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Old 01-27-2013, 09:06 AM   #1
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Tolls: Waterbury, CT to the Keys?

Hi Folks:

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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Old 01-27-2013, 09:24 AM   #2
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I really can't think of any except in Florida. Where in the keys are you headed to? So beautiful down there. I'm one hour east of Scranton close to I-87 but we take I-95. Its shorter and an easier flat ride. If I wasn't in a rush to get there your way is fine. Love Blue water resort mile marker 18 ish.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:50 AM   #3
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I can't remember any tolls on that route. I make the commute from Staten Island NY to Fair Play SC monthly and I take 78w to 81s to 77s to 85s with the only toll on the Delaware Water Gap. By you going that route and continuing to i75 south into Florida, I don't believe there is a single toll.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:39 AM   #4
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Florida Toll Roads

I75 across the state from Naples to Miami is a toll road...called the Alligator Alley. The other toll road is the Ronald Reagan Turnpike...from I75 near Wildwood all the way down to Florida City at the north end of The Keys. If you want to avoid tolls, take the Tamiami Trail (Hwy 41) from Naples to Krome Ave to Florida City and US1 and The Keys. You can also take I95 south to where it dumps onto US1 in Miami...but this would be the least desirable route.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:11 AM   #5
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Thank you all for the responses.

I'm not too concerned with tolls just putting my estimated budget together as the time to leave approaches. I want the quickest route where I don't get jammed with traffic at the major metropolitan areas.

I will revisit my planned route and take a look at picking up I-95 in the Scranton area.

We are headed to Key West for most of our 31 day time away. I figure 4-5 days each way without straining. Unless we leave KW early to visit friends on the ride back we will be spending 21 relaxed days there.

I have decided to bring the old car. Having the Mac's tie down tracks welded to the AL deck as we speak. Looking forward to getting out of this cold for awhile.

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Old 01-28-2013, 10:40 AM   #6
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We do the Keys trip every year from NJ and do the Philly/Baltimore/DC 'bypass' by picking up I-81 near Harrisburg, PA. We however jump off at I-66 in VA and take that to Rt. 17 which leads us to I-95 at Fredricksburg, VA. Less hills than I-77.

Only tolls we hit is the I-78 crossing over the Delaware River (NJ/PA) and then down around Ft. Pierce where we pick up the FL Turnpike. Stay on that all the way to Florida City. A few years ago we bought a SunPass at a CVS and that speeds your trip.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:55 AM   #7
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I just drove from Maine to Georgia making two round trips. I would be real careful of taking I-81 this time of year because of the weather. I do that all the time in the summer but not in the winter. The problem is you have to pay tolls the other way. I HATE I-95 coming around New York and you sure don't want to go across the George Washington bridge on I-95 through NYC. That is the worst road in the USA through the Bronx with a 12" high overpass you got to go under.

My last four wintertime trips I just completed I went I-84 to I-684 down to I-287/I-87 across the Tappan Zee Bridge to I-287 around NYC to the New Jersey turnpike then straight down I-95 and go around WASH DC on the I-495 on the western side of the city never on the Eastern side. The two tolls in Delaware with five axles total to about $45 then you got a $13 across the Tappan Zee Bridge, and about a $9 on the New Jersey Turnpike then a cheap under $10 in Maryland.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:44 PM   #8
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Eastbound on 84 there is a toll at the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge in NY, but not one Westbound. Other than that you are toll free all the way to Florida on that route.

I commute from North of Hartford to my job in the Washington DC area and one way on the I95 route costs me around $30. But that is in a car.
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If you take I95, there are no tolls in Florida all the way to the end.
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Absolutely AVOID 95 south of Ft. Lauderdale. The traffic is horrid and it dumps you out on city streets at the end. Took me 3 hours to go 30 miles last year. Lots of lights, heavy traffic, and the rudest drivers you can imagine.

Hop on the toll road around Ft. Pierce. It's right next to I-95 along there. Buy a Sun Pass at any Publix Supermarket in northern FL and sign up the day before you get on the toll road. You can just zip right thru with no stopping. My tolls pulling a Jeep behind 2axle m/h were about $12 and worth every penny.

Do you have reservation in the Keys? Very tight this time of year and EXPENSIVE!

I recommend 81 as you plan. Avoid , Philly, Baltimore, DC, and Richmond.
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Tolls are also cheaper with a SUNPASS.
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Absolutely AVOID 95 south of Ft. Lauderdale. The traffic is horrid and it dumps you out on city streets at the end. Took me 3 hours to go 30 miles last year. Lots of lights, heavy traffic, and the rudest drivers you can imagine.

Hop on the toll road around Ft. Pierce. It's right next to I-95 along there. Buy a Sun Pass at any Publix Supermarket in northern FL and sign up the day before you get on the toll road. You can just zip right thru with no stopping. My tolls pulling a Jeep behind 2axle m/h were about $12 and worth every penny.

Do you have reservation in the Keys? Very tight this time of year and EXPENSIVE!

I recommend 81 as you plan. Avoid , Philly, Baltimore, DC, and Richmond.
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That's really good advice. I have never driven along I-95 South of Daytona. I don't need city driving in that rig.
I flew in and rented a car in Jupiter once and it was horribly congested.

We will be staying at NAS KW. Probably dry camping until something opens up but we have a spot.

Just before we drive onto the Keys oversea highway we are stopping to R. O. N. at the Miccosukee Indian casino. They will accommodate the rig and are happy to have us there. A nice meal then leave early for the 126 mile drive to mm5.

Thanks everyone.

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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
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I make the Fl. run all the time. Take 95 so to Ft. pierce take turn pike so to the keys. toll for 4 axel with sunpass is $27.60. As stated cash toll and toll by plate are much higher.
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