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Old 01-31-2016, 06:02 AM   #15
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Opened up my old "Trailer Life" mapping/planning program and started throwing up some tentative stops, based on little except their spacing from the last stop. If any of you have any experience with any of these, by all means, please chime in. The software was last available/updated 2012.


3) Arrowhead Marina & RV Park, Glenville, NY
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Jay, I grew up in southwestern NY, and return there frequently. I would suggest that from Erie, Pa you take I-86,the southern tier expressway, to Albany, NY. It is a very scenic drive through a beautiful area. If the timing works out right, Salamanca NY has a large Casino where you might be able to stop. The New York State thruway from Buffalo to Albany, besides being a toll road, is an old highway, straight as an arrow, and featureless. When I am going to Maine from the Albany area, i take the Mass. Pike. It is a pretty ride, and the alternatives from there are rugged.
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We have been to Arrowhead Marina & RV Park.

It's OK - we will stay there again as my daughter lives in Schenectady, NY. Umm - what can I say about the park............it's treed, bathhouse is ok, I always use the coach for personal hygiene, it is right off the highway, reasonably priced, right on the Mohawk River (Erie Canal). I'll stay there again but know RV parks are far and few in this area. The setting on the river is pretty.

Leaving Elkhart heading east - the Erie, PA KOA is a great place to stay. I would say it it an above average KOA. Although not that far of a drive from Elkhart.

Bobb25's suggestion is a good one. The Southern Tier Expressway is a pretty ride. Besides a casino you will go through Corning, NY and can stop at the factory - they use to have a shop to buy their products ( I haven't been there for many years). You'll have to head north on I-88 from I-86 (NY-17) or you'll be in New York City. It is off of I-88 you will have the opportunity to stop at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY. Highly suggested! You do not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy the Hall - it is very interesting and historic. As you continue northeast up I-88, the Arrowhead Marina and RV Park is at the end of the road where I-88 meets the NYS Thruway.

I believe the trip from Elkhart to Arrownhead, no matter what road you take is a day's drive unless you only drive 3 or so hours. If you decide to go to Cooperstown, you may want to camp there.

One other thing since you are up this way from FLA - rather than taking the Southern Tier Expressway, consider staying on I-90 east (NYS Thruway) and stopping for a day or two at Niagara Falls. If you have never been there you owe it to yourself. I recommend staying in the USA and using your toad to cross the border - won't have the Immigration/Customs hassles an RV might bring. There are a number of campsites in the Niagara Fall area, including a state park that gets wonderful reviews - sorry I don't remember the name.

To me the R & P phase of a trip is fun, I hope some of this info gives you food for thought.

Angie and I plan on being at the iRV2 Rally also, hope we run into you.

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... If your destination is to get there fast - that is one thing- if you want scenic that is another...
We're looking for scenery more than any cultural experience.

Thank you all for the great tips so far, keep them coming!

The only specific destination we want to be sure to hit is something near my relatives in RI and I thought the place in Foxboro would work for that. That will likely be near the end of this trip, other than a few stops on our way south toward Florida.

Looked up Letchworth state park in New York as it sounds perfect but I can't find the campground on Google Earth to confirm it is safe and accessible for a 45' rig. The web site made other suggestions, one was Lake Erie state park in which the sites look to be very accessible, but other than the lake it doesn't seem to rank with Letchworth for scenery.
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Different topographies. Letchworth is canyon country, Lake Erie is lake plain. I don't think I would bother with camping there. There are a couple of places outside the park that will not involve a lot of twisty 2 lane. OTOH a day trip through the park with the towed would put a lot of interesting sight seeing on the menu. It's not as good as when I lived down there in the 70's as they stopped a lot of tree cutting so many views have grown in. Still a lot of beautiful scenery. Most of the commercial development is between Castile and Portageville. If you decide to go that way avoid Warsaw, NY. No E-W traffic for large vehicles through the village.

FWIW do you want to hit the Falls area of just keep moving?
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Some other ideas........are you a fan of the movie "It's a wonderful life"?

The town, "Bedford Falls" depicted in the movie is suppose to be based on Seneca Falls, NY, if you believe the folk lore of the movie. Lots of references to the movie and places seen in the movie are marked such as the brige Clarence & George jumped off. (Only Frank Cappra knows for sure) This a neat little town in the Finger Lakes Region of NY, not far off the Thruway. If you like racing, Watkins Glen Raceway is at the south end of Seneca Lake. Beautiful county probably best seen with your towed vehicle.

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We're looking for scenery more than any cultural experience.

Thank you all for the great tips so far, keep them coming!

The only specific destination we want to be sure to hit is something near my relatives in RI and I thought the place in Foxboro would work for that. That will likely be near the end of this trip, other than a few stops on our way south toward Florida.

Looked up Letchworth state park in New York as it sounds perfect but I can't find the campground on Google Earth to confirm it is safe and accessible for a 45' rig. The web site made other suggestions, one was Lake Erie state park in which the sites look to be very accessible, but other than the lake it doesn't seem to rank with Letchworth for scenery.
Many years ago (30) I took my family all through NY state to visit "falls". Big little and in between. It took three weeks from Troy to Niagara Falls. Letchworth was on the list. We visited over 35 magnificent locations many of only local knowledge locations.

Although my recommendation of Rte 20 to Rte 2 the Mohawk Trail,
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I won't be taking the MH off road, LOL, but I don't mind roads like that featured in your video. No low hanging trees please, but otherwise I'm good. I do have the Jeep, however, for exploring those back roads and trails.

Like I said, I can't find the state park campground on Google Earth, but it looks like there are a lot of campgrounds/RV parks in that general area. Now, just to find one suitable for our rolling estate.
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If you visit Watkins Glen, they offer much more than a race track. Seneca Lake is home to some of the worlds finest wineries. The new trend is Breweries and Distilleries. The Glen in Watkins is worth the hike, especially in the Fall. One lake east (Cayuga) will bring you to Ithaca (10 square miles surrounded by reality) home of Cornell. A little north on the west side isTaughanack falls, 215ft tall, much higher than Niagara.

As others have said Letchworth to the west is beautiful. I would be careful trying to camp there with a large rig. Look for a park outside and visit with the toad.

I also agree with others that the Thruway will get you through quickly, but is one of the most boring TOLL roads in the country.
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Since you plan to be in RI don't miss Newport RI which oozes with charm and grace. And plan a day there to visit the summer "cottages" of the Vanderbilts, Carnegies and other turn of the century elites. Theses places will blow your mind.
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We camped at Letchworth State Park campground in our 40 ft Phaeton with no issue. Beautiful park!
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Jmonroe, get a copy of "Big Rigs, Best Bets" they rate parks and their ability to handle big rigs. They even rate the FF "forty fiver" fit ability factor. If you tell us a little more about what you want to do, I am sure you can get help. We live on Cape Cod and can tell you all about it. We also head to Maine late in the month of September, early October. You will find much of Maine either closed or getting ready to. It is after the crowds, school is back in! Bar Harbor and Bangor are both great. If you are on route 1, stop at Red's, or if busy go across the street either place will give you the best "lobstah" you have ever eaten.
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