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Old 12-16-2015, 03:02 PM   #1
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Tips for towing on I-95 NJ to FL

Looking for a refresher on what to avoid on the drive down south.

Can anyone provide specifics on go-arounds for anything that we should avoid?

Leaving this Saturday.

Also -- any tips for nice campgrounds along the way would be awesome.

Taking three kids, no pets.
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:19 PM   #2
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The beltway in DC is going to suck, and try not to hit Richmond or Jacksonville at rush hour. Take the eastern bypass (I-295) around Jax. Never driven thru Philly on 95.

Not too much help on campgrounds. We stay overnight at Green Acres RV park in Walterboro, SC because it is very close to 95 and has pull-throughs. It is convenient but not really what I would call "nice". OK for an overnite, not somewhere I would want to hang out.
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:40 PM   #3
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I have always tried to avoid I-95 south of NJ. For one thing with propane, I believe that you cannot use either of the two I-95 Baltimore tunnels, and must instead take the I-695 loop around the city.

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The traffic on 95 is very demanding and crowded. Leaving on a Saturday should be better than a business day though. Sunday morning early would be your best bet IMO.

One option is to go down the Delmarva Eastern Shore and take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (toll and propane must be off -- double check their regs. too). Much more relaxing and scenic than 95. You end up in Virginia in the country once you clear the Newport News and Virginia Beach area.

Another option is to go west on I-78 to Harrisburg PA and take a left on I-81 south through the Shenandoah Valley which is very relaxing and scenic, with many many campgrounds available nearby, in the foothills of The Applachians.

[edit -- deleted VA CG ideas, looks like they are closed for the winter]

With the weather still so mild in the East, your options will be open-ended IMO, as there should be no rush to get south of the frost/freeze line.

What line is that?



In SW Virginia you can leave 81 to head south on I-77 and I-26 to re-connect with I-95 in South Carolina. This route may be a bit longer, but it is much more scenic and relaxing, with better roads IMO.

Good luck and have fun!

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We just did this drive (NJ to Tampa) substantially on I95 about two weeks ago with our 27' FC FB.

We stayed at Cherry Hill RV Park in Greenbelt MD the first night. Would definitely recommend Cherry Hill.

We went through a tunnel on I95 on the way through Baltimore, I was not aware of any restrictions. My tanks were off.

I95 is VERY rough in places, make SURE your rig is securely attached (kinda obvious, bit we are new).

We went directly through Baltimore but took the southern beltway in DC, crossing the Woodrow Wilson bridge.

We also took the bypass around Richmond.

I used to live in Washington so I was pretty familiar with DC/Baltimore traffic. It is just busy all the time. WMAL radio is a good local traffic station for up to the minute reports for DC traffic.

More if I can think of something.
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I have always tried to avoid I-95 south of NJ. For one thing with propane, I believe that you cannot use either of the two I-95 Baltimore tunnels, and must instead take the I-695 loop around the city.

Propane Regulations
Oops.

Good info.
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Oops.

Good info.
I believe the fines are very steep if you get caught, and some forum posts mention a "must appear" ticket [can't plead guity and pay fine by mail alone?].



PS -- search results for Baltimore tunnel propane for other threads:

https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=011403...pane&gsc.sort=
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For sure you must avoid the Baltimore tunnels. Not too bad to go around but even better how about 301. You pick it up just over the bridge in Delaware and it will bring you back to 95 just north of Richmond. Take the 295 by-pass and from there south it's not too bad. I've taken 95 through Phila and it's not bad but not sure about construction. Avoid rush hour on that one for sure. You can avoid the bridge toll by going through Phila. So if that's one of your goals go for it. There's a toll in Delaware and one in Maryland. I have figured out how to avoid them so it can be done. I'm really not sure if it's worth it. The Delaware toll is pretty easy to go around. The Maryland one not quite so easy. I think it's 695 that will take you around Baltimore. It's a good road and not a bad trip but try to avoid rush hour if you can. Otherwise the Key bridge works to go around the tunnels. I usually take 301 when coming northbound. It's a good road and the only toll is the Annapolis bridge. Much more relaxing a ride than 95 through Balt / DC. If you have a 2 axel trailer these tolls can get pretty pricey. We're heading south in a couple of weeks but we left our trailer in Georgia so we'll be going that far without.

Good luck. Have a good trip
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Tips for towing on I-95 NJ to FL

Ok, so:

1. take 695 around Baltimore (propane restrictions in tunnel)

2. Take 495 around DC.

3. Take 295 around Richmond

After that, I recall it being pretty easy. Sound about right?

Q: do I go 495 west or east (left or right side of DC when looking at the map) ?

Maryland websites says propane ok if you have 10lbs or less per cylinder? Up to 10 cylinders?
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I've gone both ways around DC. Pretty close to equal in travel but I like the eastern route better.
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I have always tried to avoid I-95 south of NJ. For one thing with propane, I believe that you cannot use either of the two I-95 Baltimore tunnels, and must instead take the I-695 loop around the city.

Propane Regulations

The traffic on 95 is very demanding and crowded. Leaving on a Saturday should be better than a business day though. Sunday morning early would be your best bet IMO.

One option is to go down the Delmarva Eastern Shore and take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (toll and propane must be off -- double check their regs. too). Much more relaxing and scenic than 95. You end up in Virginia in the country once you clear the Newport News and Virginia Beach area.

Another option is to go west on I-78 to Harrisburg PA and take a left on I-81 south through the Shenandoah Valley which is very relaxing and scenic, with many many campgrounds available nearby, in the foothills of The Applachians.

[edit -- deleted VA CG ideas, looks like they are closed for the winter]

With the weather still so mild in the East, your options will be open-ended IMO, as there should be no rush to get south of the frost/freeze line.

What line is that?



In SW Virginia you can leave 81 to head south on I-77 and I-26 to re-connect with I-95 in South Carolina. This route may be a bit longer, but it is much more scenic and relaxing, with better roads IMO.

Good luck and have fun!

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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?
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Personally I would go south on I-95 or the NJ Turnpike to Philadelphia and Wilmington, then go south on 13 to the bridge/tunnel, and skip the Cape May Lewes ferry, both for cost and time. If any portion of this route was not open, it would be in the news IMO. Propane must be off in the bridge/tunnel.
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Q: do I go 495 west or east (left or right side of DC when looking at the map) ?

Maryland websites says propane ok if you have 10lbs or less per cylinder? Up to 10 cylinders?
I would go east side of DC. You miss the 270 as well as the interchange around Tyson's Corner and Route 66. It is a lot of commuter traffic. Not saying East is uninhabited...

Since they redid the Springfield exit, it is fairly easy; just keep left after crossing the Woodrow Wilson (Potomac River) bridge to head down I-95 to Richmond.

Trivia: The VA DOT destroyed all the houses on the street I lived on (Bison Street) in Springfield to build the new Springfield Interchange.
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If planning a stop near Savannah, we like Skidaway Island State Park. It is a ways off of 95 but has well spaced sites in a hammock, some with sewer.

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