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Old 09-07-2010, 08:54 AM
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I'm going to tow a boat from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Cape Coral, Florida. I'm using a 1T, gas motor truck to pull the rig. I've been told that taking HWY 65 from Nashville to Fla. #10 will cut out most of the mountains and add only a few miles to the trip. Any help/comments?
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I have done the trip from St. Paul to Cape Coral many times I just went the way Garmin told me and the mountains were really not that bad. I think I went the same way as Google Shows.
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Did you go from St Paul-Madison-Rockford-Bloomington-Nashville-Chattanooga-Atlanta-Cape Coral?
Any tips on the roads, speeds etc? Is a gas 1T able to make the steep grades in the mountains? I'm pulling a 38' boat on a triple axle trailer.
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Did you go from St Paul-Madison-Rockford-Bloomington-Nashville-Chattanooga-Atlanta-Cape Coral?
Any tips on the roads, speeds etc? Is a gas 1T able to make the steep grades in the mountains? I'm pulling a 38' boat on a triple axle trailer.
I go from Mi all the time just take 65 to Nashville 24 to Chattanooga and 75 on down it will be fine. I pull a 36 center console with a Escalade and none of it is a problem. Have a great trip!!
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Mounteagle just west of Chattanooga is the only challenge.
Does your trailer have electric brakes? If not going down the backside is pretty hard on them. 6% grade.
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Did you go from St Paul-Madison-Rockford-Bloomington-Nashville-Chattanooga-Atlanta-Cape Coral?
Any tips on the roads, speeds etc? Is a gas 1T able to make the steep grades in the mountains? I'm pulling a 38' boat on a triple axle trailer.
Yes, that is the way I went. I came down with a 3/4 ton Gas Dodge and a Formula 311(33ft overall) and never had any issues. The trip was easy except comming down a few of the steep hills. You shouldnt have any issues.

One bit of advice if you are planning on towing at night with a gas truck make sure you fill up when ever you get a chance. When I was driving down it was sometime between 2 and 5am (somewhere between St. Louis an Nashville) and I was looking for an open gas station and could not easily find one. I had to go into a Waffle House and ask if anyone knew of a gas station open that was close by.

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Thanks for the help. I saw that you can go south from Nashville on RT #65 to Birmingham/Montgomery and then to Fla. #10 and avoid the mountains. It seems as if it is only 60 miles farther than going through Chattanooga and Atlanta, but I've heard that 65 is rough. Any thoughts from people that have taken this route
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Hey Gary, I've heard both opinions on it. Dennis has driven it many times, give him a ring. Going through the mountains is definately more scenic, but you can get stuck in some pretty good traffic in Chattanooga and Atlanta. IMO, go the route with no construction.
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whats da matter BIG Daddy ??? u dont like Chattanooga LOL .hauled our Cat 963 to hudson/newport richie fl on the Lowboy and Chattanooga sucked Ballz
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