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Old 05-12-2016, 06:20 PM   #29
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It was the beauty of your Airstream that got you thru the city! I take mine to Staten Island and this Year, Floyd Bennett Field, when btw there is camping, which I never knew. i am vending at an Irish Festival in Far Rockaway.

New York gets a bad rap sometimes, it is NJ you have to watch out for! Just kidding, it is all good. I live in NJ. Take your time, stay right, if you miss a turn, don't panic, just keep going until you are safe t right yourself out. Keep off Parkways and most of all enjoy your trip!
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:28 PM   #30
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MY part of NY doesn't get the notorious traffic and I avoid "the city" at all possible cost. But if you want to see traffic, head west. Seattle/Tacoma is a nightmare.
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:30 PM   #31
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When I lived in Connecticut, my brother and I did a trip to see some of the Civil war battlefields and returned well after our original plan. We were caught in traffic on the way home and should have gone over the Tappan Zee. Instead, we tried to tackle the George Washington Bridge.

As traffic merged from about 8 lanes to 4, everyone was very aggressive, trying to get the best merge possible. Luckily, I noticed that a car entering from the right pulled between the TV and the trailer. If I had pulled forward at all, it would have destroyed the front corner of our '65 trailer (at the time).

My brother got out and explained to the cars behind the offending driver what happened. They had a good laugh and all let the driver turn hard right into another lane to avoid hitting our front panel.

That said, I couldn't agree more with the advice to travel off hours. We do the same heading through D.C. -- off hours or down 81.
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Old 05-15-2016, 05:27 AM   #32
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They had a good laugh and all let the driver turn hard right into another lane to avoid hitting our front panel.
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Thanks for a great story and the peaceful resolution of an aggressive driver situation!

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Old 05-21-2016, 10:12 AM   #33
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Just returned from our maiden voyage-shakedown run. Twenty miles from home at Myakka River State Park. Great trip and Park. Good learning experience especially Zip Dee awning (premature rollup and at low end of hitching learning curve). Got better with practice - more repetitions. Home safe after three days. Major trip in early June. Meeting good friends in Maine. Long Island still a mental issue. TBD.

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Old 05-21-2016, 10:25 AM   #34
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Just returned from our maiden voyage-shakedown run. Twenty miles from home at Myakka River State Park. Great trip and Park. Good learning experience especially Zip Dee awning (premature rollup and at low end of hitching learning curve). Got better with practice - more repetitions. Home safe after three days. Major trip in early June. Meeting good friends in Maine. Long Island still a mental issue. TBD.

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Great news! Rest assured, by the time you get this far north you will have lots of experience under your belts.

Per my earlier Post #7, by looping around NYC and taking the Bridgeport-to-Port Jefferson ferry, you will eliminate the city as an issue. Check the maps, and to a certain extent trust me -- I have done it a number of times.

Or, to first eliminate the "ferry fear" from the equation, you could come up the Eastern Shore on the DelMarVa Peninsula, via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, and take the ferry from Lewes MD to Cape May NJ, but you would still have to get west to loop around NYC.

Alternatively, I-81 northbound further inland may be the better bet coming from Florida IMO, if you want to make good time. I-81 also gets you west of the whole Washington DC to NYC traffic nightmare that I-95 can be, at times.

When you leave Long Island, you can take the Orient Point to New London CT ferry from the eastern end of LI, which would put you about 8 hours south of Portland ME at a leisurely pace. Ditto to the other comment about the ferry -- easy easy easy -- I took this ferry in the 90's with our 25' to Maine and Price Edward island, twice.

Keep in mind that a ferry boat is just a tunnel that you drive into, which then floats over to the next road. Pretty simple really!





The only thing you have to fear is fear itself.

Remember how apprehensive you were about before the trailer trip you just completed?

Done.

Same for New York City, a non-issue unless you make the fear of it your mantra.

Breathe breathe breathe and take the ferries!

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We go up to New England almost every summer, usually via 81 (avoid DC). We'll head East and go over either Tappan Zee or up the Thruway and cross at Newburgh. I grew up in New York State, and have driven in the city many times. I absolutely refuse to get on I-95 out of N. Va. heading south. I honestly believe it is the worst traffic in the USA. Eclipses even 405 in LA and the 101. Seriously. Pulling an Airstream on the Kennedy Expwy going N from Chicago during rush hour is also not recommended. Lots of good advice in this thread. The main thing is to relax, breathe deeply, and realize that there are MUCH bigger, MUCH heavier, MUCH longer rigs on the road with you. If they can do it, so can you.
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Old 06-11-2016, 03:33 PM   #36
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Just returned from our maiden voyage-shakedown run. Twenty miles from home at Myakka River State Park. Great trip and Park. Good learning experience especially Zip Dee awning (premature rollup and at low end of hitching learning curve). Got better with practice - more repetitions. Home safe after three days. Major trip in early June. Meeting good friends in Maine. Long Island still a mental issue. TBD.

