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Old 04-07-2015, 12:01 AM   #1
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Port Townsend/Coupeville on Whidbey Island Ferry

We will be traveling in our 2013 Airstream Interstate Ext from Port Townsend to Bellingham, Wa. It looks like it's about a two hour trip using the ferry from Port Townsend. Otherwise I think we have to go to Bellingham via Tacoma, WA which would be over four hours. Does anyone know if we will encounter any problems due to the size, height, or ground clearance of our vehicle, or if there are any other issues/concerns that we should be aware of? Has anyone taken this trip? Thanks in advance for your help.


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Old 04-07-2015, 02:47 AM   #2
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You might find some info here. There's a phone number if you can't find an answer.
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Old 04-07-2015, 03:04 AM   #3
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We have done the ferry many times with our 280 with no problem. Take a few minutes to check out the bridge at Deception Pass. Also a few minutes in Anacortes is time well spent.
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That route is frequently cancelled due to tides or weather, so check ahead of your planned departure. Last month 3 crossings were cancelled the morning we planned to travel. It's a beautiful trip though, so enjoy!


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I lived on Whidbey Island for many years and as others have pointed out that ferry can be cancelled for winds or tides. You won't have a problem due to size of your Interstate - it will just cost you more.

It is an absolutely beautiful area and I often wish I still lived there. Also if you are planning to make this trip in the busy summer season make sure you get to the ferry landing early and plan to wait as this is a small ferry carrying lots of traffic in the summer.


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Old 04-07-2015, 11:45 AM   #6
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Take The Road From Tacoma - You'll Love It

The ferry is very viable, with the constraints that others have already cited.

I encourage you to take the road at least one way, from Tacoma. The scenery is ever-changing and always interesting. There is a nice park in Gig Harbor, should you need to RON as you venture onward from Tacoma.

The RV Park in Port Townsend, adjacent to the Coast Guard campus is our favorite stop in that region. And Port Townsend is charming.

As another responder mentioned, Whidbey Island is a great place to spend a couple days, and the RV parks around Deception Pass are wonderful.

You won't have any size-related issues with your rig.
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:35 PM   #7
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Washington State ferries routinely accomodate vehicles of every shape and size. Other than delays and/or cancellations (as others have said) you will have no problems.

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Old 04-07-2015, 12:54 PM   #8
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We have also done this trip, an alternative if the ferry is canceled is to go to Kingston and cross on the ferry. Much shorter then driving around.

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I've ridden one of the ferries, back in 2004 when I attended fall protection training on Bainbridge Island. I didn't have my Airstream Interstate back then (I was in a rental car), but one thing it occurs to me to ask about is… given an Airstream Interstate's shallow departure angle, is there ever a time when tides make the ferry's on-ramps or off-ramps too steep so that the Interstate would scrape its hitch receiver getting on or off the boat?
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:18 PM   #10
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I lived on Whidbey Island for many years and as others have pointed out that ferry can be cancelled for winds or tides. You won't have a problem due to size of your Interstate - it will just cost you more.

It is an absolutely beautiful area and I often wish I still lived there. Also if you are planning to make this trip in the busy summer season make sure you get to the ferry landing early and plan to wait as this is a small ferry carrying lots of traffic in the summer.


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Thanks, Mike. I've looked at the website for the ferry and the only thing I am slightly concerned about is the ground clearance. I don't think we have the recommended 12 inches of ground clearance. Especially in the back of the vehicle. Ours is in storage right now so I can't measure, but I would be surprised if it was 12 inches.


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Yes, watch out for the clearance in the back. We scraped bottom getting on a couple ferries in New Brunswick and had to remove a metal part that we had bent. Here's my blog entry about it: https://airstreammohoagogo.wordpress...-go-to-canada/
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Yes, watch out for the clearance in the back. We scraped bottom getting on a couple ferries in New Brunswick and had to remove a metal part that we had bent. Here's my blog entry about it: https://airstreammohoagogo.wordpress...-go-to-canada/

Thanks, Weirdstuff! I'm really liked your blog. Actually, it makes me a little nervous about parts falling off. Yikes!


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For reference, the RV Park in Port Townsend is called Point Hudson, right on the water and you can easily walk into town for sight seeing. Absolutely need reservations.

The RV park I like to stay near Whidbey is Fidalgo Bay RV resort, also on the water. There are others near Deception Pass, but they may not have full sewer hookups.
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If you catch a ferry at a higher tide the clearance won't be an issue. You can also take the Kingston-Edmonds ferry as an alternate, just avoid low tide sailings. Lived in Port Ludlow many years, that's a nice area as well with a quaint little RV Park.
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