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Old 03-04-2013, 09:51 AM   #11
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Has anyone driven I-40 thru the mountain pass between the Cherokee Nat'l Forest and The Great Smokey Mtns? It appears to have a 4000ft elevation and prolly some spectacular views. Any advice or tips. We'll be tuggin' the Beast thru there this summer.
We'll be making that I-40 journey to Cherokee ourselves in June. It's been a while since I've driven it, and never with a trailer this big, but I'm not worried about it. Have ridden the Dragon's Tail many times, and done a lot of floorboard scraping, it's quite the ride.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:36 AM   #12
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I borrowed this info when I saw it posted on another forum, might be helpful to you:

I-40 East from Knoxville, TN

I-40, TN, MM 444, Begin 55mph Truck restriction lane.
I-40, TN, MM 445, Caution, 50mph Left curve.
I-40, TN, MM 450, Caution, sharp 45mph left curve.
I-40, NC, MM 20, End Truck restriction lane. 60mph downhill race to Asheville, NC
I-40, NC, MM 46A, I-26 Split.
I-26, NC, MM 53/54 Continental Divide, 2130 feet.

I-26, NC, MM 54, Enter the Green River Gorge, 7 % downhill grade, 55mph.

I-26, NC, MM 55, Bridge over the Green River.
I-26, NC, MM 61, Start uphill pull.
I-26, NC, MM 62, 6% Downhill grade.
I-26, NC, MM 62.5. Bottom
I-26, SC, Gentle rolling hills to Columbia, SC
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:22 AM   #13
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I40 is a beautiful drive but as one said, you need nerves of steel, especially with a long trailer. Lanes are tight and curvy. A couple of tunnels to go through. I live in TN and have traveled several times. There's a campground in the Bowles if the mountain but don't remember the name of it. Be sure to post how you make it.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:15 PM   #14
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Ahhh...tunnels. The Beast is all of 13.6 in height. Any idea of the clearances?
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:28 PM   #15
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I'm not sure but considering 18 wheelers average about 13'6" you should be okay. I think there are two east bound and one west bound. Both contain curves. Good luck!
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:31 PM   #16
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Depending on the direction, you may miss. Believe they're close to the TN/NC border.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:50 PM   #17
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Ahhh...tunnels. The Beast is all of 13.6 in height. Any idea of the clearances?
I'm there with ya Rattle 13'+. When are you planning your trip? Mine is the 2nd week of June. Just trying to figure out who was going to report back to who
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:59 PM   #18
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We're not going until August. Part business, part relaxation. It looks like you'll have that adventure first and kindly lemme know how it went. I enjoy a drive like that...it's sorta a challenge. I'm a good driver and like the adrenaline rush but wifey on the other hand, well, I just might have to peel her off the headliner of the truck.
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Never drove on it except up to the turn off to Cosby TN. and then just up I 40 we were in a bus for the river rafting!

The locals call it "DIE 40" if that makes you feel any better?!
I think you would be just fine if you took it easy and drove like a normal person.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:33 PM   #20
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We're not going until August. Part business, part relaxation. It looks like you'll have that adventure first and kindly lemme know how it went. I enjoy a drive like that...it's sorta a challenge. I'm a good driver and like the adrenaline rush but wifey on the other hand, well, I just might have to peel her off the headliner of the truck.
I hear that. My wife was white knuckled going over the Beartooth pass when we were out west. of course it was end of June so there were still 15-20' of snow wall within inches of her door or drop offs that went down for a couple miles. But will definitely report back.
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