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Old 12-30-2015, 10:48 PM   #1
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I 40 from Knoxville to Asheville

How is the mountain pass going from Knoxville to Asheville. My wife does not like mountains! Would I be better to stay on I 75 all the way to Florida? I will be driving a 2008 370 Georgetown towing a Ford Flex!

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Old 12-31-2015, 12:01 AM   #2
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I'm sure you will get lots of feedback from others on this site. I just came thru there pulling a 37' 5ver with an F250 with no problems. The higher grade is east of Asheville but after the I-26 exit so you should have no problems.

I use an app that tells me about all the grades developed by someone who has driven them. It is not a free app but may be something you may want to investigate. The link to their homepage is: Mountain Directory for Truckers, RV, and Motorhome Drivers

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Old 12-31-2015, 03:55 AM   #3
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How is the mountain pass going from Knoxville to Asheville. My wife does not like mountains! Would I be better to stay on I 75 all the way to Florida? I will be driving a 2008 370 Georgetown towing a Ford Flex!
It's really not that bad I have traveled over Asheville many times. Just stay to the right with your flashers on and take your time. Worst Mt. Pass I have been on was in Utah, out of salt lake city going east. I think it could be the longest to. Just take your time pulling them and going down. Most of the time the road will divide into 3 lanes at any steep and long decent. I read about that app that was posted it is pretty pricey as was stated. You can plan your route then use Google Earth to see it. Do you have brakes for the toad connected? My best advice is just tap your brakes so you don't pick up a lot of speed and you will be just fine. Also there are no really scary drop offs over Asheville. That I can think of. Maybe someone else will but I don't. Went over it going to Nashville last year had no problems at all. Good Luck on your decision....
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:42 AM   #4
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It is an area where you should be very cautious. The highway over the mountain is a little twisty with narrow lanes. The 18 wheelers are restricted to the right lane, and you too should keep right. That said, if you proceed with some caution and remain alert, it is very doable. I have towed a 33' 5th wheel both ways through there without any issue. The really big hill is east of Asheville and going down is not bad. Use tow/mode, keep to the right and idle down the mountain at 45mph or less. It is fairly easy. Now, going UP that grade is another story...

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Old 12-31-2015, 10:38 AM   #5
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Here are some notes ( I got them from another user on another RV site so I can't take credit for them) I keep handy:

I-40 East from Knoxville, TN

I-40, TN, MM 444, Begin 55mph Truck restriction lane.
I-40, TN, MM 445, Caution, 50mph Left curve.
I-40, TN, MM 450, Caution, sharp 45mph left curve.
I-40, NC, MM 20, End Truck restriction lane. 60mph downhill race to Asheville, NC
I-40, NC, MM 46A, I-26 Split.
I-26, NC, MM 53/54 Continental Divide, 2130 feet.
I-26, NC, MM 54, Enter the Green River Gorge, 7 % downhill grade, 55mph.
I-26, NC, MM 55, Bridge over the Green River.
I-26, NC, MM 61, Start uphill pull.
I-26, NC, MM 62, 6% Downhill grade.
I-26, NC, MM 62.5. Bottom
I-26, SC, Gentle rolling hills to Columbia, SC

Generally I prefer to plan to take I-75S all the way to the Florida line. At that point I can take I-10 over to the Atlantic side of the state or stay on I-75 for the Gulf side of the state.
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Old 12-31-2015, 11:48 AM   #6
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My F250 Powerstroke diesel Ford has a tow mode button that helps tremendously going down hill almost like a jake break in a big rig. The switch to mine was broken when I first bought my Cherokee and I was a basket case every time I would go down the mountain. The first two trips were to Carowinds in the Charlotte and to Biltmore in Asheville since we lived in Greenville SC at the time. I can say it was not fun and I seriously thought I had made a mistake getting a 36 ft pull behind. Getting the tow mode fixed made a huge difference and now we are looking to upgrade to a 5ther.
As far as which way to go depends on what part of Florida are you heading?
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Old 12-31-2015, 12:05 PM   #7
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We've done it in both directions. As others have said, going down the east side, east of Asheville, can be a little daunting. Stay in the right hand lane, keep your speed down, and you'll be fine. Let the trucks pass you...and they will...and take your time.

We have been over it both ways with a gas 3/4 ton pickup and a 34' travel trailer, with no problem.

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Old 12-31-2015, 12:22 PM   #8
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Went thru there last summer....lot bigger 'hills' between here and there......with this older Dodge, 2nd gear works very good to help from cook'n brakes.....was some bridge work going on, as I remember.
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Old 12-31-2015, 12:40 PM   #9
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Came through on Monday with 35 ft. Georgetown XL pulling an 18 ft. flatbed with 2 motorcycles on board. No problem. Not like out west.
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I think you were asking about mountains because of wife not if you would have any problems with your Rv yes it's lots of twisting up and down roads are good but lots of tractors and trailers beside you I never had a problem with them but can be a little busy pretty good ways without a break if mountains freak your wife out go the other way I have traveled this route many times but I love the mountains wife loves them too once we are thru driving

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