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Old 07-09-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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We have recently joined the ranks of RVing. After two four-day trips we have learned a lot and made some funny errors with our Rockwood Mini-Lite.

Anyone have any advice about what routes to take when traveling...should we follow google maps first choice, which is a two-way road through many towns or take a more conservative route which includes almost all interstate, but tacks on an additional 100 miles on the trip.

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Old 07-09-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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Depends on where you are going, time you have to travel, and if anything of interest is between home and location. If I'm going from home to the mouth of the Columbia River I take I-5 south for about 1/2 of the trip and then the state hwy afterthat. Coming home I will probably travel the back roads and take more time. We have the ability to go anywhere during the summer months and don't usually book anything for weekends unless we are going with friends. Being a teacher does have some perks. Even if I travel the freeways I usually don't go over 55 and take my time.

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Old 07-10-2012, 05:39 AM   #3
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. Glad you joined us. I suppose the routes you take may have also to do with how much time you have for a particular trip. We have plenty of time but still travel mostly interstate highways. I've been on the two laners a few times and there great also but sometime I just don't care for the crawl thru the towns. JMHO though. Hope you enjoy the site and the many fine people you'll meet here. Continue to have a great experience, be safe and Happy Motoring!!!
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:06 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. Everyone is a rookie sometime. Do what is comfortable for you.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:42 AM   #5
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All above are good valid points,have fun. My concern with back roads would be low overpasses such as train overpasses designed for cars only. On some small two lane roads I have been through a tunnel that allowed one car at a time. Just my thoughts why I use main roads only in my MH and pull a car. Height and width measurements would also come into play with a trailer. Enjoy your rving experience.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:30 AM   #6
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For me it depends on my timings. If I'm focused on getting to a particular spot at a specific time, I stay on interstates. We travelled the 101 thru Oregon, which has some great views and stops along the way, but I knew I had no timing issues that would mess with my plans should I come across road construction or just slow traffic.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:02 AM   #7
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Welcome to the site! Most of us just do what our time frame allows I think when planning our road trip. With us it depends on if we are relaxing or have a time frame as to how we plan the drive. Either way we try to include some views whenever possible.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:47 AM   #8
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We are traveling to Acadia National Park in Maine from Vermont. One route, which is the "quickest" is on 2 way roads. The other route which is 100 miles longer is only 30 minutes longer, but I bet I won't have to put up with construction delays.

So far, I've had some interesting experiences driving what appeared to be the quickest route.

We are doing only short trips right now 5-7 days.

I think experimentation is the best way to figure things out.


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