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Old 10-03-2020, 08:19 PM   #1
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Safest RV route from Jacksonville FL to the Smokey’s

We recently purchased Class A 33 ft Newmar New Aire. We are interested in going to the Smokey Mountains but nervous about the route. We have driven there by car and know that there are many windy roads. Does anyone have a recommendation on the best way to get there with our RV limiting or eliminating the white knuckle RV driving. Thanks !
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will you be towing a car/truck to get around once you get there?
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Welcome to the forum.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up and add information if you can.

When we are traveling we try to use US highways rather than interstates. This gives you lots of options, which is fine if not on a schedule. If you can head south on the Natchez Trail road for some or any part it is a beautiful, fairly slow and relaxing country drive. We have done it twice now in our 40ft. DP with a tow.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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will you be towing a car/truck to get around once you get there?
We are not towing and will rent a car when we get there to sightsee.
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Welcome to the forum.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up and add information if you can.

When we are traveling we try to use US highways rather than interstates. This gives you lots of options, which is fine if not on a schedule. If you can head south on the Natchez Trail road for some or any part it is a beautiful, fairly slow and relaxing country drive. We have done it twice now in our 40ft. DP with a tow.

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We recently purchased Class A 33 ft Newmar New Aire. We are interested in going to the Smokey Mountains but nervous about the route. We have driven there by car and know that there are many windy roads. Does anyone have a recommendation on the best way to get there with our RV limiting or eliminating the white knuckle RV driving. Thanks !
The route mentioned is a good route. But may I suggest start using a program called RV Trip Wizard, it will help you plan your trips and the stops you may want. There are also other programs out there but this is one we use along with a couple of other programs, RV Parky is one other we use.
Also for use consider purchasing a GPS system for RV use. The GPS we use is the Garmin 770, other individuals will give you several other models/brands they use.
Just make sure you get one for RV, so you can set the height, weight, size of your rig. These will route you around low bridges, tunnels, etc....
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If you don't already have a decent rv gps (NOT a phone app), get one. Not so much for route planning but to constantly provide directions when you're driving. No more "turn right...back there" and no stress on the co-pilot.

I plot my route using Garmin's Basecamp software on the pc, transfer it to the Garmin gps, and the gps dutifully tells me where to go. It can also accomodate detours etc. For example, you'll want to plot using the bypass around Athens rather than going straight through town.
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Also look at US1 to Wrens Ga then Ga 17 North thru Thompson to Washington,Elberton, Rosyton, Lavonia, and connect with US 23/441 above Toccoa. There is a lot of 4 lane mixed with good 2 lane travel.
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Also, you really should travel slowly. Figure a real-life average speed of 45-50mph on a travel day including rest stops etc.
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Also look at US1 to Wrens Ga then Ga 17 North thru Thompson to Washington,Elberton, Rosyton, Lavonia, and connect with US 23/441 above Toccoa. There is a lot of 4 lane mixed with good 2 lane travel.
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Also, you really should travel slowly. Figure a real-life average speed of 45-50mph on a travel day including rest stops etc.
Thank you, appreciate the great information!
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Also, you really should travel slowly. Figure a real-life average speed of 45-50mph on a travel day including rest stops etc.
Thank you! Appreciate the guidance!!
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