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Old 11-04-2015, 11:30 AM   #11
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We live in Va, just off I-81 and I-64, and have traveled both, and I-77 alot.
From I-81 to I-95, using I-64 no long grades accept from mm 96 to mm 101, you'll go over Afton Mountain, but it's not bad at all.
From I-81 south down to I-77, no bad grades at all.
On I-77 south from I-81, just your normal 3-4% grades every now and then. Only bad spot is I-77 at the Va-NC state line. It's a 5-6% grade---but downhill (going north it's 5-6% uphill). Once in NC no really bad grades, but around Charlotte the interstate is very busy, and road surface is crummy.
I-81 and I-77, road surface is quite good...just got back from Fancy Gap KOA and took that route back. If you need a real nice campground while on that route, Fancy Gap KOA, I-77, exit 8 is beautiful. Real nice KOA in Wythville, Va, off I-81.
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:55 AM   #12
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Grumpy0374 I thought there was a long pull on 77 heading south to Statesville ? The 5-6% is North bound?
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Old 11-04-2015, 12:16 PM   #13
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Not to sure about the area around Statesville, NC. Grade I was referring to is on I-77 at the Va-NC state line. Southbound it's 5-6% downhill, and northbound it's 5-6% uphill. Your basically climbing out of NC up hill into Va.
Most grades in the central and eastern area of NC aren't too bad as the area is more rolling hills than mountainous. You're more likely to hit longish grades of 3-4% thru central NC and northern SC.
We have a Lexington 283ts class c, and tow a Subaru. Have never had a problem towing thru NC, Va, SC, Tenn, Pa, with that combo. Most driving thru mountains here is fairly short, a few miles here and there. And, it's not a steady constant climb, it will level out as you go, and then go up and down.
Not like out west where you may be hauling uphill for a lot of miles.
If you've travelled I-66 east from I-81, your fimilar with a streach of road outside of Front Royal that's 4-5 miles long with 3-5% grades. That's a lot like the interstates in central NC and northern SC.
If your looking for the "flatest" route, then it's going to be I-81 to I-64 east, then I-64 east to I-95. Aside from the Afton Mountain 3-4 mile run, it pretty much flat all the way.
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Old 11-04-2015, 12:31 PM   #14
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Sorry got to ask why Floyd?????

I77 the biggest problem I see is Fog on Fancy Gap Mountain (NC VA state line) is often & can make the trip dangerous but on a clear day it is beautiful.........

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Old 11-04-2015, 12:48 PM   #15
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Thanks Grumpy: Maybe i am just a bit paranoid about the hills. I just want to get to FL with out a problem. The TV has been great but just last week I blew a brake line and had to have all new lines and calipers. I am thankful it happened without the TT. I have a 2002 Chevy with a small V8 at 200,000 mls. towing a 2012 Windjammer 34'. After our conversation I am leaning towards taking the TT to Floyd area and either stay at that KOA or the Chantilly Festival Farm. DW wants to be at the Country store for the music. Thanks so much for the help. Frank
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Oaklevel. As mentioned above we love the old country/folk style music and DW saw adds about the country store in Floyd, Soooo you know what that means.
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There is a pretty good down hill coming off Afton Mountain on I-64. I was wondering why you didn't do 66, 17, 95 and then I read the part about Floyd! Good luck, travel safe
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:03 PM   #18
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Just from the Florida point of view ... get off 95 & if possible come in to the state further west ....98 is a beautiful road south & even 75 can be better & leaves you closer to your destination.

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Life Without Whine: Thanks for the suggestion but I think our timing from Floyd to New Port Richy is to tight, only 2 days. We leave Floyd on 11/29 and have a reservation for 12/1 at Seven Springs. Thanks; Frank
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Oaklevel. As mentioned above we love the old country/folk style music and DW saw adds about the country store in Floyd, Soooo you know what that means.
Yep I do.....I heard its a lot of fun, We only live about an hour from there but have never been to The Country Store....... Been to Floyd numerous times quaint small town but does have a Hardees & one stop light. .... If you had time just over the state line not too far off I77 in NC is Mt Airy "Mayberry" another small town everything Andy Griffith and Mayberry Campground is highly Recommended.

Also if you hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway just south of Floyd a just a very few miles south is the Chateau Morrisette Winery and restaurant.... Chateau Morrisette: Virginia Winery and Restaurant on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The road going south out of Floyd is curvy & steep (Rt 8). Do not pull a camper past the Parkway (South on RT8) On the north side Rt 8 is just mainly curvy all the way to I81.

Enjoy......

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