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Old 08-22-2016, 12:29 PM   #1
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Best route to Lakewood NJ from Richmond VA

Will be leaving South Richmond on a Monday morning, est. 7:30. Need to be at Colonial by 4:00.
Thinking about Hwy 301 across Bay Bridge up to I95 in Wilmington, then Delaware Memorial Bridge to NJTurn. My Richmond son tells me to just go I95 whole way (except to use I695 to avoid Baltimore tunnels a/c propane restriction). We will be towing our 2015 FC 28.

Suggestions?
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Will be leaving South Richmond on a Monday morning, est. 7:30. Need to be at Colonial by 4:00.
Thinking about Hwy 301 across Bay Bridge up to I95 in Wilmington, then Delaware Memorial Bridge to NJTurn. My Richmond son tells me to just go I95 whole way (except to use I695 to avoid Baltimore tunnels a/c propane restriction). We will be towing our 2015 FC 28.

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Having lived in Richmond, and towed to the NJ shore a couple of times, I would agree with your son. The 301 Potomac River bridge can carry some insane, and unexpected cross-winds which are not a pleasure to drive at all. My honest suggestion is to leave Sunday, stay overnight near Colonial, then take a leisure day the remainder of the way in; but if you want to do it in one clear shot, it's cool.

My personal preferred route to the NJ shoreline when I lived in Richmond is not one you would probably like -- I-95 to DC; then east, across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at Annapolis onto the Eastern Shore, out to Lewes for the Cape May Ferry. The Ferry was in itself, pricey, but a welcome break from driving for lunch and relaxation.

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Old 08-22-2016, 01:50 PM   #3
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Going up 95 on a Monday morning is not something I would do. Rush hour traffic, accidents, and construction are all risks to be avoided. Ian's suggestion to go up Sunday is most excellent !

Diverting east through Annapolis makes sense, but going further east to take the Lewes ferry is not worth it IMO, given the fairly short trip you have to make. The ferry arrival lead time, and slow passage, would take up a too-large percentage of the trip.

I am not familiar with 301 in that neck of the woods, but going on Sunday should be much better all around.

You could also ask Colonial for advice.

Have fun!

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From Richmond on 295 to 301, Chamberlayne Rd, north through Hanover, Camp AP Hill, and on to 595, route 50/301 out through Annapolis, to Middletown De. At Middletown you can jog over to De. route 1 and up that to route 95 on 299 or continue straight on up 896 to route 95. 95 north to the Delaware bridge and then 295 north in Jersey to 195 east to route 9 south to Lakewood. In Lakewood east on Ocean Ave route 88 to Colonial.

When going north you can use the New Jersey Turn Pike from the bridge to exit 7A for 195. The tolls for the TV are not bad but use 295 going south, no tolls.

Keep in mind when you head south that you do not use any form of EZ Pass to pay on the Delaware bridge. They will charge you commercial rates if you do.

In a car that trip should be 5 to 6 hours.
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If you want to come up Sunday and use the above route there are several campgrounds close to Lakewood.

Allaire State Park, Turkey Swamp County Park, Tip Tam Campground, Pine Cone Campground, and Butterfly
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If you know the history of your batteries consider keeping them. Trailers that sit on a dealers lot often run down against the CO2 detector and a battery that has gone dead is dead.
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Unfortunately, we cannot leave Richmond on a Sunday. Looking like we will have to do I95 and pray!
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Good luck DeltaRon -- I would consider getting the rig hooked up on Sunday afternoon, and be able to pull out really early on Monday morning, if that is an option. You won't regret it.

You have a little over 100 miles to DC. If you could leave home by 5 AM, you would miss the worst of the rush hour. If not possible, your plan to leave at 7:30 AM is probably the next best alternative, but with a trip total of 315 miles or so, you will be pushing it time-wise, to arrive by 4 PM -- IMO.

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If you know the history of your batteries consider keeping them. Trailers that sit on a dealers lot often run down against the CO2 detector and a battery that has gone dead is dead.
batteries?

Maybe your comment was intended for another thread?
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Unlike the others, I like the 301 route, as this bypasses 95 close to DC and much of the Washington Beltway (495). Stay alert as often GPS will take you South around the Baltimore Beltway (695) which takes you through the Propane restricted tunnel. Be ready for tolls on the 301 bridge and 95 North of Baltimore - an EZ Pass makes it a lot easier.
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I would concur with Ian. I live in Alexandria, VA and am originally from NJ. I am currently camping in Cape May, NJ. The ferry is the way to go. Sunday traffic on I-95 can be brutal, especially in the summer. I have been back and forth on the ferry all summer. The ride to it from VA is scenic, through Maryland and Delaware farm country. Much of the traffic is two-lane after you get off Rt. 50 to 404, but much less stressful. The ferry ride itself takes approximately 80 minutes. Once you land on the Jersey side, the ride north on the Garden State Parkway is also scenic. To me, worth the money to take the ferry! Good luck and safe travels!

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batteries?

Maybe your comment was intended for another thread?
No my comment was not meant for another tread. He will be taking delivery on a trailer that has been sitting on the lot without being plugged in. That will kill the batteries in a few weeks. Now the dealer will plug the trailer in before delivery and the batteries may have a charge on them when you get there but they will not last long. If done right batteries should not be installed at the factory but rather at time of delivery.

For the life of me I can't understand why he has chosen to go up through WC and Baltimore when 301 is a nice ride through the countryside.
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I would concur with Ian. I live in Alexandria, VA and am originally from NJ. I am currently camping in Cape May, NJ. The ferry is the way to go. Sunday traffic on I-95 can be brutal, especially in the summer. I have been back and forth on the ferry all summer. The ride to it from VA is scenic, through Maryland and Delaware farm country. Much of the traffic is two-lane after you get off Rt. 50 to 404, but much less stressful. The ferry ride itself takes approximately 80 minutes. Once you land on the Jersey side, the ride north on the Garden State Parkway is also scenic. To me, worth the money to take the ferry! Good luck and safe travels!

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Are you saying he can leave Richmond at 7:30 AM, take the ferry, and arrive at Colonial by 4 PM on the same day, as the original post states? He stated recently he cannot leave on Sunday.
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Is he trading in the 2015 FC28 he is towing up per OP? That was not clear.

In my opinion Colonial would not foist bad batteries on anyone.



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No my comment was not meant for another tread. He will be taking delivery on a trailer that has been sitting on the lot without being plugged in. That will kill the batteries in a few weeks. Now the dealer will plug the trailer in before delivery and the batteries may have a charge on them when you get there but they will not last long. If done right batteries should not be installed at the factory but rather at time of delivery.

For the life of me I can't understand why he has chosen to go up through WC and Baltimore when 301 is a nice ride through the countryside.
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