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jcordar2

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We will be taking our "maiden voyage" along Rt 40 from Elk City OK to Sevierville in the spring. We'll be hauling a 43' 5th wheel. I want to plan carefully and we will be following the 2-2-2 rule. I have the Rand McNally truckers atlas in hand. Anyone have suggestions of places to stay that aren't too far off the interstate and can accommodate big rigs?


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jcordar2 wrote:

We will be taking our "maiden voyage" along Rt 40 from Elk City OK to Sevierville in the spring. We'll be hauling a 43' 5th wheel. I want to plan carefully and we will be following the 2-2-2 rule. I have the Rand McNally truckers atlas in hand. Anyone have suggestions of places to stay that aren't too far off the interstate and can accommodate big rigs?


I just got to ask. What is the 2-2-2- rule?


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Since we are newbies:
Drive 200 miles, stop by 2pm, stay 2 days......

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I don't know where you are staying in Sevierville, but I can highly recommend The Ridge Outdoor Resort. It's definitely big rig friendly.

We had a 43' fifth wheel when we were there in July.


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We are staying at "The Ridge"!

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jcordar2 wrote:

We are staying at "The Ridge"!


It's a great place. Do you know which site you are in?

We were in Site #5 and we did get some traffic noise, but during the day, it was BAD, but in the evenings (after Dollywood closed down), it wasn't too bad. Sirens from rescue squads were obnoxious during the day.

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We don't have a site # yet, we're going to the RV Dreams Rally being held there.

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jcordar2 wrote:

Since we are newbies:
Drive 200 miles, stop by 2pm, stay 2 days......



You are retired right? Seems that rule would hinder traveling for most people. Have to have a lot of time to get somewhere. Using that rule. We would have never gotten to travel.

Looks like it will take you about 9 days to get to where you are going. Were I you I would look for KOAs .. Many of them are close to interstates.

Unless I misunderstood. Which is very possible

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Terryallan wrote:

jcordar2 wrote:

Since we are newbies:
Drive 200 miles, stop by 2pm, stay 2 days......



You are retired right? Seems that rule would hinder traveling for most people. Have to have a lot of time to get somewhere. Using that rule. We would have never gotten to travel.

Looks like it will take you about 9 days to get to where you are going. Were I you I would look for KOAs .. Many of them are close to interstates.

Unless I misunderstood. Which is very possible


I'm with you, driving doesn't bother me, and not being retired, I don't have days to waste. I know alot of people follow that rule, but unless I change, which I may do with age, I'd rather get more miles in, and have less set up and tear downs, unless of course there are things to see/do at the stops.


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Jane, it's going to take you a little while to get to East TN staying two days at each place as you are 1,000 miles away. But, that's OK. [emoticon]

I'll list a few parks along the way that we have stayed in many times. I go from TN to CA quite often from Memphis, TN.

Mustang Run just west of Oklahoma City is very nice and just right off of the interstate. But, thats only 112 miles from Elk City.

Ivy's Cove in Russellville, AR. It's also right off of I-40.

Do not stay........KOA North... Little Rock, AR. Warning..... IT IS NOT BIG RIG FRIENDLY!

Tom Sawyer RV Park, West Memphis, AR. (Memphis, TN). Nice park on the Mississippi River. The neighborhood getting there is a little sketchy but once you get there, it's very nice.

Parker's Crossroad RV Park, Yuma, TN (Lexington, TN) exit 108. Nice campground.

Nashville area.... KOA, Music Vally Dr., expensive but near a lot of entertainment and restaurants. KOA, Lebannon, TN, on the east side of Nashville, its a good stop but always full.
On Music Valley Dr., there is a Yogi Bear RV Park and Two Rivers campground.

Crossville, TN, KOA is nice but the whole parks slants.... couldn't get completely level but nice concrete pads.

Crossville, TN, Spring Lake RV resort is very nice too.

Kingston, TN, Soaring Eagle is a nice stop, just stayed there recently on the way back from NC.

Some of these parks may not be the perfect stop 'time or mileage' -wise, but I've been to them and would return again.

Good luck, safe travels,
MM.


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