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Scottiemom

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Posted: 04/12/19 04:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

groundhogy wrote:

Flattest route is an awesome website.

So looks like two main routes through the middle get chosen by the program.

The Cumberland-Uniontown route. Route 40 and 68.

The Charlottesville VA to Charleston WV route. Route 64.

Im not sure which would be easier on the tow vehicle. They both get up to an elevation in the 2500 ft range.


We will be starting from C-ville to Charleston, WV, at 9 am this morning. Do it at least once a year going from our daughters to see my mom in Indiana. Two major climbs. The first is climbing Afton Mtn right out of C-ville and the second is climbing Sandstone Mtn. in WV. Both take time, but I've never had any trouble doing them. I'm in a 2006 Phaeton with a 350 Cat.

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Posted: 04/12/19 05:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Google Earth has an elevation feature. Set a route and right-click on the blue line. Looks like this.

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groundhogy wrote:

What are the least mountainous routes if you wanted to cross?

You're not giving us much to go on. with no start point or end point. But I'll give my opinion. Assuming you are either in eastern PA or trying to get there.
I-81 if you are going north to south/south to north. It hits the gaps in southern Virginia. So you really don't "go over" the mountains.
I-76 if you are going due east or west.


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As mentioned above, interstate highways and avoid NC, Va and WV.

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Posted: 04/12/19 08:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“I think I can...I think I can...”

(Just curious to see how many understand that reference.)


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Interstates or Turnpike.

Merrykalia

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Posted: 04/12/19 09:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The "Appalachians" run from north Georgia, up to New York state, so unless you want to give a little more info, we can guess, but not give you the information you are wanting.


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Well, the reason I am concerned about keeping things flat for my 7.3L Ford tow vehicle is that the last time I was coming east on the Uniontown-Cumberland route it dropped all of its transmission fluid out on one of those hills.

So its not me, its my truck. It gets scared and pees.

Turned out it was just a seal and there was no damage to the tranny.

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Don't try to tow in overdrive. Been there, done that and bought a new transmission with I realized what had happened.

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Thanks for the tip.
I do keep the OD on off.

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