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Old 06-12-2014, 10:19 PM   #21
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We hit Atlanta at 6:30PM last Friday, and except for a couple stop-and-go's, we motored right through. I had worse traffic in Nashville, and several miles south of Atlanta.
As for the Forsyth KOA, I'd prefer to never stay there again.

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Old 06-12-2014, 10:48 PM   #22
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We've towed or drove every one of our rigs through Atlanta when going to Stone Mountain. But, that's the only reason we'll go through it, or even near it, Stone Mountain. My wife always acted as the spotter to keep from clobbering too many people. We've usually always had quite a large rig, so if they won't move, we'll try to make them move. No doubt, it is nerve racking going through Atlanta.

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Old 06-12-2014, 11:51 PM   #23
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If you can avoid rush hour driving around Atlanta isn't much different than any other highway. 285 around Atlanta is usually a more consistent option than straight through town but honestly the 675 merge south of town is the crap shoot. USA today awarded it the second most unpredictable stretch of highway in America.
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:37 AM   #24
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Best time to hit Atlanta and drive straight thru is any time after mid-night, during the daytime pulling an RV, no time is good. Early morning between mid-night and four am......I-285, forget it at anytime. I habe lived here since 75' and have driven the coach's most everwhere around Atlanta.....Getting in one lane an d living there is still the best bet...kickster

QUOTE=JohnIII;626128]Ok, I've researched this from the internet to friends (including those that live or had lived in Atlanta) to my father. I cannot get a straight answer. If indeed we hit Atlanta at rush hour this Friday, do I take I75 straight through or I285 West? I've heard some horror stories about 285, but I've also heard we'll crawl through downtown if we stay on 75. We have a reservation at the Forsyth KOA that night. Then it's an easy drive to FW from there.

My goal is to pick a lane and stay out of the way. We're going to try and delay a little and hopefully get on the tail end of things. Thanks guys![/QUOTE]
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:24 AM   #25
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If you are taking 75 down thru Tennessee... In Knoxville move to I-40 East and go thru the mountains to I-26 east which is close to Ashville NC and about 200 miles south you will get to I-95. The route is nicer and you wont hit that crazy traffic that not only do you get in Atlanta but also just south of Atlanta. We get caught there more than in Atlanta, usually for 2 hours or more. I will go hundreds of miles out of my way to avoid Atlanta. But I26 and I95 are much nicer routes.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:55 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by JohnIII View Post
We hit Atlanta at 6:30PM last Friday, and except for a couple stop-and-go's, we motored right through. I had worse traffic in Nashville, and several miles south of Atlanta.
As for the Forsyth KOA, I'd prefer to never stay there again.
Agree with not staying at the KOA campground! Lots of reasons. Overpriced, road noise, ratty old permanent rigs, dirt lots, not level. We used to live about 15 miles south.

For anyone wanting to stay in the area drive a little further south to Macon and go to Lake Tobesofkee, Claystone Park. Ask for lots 40, 41, 42, 43, or 45. Pull throughs about 80' long and 40ft wide cement pads and full hook up for $25 a night on a bluff overlooking the lake!

If you want to drive a 20 to 40 miles south of Macon there are a couple of nice parks. Fair Harbor in Perry, GA or about 9 miles south of Perry GA is Twin Oaks. Both are nice parks with easy access from I-75. As of last year both parks accepted passport.
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:02 AM   #27
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Having driven I-75, I-285 and I-20 for around twenty five years commuting to work, I can say from experience that both 75 and 285 can be tough. Friday afternoon rush hour starts earlier than the rest of the work week and tends to be heavier. If I had to choose between the two, however, I would take 75 down to 285 and bypass midtown.

Both I-75 and I-85 merge together just north of midtown and then split off again just south of the city which causes a huge bottleneck and backs everything up really bad. I-285 is not too much better, but there are fewer lane shifts and although you may still move slow, you wont see near the number "lane jockeys" as I like to call them. You can pretty much just pick a lane and stay put and push through.

I know that there have been suggestions both ways, but whichever you choose, just be patient and ride it out. Good luck and have a great trip!
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:10 PM   #28
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Getting through Atlanta at rush hour

The wider lanes of 285 west will be worth not taking the camper thru the downtown trek be may be an hour longer. Plan for the white knuckles either way. If you want, Indian creek state park is off 75 at griffin just south of Atlanta on US16.
Ft wilderness is a great campground.

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Old 07-11-2014, 08:39 PM   #29
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I found that if I put my rig in the hov lane it goes pretty good. I have a 38 ' Georgetown and if you have 2 or more passengers you can run the hov lane. I also pull a ford flex on a dolly. No problem!
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:32 PM   #30
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My secret route: take the. Glade rd exit at acworth. Follow Hwy 92 to Hwy 16 to Griffin. Get back on 75 there. Even if you have to backtrack you'll be cook

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