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Old 10-09-2016, 03:47 PM   #1
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What's the best route from Chicago to the East Coast of Florida hauling a Jayco Eagle HT Fifth Wheel? Any suggestions fellow Snowbirds? We plan on leaving Chicago November 1.

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Old 10-10-2016, 03:58 PM   #2
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i65 to Nashville
i24 to Chatanooga
i75 to i 10
i10 to i95 in Jacksonville
i95 S to where ever on Fl east coast
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Old 10-10-2016, 06:27 PM   #3
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We lived in Berwyn (how is that for close?). Did you check on the CG to see if they are still open?

Illinois:
Getting to i65 can be a real PAIN with all the truck traffic on i80 (as you already know, not much fun towing on i80). That is if you try it during the day. We have made 3 trips to Chicago (mom/sister are in Aurora). We found the best, fastest way(getting into and out of), was taking i294 down to i57. Use Cermak Road to i294 which should not be bad depending on when you leave,

Illinois: Cermak Road down to i57 and i57 down to i24.

Kentucky: Stayed on i24

Tennessee: Stay on i24 it goes around Nashville, to Chattanooga switch over to i75.

Georgia: i75 (bypass around Atlanta and bypass around Macon)

Florida: i75....Not sure where on the East coast of Florida you are going.. but I would recommend staying off of I95 as much as possible, because of the construction traffic relating to the hurricane that made a mess of the east coast of Florida.. so here are 3 Florida alternatives:

Northeast part of Florida : i10
Central part of Florida: Florida Turnpike (Toll - goes via Orlando)
Southern part of the east coast of FL: i75 (Miami - Alligator Alley - count the alligators sunning on the shores along the way) Gas up before getting on alligator alley.

Good luck, drive safely, it is a GREAT ride... 4 lanes all the way (even Cermak Road) Please check for construction before leaving, that may be the only problem with this route.

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I was hoping to avoid going trough or around Atlanta. Thanks!

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Don your are close to me. I live in Riverside. I am thinking of taking 57 to 24 and outside of Nashville I will take 65 south to 10 to 95. I think the road construction from Mathew will be done by November 5. I hope.

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I was hoping to avoid going trough or around Atlanta. Thanks!

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I've only pulled a trailer through Atlanta twice but never had any problems or back ups. Maybe I was lucky on the time of day.
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I wanted to also avoid the hills in Chattanooga.

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I hear Sundays are the best if you're going through Atlanta.

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I hear Sundays are the best if you're going through Atlanta.

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You hear correctly, the earlier on a Sunday the better. When we leave the TT up in Hiawassee GA, for needed trips back home to the Clearwater FL area, we always head south through Atlanta around 9 or 10 AM on Sunday mornings. The Sunday traffic is always a lot lighter than any other day of the week.

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Not that you are going through North Carolina, but they just said on the news that sections of i95 are closed up there.
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