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Old 01-16-2015, 11:57 AM   #15
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Old 01-16-2015, 03:05 PM   #16
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Avoid I 95 if at all possible. I run from Pittsburgh and always run down 79-19-77-26-95 when going to anywhere south of Myrtle, but myrtle would be about the same.

Our spring trip is going to be OBX, have not been in 20 years and looking forward to it.
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:21 PM   #17
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DO NOT go through Allegheny!!! Just get on 90 head west to Erie, get on 79. The shortcut on Route 19 is definitely shorter but it's real hilly and I plan to avoid it this summer on our maiden voyage northward to WNY in our International. So we'll pass by 19 and head toward Charleston, WV. Then get on 77S and when you get near the Charlotte area you're going to take whatever highway it is that goes east toward Mathews, NC. 510 I think.

As a WNY native turned Lowcountry boy, I would strongly encourage you to venture further south than MYR. Charleston is amazing and Savannah right there with it. True southern culture and eating, not the Vegas style Myrtle Beach.
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Old 01-19-2015, 12:18 PM   #18
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DO NOT go through Allegheny!!! Just get on 90 head west to Erie, get on 79. The shortcut on Route 19 is definitely shorter but it's real hilly and I plan to avoid it this summer on our maiden voyage northward to WNY in our International. So we'll pass by 19 and head toward Charleston, WV. Then get on 77S and when you get near the Charlotte area you're going to take whatever highway it is that goes east toward Mathews, NC. 510 I think.

As a WNY native turned Lowcountry boy, I would strongly encourage you to venture further south than MYR. Charleston is amazing and Savannah right there with it. True southern culture and eating, not the Vegas style Myrtle Beach.
Why not wrong with going through Allegheny?

We often start out trips to the US by crossing on Friday night after work and staying withing a few hours of the border. Since we're coming from Canada, we don't bring any food what so ever from home to avoid hassles at customs. By crossing Friday after work, we can stop at the grocery store and stock the trailer, then get a good start traveling Saturday morning since we don't have to pack up, cross the border and then find a grocery store. Somewhere near Allegheny would be a convenient Friday night stop for us - any reason no to? I have a small, light trailer, and a V8 Truck so hills don't scare me!
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:57 PM   #19
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It's just a lousy drive but it's a pretty one. If you're not in a hurry and don't mind the changes from 35 to 60 to 45 to whatever constantly. Several different roads to turn onto and off of. I did it one time and swore I'd never do it again but I wasn't towing and I was "trying to make time." Keep in mind too that New York State has zero money and State roads that aren't near NYC are completely neglected until they are literally as bad as driving on dirt roads.
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I still prefer the I 79 to 19 in WV to 77. As you enter NC Left exit on 74/52 thru Winton Salem...to 40 east. Near Greensboro 220 S. through Rockingham 74 and eventually Rt 9. We really enjoy Myrtle Beach Travel Park...NORTH Myrtle Beach..very close to the NC/SC border. We do the day trips to the inlet and Charleston and ?? The campground is Ocean-front clean and kid friendly. I'm a veteran camper but a newbee with our first Airstream..and my first post!
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:21 AM   #21
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Welcome WVStreamer! I could get on board with that routing to MYR as well. My tow vehicle is a Chevy Avalanche with a 5.3L and a tow package. I've always babied it and she's working hard up anything more than a 1% grade. Route 19 regularly gets up into the 6% range but if you've got a bigger engine with bigger... guts... 19 will save you a good hour. Lots of stoplights though!
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I still prefer the I 79 to 19 in WV to 77. As you enter NC Left exit on 74/52 thru Winton Salem...to 40 east. Near Greensboro 220 S. through Rockingham 74 and eventually Rt 9. We really enjoy Myrtle Beach Travel Park...NORTH Myrtle Beach..very close to the NC/SC border. We do the day trips to the inlet and Charleston and ?? The campground is Ocean-front clean and kid friendly. I'm a veteran camper but a newbee with our first Airstream..and my first post!
Wow! I feel kind of honored to have your fist post in my Thread!
Thanks for the recommendations, This is going to be a real adventure!
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Welcome WVStreamer! I could get on board with that routing to MYR as well. My tow vehicle is a Chevy Avalanche with a 5.3L and a tow package. I've always babied it and she's working hard up anything more than a 1% grade. Route 19 regularly gets up into the 6% range but if you've got a bigger engine with bigger... guts... 19 will save you a good hour. Lots of stoplights though!
My Tundra has the 4.7 V8, its surprisingly strong for a relatively small v8 engine but our trailer is small and we generally travel light. The trick with the Toyota engine is to keep it revved up, no power below 3000 rpm. Our friends had a 5.3 Avalanche and towed a popup, we got better gas mileage towing the Airstream with a canoe on the Tundra than they did pulling their popup, but the Avalanche had over 400,000km .
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Yeah, our AS is 25ft and 5400lbs empty. Not to turn this into one of "those" threads but it tows great. But like you said it needs a lot of RPM to do anything on a hill. That's not a bad thing, just not used to hearing her get "angry" as my 5 year old son calls it. It's a newer Avalanche with the good engine so where we'd normally get 18mpg on the highway we now get 9-10 with the AS in tow. I did learn that you MUST be in tow / haul mode in order for the tranny cooler to engage. Got the trans temp up to 205 before I realized that.
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The Tundra is strong. And the GM5.3 is a great engine too. I'm used to Diesel for fuel mileage and torque. Understand that my truck is 20 years old but still great. WV has great rest areas...and they have dump stations too! Some good camping traveling through the state with nice state parks. If you get to Northern WV and want to rest for the night, check Coopers Rock State Park about 20 min off I 79 via I 68 near Morgantown. For fuel, best price in Wytheville Va on I 77. Enjoy !
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The more I look at the map the more options I see for travel south, maybe the 390 south out of Rochester and then 15 into PA?

One issue, if we travel over the memorial day weekend will we need reservations?
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The rest areas in WV have dump stations?! That's awesome! Stopped in Wytheville, for overnights (pre-AS) more times than I can count. Gas was cheap too. Hate all the traffic north of there though. Am I correct in saying that Diesel engines really don't care what they're pulling, they pretty much get the same gas mileage?
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