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Old 05-12-2015, 02:12 PM   #15
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One place you really WANT to take the Blue Ridge Parkway is from Roanoke south to the next main exit. That avoids something on Route 221 south of Roanoke called "Bent Mountain" or as I say it "ohsh** ohsh** ohsh**!!!!!" It's not as bad as the Tail of the Dragon, but it's not a good road for any trailer... unless of course you like the smell of overheated brakes and transmission fluid.

Kinda fun to take just the truck after leaving the trailer safely at Virginia Highland Haven though.

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So that's what that is called. YES, AVOID IT!!!! We've gone up/down it 4 times now in the truck. I told the wife, when we leave Highland Haven, I want to go around this. I don't want to go that way with the Airstream.
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Old 05-12-2015, 02:32 PM   #16
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We will be heading through Virginia next September and I am wondering about pulling my 31 Classic along the parkway. I have read some reviews from RVers with MH but cannot seem to find anyone with a tt in tow. It looks like a challange which I have no problem with but is it an enjoyable trip or a white knuckle special? We could opt to drop the a/s off and just tour with the pick up in sections. Any help would be appreciated.
We just got back having towed from south to north in April. No traffic, nice scenery, easy driving, a bit slow but lots of turns. Early spring is scenic and leaves in fall but the latter could be busy. It's a good alternative to highway towing if you have the time. Would not want to do it in busy slow traffic.
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Old 05-12-2015, 02:54 PM   #17
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My husband & I hauled a 32' 5th wheel long before buying our Airstream- no problem. Thought this website which we used might be helpful. We took our time & enjoyed the scenery, history & culture of the Parkway. It was mid September thru Columbus Day weekend. We have many fond memories of this trip.
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:07 AM   #18
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Thank all of you, I have wanted to travel the parkway for a long time, now I know it is the thing to do. By the way last year we took the Natchez Trace from Nashville to Natchez and it was wonderful. Went in early April and the Red Buds and Dogwood were wonderful.
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:20 AM   #19
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Yes, take the parkway with the Airstream. Wonderful drive. Be wary of the "you can get off any time" advice and beware of the GPS suggestions for side roads to and from the Parkway. There are many routes crossing the parkway that are not Airstream friendly at all. We did it as part of a Airstream caravan. One gentleman pulling a 34 footer with a 350 van commented that he had never driven in 2nd gear for 500 miles before. It is a slow, hilly, curvy road but well paved, well marked, and fairly easy to drive. The speeds are so low it does not task the equipment too hard.
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Old 05-16-2015, 07:02 PM   #20
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Take your time and relax , one off my kids favorite trips! We had the best time stopping ,looking and exploring all the rich history.


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Old 05-18-2015, 10:32 AM   #21
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One more word of warning - ALMOST all pulloffs have a separate entrance and exit, but I found ONE that had one entrance - where cars could turn around and leave... but of course there was no way whatsoever to turn a 25 foot Airstream. So I had to back out onto the parkway (blind curve of course!) with my flashers going (HOPING oncoming traffic was obeying the speed limit and paying attention) and as quickly as possible get going forward. Traffic wasn't heavy. If it had been I would have asked a kindly motorcyclist to stop oncoming traffic until I was clear. Before you start each day's travel make sure you know which scenic overviews you can safely use.

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Did the whole parkway in 2009 with a 28ft SOB and loved every mile! One pull off we had a issue other than that it was very relaxing drive. Click image for larger version

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Old 06-10-2015, 06:43 AM   #23
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Keith, we are in the process of traveling the Blue Ridge Pkw. like you say, it is a very Beautiful and refreshing drive.Click image for larger version

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One more word of warning - ALMOST all pulloffs have a separate entrance and exit, but I found ONE that had one entrance - where cars could turn around and leave... but of course there was no way whatsoever to turn a 25 foot Airstream. So I had to back out onto the parkway (blind curve of course!) with my flashers going (HOPING oncoming traffic was obeying the speed limit and paying attention) and as quickly as possible get going forward. Traffic wasn't heavy. If it had been I would have asked a kindly motorcyclist to stop oncoming traffic until I was clear. Before you start each day's travel make sure you know which scenic overviews you can safely use.

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I believe this is the FIRST available turnout on the left if you take an incorrect turn onto the BRP when leaving Highland Haven. I found this too -- my second time towing my 28 -- I nearly went over the parking lot granit curbs with my AS trying to turn it around before I learned how to backup that quarter mile, uphill climb on the turn radius leaving the parking to the parkway.

to add something new to the convo (though I havent read the rest) - be aware the parkway is used heavily by cyclists, and you WILL have circumstances where they are climbing at 7mph up a hill on a curve and all you can do is wait.

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If I remember correctly

Rte 211 out of New Market (rte 81 ) to the Skyline Drive is a road that I stopped using because of the grades. It has a smaller, then a larger mountain pass.

I used I 66 to get east of I 81. Maps will help you pick on and off points. The people who had " no problem " picked the right on and offs

Heads up if you are traveling I 81. The old route 11 that follows 81 is a nice drive ( stoplights small quaint towns, antique shopping, old gas stations )
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