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Old 01-29-2013, 09:13 AM   #15
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We spend most of our winter in the Keys but go back up to Hobe Sound to visit the in laws for Christmas. Homestead to Jupiter is about $20 on the Turnpike for RV and toad and worth every penny. Traffic on I95 is much worse.

Do yourself a favor and get a Sun Pass mini. Ours cost $5 and you get a credit to cover it. If you have friends down here that an get one for you and mail it then it will be easier. If not grab one at the drug store as soon as you get to Florida and call to activate. It took less than a day for ours. 20% off "bill by plate"
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:20 PM   #16
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Sounds like a good plan. Really cool that you drag your '60 vette behind you, but on an open trailer? People have told me that I should do the same with my '69 vette, but with our full-timing it just wouldn't work. My towed Yukon gets to look really nasty after a few rain storms behind the coach. The vette sits in a storage locker and gets driven only when I am wintering back here in south Florida. We were in Key West last Wednesday and at the Miccosukee Casino on Saturday night. Happened to notice the signs directing tired travelers to RV Parking. Have a safe trip. Dennis
Hi Dennis:

I thought long and hard about bringing the '60 on the open trailer. I weighed the pros and cons. I figure she won't get any stone damage with that stone guard and dirt washes off. The car is a driver although I did a frame off 6 years ago. I drive the heck out of it and it can pull me out of a funk in about an eighth of a mile. Or as I hit 5th gear.

The clincher was my fiance' when she said "We're in the Keys. It's a warm top down evening. We decide to head to a joint or watch the sunset or fill in the blanks. Would you rather do that in my Kia Soul or the hot rod?" Case closed.

She's a keeper. Plus she loves to detail it. Thank You Jesus!

If you tow 4 wheels down behind a DP my goodness that Yukon must look gruesome. But drive it through a car wash and bada-bing good as new right?

Bottom line is I don't want to be laying in a gurney with tubes in me saying shoulda done this or shoulda done that. Everyone to their own comfort zone.

How is the casino? I don't care to gamble but I've been known to take a drink under extreme social pressure.

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Old 01-29-2013, 02:25 PM   #17
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We spend most of our winter in the Keys but go back up to Hobe Sound to visit the in laws for Christmas. Homestead to Jupiter is about $20 on the Turnpike for RV and toad and worth every penny. Traffic on I95 is much worse.

Do yourself a favor and get a Sun Pass mini. Ours cost $5 and you get a credit to cover it. If you have friends down here that an get one for you and mail it then it will be easier. If not grab one at the drug store as soon as you get to Florida and call to activate. It took less than a day for ours. 20% off "bill by plate"
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I do indeed have a friend in Ocala who I am quite sure would help me out with a Sun Pass.

These tips are just great folks. Thank you again.

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:30 AM   #18
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If you leave CT at around 2300 you can make thru DC by the time the rush hour traffic is heading into work. Of course that is straight down I-95 and I don't think yo can go thru the tunnels with the propane.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:46 AM   #19
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Anyone have an idea what tolls would be to travel from Waterbury to Key West with a Class A pulling a trailer? TOTAL axles: 4. Two on the motorhome and two on the car trailer.

We will be heading out 84West to Scranton and picking up 81 South to avoid NYC/DC.

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I use an EZ Pass set up for my Pick up truck Threw it in my Class A towing my Daughter Cobalt on a Dolly, and looking at the bills it does not appear they charge for the trailer in EZ pass only lanes

I just returned from a Trip to Kissamee FL an back to Waterbury and tolls were 95 bucks
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:08 AM   #20
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If you take I-95 south on FL. get on the turnpike in FT PIERCE. it's route 70 west. For about half a mile.
If you will be In Miami around rush hour the just north of Miami get on the Sawgrass expressway. It's a little longer but you miss the miami traffic which can be horrible. This route takes you back to route 1 down to the keys. I go to key west many times a year. That's the best during rush hour.
Have a great trip. I'm heading down again in 2 weeks.
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Last time to Florida, we took 81 to 77 (485 around Charlotte) to 26 to 95 and never had an easier drive. The only time I get off the 81 for the 66 and 17 to Fredericksburg is when going to Myrtle Beach, since the 26 hits the 95 way past that.

