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DallasSteve

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Posted: 04/08/23 02:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ken56 wrote:

DO NOT DO 441 WITH A BIG TRAILER. It is steep and very curvy. I see class C's with burned up brakes all the time on the Gap road. It would be a workout towing a big trailer and you better have some mountain towing experience behind you if you do take it on.

Do the 40 to 26 route. SO much easier. I have a 37 ft. trailer and I don't even try to go over the Gap....I go around. Take Veterans Parkway out of Pigeon Forge....that's the road Dollywood is on. Go up to 411 and head east. It will connect to 40. There will be a short distance with some curves and a slight downhill grade and it goes by the Bush's bean plant and visitor center. Lots of room for a trailer to park and go in the visitor center. Then the road opens up to a new 4 lane divided Hwy. all the way to 40. (40 is a right turn when you hit 25/70, 411 ends there)

As far as going through the Pigeon River Gorge just fall in with the trucks and follow them. It's up hill for about 20 miles but not terribly steep, but steep enough to keep your foot heavy on the gas pedal. Pass the trucks if you have to. There are 2 tunnels that have plenty of height so don't worry when you see the sign.....take up both lanes if you have to to go through the middle if you're more comfortable with that. I have no trouble with my 2500 and my trailer...10KGVWR.

I took the trip today and I started on your route. Then Google maps started to send me off some country roads. I should have written down your instructions and re-worked the Google route before I left. It was white knuckle driving for about 30 minutes then I finally got to I-40 and it was pretty easy after that.


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Had to be the part going to Bush's Beans. Your only other choice was to go straight up the parkway to the 407 exit/entrance where the new Buc-ees is being built. Glad to hear you made it though.

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I doubt that, that route past Bush is pretty straight and level. At least it was last fall. Someone should have mentioned not to use GOOGLE out of Pigeon Forge, I made that mistake once long ago.

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Posted: 04/09/23 04:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

411 was moved and is all new road from Newport to Bush's. It will be extended to take out the last of the 2 lane out of Chestnut Hill and connect to the straight part of 411 and that is slated to be widened to 4 lane all the way to Sevierville sometime in the future.

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