Thanks to all for input, knowledge and support.

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How are you guys doing with the new trailer? Are you going to give Long Island a shot?

Let us know if we can be any help.

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There are no good (traffic-free) ways to get on/off Long Island.

That said, come up the NJ Turnpike/I-95 to the George Washington Bridge (upper level only; you can't take propane on the lower level), continue on I-95 North (Cross Bronx Expressway) to the I-295 split (stay to your right). Take I-295 to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Crossing the bridge, stay in the center lane and continue on I-295, the Clearview Expressway. Go about 3 miles to the interchange with I-495, the Long Island Expressway Eastbound. The LIE will take you to Suffolk County.

The Cross Bronx is a traffic nightmare at just about any time of any day of the week. As mentioned Sunday morning is good, and after 9 PM isn't bad if you don't mind night driving. Avoid typical rush hour times, and even any weekday afternoon can be very congested. In any case, just take it slow (you won't have much choice there...NYC traffic doesn't move fast; you'll feel lucky you're moving at all), stay in the right lane, and drive carefully. Keep in mind that the speed limit in New York City is 50 mph. If the road is wide open other cars will go much faster, but you don't have to. Stay in the right lane and observe the speed limit. You'll be happier.

Some advice: Don't take the Whitestone Bridge; the "interchange" with the eastbound L.I.E. follows local streets and is more trouble than it's worth.

A couple of key things to remember: the route I just outlined is likely the only legal or sane route you can take. Do not go across the Goethals Bridge or Outerbridge Crossing into Staten Island; once you get off the Verrazano Bridge your only legal route is the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and that's an absolute NIGHTMARE. STAY AWAY.

You can't bring propane into the Holland or Lincoln Tunnels, and even if you could, they deposit you into Manhattan local streets.

Remember, in NY State, a parkway is a road on which you cannot bring your trailer. Stay off the parkways. Not only might you get a ticket, but you might also find your A/C unit ripped off the roof.

Don't let your fears of NYC traffic keep you from doing what you want to do. You'll be fine, just drive carefully.

I'm a native, so this route is familiar, but I recently towed my Airstream home for the first time, and that's how I went. It was straightforward and actually, even with all the traffic, I didn't find it terribly stressful at all. The truth is, if there's that much traffic you're moving slowly, and you can't get in too much trouble at that speed as long as you're paying attention.

Good luck and enjoy!

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Just used this route in to Long Island. And went back out across the Verrazano and Goethals. Round trip from Philadelphia. A little heavy that day at 79,600. Outbound a more sensible 30,600. This tractor trailer combo is a bit shorter than my pickup & 35' Silver Streak.

I hit the GW at about 0930. After the rush.

Exit was about 1300. Slowed by a wreck, but I got to study the Brooklyn Bridge. Wouldn't go out this way again, but it was fun a single time.
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The Cross Bronx is often reduced to one lane after midnight for maintenance. This causes huge backups. Like some one said, try to plan to use the CBX early in the morning.
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Old 09-03-2016, 05:30 PM   #39
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Curious whether you came north and braved the Long Island leg?

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Just returned from our maiden voyage-shakedown run. Twenty miles from home at Myakka River State Park. Great trip and Park. Good learning experience especially Zip Dee awning (premature rollup and at low end of hitching learning curve). Got better with practice - more repetitions. Home safe after three days. Major trip in early June. Meeting good friends in Maine. Long Island still a mental issue. TBD.

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Old 09-03-2016, 06:17 PM   #40
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I learned to drive in NYC and while I got tired of the intensity, last time I was there, driving was fun. But after a week of fun, I was ready to go. That was without a trailer.

New Yorkers are always rushed, excited by the intensity of NYC, accomplishing much every day, and don't take any crap. That doesn't make us mean and if we stop for a second, we do notice people in need.

Driving in NYC intimidates many, many people. But the worst drivers I have seen are in south Fla. and on I-4 between Orlando and Tampa. I-95 from Va. north is as bad or worse as the Long Island Expressway so far as slow traffic. People read whole newspapers while "driving" very slowly to work and back on the LIE (maybe not newspapers any more, probably texting).

I am glad to live where driving is not a competitive sport and would rather not pull my trailer through NYC. But there are plenty of places where traffic is a nightmare, roads are narrow and full of potholes and the drivers seem to all be on meth.

Best times to go through are around 3 or 4 am, though I don't know about maintenance on the Cross Bronx. And you might reduce the deductible on your collision coverage for a few weeks.

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