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Mondooker

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Hi guys,

Class A motorhomes are the largest RV’s and generally need a bit more space to navigate than others. I’m curious how many of you avoid interstates for smaller towns and middle America?

I’m reading more and more about folks, especially with Class A’s, wanting to stay clear of cities like Atlanta, St Lewis, Chicago, Kansas City, Denver etc. Are you included in this group? I think some of the worse cities I’ve ever driven through is Atlanta and St Louis and I’ll go through great lengths to avoid them.

Are you one of them? And have you found a good GPS that makes the routing around these big cities easier to deal with? Or have you found a map or atlas works better?

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yea, we avoid cities as much as possible but, IMO, you can't avois them all. most cities will have a bypass ihterstate around the main part of the city, any decent GPS should allow you to route around. what we do is pop,the shortest route into google maps and adjust from there. once done i pop that into our built-in gps.


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I do my routing via the old Rand McNally.
Works for me!

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Coming into Chicago and then going north were the worst roads I've seen as for potholes and traffic and I generally don't mind traffic. If I need to be somewhere, I take the main highways, if not I take the smaller roads. The only problem with the smaller roads if you have to pay more attention to the roads for sharp corners, driveways, farm equipment, etc, so at times you don't get to look at the scenery as much.


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We travel off the x-ways as much as possible. Usually on US highways, state and county roads. We haven't had any problems and we miss the big cities. We also have never paid a toll in 10 years.

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We avoid interstates almost all the time unless we absolutely have to make time and that is rare.


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41’ MH and Almost always take US highways/ some state roads instead of freeways if reasonable because of more interesting things to see. We don’t generally avoid cities and in fact most times prefer the freeway through or bypass freeway around , but we do pick the “time” we go through them.
Perhaps the work life I spent driving triples makes that more comfortable as the motorhome and towed feel small comparatively. That and I learned to be clear and intentional in traffic as I’m bigger than them, they will move : )
My Apple maps allows “avoid highways” ( freeways) and I preview the route the day / days before. We run generally Apple Maps and a Garmin at the same time ,only if they disagree do I get concerned. The Navigator has the paper Rand McNally map handy

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When I have the time I will jump off the interstate and take a US highway. Being east coast based I've been able to hit about 75% of US17 between Winchester VA and Fort Myers FL and sections of US1. One of my RV Travel Bucket list items is to travel the length of US50 east to west then return on US30 west to east.


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I don't think Interstates go anyplace today that trucks didn't go before interstates. So anybody should be able to get there without interstate

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Mondooker wrote:

I’m reading more and more about folks, especially with Class A’s, wanting to stay clear of cities like Atlanta, St Lewis, Chicago, Kansas City, Denver etc. Are you included in this group? I think some of the worse cities I’ve ever driven through is Atlanta and St Louis and I’ll go through great lengths to avoid them.


While I usually travel in my C so I’m not so concerned by big cities.

When I am travelling in my A however, I plan my trip around big cities no differently than I do with regards to weather. I plan my timing such that I pass through those areas during times of least congestion.

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