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Old 09-13-2019, 03:52 PM   #1
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traveling on US 65 to Branson

We will be traveling to Branson from Des Moines the first week of October and we want to drive on US 65 for a change. I'm sick of IH 35 and have driven 65 a few years ago. How is it and any recent road construction going on? I know I'll be on 80 for a bit but that's OK.

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Old 09-14-2019, 07:34 PM   #2
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As of 2 weeks ago there was only a little construction. We take 65 all the way down and honestly it feels faster to me.... Iíll be pulling camper down Oct 13-18.
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:16 PM   #3
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We went down there on 65 in June of 2018

Not sure. We were on 65 or the bypass ,465, we went up,the steepest grade I have ever seen.

The Ram diesel has some emergency super high cooling fan that came on. I believe it was 90 decibels in the truck. I thought something awful was happening!

Truck was fine. But, temps were high.

We were at the COE park. Indian point. Really nice. Branson is always fun.
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Old 09-15-2019, 05:39 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. Haven't been to Branson for about five years. This time staying at the city of Branson rv park by the water in old Branson. Second stop on the way back to Texas after the summer in the midwest. Not too worried about the grades. The truck temp will climb to about 205 - 207 on most steep grades but fan clutch kicks in and it goes back down to 195 - 196.

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Old 09-16-2019, 12:09 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. Haven't been to Branson for about five years. This time staying at the city of Branson rv park by the water in old Branson. Second stop on the way back to Texas after the summer in the midwest. Not too worried about the grades. The truck temp will climb to about 205 - 207 on most steep grades but fan clutch kicks in and it goes back down to 195 - 196.

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Took it 4 sep from branson to des moines enjoyed it 4 lane about half way there. Took 5 into des Moines through centerville
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We are considering going to Branson in October. Where is a good place to stay.
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You can avoid all of the steep grades on US 65 between Springfield and Branson by taking MO Highway 13 south from the west side of Springfield to West Branson, then MO 76 a few miles east past Silver Dollar City into Branson.
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We are considering going to Branson in October. Where is a good place to stay.
If you don't mind being out of Branson a ways we found a very nice park about 10 miles out called Branson Jellystone Park. Very friendly owners and staff. Sites are very clean with grass between them in the upper area and trees with some grass in the lower section.
www.jellystonebranson.com
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:23 PM   #10
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Thank You and we dont mind being out fo town a little.
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Branson Musicland Campground & RV Park | Good Sam Top Rated in Branson Missouri for RV Parks & Campgrounds
stayed here this past end of April 2019. Did spend a few hours inside their bathhouse during a Tornado warning. Very central location. Near everything! Can get tickets at the campground office for less than most hawkers in the area and great seats. Rick Thomas show was great!
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Old 10-01-2019, 06:06 PM   #12
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The Branson area has some really nice Corp of Engineer Campgrounds. Our favorites are Indian Point and Old Hwy 86. Go to recreation.com. It might be hard to reserve any weekends but during the week should be ok.
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Old 10-10-2019, 12:05 PM   #13
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Update on trip to Branson

Just an update on trip on US 65. No problems encountered with the grades although I observed some folks having a struggle. US 65 into Arkansas can be a challenge with many curves and grades with no safety lane and construction in some areas. They are trying to improve and make some parts four lane with safety lanes but it is an on going project that will take several more years.

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Old 10-14-2019, 10:36 PM   #14
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A few days behind ya Volvodriver. Coming down from Iowa. FYI for anyone elseó Hwy 65 is closed at Missouri River due to flooding. Go east on old Hwy 24 at Carrollton to Hwy 41 then south to Marshall to get back on Hwy 65. Hwy 41 turn is easily missed so watch for it better than we did
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