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What route do you like? Off the beaten path or Highways/Interstates?

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  • What route do you like? Off the beaten path or Highways/Interstates?

    On our trip from the East Coast to Yellowstone I've mapped it out using Google Maps and the Good Sam Planner. I also had AAA map it for me. Some legs of the trip all three have us going a different way. When there is more than one choice of something I have a hard time making up my mind.

    Do you take the less traveled roads or do you like Highway driving?
    Preston & Teresa
    Traveling dogs: Jerrica and Riley; Stay at home watch cats: Grayboy, Blackie and Magic
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  • #2
    I do not like to travel interstates. Sometimes it is necessary for certain trips but we see a lot more of America traveling the less used roads.
    Old, fat, ugly and armed
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    • #3
      To quote Chuck Yeager; it depends on the mission.
      George and Carrie
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      • #4
        Generally off the beaten path. BUT, I am perhaps overly cautious about getting on too small, hilly or curvey a route. I probably miss out on a few nice drives because I can not determine for certain they are OK for towing a 29' TT. Also sometimes the scenic route means an extra couple of hours added to an already 3 or 4 hour drive and I am often not up for that. So as George said, it depends.
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        • #5
          We use Interstates and state highways to get us to our destinations. Interstates and major state highways have larger rest stops for larger trailer(s).

          We use the truck to explore smaller roads and out of the way sights.

          Towing a larger 5th-wheel trailer onto smaller roads takes far more concentration, and thus, less sights to be able to view / enjoy while driving.
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          • #6
            Teresa..You have the same RV we have so I now, while willing to take good back roads, know I can't just stop to take in a view, etc. Too much RV vs a Truck Camper like a AF 990. So my mode of RVing has had to change. Some view points offer room for your RV, others don't and maybe a quick decision needs to be made, like nope can't stop here. So the option turns to staying in a campground where one can just take the truck and the time to travel around locally and enjoy. If my wife says "Look at That!", I don't, I keep my eyes on the road as we can come back if want. Yep, "Depends" is the word. :-) And just to be clear, we are not talking adult diapers here! :-) I just had to throw that in!
            Neil and Marilyn and Beamer (feline)
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            • #7
              We have done both and I mostly prefer interstates to get me from A to B unless we are interested in seeing something particular off the beaten path. The main reason is that on two-way roads that are direct routes, the truckers and other traffic like to move along at a much faster speed than I want to tow at. We have to contend with constantly being tailgated and passed, and also watch out for the wild and crazy passers coming the other way. A couple of examples of this kind of road are 212 from Spearfish, SD to the Little Bighorn Battle Field, and Wichita to Tucumcari via US Route 54. I've driven both of these but in both cases I would now prefer the interstate highways with longer mileage over the two way combat passing.

              If you tell us the legs you are deciding between, somebody has probably driven it.
              Steve and Shelley. Minnesota
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              • #8
                Being from a corner of the country we find ourselves having to drive the same general route repeatedly just to get started on our travels. So we use smaller off the beaten track routes whenever possible to avoid boredom. In the winter we tend to stick to major truck routes because we know they get lots of DOT attention.
                Bruce & Shannon
                Redmond Washington
                2017 Arctic Fox 27-5L replacing a 2013 Lance 1685
                2016 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD High Country Edition