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Old 07-31-2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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Louisville to Jackson Center Route

Does anyone have experience with a good route to Jackson Center from Louisville KY that does not include traveling through Cincinatti, Dayton, or Indianapolis? I have never traveled through Cincinatti and Dayton on the interstate, and I don't want to either. I really hate pulling my AS through large urban areas on narrow lane washboard interstates with maniacs going 80mph.

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Old 07-31-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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I know it is not what you want to hear, but from a practical standpoint I would use the interstate and just try for a time of day nwhen the traffic is lighter.

The Indie route would give you much less exposure to heavy traffic as you would only have a short distance from I65 to I70 on the bypass and would pick up I 75 north of Dayton but this would be a longer route.

Actually I would go through Cincy and Dayton. Just watch the signs so you can get in the proper lanes in time.

I am sure a back road route could be put together but I think it would be more hassle than it is worth

I have done both these routes with a trailer many times. If you can overlook the bumpy roads and the fact there are way too many people up there it's not bad
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:12 PM   #3
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Personally, from Louisville, I'd go I-65, get off at Columbus, east to Cinci, (us50) then north on 75. 75 is not that evil!

In Fairfield (just north of Cincinnati) a must stop destination is Jungle Jims International Market. Words cannot describe!
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:23 PM   #4
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Do that route all the time. No problems. Try and avoid Cinci during morning and evening rush hours. If you have never been to an IKEA store there is one on northern side of Cinci.
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I agree with the I65 US 50 East route. That will put you on275 west of Cincinnati and then East on 275/64. By following 275 you will intersect 75,10 miles north of downtown Cincinati. Dayton is not bad as long as you dont go threw in peak traffic hours. Jungle Jims is just north of 275 on RT 4 in Fairfield.
Be advised now that US 50 from I 65 is 2 lane road with several small towns,but you can leter all hang out between them. I used to run that way with a big truck when I was just a little to heavy to go down I 71 form Cincin. GOOD LUCK
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I live in the suburbs between Dayton and Cincinnati. I work in Dayton and I tow my Airstream through downtown on I-75. You will not have any problems through Dayton except a little construction. Just take it slow and avoid Cincinnati durin rush hour. The interstate is the best way to go. Good luck.
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Thank all of you for the great information. I am heading up on Sunday and returning on Tuesday. My appointment at JC is on Monday at 7:00. My start point is in northwest Tennessee. But I am going through Louisville for sure. There is nothing like a bunch of well traveled friends to help you out.

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Does anyone have experience with a good route to Jackson Center from Louisville KY that does not include traveling through Cincinatti, Dayton, or Indianapolis? I have never traveled through Cincinatti and Dayton on the interstate, and I don't want to either. I really hate pulling my AS through large urban areas on narrow lane washboard interstates with maniacs going 80mph.

Thanks for any advice.
Your best bet is to get to a computer and Mapquest! The interstate is not a major problem -- I have hit the road to JC from Dallas and from Michigan. Not one problem!! Just stay in the right lanes; get fuel during the day at truck stops, and let the speeders pass on the left! When. At JC, park on their Terraport.
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Thank all of you for the great information. I am heading up on Sunday and returning on Tuesday. My appointment at JC is on Monday at 7:00. My start point is in northwest Tennessee. But I am going through Louisville for sure. There is nothing like a bunch of well traveled friends to help you out.

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By the way! Get there early on Sunday to get a spot on the Terraport -- it's free for those waiting for service! WARNING: Service is good but often S-L-O-W! If you want food there are not many retail options unless you go to Sidney or Troy, OH. Neither is too far south of the factory down I-75.
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Just came down I-75 last week,road was in very good condition. Had no problem coming thru Cincy or Dayton,( was not rush hour traffic.) We were pulling a 66 Globe Trotter. Jackson Center is just seven miles off of I-75,and have very good camping spots. As mentioned before free camping if you are having service, $10 if not having service. If you arrive late the camping is behind the office complex. Full hook-ups.
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Your best bet is to get to a computer and Mapquest! The interstate is not a major problem -- I have hit the road to JC from Dallas and from Michigan. Not one problem!! Just stay in the right lanes; get fuel during the day at truck stops, and let the speeders pass on the left! When. At JC, park on their Terraport.
Actually as you approach Cincinatti favor one of the center lanes. You will need to favor the left as you approach the bypass on the KY side (475?) and also will need to favor the left lanes as you cross the bridge over the Ohio river to avoid being sucked off onto I 71.
Generally where there are 4 lanes and city traffic I will favor the second right hand lane to avoid being sucked off into exit only lanes and dealing with merging traffic coming on to the interstate.
If you have a GPS it will usually tell you which lanes you need and also give you some one to argue with,

Sunday should not be a problem except late in the day when everyone who left town for the weekend is coming back.
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We went to Alumapalooza at Jackson Center and I was totally against going interstate thru the cities (anxiety remnant from an accident) but we had no trouble at all. I had looked at the options and they really are not as good.
You will be fine, breath and watch the signs, they show the way! You can stay in the "Wheel" RV park at Jackson Center so you will already be there when you have your appt.
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Most of my anxiety about the interstate highway through Cincinatti and Dayton stems from my trip on I-65 through Montgomery and Birmingham last week. I witnessed a horrible crash in Montgomery and have bulkhead damage inside my trailer from the extremely rough pavement on I-65 through Birmingham. I have good axles, new tires, centramatics, well balanced running gear, and a properly setup Reese dual cam with 600# bars but none of that seemed to protect my trailer from the rough condition of I-65 through Birmingham.
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Actually as you approach Cincinatti favor one of the center lanes. You will need to favor the left as you approach the bypass on the KY side (475?) and also will need to favor the left lanes as you cross the bridge over the Ohio river to avoid being sucked off onto I 71.
Generally where there are 4 lanes and city traffic I will favor the second right hand lane to avoid being sucked off into exit only lanes and dealing with merging traffic coming on to the interstate.
If you have a GPS it will usually tell you which lanes you need and also give you some one to argue with,

Sunday should not be a problem except late in the day when everyone who left town for the weekend is coming back.
Rick is right! I forgot about how you need to WATCH that merge lane to I-71!! GPS will be a great aid.
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