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Old 12-17-2015, 11:04 AM   #29
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:29 PM   #30
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I-95 is mostly concrete, and you can hit deep holes with very sharp edges...seems they are the worst from NC through GA. US-17 is a beautiful coastal route alternative in GA, and Ft. Clinch State Park off the first FL exit is beautiful (chose the Riverside camp sites). jon

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Old 12-17-2015, 12:35 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by gomotomoto View Post
Eastern shore/Cape may lewes ferry and Chesapeake bay bridge tunnel looks like a nice trip (propane looks to be ok per their site). Does anyone know if that route is open?
Yes it is and a very enjoyable stress free route. Until you hit Norfolk (stay away at rush hour, get on RT 58 (do the speed limit) then hit RT 95 south, I always stay away from Jax at rush hour and take the western bypass towards Rt 10, then hit RT 301 south for more stress free driving.

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Old 12-17-2015, 01:52 PM   #32
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Tips for towing on I-95 NJ to FL

Best "tip" for towing on I-95 NJ to FL is DON'T!

We've Airstreamed all across this great country for 30+ years and keep our AS's maintained and in pristine condition. That said, the ONE AND ONLY time in all those years we've ever had tire problems was in '14 traveling that route on I-95. Very, very rough road, much congestion & that year we even got caught up in a delay by a police inspection stop as they were searching vehicles for the bad guys. Thought we'd never reach our destination.

Anyway, after losing not 1 but 2 different tires on our AS traveling I-95 we now take I-81 thru the Shennandoah Valley. Gorgeous, serene & peaceful drive with plenty of nice/decent campgrounds along the way.

Safe travels, enjoy the journey. The weather is beautiful in FL right now but hoping for the little cool front tomorrow that they've been teasing us with. Expected to warm up again soon though.
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:21 PM   #33
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My recommendation is to avoid Baltimore and Washington completely by taking Rt 1 / 13 / 301 in Delaware as soon as you come off the NJ Turnpike at Wilmington then through Middletown. Head across the Chesapeake Bay on Rt 50 / 301 then back to 301 South across the Potomac, then to Bowling Green and join I-95 then I-295 around Richmond and join back on I-95 at Petersburg. Done this a few times and it's faster than I-95. Also concur on Jacksonville Eastern I-295. I'll be doing it again next week!
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:31 PM   #34
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Old 12-17-2015, 03:06 PM   #35
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I95 from mid-state on south through GA is a washboard. I just don't know how to get around it. Sometimes we take I81 south to I75. Longer but a better road. If you choose that route, take the east belt line around Atlanta, the west loop is rough too.
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Old 12-17-2015, 03:20 PM   #36
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For spring break in April, we travel south to FL. We try to stay off I-95 as much as possible. We live in northern VT and Day #1 aim for I-81 - Night #1 stop at Cracker Barrel Restaurant Chambersburg, PA (right off I-81) Day #2 - I-81 to I-77 to I-26 to Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Orangeburg, SC Day 3 - half day drive to St. Augustine FL. This is the only day we hit I-95.
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Old 12-17-2015, 04:37 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by VT Wanderer View Post
For spring break in April, we travel south to FL. We try to stay off I-95 as much as possible. We live in northern VT and Day #1 aim for I-81. . .
Do you go down the NYS Thruway, then take I-287 west? From Long Island I have taken this route south -- first looping NORTH around NYC via the Port Jeff Bridgeport ferry to CT Turnpike, to 287 through White Plains and Tappen Zee Bridge, to 287, 78, then 81 heading south.

It may seem like a crazy route, but it is the safest and most relaxing, and the extra few hours is negligible in the context of a 1-3 month road trip.

Getting to the destination safely is more important than NOT getting there quickly!

Also, as others have mentioned in this thread, the Shenandoah Valley is gorgeous with lots of easy access to many campgrounds in The Appalachians.
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Old 12-17-2015, 05:34 PM   #38
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I've heard I-81 and I-77 is too hilly, with mountain like grades in places. Might me too much for our Toyota Sequoia? What do you think?
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:19 PM   #39
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I think you will be just fine with the Toyota and though busy in spots much more pleasant. Cold but rather pleasant weather this weekend. Enjoy!
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:49 PM   #40
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81, only way, pretty and much less congested. Cracker Barrels all over to spend he night. I hope u have reservations in florida, I hear sites are jammed this year,
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:50 PM   #41
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All Interstate Highways were designed to the same parameters, with grades as gentle as possible, and generally less than other highways. Your Sequoia should be fine even if it has to downshift here and there. And on downgrades you can intentionally downshift to let engine braking save the trailer brakes from over-working.

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Old 12-17-2015, 07:57 PM   #42
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For those taking the southern route using I 287 - I 78 and onto I 81 I use it all the time and suggest that when leaving New Jersey on I 78 you cross into Pennsylvania and there is a toll plaza there. IF and only IF you use EZ-Pass DO NOT use the high speed lane at this toll. I have found that when using the high speed lane EZ-Pass will charge you the commercial tractor-trailer rate ( I think it's $16.00). If you go through the plaza lane
EZ-Pass you will be assessed the correct amount ( I think $3) for a 4 axel combination. This is the only location that I have found this happening and it did it to me 3 times before I figured this out. If you have used this high speed lane check your EZ account to make sure the charge was assessed correctly. I use this route every chance I can to avoid the Baltimore / DC congestion. As an added bonus there's a Cabela's store at the Hamburg, Pa exit. It makes a great pit stop.

Enjoy your travels. See ya on the road sometime.

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