We took the turnpike from Orlando all the way down, but that's because we stopped for some nights in Davenport. You don't have to get on the turnpike that early, but it is one easy drive and well worth the $.
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I can't give an estimate on the tolls, but I would recommend using EZ Pass. Makes for a much easier trip.
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After reading all this, this really helps! We are planning to go to Key West after visiting my father who lives in Bradenton for THIS coming Christmas 2013 for two weeks. We are going to drive down with our Scamp and want to avoid tolls as much possible. We learned about the bill by plate stuff because.. haha. They billed us just two weeks ago and we never been there as a couple and last time I was there was in 2002. The bill was all wrong. Hahaha. We had to laugh because the plate was similar but was wrong person. Wrong car. It was a Honda and my wife got the bill to her name and she has a Nissan! Haha. Plate was close. That is the problem with their automatic photoshooting of vehicles at toll booths. So, careful!! You could get doubled billed if you have your car and trailer and they could send you twice as much by mistake! Yeah, like some gave good advice, get a Sun Pass package before going down there. Or pre-paid by contacting the Sun Pass directly for a one time. Or just try avoid them as much possible. Also travel at different times like in WPB to Miami region where its so bad on I-95. I know because I used to live there in 2002 briefly. I know Miami still. Even after they built up. I still can see the roads are the same old news.

Yes, you have to RSVP so early in the Keys. And are booked fast. Just do not drive at night with your RV arriving there pass 11pm. Rules I read in brochures and on their website.

Someone said about certain time to leave home to drive pass DC and even Richmond according to AAA and my experience, depends on where you live, best you leave in evening in the NE/upstate NY and later for Greater NYC area. I recalled in January 2002 to move to Miami. My friend and I left at 4pm from Syracuse, we went thru easily pass Richmond, VA thru the city, not around the city that AAA recommended because they said about the traffic. We passed Richmond after getting off 81, 66 and route 17 onto 95 at 1 am. It was a non-stop. Worked well. HOWEVER, at 12 noon in Jax (Jacksonville), FL, Lunch Rush Hour.. really heavy traffic. Great all the way down after Jax till West Palm Beach. It was bad from there to Miami but we were two in a car so we took the diamond lane quicker and zoom by all that traffic and saw how funny people give their faces.. That's South FL! We arrived at 7pm in Miami as scheduled. So, if we kept going to Key West, we would have arrived at 10pm! So, word of advice, know the miles.. figure out how long it takes using your GPS, mapquest, or AAA Trip tik, time it on them.. plus time to stop for breaks or change drivers. Then you will know the time you should leave and you will arrive at more reasonable time and traffic patterns being redefined or easier for you. Know your math! I was off by 2 dollars in total for one way. Know your vehicle mileage and you can really be budget saving. Remember, tolls cost more and taxing your budget.
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The construction in Jax seems to be done so we have been going right through instead of 295 bypass unless it is rush hour. Last time we tried Richmond it was at night, not so much traffic but the road was terrible so we have been going around.

We still will take as much of Florida's turnpike as possible. The $ is well worth it to avoid Ft. Lauderdale/Miami traffic. You still have to pay attention when on it because it is easy to get dumped off back onto 95 and end up heading into downtown Miami. Don't ask how I know A map and some quick thinking got us right back though.
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At some toll places they wanted to charge not only for the RV and trailer axles but also the axles on the trailer (ie 4Runner and motorcycle) so be careful as its not uniform for charges like that and do not be surprised if they throw that at you and you can't argue about it either.
Now we just plan around tolls and don't bother with them.
As for going to Key West, we lived in Bradenton for quite a few years and would go to Key West every year to preform in the Pirates in Paradise festival. Only once did we take I 75 across every other time it was US 41. We made better time and used less gas going on US 41.
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At some toll places they wanted to charge not only for the RV and trailer axles but also the axles on the trailer (ie 4Runner and motorcycle) so be careful as its not uniform for charges like that and do not be surprised if they throw that at you and you can't argue about it either.
Now we just plan around tolls and don't bother with them.
As for going to Key West, we lived in Bradenton for quite a few years and would go to Key West every year to preform in the Pirates in Paradise festival. Only once did we take I 75 across every other time it was US 41. We made better time and used less gas going on US 41.
since we are never in a rush when we travel, i do plan my trips away from toll roads. Just for giggles on our last trip home I decided to take the toll road around Greenville SC and I will never make that mistake again. It cost me 8.00 to go 12 miles and save 3 miles off the trip! Talk about highway robbery!
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If you take the way you said and go down to i 95 nc you will have no tolls at all. N.c. I95 to keys is straight shot. Good road no mountains and no tolls. Good gas mileage and great weather. Many places in the keys but very expensive to camp with rv during season. Enjoy safe driving
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I am going down to the keys in the spring. I did a streets and trips route and and it takes us off of I75 and onto us 27 around Ocala and down through florida to around miami and then onto the florida turnpike and then on to 1. Is this route good or bad?
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