Heading down to Fl from Illinois and the trip looks fairly flat until we hit the GA border on I75 heading towards Atlanta. Looks like we will hit the SW Appalachians out of Chattanooga. After Atlanta all looks good to Orlando. My other option is to take 65 out of Nashville down to Montgomery. Looks pretty flat but adds about 50 miles to the trip. The whole trip is starting out east of St Louis. Appreciate any feedback. CC
Unless you are pulling a 50 foot TT with a Volkswagen there will be no problems. Hills, yes, big time hills, no. I-75 through Georgia is fine and dandy, and by the way go through Atlanta if not at rush hour, better than 285 bypass by all means and much more scenic.
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As already stated on I-75 you have hills. If you plan to come I-26 from Nashville to Chattanooga, you will have one nice climb at Monteagle TN. It has been a while since I have been that way. I believe that it fairly steep for about 7-8 miles going up and down. Just don't worry about you speed and you should be fine.
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Just made the trip from Michigan to Florda on 75 with on trouble the hills are not bad at all.Going through Atlanta is ok try to miss rush hour, if you don`t just watch the signs it`s not to bad for a city.
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Only major hill is Mt Eagle. If you take your time on it you won't have a problem. The curves are not sharp so you don't have to worry about bleeding speed off on the up or down hill. Just make sure you down shift to whatever gear you used going up and the engine should hold you back good enough.
As others have said, skip rush hour and just go straight through down town to avoid the traffic and save the extra miles.
I would be more worried about traveling I24 in Illinois. I remember having to slow down to 50 mph and still wanted to get off because the rig was crow-hopping so much. That's one section of interstate I'll probably never get back on.
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With my van i usualy go thru Atlanta, but the milage from Nashville to Tampa is the same going I-65 to Motgomery Ala then on 431south. that is the way my brother-in-law has gone for the last 10 years I am going to go that way 3/18 it might be a little slower, but a lot less hills.
Seems to me that the fundamental questions are: What is the loaded weight of your truck, what is the loaded weight of your trailer, what is the GCWR of your truck? Once you have these figures, you will have a much better idea of what you may be dealing with. Anyone agree?
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We drive I-75 to and from Florida quite often, as our daughter and son-in-law live in Clearwater. There is no problem going through Georgia at all. As the others said, go straight through Atlanta, and it’s best to miss rush hour if possible.
For a change of scenery we just returned from Ft. Myers by I-65. We went west on I-10 to US 231, north to Montgomery, picking up I-65. It was about 160 mile further, but a nice change. I don’t plan on going this way too often, but a friend of mine suggested we try this route. We did hit “rush hour” in Nashville, which really slowed us down, and it is certainly a longer drive that way for us.