I was all set to take a pop-up camper (under my car's tow capacity) with my small mazda 4-cylinder SUV, but my dad is concerned that the hilly drive through KY might be too much for it to handle. He's never made the drive to TN, so I think this is purely overprotective speculation on his part.
Does anyone who has driven from Ohio have any insight on this? is it best for me to take him up on his offer of his gas guzzling V8 4x4 pickup? :/
I can't speak to towing but as far as topography, if you're taking I-75 down all the way to Knoxville, most of Kentucky is actually relatively flat along this route. You won't run into problems until you approach the KY/TN border (i.e. Cumberland Mountains, Cumberland Plateau, basically Corbin to Knoxville) which I believe has the highest elevation of the entire I-75 interstate. I don't know your exact route to Manchester, but areas of I-40 are also quite hilly between Knoxville and Nashville, particularly the areas around Crossville/Cookeville, as you have to cross the Cumberland Plateau again. If you're uncomfortable towing in the mountains, I would consider his offer!
Post by phillyhillbilly on Jun 5, 2013 7:58:28 GMT -5
If your v4 mazda is towing something up and down hills I'm not sure how much gas money you'd actually be saving over taking the truck. I'd take the truck so I wouldnt have to worry about going 40 mph up a mountain so the RPMs dont get to high. But then again I own a gas guzzler, I'm sure you could make it there in your Mazda...just perhaps not as easily as you could with the truck.
The drive is fine in terms of hilly topOgraphy. I would take him up on the offer of a V8 pick up. The gas issue shouldnt differ too much if youre doing mostly highway driving...plus a bigger truck might allow for a little more camping space in GA?
As I am apt to do, I'll throw in my two cents: I've made the drive from the Akron area to Roo multiple times, once with a big V-6 SUV, the other times with 4-cylinder Mazdas, never towing anything. I never thought it was especially hilly. There are some ups and downs, but I never felt like I was climbing a mountain. I thought driving across New York on I-86 was way more hilly, though neither route is anything like driving to Denver. That said, I don't know if I'd tow anything with a 4-cyl if I had another option. But of course gas is a concern - my V-6 Isuzu Trooper was way worse on gas than either of the Mazdas I've driven more recently.
If you can handle paying more for gas, I'd say definitely take the truck. If that will really cut into your at-Roo budget, maybe consider the CX-7 or whatever it is. Do keep in mind though that when pulling a trailer a 4-cyl car is going to have to work pretty hard and will not get as many mpg as it normally would. Not towing, the 4-cyl smokes the V-8 in terms of mpg, but with something in tow the gap probably won't be quite as large, I think. Tough call I suppose.