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Old 08-22-2013, 06:52 AM   #1
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Maiden voyage navigational help

I'm sitting in my new (2011) 27' international at the colonial lot. I'm very excited! And also, thinking about the drive back to Battleboro VT, a little scared. We're wondering what is the best novice friendly route back? On the map it looks like garden state parkway to 17 to 87 to 90 to 91 (with an overnight somewhere). Coming down through ct on 95 seemed a little threatening. I would really appreciate some advice. Thanks so much. Annie

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Old 08-22-2013, 07:09 AM   #2
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you've got the best route there. IMHO 95 has a lot of construction all the way up to the 95/91 split.

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Old 08-22-2013, 07:13 AM   #3
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I live in NJ and go to Maine every year with our AS - I avoid 95 and the GW Bridge at all costs. I take the tappen zee to 287 to 684 to 84 to 91 In Hartford. That'll take you right to Brattleboro.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:50 PM   #4
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We took the GW in May on our way to colonial and it took three hours longer than taking the tapenzee last week to pick up the airstream . It's nice that the Garden state parkway does not allow trucks.

How did you make out?
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:12 PM   #5
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You can also avoid Garden State thru Union and Essex Counties and avoid Tappen Zee and White Plains, NY by going

Garden State Parkway N to
287 N to
NY thruway North to
Rt 84 East thru Danbury and, Hartford to
91 North

There is No camping anywhere to speak of from South Jersey up to the Rest area on Rt 84 East Danbury at the Welcome StAtion. Dry over night, but safe off the highway with a new community of rv travelers every night. I use it quite a bit. There is another East bound rest area with separate rv over nite just past Waterbury, Ct.

I also use Kettletown State Park in Southbury, Ct, the upper field spots would fit ur AS, again dry camping.

An alternative and long route is to stay n NYThruway to Rt 7 then head East to Brattleboro, there are couple Koa's and private campgrounds off The thruway.

At all not for any reAson take 95, GWB, rt 17 in NJ, Turnpike anywhere North of South Amboy.

Try to avoid but is certainly ok to use, Tappen Zee, 287 in NY, 684. i use all of these but perhaps a more casual route to start your new adventures. I live 35 miles due West of NYC in NJ and travel up that way many many times a year pulling my 19' Bambi.

Just to confuse you...there are TWo Rt 287 's

The New Jersey Rt 287 goes North and South

The New York Rt 287 goes East and West and for a time IS the NY Thruway

They all converge in Northern NJ, but signage is good.

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Old 08-25-2013, 03:35 PM   #6
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We made it back to Brattleboro after escaping NJ during rush hour. Now that I've clocked some hours of towing (drove back to Maine solo), I am no longer horrified, but still awed by the focus it takes. It was so amazing to be able to tap into this amazing forum for encouragement and guidance. Thank you so much, it really helped!! Annie

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