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Old 06-21-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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i saw some video postcards on you tube of the smokeys and
they looked awesome can you suggest which road would be best and the
safest for my family with the best view of the smokeys!!
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Old 06-21-2008, 05:09 PM
 
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sunsprit, i am planning a six or seven day trip to reach phoenix arizona
spend three days there for meetings then come back to pa 5 or 6 days
planning to see smokeys then new orleans then texas then to grand canyon then
back to phoenix for meeting. i am planning a few days at new orleans and two in texas
then a 5 days in phoenix.
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Old 06-21-2008, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I think you be be okay to exit the interstate in Knoxville and drive to Pigeon Forge. There are several campgrounds there to park the RV. Once you get there you can take the trollies everywhere you want to go. The Trollies will go into Gatlinburg also and there is a neat tram you can ride that takes you over some of the mountains. The link below is where we stayed several years ago.
Clabough's Campground - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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Old 06-21-2008, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Here's some trolley info...
:: Pigeon Forge / Sevierville Fun Time trolley :: (http://www.pigeonforgetrolley.org/fares.html - broken link)
Trolley Routes and Prices
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Old 06-21-2008, 10:41 PM
 
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Hey franklyn, I love the humor and the serious advice i will take it
slow and steady!!
One thing you might watch for as you drive is that we truckers (or, hopefully, most of us) will blink or flash our lights to tell you that you're clear to come back over in front of us. You can say thanks (if you feel comfortable) by blinking your flashers a couple of times or even blinking the left turn signal a couple of blinks. If you'd like to clear trucks or other RV's, just make sure some car isn't sneaking up beside you before you do the "blink, blink / flash, flash" thing.

If you happen to have a C.B. radio, most other C.B. users are good sources of information (especially about traffic conditions).

The Flying J truck stop chain seems to treat RVers really well. I use the Pilot when I fuel my company truck but the Flying J and Travel Centers of America are the three largest chains (Petro is close behind) and all are very nice. Pilots normally have only fast food and the others have sit-down restaurants. But I'm guessing you'll eat in the RV most of the time. Most of the truck stops have diesel up front for pickups & RVs. If you end up in back with the big trucks, have one of the truckers walk you thru the fueling procedure; it's not difficult.

Enjoy your trip!

Last edited by Crew Chief; 06-21-2008 at 10:47 PM.. Reason: More info
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Old 06-21-2008, 10:49 PM
 
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familythattravels .... IMHO, you're planning a trip which is going to be one heck of a lot of "windshield time".

You say you want to "see" Texas, for example ... but just the driving across that area for your route will take the better part of 24 hours of road time. You won't be stopping to "see" very much there, and it's a very varied state from the desert prairie to the piney woods. And that's staying on the interstate just to burn the miles ... where you don't get to "see" very much except pavement and the next gas stop while enroute. It's a very big state to travel.

Unless your idea of "seeing" a place is to drive by it at 70 mph from the interstate, I'd bet you won't get a chance to see much of anything in your planned trip except the windshield and dashboard of your RV. Even with a couple of drivers to switch off the driving chores, it's going to be a long 3-4 weeks in that vehicle to do the all the miles you're proposing.

Have a nice trip ... and drive safe. Don't worry about RV reservations ... there's lot of places to stay enroute. Use you internet connection to research areas before you get to them each day ... and try to avoid the KOA's most of the way. They may be convenient with a hook up/dump station/facilities ... but after a few nights, they're all the same little parking lot area for your RV. Check out the state parks and national park campgrounds for a better experience.
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Old 06-21-2008, 11:46 PM
 
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yea to bad we have such a long windshield time. but we plan to hit a huge water
park in texas for the whole day and a half, it's called shliterb-- not to fringe on
sites rules. i heard its the best waterpark in the state. this trip is has lot of stops but we
need to be in phoenix by the 12th of july and leaving here on the 3rd of july
so we have some stops we can make and play by here for the rest.
thanks for your advice we can certainly use it
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Old 06-21-2008, 11:48 PM
 
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hey thanks crew chief, I love truckers they are a great
resource to every one.. I love the fact when they block the
road from people who sneak up on the left or right to get ahead of
every one on a constructions sight or accident..
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:54 AM
 
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hey thanks crew chief, I love truckers they are a great
resource to every one.. I love the fact when they block the
road from people who sneak up on the left or right to get ahead of
every one on a constructions sight or accident..
You're welcome! Yes, drivers that wait 'til the last second to merge in a construction zone or accident really hack me off.
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Old 06-23-2008, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Neat, what does something like that cost per day?
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