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Author Topic: I-95 or I-75 Michigan to Florida  (Read 6099 times)
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« on: March 17, 2011, 07:39:30 PM »

We've made this trip numerous times usually going through Nashville and Atlanta. Mapquest recommends two different routes. Any recommendations for a 1990 Prevost towing a Suburban. Our goal is to make it to Florida the quickest way, with the least amount of strain on the bus, and driver.  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2011, 07:57:49 PM »

i think you will find that coming thru toledo, the best, quickest, easiest way to florida is i75.  no question about it.  i 95 goes down the east coast from new england states to jacksonville, fl.  i don't think mapquest recomends i95 from michigan.

i-75 is the way to go.

i just noticed you wanted Daytona.  it's not i95 it's using, it's US23 to columbus, over to i77 which means a lot of towns to go thru.  its also taking you across i think i40 to i26, then over to i95.  lots of runnin around that way as well.

i'd shoot down i 75, then maybe i10 over to i95 in florida.

get off mapquest if that's it's best suggestion.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2011, 08:09:08 PM »

What highways is that thing recommending?

Interstates trump everything else according to your criteria.

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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2011, 08:30:23 PM »

Thanks guys,

I definitely want to take the interstate. I looked at the street by street they called "I-95" and it is not the way to go. What they call "I-75" looks much better.

I used Jackson, MI as the starting point and Flagler Beach, Fl as the destination. Is there something other than Mapquest I should look at?

John
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2011, 09:06:46 PM »

With all the computer programs, gps, and everything else available in this modern travel I still prefer a good quality Truckers Atlas. They have a lot of info including bridge height.
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2011, 09:16:46 PM »

John -

Is there something other than Mapquest I should look at?


Try Google Maps, your handheld GPS, the GPS on your smartphone, Microsoft Streets & Trips, Delorme or even AAA's TripTik.

A truck stop for one of the good old Rand McNally trucker's atlas', then sit down at a table with a straight edge to eyeball your route.

Go to the WalmartRV group on Yahoo to get a listing of all the WalMarts along your route that allow overnight parking.

Dunno about MQ, since I never use it, but Google Maps has a neat function where, after you put in your start & end points, when the map comes up, you can drag the route to other roads you'd prefer to take and it will automatically recalculate the route for you.

Good luck, and have a fun, safe trip!

FWIW & HTH. . .

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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2011, 03:07:46 AM »

I-95 is rough!!! in many places!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2011, 03:59:53 AM »

65 south to24 west to 75 south 10 west to 95 south
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2011, 05:26:37 AM »

And I'd ask western NC drivers for info on that leg across I-40 from Tennessee.  I don't know about the grades up from TN over into NC on I-40 but that route calls for coming down the I-26 hill south of Asheville.  It's about 2500 feet in 5 miles or so (it's broken into "steps" but it's still a big short distance downhill with lots of steep grades) so between the climb and the descent, my guess is that you'd do better on another route.  If you really want to come to Savannah and join I-95 (and the north end of the route and the drive across W. VA are both totally crazy), I'd suggest the I-77 route to Charlotte NC and down into SC to pick up I-26 mid-state.

But I agree with everyone else, I-75, with Knoxville, Chattanooga, Atlanta routing to miss the mountains is the best way to go.  Google Maps figures it to be 12 minutes more than the I-95 route -- considering the hills on the east side of the Appalachians, that's a much better deal.
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2011, 05:45:05 AM »

The problem with the I75 through Atlanta is, frankly, Atlanta.  the problem with I 26 over to I 95 is Jacksonville - I seriously hate rolling through that town in anything larger than a pickup truck.  the I 75 route that Googlemaps gets picks up I95 just north of Jacksonville.  there is a ring road around Jacksonville, I can't remember if I hate it too, or just the through route.

I personally take I77 (actually I take I79 to I77 to I26 to I95, since I start south at Erie) but it has bigger hills and some nice tunnels and such.  I75 is flatter, I just don't like it as much.  I grit my teeth through Jacksonville.  I don't mind Jville on the northbound, just on the southbound, something about the exits and transitions pee's me off.

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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2011, 06:14:55 AM »


  Just got back from Daytona, went through Atlanta at 10:00PM no problem light traffic. However, coming back

  last Sunday I should have taken the bypass, alot of construction Northbound.......two and a half hrs. at a craw.

  75s-to 10-95s  good roads!  Have fun!

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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2011, 06:45:28 AM »

From Jackson MI, take US 127 S to US 223 S to US 23 S to I 75 S.  This is a good route and it avoids any problems around Ann Arbor.  Trucks use this alot, so a bus can get through without any trouble.  Watch your speed in the Buckeye.  The troopers there appear out of nowhere. 

No big hills on I 75.  I 77 has Fancy Gap as you cross into North Carolina.  South bound is steeper.

I personally would avoid I95 as much as possible.  It used to be rough.
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2011, 09:24:23 AM »

I don't know why but I love Fancy Gap!  I go through there first thing in the morning both north and southbound, and it can just be magical with the sunlight and the frost, or whatever.  It's my halfway point to wherever I am going, and either way I know it's all downhill from there!
 
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« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2011, 05:56:16 PM »

Thanks for all the information. Looks like there are plenty of options.

I think that the last time we went through Ohio the speed limit for trucks and motor homes was pretty slow. I think I saw somewhere it was being raised.

A beautiful 50 degree day in Michigan. It was perfect for de-winterizing the bus.

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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2011, 06:40:24 PM »


   If you go 75 South towards Knoxville, you have to go over Jelaco a 38 mile pull if my memory is correct. 


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