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I will be pulling my trailer down with two bikes next week end and need to know which route is the best. 64 west to 81 one option. The other is 85 south to 40 west which 40 has quite a lot of mountain passes with large trucks to content with. Just wondering if anyone (prior truck driver) had any in put on the best way when pulling a trailer. do not want to blow up my little truck.
 

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Wish I could answer that question for you, Fox. I'll be down on Hwy. 40 about May 12th for a group meet in the Deals Gap area. If you make it and get settled , think about a ride around that area in May.
 

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Can't help you on the routing either, but have to ask you a couple things. What have you got (truck make and model) for your tow vehicle, and what kind of trailer and expected weight loaded? I'm guessing on bike is a Wing but what else? Is the trailer enclosed or flat deck; single or tandem axel?
I see some really foolish things at times. Like old gents pulling 35' fifth wheels (Avions, Montanas...real deluxe heavyweights) with 2x4 half ton pickups:eek:.
 

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I would take 85 to 40 if i were you ! I don't think you will have a problem with the truck you have , but i wouldn't add too much more weight than the bikes ! Good luck !!
 

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Can't help you with routes but I can welcome to the GWOF and to the Deep South. I live about an hour from Chattanooga. Great Motorcycle city.
 

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Good Luck with the move. Enjoy the new digs.
 

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need to google I-40 and or Black mountain. There was another rock slide there last week if I remember right. Every few years it is bad enough to block a road so you might check to make sure it is an option.

As for s-10, it's not that bad.
Not a trucker but driven it or ridden many, many times. Trucks have to stay in slow lane and it is pretty well patrolled so most keep the speeds in check.
As for rock slides, I don't worry about them but I stay in the middle or fast lane just in case. If rocks make it to road, it will back up the slow lane and those not paying attention will hit the brakes. (never seen an accident btw, everyone pays attention and realizes some are faster than others.)

Haven't been to Knoxville in past year but there has been alot of construction coupled with speeds over speed limit. Black mountain is easy compared to Knoxville to me. It is manageable but be prepared.
 
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