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wildwood477

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leaving from upstate ny, thinking of going I90 to I65 then I40. any good places to stay along the way? Are rest areas or truck stops a place to stay over night? Leaving in late May, what are best times to travel around big cities? this will be our first trip ever.

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From Edwards I would certainly take I-81 all the way south to I-40. We have made that trip northbound from TN and FL to Canton a couple of times and it is good road all the way. The mountains in that area are no big deal on the interstate. We have also run I-40 from NM to TN a number of times and that is good road all the way as well.

I-80/90 is a bad choice as you have tolls all the way across NY, Ohio and Indiana. Definitely avoid I-65!! First it brings you back east unnecessarily, second it is a PIA - from I-80/90 to Indy it is two lanes of heavy truck traffic most of the way, third it is a pain through Louisville. If we did not live in the Chicago area I would never travel I-65. We often go out of our way to avoid it.

BTW - I was born in Potsdam and we lived in Russell, left there in 1948 though. Still have family in the area.

We like Cracker Barrels for quick overnight stops. Truck stops are noisy and not much space, rest areas are chancy security wise. Cracker Barrels or Wal Marts are good bets if you are driving late and leaving early.

If you want to stop in the late afternoon and relax a campground is a better bet. Check out Passport America you can easily save the cost of membership in one trip.

We try to avoid big cities in evening rush hour and around lunchtime. When we were traveling on a schedule I would try to get through metro areas late in the evening and then be heading away the next morning.

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Thanks so much for the info, 81 to 40 was my first thought but looked like a longer route. you just helped me make up my mind, so one can spend a night at cracker barrel? arn't most walmarts off the beaten path, I hate the thought of trying to get my trailer thru streets or intersections, ( I know just do it)' We drove it a couple of years ago in just the truck, Dakota at the time and my knuckles were white in some of the 8 lane traffic. guess I am just not an adventure like my mother, she dragged a 5th wheeler to california, flordia and colorado a couple of times. She was 75 and 79 yrs. old doing that.

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wildwood477 wrote:

leaving from upstate ny, thinking of going I90 to I65 then I40. any good places to stay along the way? Are rest areas or truck stops a place to stay over night? Leaving in late May, what are best times to travel around big cities? this will be our first trip ever.


Are rest areas / truck stops a place to stay over night?
Yes, We like Walmarts and trucks stops the most.q

What are the best times to travel around big cities?
Time wise would be between 9:30am to 3:30/4:00pm, or 7:00pm to 7:00am for most.

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Baileyton RV Park right off I-81 in TN is a nice, small park. Would definitely stop there again. I-81 to I-40 is a very scenic road and easy to travel on.

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Wildwood,

Dennis is so right about the tolls. DW still has family north of Albany and we NEVER run the Thruway with the coach.

Ohio targets out of state plates to tap for speeding.

It is always good to avoid urban areas during drivetime, but even if you can't just be patient. They want to get to work/home. Let them.

Will you be traveling with a laptop?
Plan on it. Then get Street Alas or Treets and Strips with the GPS. Learn to use it. I like SA better because the planing features seem to work better. You can download a 60day copy of Strips and Treets and try it out.

The go to Discovery owner's goldmine and collect the overlays so the navigator program will show the places you can overnight (free). There are lots of them. Walmarts are frequently in view of major highways. Between Wally's, Cracker Barrel, Truck stops (not my favorite) and highway rest stops (a little better) and all the others, we never pay for a campground when all we are going to do is sleep. In a total of four months on the road over the last six years, we have paid for four campgrounds other than special events (like rallies).

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When I plan a trip I determine how many days I want to spend at my destination and how many miles I am comfortable traveling a day. One suggestion is to determine potential towns for overnight stays and then look for campgrounds using this link:

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/

One recommendation I have for a stay near Crossville, TN is Cumberland Mountain State Park.

We use free stays at Wal-marts or rest areas when we need to make time.

We travel I-40 and I-81 often traveling from Memphis to Philadelphia. It is a good route and the only downside is heavy truck traffic.

Let us know if you desire campground recommendations in Arkansas.


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Thanks to all who have replied, you're info and experience was greatly appreciated. Wildwood

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