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Old 05-26-2011, 08:22 AM   #11
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Even though there are quite some pulls on this section of road, I got decent gas mileage doing the I-81 section. Last spring I filled up in Pigeon Forge TN., and even with about 10 miles of city stop and go traffic to get to I-40 and I-81, along with the hills on the interstate, I got 11.1 mpg when filling up in Wytheville, Va. And again, I got 11.1 mpg when I filled up at the next stop at home in Ruckersville, Va......and that includes a climb over the Blue Ridge.

My theory on this is that even though there are some hard climbs, I let the speed drop some to keep up with the truckers. Then on the downhill parts, I am getting great gas mileage because I am coasting, and that makes up some for the terrible fuel mileage I get on the uphill sections.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:56 AM   #12
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Is this your maiden trip? I had grande plans for my 2nd trip to go from PA to VA, but after our maiden trip (30 miles from house). I cancelled that trip. Was a very white knuckle ride on our first trip. I learned I needed to work on tweaking my hitch setup and maybe look at suspension upgrades for my truck. Also needed more practice towing something this big/heavy. Good news my second trip (within 40 miles) went much better after going over my WDH and adjusting my setup. For a longer trip still like to do some mods to the truck. Just my $0.02..
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:03 PM   #13
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This will be our very first trip with a camper period. I'm sure we are going to learn a great deal from this trip and from all you wonderful experienced campers. I've been watching u tube to learn more about how to do things. We are so excited. We leave this Saturday.
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:45 PM   #14
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Well good luck in your travels. Take your time and roll with the challenges. If you do travel through DC in your route this weekend keep an eye on the news/internet for road closures and alternate routes. Lots of goings on in DC this weekend.
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:18 PM   #15
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Thank you all. I will let everyone know how it went.
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:43 PM   #16
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I would not take the DC beltway. I have pulled my 34' from Ont. to BC and back. About 3000 miles each way. Went over the rockies no problem. As stated stay in the slow lane and keep your RPM as low as you can. Have driven the DC beltway without a TT behind me and did not like it. The I77/I81 is a much better route to take.
Have a safe and fun trip North.
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:27 PM   #17
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My wife and I have lived up and down the I-95 corridor (to include Hopkins, SC and Rochester, NY and 10 years in the DC area). In addition to the DC Beltway, you will also have to figure out how to navigate around the Baltimore tunnels that may not let you go in with the propane tanks.

Give yourself some extra time to enjoy the trip. There are many beautiful places along the way!

Have fun.
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:31 AM   #18
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Thank you. I didn't realize that. I have never been through the tunnels. We are getting ready to leave later today. Thank you so much!
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