This could be kind of long, but I'm kind of excited about the drive. So I'll give you all the information so you can give me all the advice and such as you can knowing all the particulars.
My long term girlfriend and I are moving from Indianapolis, IN to Greenville, NC so that she can pursue her full-ride PhD from East Carolina University in Clinical Behavioral Medicine.
We'll be loading up a 26ft Penske Truck (any tips/tricks/ect. about these would be appreciated) on August 12th with our contents and towing her 2003 Audi TT on the Penske car trailer (not a dolly). My vehicles will be arriving a week later delivered by exotic car transport. I've got a Garmin Nuvi 205 that I plan on using for the trip and setting it to stick to just highways for the trip. I also have a CB with a window mount antennae that I will be taking with us. More so just to listen to the chatter than to use.
One of the big tips I picked up was, after refueling you pull forward instead of going into pay first so the guy behind you can pull in and start the long task of filling up. Something I otherwise wouldn't have thought about.
Also have heard that to stay on the safe side I should enter any and all weigh stations that are open.
What can I expect as far as a cell phone signal in the mountains? I've got a AT&T Blackberry Bold through work, but I've heard that I shouldn't expect much of anything to work in them, my girlfriend has Verizon.
I've got a goose-neck style lock that uses a key for both the truck door and the trailer. Any tips as far as making sure they trailer stays secure (even while stopped at a hotel for the night), or will a lock be sufficient?
Any tips/info on truck stops? The Garmin has us going through Indiana of course, a bit of Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and then North Carolina. I've heard some of the truck stops in the mountains can be a really pretty place to stop for lunch.
Anything else that would be of good use to me, or something I should know. Looking for anything and everything that can help this trip be less stressful than it already is in moving 850mi from our family and friends.