may be of some assistance helping you find a good route and good place to stay near your destination.
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I'm not sure. My daughters apt is just north of the city I believe. Very close to one of the hospitals up there. We were hoping to park our coach somewhere(can't at the apt complex) and stay with her. Just don't know where I would be able to do that safely. What is Possums route? My daughter is convinced we need to stay north and go through Minneapolis(probably so she can go to the mall of america, Ha). It just seems like there would be a faster way than that even though mapquest will show that as one of the routes. My only concern is finding a route that's safe(RV friendly) and efficient as this will be my first really long trip in my MH. Plus I'll also be pulling a 12" cargo trailer loaded with her stuff.
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I was also told that the route from Billings to Rapid city on I90 is not very friendly(steep and windy) to us RV'rs and that you should bypass that and take 212! Any thoughts on that?
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I did that same trip in reverse last year and my recommendation would be the following ..

I-90 east to Just short of Sioux Falls (pickup I-29)
I-29 south to I-80 (Just north of Omaha)
I-80 East to I-280 (south)
I-280 to I-74 (southeast)
I-74 to Indianapolis

I admit I ran from Indianapolis going toward Spokane but the roads were all good and not really all that busy (except in the vicinity of large cities) and time to time a little left lane driving is required.

YMMV

I think this route would be the easiest. If memory serves me correctly, the most difficult part of 90 is around Coeur d'Alene. The rest of 90 is fairly moderate. There is nothing like the Lewiston hill on 90 all the way east.
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We were hoping to park our coach somewhere(can't at the apt complex) and stay with her. Just don't know where I would be able to do that safely.
Check Craigs List in your daughters area for fenced parking.

I've found fenced and patrolled parking for my 37' for as low as $50/month. Even if I only stay two weeks, it's worth that. Empty the refer of course, don't leave any valuables inside, maybe put a flashing light alarm device (Radio Shack) in the window, and disconnect the batteries.
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I used too

drive a 18 wheeler out of Sioux Falls points west and we always took 212 out of Rapid City. I can't remember how many miles it shaved off the trip but it was worth it. It really isn't that bad. Not sure how too say this but here goes, if you go thru at nighttime be careful there are sometimes persons drunk walking down the highway.
If you come too Mpls give me a shout I am 5 miles from MOA. I just found out that the campsite we were going to go to this coming weekend is booked so I just checked to see if Mystic Lake Casino (maybe 20 miles away from S&B) had a RV lot and they do and it sure looks like a nice one. Check it out on line. I would guess that they have a bus that goes from the Casino to the MOA free.

maybe you can go to the Casino and your daughter can go to the Mall
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As suggested if you take I-90 to I-35 to I-74 toward Indianapolis. If I-80 turn at Quad Cities onto I-74. Since you are wanting to be on the north side, in Indiana at I-74 exit 39 and take Indiana Hwy 32 east to Lebanon, IN. There is a Flying J in Lebanon if that is your pleasure. From Hwy 32 take I-65 south to I-465 east. Not sure which hospital you need to be near, but there are several north of I-465 on Hwy 31 which is exit 31. If the hospital is inside the I-465 loop continue south on I-65 which will take you right to the IU Medical complex. When are you planning on making this trip and how long will you be staying? I might be able to find a spot for you. Email me at mrboyer@att.net.
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As suggested if you take I-90 to I-35 to I-74 toward Indianapolis. If I-80 turn at Quad Cities onto I-74. Since you are wanting to be on the north side, in Indiana at I-74 exit 39 and take Indiana Hwy 32 east to Lebanon, IN. There is a Flying J in Lebanon if that is your pleasure. From Hwy 32 take I-65 south to I-465 east. Not sure which hospital you need to be near, but there are several north of I-465 on Hwy 31 which is exit 31. If the hospital is inside the I-465 loop continue south on I-65 which will take you right to the IU Medical complex. When are you planning on making this trip and how long will you be staying? I might be able to find a spot for you. Email me at mrboyer@att.net.
We are leaving this Thursday afternoon and hoping to be in Indy sometime next tuesday(5/21). I'll let you know if we need a parking spot.
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Hi everyone, I'm back. Well, we made it to Indy with out any issues. Ended up taking Possums route, but, took 212 out of Billings instead of I90 through Wyoming. We are heading back this saturday and would like to take a different route.

Looking at north through Minneapolis to Fargo and through North Dakota or straight West through Nebraska through Salt Lake and up through Boise and beyond.

Any suggestions on these two or any other routes would be appreciated.
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