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wa8yxm wrote:

I will say only this. Some of those "Country Roads" are mighty narrow when your ride is 8'6" wide. But That does not mean they are not passable .

(I've been down two of 'em that... Well.. I'd rather not travel with a class A ever again)


Stay out of Penn, and the area north and east of there, and out of cities, this is more of a perception issue than anything else.
Once walking my dog in COE CG a couple of class A drivers wanted my advise. Pete on hat, and the state plates might of been a indication I would have answers. Just before they had turned off the highway they had seen sign about bridge repairs ahead, narrow lanes. "How can we get to without..." First, I told them 2 routes that would take them around, but then I pointed out the same sign said "Wide loads over 10 feet prohibited" If the state thought a load 10 ft wide, 53 ft long on a trailer would fit a 8.5X45 max vehicle should have no issues

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I use google maps if I'm not sure of a route. Usually hairpin turns etc. Using street view you can cruise to your heart's delight. Over 100,000 miles on our coach and less than 15,000 are interstate miles. I love old farmhouses and barns, my wife loves old churches. You won't see either traveling the interstates. Nothing on the Interstates cept traffic and asphalt/concrete. No thanks. You'll be pleasantly surprised at what happens in the small cities. Your travels will take quite a bit longer though. We don't travel more than 150-200 miles in one day and stay a week or longer when we stop. Use the toad to visit the many many things you'll see in the out of the way places......Dennis


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Executive wrote:

I use google maps if I'm not sure of a route. Usually hairpin turns etc. Using street view you can cruise to your heart's delight. Over 100,000 miles on our coach and less than 15,000 are interstate miles. I love old farmhouses and barns, my wife loves old churches. You won't see either traveling the interstates. Nothing on the Interstates cept traffic and asphalt/concrete. No thanks. You'll be pleasantly surprised at what happens in the small cities. Your travels will take quite a bit longer though. We don't travel more than 150-200 miles in one day and stay a week or longer when we stop. Use the toad to visit the many many things you'll see in the out of the way places......Dennis

I agree 100%. We never had a destination on any of our trips, other than East or West. We never made reservations and by traveling the back roads we were surprised to find that we always had a place to park for the night. For us the "journey" was the experience since the destination might be any of the small towns we drove through. We especially like the weekends to travel the back roads. We would stumble on a local festival or a large flea market or something else that peaked our interest. We also were able to meet many people that we never would have met otherwise. If we just wanted to get to a destination, why not fly instead of using the interstate highways? Flying is definitely cheaper than using an RV just to get from A to B.

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With me I think a lot of it is that I want to go through the same cities I live in. The small city where I live is a good 50 miles from an interstate. We have clean air, little traffic, sense of community and a great place to pull over for a food stop on your way through. People will actually even talk to you in small town America... Who knew that?

As a working man I lived in a large city because my work dictated it. And don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying “small cities good - big cities bad”. I’m just saying there’s something to be said about travel off the grid so to speak. Hey, I know some folks who don’t talk and don’t want to be talked too. Well bless their heart!

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We used to have towable units our last one was supposed to be a 29' but in reality was actually 36' front to back including tongue and bumper. We towed it with a one ton long box crew cab truck that was 22' long. This means we were 58' long. I parallel parked in downtown areas and it was a nightmare. We then got a Class C 31' but in reality it was 33.5'. The real bummer was that it had a 218" wheel base and a 45 degree wheel cut. This meant that it had a terrible turning radius. The combination of the 45 degree wheel cut and the 218" wheelbase made turning bad. However we finally got a Class A unit which is 33.3' but is actually 34.5' long with a 208" wheelbase and a 55 degree wheel cut. Turning around is vastly easier. So, we have found that driving the Class A motorhome is so much easier, less stressful, easier to park combined with the more comfortable ride. We travel in two different modes with a toad and without. If we are touring and sightseeing without a destination or park we choose to go toadless to be more maneuverable this includes touring small towns. We have done this with a toad but due to the toad we have to be more careful because we can't back up. So, go for it and have fun!


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We are interstate travelers if it is the shortest/best route. For big cities we try to avoid travel through them if at all possible. If we do have to traverse a large city I try to plan to do it on Sunday morning. Unfortunately I have to go through Chicago to visit a daughter that lives north of the city close to the lake. One year we were in Travis City Michigan and took the ferry across lake Michigan to avoid Chicago.

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We use the motor carriers (truckers) atlas and avoid big cities. If a big truck can use the road, so can we. For us, the road and what we can see along the way, is the destination. We use interstates seldom.


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obgraham wrote:

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


Me Too !!
No GPS to take me down a dead end street !


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When traveling in Montana, we only have three "Interstate Highways": I-90, East/West; I-15, North/South, and I -94, East/West (well, more like Northeast/Southwest). If you are going to Glacier National Park or Yellowstone National Park you WILL be using two-lane highways. There is no choice. The same goes for Fort Peck Lake, Lake Koocanusa, Flathead Lake, Swan Lake, Seeley Lake, National Bison Range, Malmstrom AFB Famcamp, National Forest campgrounds, any ski area, etc. There ARE areas where you will not be allowed to go in your large RV, such as Going To The Sun Highway in Glacier National Park.
I drive 2 lane roads in my 32 foot Class A quite a bit. There simply isn't a freeway that goes where I want to be!


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For me, it's not the journey but rather the destination so I am an "Interstate as much as possible" guy. The Interstate highway system saves time and money and I am OK with both of those. Most awful big cities have beltways that help avoid the worst of the worst but Atlanta is one of those few exceptions. The beltway is usually worse than simply taking 75 straight through the heart of the city. I HATE Atlanta and I hate every road in the LA area (no, not Louisiana). However, it's still better than any other alternative for us. Maybe you can swing by Stone Mountain as you travel around Atlanta or, while in the LA area you could......sorry, got nothing for LA!

X2 and straight through Atlanta in the HOV lane at 70 mph. Even after a 12 hour day I’ll get on the other side of a big city. We do use Waze before getting to a big city and have learned to trust it when detouring us.
Like another poster... Wall drugs, once was enough, and much of middle America too. We still do the 1500 miles to CO in 2 days...helps to be able to do 800+ miles on one tank and 2 time changes.


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