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Old 11-03-2015, 01:01 PM   #1
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Best routes to Jacksonville

Hello I know this question must be asked dozens of times a year but this is my first time pulling a 12000 lb 5 wheel. what would the the best route choices from Buffalo NY to Jackson Florida. I have heard that the Virginia interstate has some very long steep roads. How do you experienced rvers travel south?

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Old 11-03-2015, 02:33 PM   #2
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I am not sure on the route to FL for you but the following advice will work for any mountain driving or steep grades.

1. First you need an adequate tow vehicle. A diesel engine equipped truck is the best for towing, but a gas truck will do.

2. Stay in the right lane as you up and down the inclines. Pick a gear that will get you up this incline. If it is a manual transmission do not shift on the incline; you may not get it back into gear. What every gear you go up in use the same gear to go down with. I usually try for 5th gear on my automatic transmission. I usually run around 1,500 to 2,000 RPMS, I do not worry about speed as I am under 60MPH when going up hill.

3. Use your brakes sparingly as you go down hill; if equipped with an engine exhaust brake use this to slow you down.

4. If the trucks are using their flashers than turn on your flashers when going up hill also.

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Old 11-03-2015, 03:12 PM   #3
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I've driven from MD to Orlando (just a couple of hours past Jacksonville) and haven't ever had issues with a 14-16k fifth wheel. Jump on I-95 and roll on down the road.

(Though, watch the tunnels in MD around Baltimore; no propane is allowed. You have to go around. And lots of people recommend avoiding the entire Baltimore/DC region.)
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