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Old 08-12-2011, 07:01 PM   #1
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Maine...here we come. Now for getting there..

Booked our Maine trip today and now going over route from Florida. AAA provided alot of info on going around the big cities using hwy 84. For those of you that have been this way, are there better routes or places we should know about when towing? Our base will be Bass Harbor, and many day trips from there.
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Old 08-13-2011, 07:09 AM   #2
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When I travel south from CT I avoid I95 through western CT, New York and New Jersey. I would say its the worst road in the country. Route 81 to rt. 84 to rt. 90 (mass turnpike toll road) to rt 95. is great way to go.
Have a great trip, you will enjoy Maine.
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:34 AM   #3
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I think your route is dead on. Avoid 95 at all costs. We use 81 as often as we can for our travels. Through Ct. 84 is a good road but can get congested at rush hour through Hartford so try and plan ahead. It's easy to avoid Boston since you go around it. Haven't been out into Pa lately so not sure how the construction issue is but drove from Maine back home a few weeks ago and things were pretty good. Look at the mapquest and plan accordingly. Have a great trip and enjoy some lobster for me. Camden, Me is a very nice town and there is Camden Hills State Park about a mile north of town that has a very nice campground. Central dump station but water/ electric on site. See if that will work into your plans.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:45 PM   #4
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When I travel south from CT I avoid I95 through western CT, New York and New Jersey. I would say its the worst road in the country. Route 81 to rt. 84 to rt. 90 (mass turnpike toll road) to rt 95. is great way to go.
Have a great trip, you will enjoy Maine.
I do this rt from PA to Maine and to New Brunswick, CA a couple of times a year. From FL on I-81 to I-84 to I-87 ( NY St Thruway) to Mass Pike, around Boston to I-95 north to ME. Much better roads than I-84 through CT!

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Old 08-20-2011, 07:56 PM   #5
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Booked our Maine trip today and now going over route from Florida. AAA provided alot of info on going around the big cities using hwy 84. For those of you that have been this way, are there better routes or places we should know about when towing? Our base will be Bass Harbor, and many day trips from there.
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As others have said... I recommend 81 to 84 to 90 (Mass. Turnpike) to 495 to 95 into Maine. In pre-Airstream days, made the reverse trip several times, from NH to TN via 95/495/90-Pike/84/81 going down to college, and back... it's a fairly direct route, easy driving, and avoids NJ/NY which is so worth it.

There's a section of highway in NY, I believe, maybe on I-84?, where the road has an annoying bump every 50 feet or so, goes on for tens of miles... some kind of engineering problem? Anyway that's the worst of it. That was about 10 years ago, hope they fixed it since then

I'm in Kittery, Maine, about a mile off I-95 after you cross from NH into Maine, and Airstream-friendly and can accommodate a 27' if you're in a pinch and really need it...! Holler if you need anything...
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:09 AM   #6
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We are also headed to ME and then will be traveling to Nova Scotia. Looking at rvparkreviews.com, it appears that there are no decent RV parks in eastern Mass. Any suggestions for places to stay in eastern Mass., NH, ME?

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Old 08-25-2011, 06:39 AM   #7
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Any suggestions for places to stay in eastern Mass., NH, ME?
Not sure what your criteria is but I have stayed overnight at Wakeda Camground (wakedacampground.com) which isn't too too far off I-95, in Hampton Falls, N.H. Can get a little crowded but it's in a nice setting among tall trees.
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:08 PM   #8
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My RT to Maine

I live in Southern CT so I84 is only about 10 miles north of me. I take I84 East to I90 (Mass Pike) I90 east to 290 (towards Wooster MA), to I495 north to the end which turns into I95 about the MA/NH border. Once through NH and into Maine I95 north becomes the Maine Turnpike which is a toll rd. Check your maps as this takes you inland. If you want to see the coast you need to get over to rt1 which basically goes along the coast but until after Labor Day rt 1 is a tourist trap and lots of traffic.
We are going up there but not till the second week of Sept.
If you want to avoid Hartford on I84 you can take I691 off I84 over to I91N. Take I91N to I84E and this get you around Hartford. Only adds abuot 20 min to trip.
Good luck enjoy Maine. Happy camping, nm1oqrz
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:22 PM   #9
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Some years ago we were coming south on I-95 in Connecticut and remember we had to find an alternate route as we got closer to New York because trailers were not permitted. Maybe it was the Wilbur Cross or Merritt Parkway, it's been a long time. Are there still trailer restrictions in that area?
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Any suggestions for places to stay in eastern Mass., NH, ME?

Thanks

we did an early season rally this year with the NEU folks at Salisbury Beach State Reservation on the MA coast / NH border that was pretty nice....

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Maybe it was the Wilbur Cross or Merritt Parkway, it's been a long time. Are there still trailer restrictions in that area?
your memory is correct - NO TRAILERS or mohos at all on those roadways, also known as Rte 15 on some maps....

but a much prettier ride than I-95 if you're not pulling your Airstream!

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Old 08-26-2011, 09:58 AM   #12
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Connecticut Trailer Towing Restrictions

You are correct, the Merritt and Wilber Cross Parkways (RT 15) in CT have a "NO TRAILER" of any kind restiction. They also have a restriction on any vehicle with a registered weight of over 7500lbs.
I can't legally drive my 3500 GMC dually on them.
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Anywhere along route 1 is great, don't miss Camden, the most picturest town in Maine. Route 1 is slow but you will see a lot,so take your time and enjoy. At BassHarbar you have the Acadian National Park,you can tour and Bar Harbor,parking is a nightmare so take the bus,it runs on a regular schedule and you get to see a lot
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:31 PM   #14
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Just to let everyone know we made it up here in time for the first ever Tropical Storm! Murphy followed us up here....we were in Mass at Hanscom AFB Famcamp when the earthquake hit!
Whoever is traveling to Maine thru Conn, please be aware that there is only one RV friendly gas station!!! Conn is not accomodating to RV/truckers!
We are in Bass Harbor, can buy lobsters for $4 each!! Love it up here, nice to visit, but have heard many stories about the winters here.
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