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Old 09-24-2014, 07:37 PM   #21
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I do it often from CT, Take 287 to exit 78 West, To 81 South, To 77 South, To 26 South (in SC) will bring you to I95. It adds about 100 miles to my trip to Venice FL but avoids NY and DC. Worth it in my opinion.
I'll second that route - nice mountain terrain and relatively uncrowded interstate (compared to the I-95 rat race)

I've run up and down I-95 at least a hundred times. Nothing good about it. It is direct, can be fast, but it can also be miserably slow around DC.

Even if you stay on interstate the whole time - I-81 through the Shenandoah Valley will make it worthwhile.
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:01 AM   #22
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I have a standard auto EZ-Pass issued here in NJ. I use it for both towing and non-towing driving with my Dodge Ram pickup. I have only encountered a toll charge error at one crossing and it has happened multiple times. Enough so that I have finally figured out the cause and a solution. When crossing from NJ into PA using Rt. 78 there is a toll plaza with the high speed EZ-Pass lanes. When using the high speed lane they
miss-charge me the higher commercial truck rate of $16.00. If I use the toll plaza
EZ-Pass I am charged correctly at $2.00 for my truck and 2 axel trailer. In the past, when charged incorrectly, I needed to call the charging agency and after protesting the charge they credit my account and all's good. I am not a heavy EZ-Pass user so it's pretty easy for me to check my account and monitor the charges. So for me it's easy and usually accurately manages my usage both with and without the trailer. Just a note I have also used the Delaware Mem. Bridge with no issue regarding the toll charge.
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:50 AM   #23
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You can get a credit by calling your pass issuer and I do use EZ Pass when traffic is backed up at the cash booths.
Thanks. I contacted them via the on-line portal. They said they'd get back to me within 10 days...
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Old 09-25-2014, 09:41 AM   #24
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Hey Scott. You mentioned earlier here that you were charged $12 at the Baltimore tunnel with the AS. Was that a mistake ???? Or not. The baltimore tunnels have restricted propane and therefore most all RV's for many years. Or, do you travel without any propane tanks. With my trailer I often go south on 95 through PA. and avoid the DMB toll but they get you in Del. The Delaware toll is pretty easy to go around and coming northbound the MD toll is a little longer to go around but worth it I think.
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Old 09-25-2014, 09:48 AM   #25
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Another option to avoid the interstates would be US-29. I travel that road often when going to/from DC, from I-66 to I-85.
If you take this route, where Business I-85 and US-29 merge in Greensboro, go south on Bus. I-85 to I-73 south (follows old US-220). I-73 and I-74 merge south of Greensboro. Traffic on I-73/I-74 is always very light. Continue on I-74 to SC-38. SC-38 brings you to I-95 at Florence. SC-38 is two lane in NC for about 10 miles then changes to 4 lane at Bennettsville, SC. I think you will find this route very pleasant. Except for the merge at Greensboro I doubt you will encounter any heavy traffic.

If you decide to take the I-81 and Blue Ridge Parkway option, I would advise you to take US-220 south at Roanoke instead of going further west to I-77. Using US-220, you will avoid the steep grade coming off of the mountains (I-77 is 6 lanes and has heavy trucks) and also avoid the traffic at Charlotte NC and avoid the congestion on I-26 from Columbia SC southward. US 220 becomes I-73 at Greensboro. I-73 is not completed from I-40 at Greensboro and northward. To avoid going through Greensboro you can bypass most of it by taking NC-68 just north of Greensboro, to I-40, then (~10 miles) east to I-73 south. Or optionally continue on NC-68 to I-74 south at High Point NC. (Oak Hollow campground at High Point is near this intersection)

add edit: I think you will find all of the NPS campgrounds on the BRP closed in November.
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If you do take take I-81. There is a potato chip factory at Winchester, VA. "Route 11 Chips" I think.
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Once into Ga, you can get on to US 301. This will take you to central Fl. Jim

Hey Jim, what's 301 like? On the Map it looks like a nice alternative to 95. Are there lights and stops?
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301 in s ga. Small towns, two and four lanes, easy for me driving. Definitely dif than I95. Once into Fl watch your speed, mostly four lane all the way to Ocala. Again a lot dif than the interstate. In ocala best to bypass to I 75 south. AAA uses this bypass, or used to. You can also pick up rt 40 east and go to Daytona and I95 or I4. All this in Ocala. Or you can continue on 301 but that's a hassle. Depends on your destination once you get this far south. I live in Gainesville and use 301 to get to Tybee Island. We use 441 to go to n ga and switch to 23 to get to Ohio once in n. Ga. Jim
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If you choose to come down I-81, you can take I-75 S. then take I-4 when you get to Orlando. It will take you through Atlanta, but that is nothing like DC. Easy, scenic drive.
I agree with kposey, I75 is an entertaining road, much more so than any of the southern Interstates we have taken. Of course, it pays to time yourself going around the huge cities (Atlanta is the only one I can think of at the moment), but there's lots to see.

It's worth getting the book that is written (and updated) for it. Lots of hints as to things to see and some to avoid, including speed traps. Along Interstate-75
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Hey Jim, what's 301 like? On the Map it looks like a nice alternative to 95. Are there lights and stops?
I have used US-301 many times between Orangeburg SC and Ocala FL. I have also traveled through the northern part up into NC, but I'm not to familiar with that part. The section between Orangeburg and Ocala will add about an hour to your travel time, compared to I-26 and I-95. There's both 2 lane and 4 lane but traffic is ok down to I-10. From I-10 south truck traffic is moderate, but not heavy. From Ocala south it's stop and go between the small towns, so I jump over to I-75 then take the toll road south.
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The toll for a car and trailer with 4 axles is $10.00 if paid in cash and $25.00 if paid via EZ pass. The EZ Pass lanes read axles not vehicle type.

Current Tolls

You can get a credit by calling your pass issuer and I do use EZ Pass when traffic is backed up at the cash booths.

The tolls you were reading are for the upper bridges on the Delaware and they are even worst. At Easton my toll should be $2.00 if paid in cash. EZ Pass is $11.65.

You have to be careful out there as our government will take you for a ride if you let them.

The route I suggested above is somewhat pricey because Maryland has jacked the tolls on there 2 bridges on 301 that everyone pays commercial rates. $5.00 per axle. However I find it worth it overall.

I called ez pass today and they said they have a trailer "package" that is free. It charges a discount rate when you link it to your account.

I have no idea what that means in real life though...
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I called ez pass today and they said they have a trailer "package" that is free. It charges a discount rate when you link it to your account.

I have no idea what that means in real life though...
Nor I.

There are dozens of EZ Pass issuers in the northeast. I do know that the authority that covers the bridges around Philly, not encluding the delaware Mommorial bridge, does offer a discount to seniors for travel on off hours. The tolls for any given roadway or bridge are set by the authority administrating that facility so be cautious of any blanket statement.

Maryland went bananas last year and raised all tolls on the 2 bridges on 301 to reflect the axle count. That more than doubled my tolls on them
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So would it be best to pay with cash? Sounds like that's how you get the best shake.
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Until you know the the system at a given toll booth I would pay cash.

Now that said I will use the fly through EZ Pass lane at a toll booth that I know overcharges if traffic is backed up. Then call for a credit when I get home. That is one of the advantages of being retired and having the time
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