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Old 07-08-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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Hi we are planning a trip from Winnipeg MB to PEI Nova Scotia and New brunswick in September .We will have about six weeks to do it .We plan to return threw the US. google maps says 8300 KM .Which is about 5200 miles . I had wanted to go threw Vermont but the road looks really curvy on the map and it adds about five hrs driving time .
Here are my questions . Is Vermont a must see . Is this a realistic trip in that amount of time with a 35.5 ft MH ? Is there any thing extra special in the New England states for us to see ?
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It's been 20 years, but we drove through Vermont in a 36' motorhome towing a Geo Tracker. I couldn't begin to remember which highways we were on but I don't remember any particular challenges. I do remember it was gorgeous! We would have been there in mid September.
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We go to Vt every fall around Columbus day weekend the colors are terrific. Best is to find a few campgrounds in different sections of the state and use your car for touring the side roads. The state highways are fine but some of the smaller roads can be narrow or unpaved watch for low RR bridges. Driving through the small towns is like stepping back 80 years.
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Last Friday drove 2 hours out of my way coming back to NJ from PEI to visit the King Arthur Flour Company in Norwich, VT. If you have a baker in your family then that is the place to go. Baking tools, baking classes, baking items, comfortable chairs for the non-bakers...

Vermont is beautiful but I think New Hampshire has more 'attractions' with Mt. Washington and the cog railway, North Conway outlets, etc.

Drove 91, 89 and 93 with a 40' DP and no killer grades. Curves, yes, but all were manageable.
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The colors in New England are best in October. September is too early for that except maybe in the highest elevations.
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The colors in New England are best in October. September is too early for that except maybe in the highest elevations.
We are going in Sept .because most camp grounds in Canada are closed at the end of Sept . Any suggestions for places that might have color ?
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In most places in the higher elevations in mid to late September are starting to have color in New England. Early fall temperatures will make the differences. The White Mountains in NH can be beautiful in early fall. Danforth Bay in Freedom, NH is open year round for travelers looking for places to stay late fall. I often mention it because it is fairly close to the sights of the North Country. I have stayed there as well as other members. The staff is friendly and the campground is well maintained. Wherever you stay enjoy your visit to New England and have safe travels.
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Late September, will have some color,and I believe most campgrounds in that area close after Columbus day (2nd Monday in October),and one year we ran into some snow on that weekend!
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This is great I am getting some good tips .Thank you and keep them coming .
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Covered Bridges

Remember, they are beautiful but SHORT!!!
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Any idea what their clearance is ?
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Covered Bridges of the Northeast USA - this looks like a great website for covered bridge information. I pulled up the Vermont section, and one bridge to see, and it showed the vertical clearance (unknown), width (9'10"), and weight capacity (8 tons).
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Has any one traveled from SaintJohn NewBrunswick To Bangor Maine Via Hwy 9 .
I am wondering if it is motor home suitable ?
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I just did that route in late June/early July but in opposite direction.

Bangor to Calais, ME on Rt. 9
- lack of diesel and stations that can easily accommodate a DP with a toad. Filled up in Brewer, ME on Rt. 9. Had diesel pumps but had to ask a guy with a car parked in the way to move so I could get out. There are some Irving stations but some are small, gas only and the one 'big' one in Calais was jammed with cars.
- steep grades that slow you down and kill your gas mileage
- crossed border at 'old', non commercial crossing in Calais to St. Stephens, NB. Made it under the first checkpoint booth (clearance) but had to maneuver around a second booth area
- they opened a new section of Canada HWY 1 that was not on my GPS so the road from St. Stephens to St. Johns is really smooth. Again not too much access to diesel in this stretch. More places once we got to Mocton.

On the way back, we took Cananda HWY 2 to Woodstock, NB and cut across to the start of I-95. Big truck stop in Houlton, ME. I-95 was a much better ride.

Be careful of construction in St. Johns. Clipped my passenger side mirror on a tight bridge in a construction zone.

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