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Old 03-03-2013, 02:11 PM   #1
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I-40 Thru Tennessee

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.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:27 PM   #2
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Never been down as far as 40 but all around there is beautiful scenic views at Smokey Mtn Natl park. I see you have a motorcycle, there is a stretch of road not too far called the "Tail of the Dragon" that has 318 curves in 11 miles. The boys at work go every year with their bikes and love it. Here is a link:
http://www.tailofthedragon.com/
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:48 PM   #3
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Ayup, that's on my bucket list. I don't have a toy hauler but kinda wish I did.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:23 PM   #4
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I have been through I-40 and all I can say is I am glad I wasn't pulling my camper! It is the curviest interstate I have ever seen! On parts of the road they tell you to not even change lanes because of the curves. It is very beautiful through there though. It follows a river through a mountain pass is the reason it is so curvy. There was a bad rock slide on that part several years ago and shut down one direction for several months. Good luck!
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:41 PM   #5
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i pulled a 28' 5th wheel up from S. Carolina to I40 going to Knoxville. didn't have any problems. there was one place that part of a lane was closed due to a rock slide. cant remember if that was on I40 or before i joined it. its been awhile; that was the mid 90's.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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We pulled that stretch in October last year with our F350 & CC 36 CKTS, nice ride all along. We stayed @ Moonshine Creek Campground, an older park in the Balsam area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there before moving along to James Island County Park in Charleston SC. (Probably the most outstanding RV park on our trip)

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Old 03-03-2013, 10:15 PM   #7
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I have went thru there many times with the 5th wheel and Hauling Race Cars in a 18 wheeler, its a great drive just make sure your brakes are adjusted and follow the speed limits going down the grades
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In good weather that's one of my favorite drives. We drive a MH towing a car, so the physics are a little different from pulling a trailer or fiver. But it's still a spectacular view with a little challenge.

The section through the Little Pigeon River Gorge is absolutely beautiful. There a some narrow sections with all trucks required to stay to the right and no shoulder, and a few that will challenge you to make sure you know how to use an exhaust brake or downshift to save the service brakes, so be sure you're comfortable with that.

Otherwise, take it easy, allow some distance in front (to the extent that others will allow), and enjoy the ride.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:17 AM   #9
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I pull my camper through there all the time with no trouble.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:42 AM   #10
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Thank you for all the replies. Wifey and I are looking forward to this trip. We've got three more campgrounds to book and we'll be set.
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