Originally Posted by Mark and Linda
Will try to report back when I reach my destinatiion in a few weeks. This will be our first long haul since we got our tt. We have to pass over Monteagle Mountain on 1-24, so I will just join the truckers in the right lane and go with it. I have driven this one many times but I wasn't towing.
Well, I said I would follow-up on this thread after I made the trip. We left Smyrna, TN on Sept. 8 a little after 5AM, made it over Monteagle Mountain, no problem. From I-24 at Chattanooga we headed down towards Atlanta via I-75. I took the 285 W bypass around Atlanta to I-75 South, was really amazed how it went, must have been the time of day. We stayed over at the KOA north of Macon, GA in Forsyth, got there a little around 1 PM. Sunday it was I-16 to Savannah, GA, 160 miles of bumpy concrete road. Savannah was no problem going through downtown on Bay Street, left lane. Lots of construction in the right lane, even on Sunday. We left the Rivers End Campground at Tybee Island yesterday morning, back through Savannah. I told the DW, sure would like to have a cup of coffee and we need some gas so I was going to stop at Exit 49. I was complaining about the condition of the concrete road, etc. because we were bouncing along. A car passed and a fellow was pointing...I looked in my left mirror and seen smoke. I then felt it, my left rear tire on my tv decided to fly apart. I managed to get everything off the road safely, had two nice people stop to see if we were okay. I called AAA and they called a local tire repair. Within 30 minutes Johnson Tire arrived on the scene, changed my tv tire, and I was back on the road. I was amazed that it was so quick. With all this happening, I hit Atlanta on Sunday afternoon at 3PM..it seemed like all the trucks were on the same route that I was on, 285. Lots of concrete repair needed in GA. We stopped over at Red Top Mountain State Park, near Cartersville, GA. Made it through Chattanooga and over Monteagle Mountain with no problems, truck did great up the mountain. About 40 miles from home the bottom fell out, more rain than I have ever seen, first time pulling our tt in traffic with all that rain. We made it home, into the drive, without floating away. I told my dw that I was beginning to be a seasoned RV puller....still have my hand prints imbedded on the steering wheel.