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Old 09-28-2013, 06:02 PM   #29
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Dave, just pulling your leg. Enjoy the travels!
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:51 AM   #30
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Te Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles of 2 lane roadway.

Work began on September 11, 1935.
Personnel from four Civilian Conservation Corps camps worked on roadside cleanup, roadside plantings, grading slopes, and improving adjacent fields and forest lands.

During World War II, the CCC crews were replaced by conscientious objectors in the Civilian Public Service
program. Construction of the parkway took over 52 years to complete, the last stretch (near the Linn Cove Viaduct) laid around Grandfather Mountain and opening in 1987.

The roadway was not designed for large vehicles. In talking with several people that worked on the construction of the parkway, I was told that the original design was not altered as the years passed.

So the 1935 design for a road continued until it was finished in 1987. That is still what is there.
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Thanks for the history lesson. Regardless, I don't find it a problem to travel on it, and have done so.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:25 AM   #32
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Ken beat me to it and nailed it. The BRP was designed for vehicles traveling the road in the 30's and 40's and not for the larger RV's of today. We have driven its entire length more than once but not in the various RV's we've owned over the years. We did pull a TT on the road years ago but only for short distances to get to campgrounds on the parkway.

It is a beautiful road and you can drive it with a motorhome if you are OK with going really slow and having to be careful along the way. I still believe it is best to find a campground/RV park near the BRP to use as a base and explore the road with the toad.
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The BRP itself is great, nicely paved, smooth, and not too steep. We camped at MM325, took our car out, and went down avroad that had a truck speed limit of 15, had 2 brake cool off areas, a a runaway ramp. That was all in a distance of 3-4 miles. The people who live there must have their brakes redone annually. We have a manual transmission car, an it never got out of third gear on those roads. Some of the access roads were good, but many are challenging for a car let alone a big rig. My point, the OP wanted to know if the should drive their 40 ft RV on the BRP. Its not a question so much of that as getting there.
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We have went through with 2 gassers and just last year with our new Ventana, no problems at all, what i did when i'd see a few cars behind me i' pull over on the View areas. we plan on going again right after winter. no problems at all.
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Just curious as I have not yet been there.

Are there any roads up here in BC that compare in terms of difficulty?
We have some mighty fine goat trails that get past off as highways.
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i am shy like 50 miles of driving all of Skyline Drive and some of the Blue Ridge Parkway

there are some parts you can not take or want too

but start from 441 with it guessing you would make 300 miles befor getting into the hard stuff
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Just curious as I have not yet been there. Are there any roads up here in BC that compare in terms of difficulty? We have some mighty fine goat trails that get past off as highways.
I will let you know that once you experience the BRP you will think; What were they so afraid of? This is a great road and wonderful scenery. Yes, there are some places that you need to slow down on (the speed limit is slow anyway, and I don't know why you would want to go fast anyway). At the far end, you will know before reaching any tunnels that are too small. Just follow the signs and drive safe. It is not even as scary as driving into Carlsbad Caverns.
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We have a 36' class A wide body coach and traveled the Blue Ridge Pkw from the bottom all the way north and up the Skyline Pkw without any problems. We camped up on the ridge the whole way. However that was summer and I have no idea if the road has been shut down due to the bone heads in congress.
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