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Old 07-01-2009, 05:23 PM   #1
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Ferry Travel

Have you ever taken your AS on a ferry? Specifically, the Cape May - Lewes Ferry? According to their website you can pull a trailer on board up to a combined trailer/car length of 65' (we're about 53'), but we've been on that ferry twice before in a car and they really pack them tight. Would you do it?

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Old 07-01-2009, 05:56 PM   #2
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Yes, we have taken that ferry several times. They do pack them tight, but they put the bigger rigs in the center where there's more room. We live about ten minutes away from the ferry, and are very familiar. We also have friends on the Jersey side who take their (longer) Airstream often. The first time we were concerned about people denting our trailer while opening their doors, but we've never had any problems. Sometimes we take advantage of the rocking motion of the boat and just take a nap in the Airstream on the trip over.

Don't forget to make a reservation this time of the year. It's really busy.

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Old 07-01-2009, 06:08 PM   #3
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I took the Cape May - Lewes ferry round trip back in 02. We were not towing, but they we were very professional. We were with a group of motorcyclists. As such they pooled us and the RV's together. They staged and loaded us with more attention to detail from the rest of the automobiles.

I would not hesitate to use them based on my previous experience.

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Old 07-01-2009, 07:12 PM   #4
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but it's EXPENSIVE

I can't remember, but I think a friend said he paid $60 to take the ferry. It's less congested than I-95, but carefully consider the cost.

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Old 07-02-2009, 12:18 AM   #5
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Depending on the total length of your rig and time of year, it could cost as high as $85.00. It can be cost effective, and a time saver, if you're visiting the New Jersey beaches, or if your destination is the Jersey Shore Airstream Haven park which is a nice diversion about 30 miles north of Cape May.

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Old 07-02-2009, 05:47 AM   #6
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We take the Interstate on a ferry whenever we get the opportunity. We watch for them on the maps. So fun! Have never seen a sign posting any prohibition on trailers, towing, etc., suspect they would all be accomodating. Many in the U.S. are free, too.
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:47 AM   #7
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We also have taken a ferry - one of the 4 1/2 hour rides around Cape Hatteras if memory serves. It was with an SOB trailer. Our combined length was 55 feet, and they charged accordingly, but it was not bad at all. It was operated by the US Ferry Service. Anyway, they were extreamly careful with all the cars and rigs being placed on board. I was never worried about dings. I do remember that we made sure to get there early so we made sure we had a place on the ferry. I wouldn't hestiate to do a ferry again, with any trailer or RV.

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Old 07-02-2009, 08:33 AM   #8
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We did a round trip on the ferry last summer. We had reservations and were placed in the center rows. Try to travel off the weekends. I think the difference in price is substantial with a trailer. With the price of gas and the time involved to "go around", we really enjoyed the experience.


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