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We will be traveling in Arkansas in June and I want to get some road information. we will start off in the hot springs area and then heading to Mena. Is highway 270 RV friendly? We are pulling a 36 foot 5th wheel. Then from Mena we are going up to Fort Smith Area. Is highwy 71 (which seems to be the most direct route) RV friendly? we don't mind some twists or turns, just no steep grades or switchbacks. If anyone can give us some info on this area and the roads we would greatly appreciate it.

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I don't think you would have any difficulty on either of these routes. Both are US highways. They will not be straight and level, but I've never found any problem in towing a 34' fifth-wheel on either.

I have found the state highways in Arkansas to be very "wind-ey" and a good bit of up and down. I just decide to enjoy the journey and know that I cannot make the kind of time that I would on a freeway or even on a US highway.

To your question: I've been over much of US 270 and US 71. Mostly 2 lane and helps not to get behind a log truck, but I don't see any reason for concern--no switch backs; no really steep grades. Now if you go up to Queen Wilhelmina State Park on Rich Mountain near Mena, you can find a bit of both.





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No problem on 71 other than lots of expansion joints makeing for less than joyful ride. We go to our family place 2 or 3 times a year and just wanted a change of ur usual trip. I was last on it about 18 months ago comeing back from east of Fayetteville pulling our 35ft 5er. mostly 2lane until close to FtSmith then lots of traffic lights. Honestly from Hot Springs might be better to go back to Little Rock & take 40 to Ft Smith unless you just have to go to Mena. From where we live to Ft Smith, I go up 259 to 271 over in Ok. & 259 is not all that far west of Mena. Really pretty drive but there is a few steep grades but has climbing lanes.

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