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Old 08-11-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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Need route advice from charlotte to Springfield, Illinois

Apologies if in wrong forum, but would Love some input. We are leaving Charlotte headed for springfield, Illinois last week in August. We have 2 suggested routes. Route 1: I-74 and I-40 route through Asheville and then headed through Knoxville and Nashville, TN. to Springfield Route 2: I-77 ... I-70 through Indianapolis over to Springfield. On Google maps both show construction. We are pulling a 21 foot Flagstaff Microlite with a Lexus Gx470 V8 SUV. All weight issues are fine. Actually under by at least 700 pounds. We have a sway bar, rear view camera on trailer so we know what's behind us. New truck tires, transmission and brakes are good. Tom Johnson Campers set are tow vehicle up with brake, sway, and tow. We understand about not filling water tanks and loading carefully as far as weight distribution is concerned. On our smaller camping trips vehicle has driven beautifully but this is our first time through the mountains. Any concerns or issues we should watch for? And suggestions on which would be the better route safety wise? We are concerned about keeping gas tank full in case we are stuck in stop and go and stations are few and far between through mountains.
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Old 08-11-2014, 08:36 PM   #2
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From Knoxville take route40 to Nashville Tennessee, take Breily parkway around Nashville to interstate 24 take this to 57 at mt Vernon illinois. 64 west to route 4 follow this two lane about 20 miles. It's good road not much traffic this will take you to interstate 55 and into springfield. We've traveled this many times and live in springfield. There is a nice campground called double J at exit 88 if you need one. Hope you enjoy springfield.


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Apologies if in wrong forum, but would Love some input. We are leaving Charlotte headed for springfield, Illinois last week in August. We have 2 suggested routes. Route 1: I-74 and I-40 route through Asheville and then headed through Knoxville and Nashville, TN. to Springfield Route 2: I-77 ... I-70 through Indianapolis over to Springfield. On Google maps both show construction. We are pulling a 21 foot Flagstaff Microlite with a Lexus Gx470 V8 SUV. All weight issues are fine. Actually under by at least 700 pounds. We have a sway bar, rear view camera on trailer so we know what's behind us. New truck tires, transmission and brakes are good. Tom Johnson Campers set are tow vehicle up with brake, sway, and tow. We understand about not filling water tanks and loading carefully as far as weight distribution is concerned. On our smaller camping trips vehicle has driven beautifully but this is our first time through the mountains. Any concerns or issues we should watch for? And suggestions on which would be the better route safety wise? We are concerned about keeping gas tank full in case we are stuck in stop and go and stations are few and far between through mountains.

I have travelled both routes and personally prefer the southern route for things to see but the northern route is easier and less traffic IMO. Double J is pretty nice as well as Sangchris Lake SP but they do not have full hook up. Make sure to try a horseshoe at a local eatery if you have not been before.


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