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Old 04-01-2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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Best route: Florida to New England

We are looking to drive our Class A and toad to New england this summer. I haven't driven that in an RV yet and from last memory, I wasn't thrilled about driving it in the past in a car.

Does anyone have a suggested better route to go to avoid the big cities, like Wash.DC, NYC and the NJ Turnpike?

I have thought about going up to the PA. area then cutting across.

Any thoughts out there?

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Old 04-01-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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A route we've used several times that avoids the cities you mentioned:
I95N to US17W in Fredricksburg VA to I66W to I81N past Winchester VA to Scranton PA to I84E past Newburgh NY (Toll bridge) thru CT into MA. A few more miles but many less tolls and much less traffic.
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Up I95 then hit I77 north and then I 79 north to Erie Pa then I 86 east to I88 east then I 87 north and from there where ever you want in New England.
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I tried thatI-78 to I-81 from NY to FLA this past Dec. Would never do it again. Too many hills used more fuel and it was only suppose to be 1.5 hours longer "not". If added like 4 hours to the trip. If you plan your timing correct you can get past the major cities without any trouble. I leave Long Island NY at 4 AM breeze right through to NJ over the GWB. Take the NJ Turnpike to Trenton, Take I-195 west to I-95 about 20 min. then I-95 south to Delaware missing the tolls on the NJT and the Delaware bridge.Gets me to Wash. around noon. Take the I-695 go around over the Key bridge in Balt to avoid the tunnel. Then take the I-295 go around for Wash. Always take the east side on the go around's it's shorter. Gets me to SOB about 8pm depending on stops.
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I 95 N to NJ turnpike (I95) to I 287 N to I 287 / I 87 East across the Tarrytown bridge to

I 684 N to I 84 E to where ever....
or
I 684 S to I 95 E to where ever....

depending on "where" Northeast you're going...


....or you can continue north on I 87 from I 287 up to I 84 east as well.

....or you can continue north on I 87 from I 287 up to I 90 east as well.


never had a problem on i 95 around Baltimore and Washington... and we travel with a 40 ' RV and a 25' trailer.... just stay EAST of DC and then take the Key Bridge, east, around Baltimore or go west the long way around Baltimore. Each of these will allow you to avoid the tunnel...

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ps: i do this all the time as I live in NYC and have my RV maintenance done in MA and store the RV in PA....
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I also hope to purchase a new to us RV in Florida and drive to the East Coast of Canada to Prince Edward Island. This information is invaluble to me as this will be the first time travelling these highways. So being able to bypass those heavy traffic areas will be a blessing. Really looking forward to the trip. Cheers to all and thanks for your advice.
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We cut over to I81 on US 17 in VA, then back through Mass or Conn to get back to I95. Yes its longer, but it's also a scenic ride with nice camping along the way. If you are hell-bent for the best possible time, grit your teeth and stay on I95 all the way, but if you want to relax choose an alternate route.

We've done Florida-Maine 4 times in the last 8 years and will be doing it again this year.
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X2 what Georgia said, minus the 40' + 25' rig.
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I go to western NH almost every year. 95N - 26W - 77N/W - 81N - 84E - 91N to Vt. then over to NH. It is about 100 miles longer than 95 all the way but much more relaxed ride. Yes there are a couple of good mountain climbs on 77 if I remember correctly. But what goes up, must come down.
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I go to western NH almost every year. 95N - 26W - 77N/W - 81N - 84E - 91N to Vt. then over to NH. It is about 100 miles longer than 95 all the way but much more relaxed ride. Yes there are a couple of good mountain climbs on 77 if I remember correctly. But what goes up, must come down.
We took most of this route last year when we had to head back to RI. Much nicer than I-95 which we had to do a couple of times due to my parents health. The last time we used I-95 thru southern New England I told the wife, never again with the MH. The big grade on I-77 is at the NC / VA border, so a nice stopping point is the Mayberry CG:

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ZIPO said I295 around Washington DC, 295 cuts through the city HOWEVER NO TRUCKS, height clearance issues. I495 goes around the City
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A route we've used several times that avoids the cities you mentioned:
I95N to US17W in Fredricksburg VA to I66W to I81N past Winchester VA to Scranton PA to I84E past Newburgh NY (Toll bridge) thru CT into MA. A few more miles but many less tolls and much less traffic.
I drive to NE often for work and this is the route I like best - I95 to Rt17N at Fredricksburg, to I66W, to I81N, to I84. This route is longer and there are some hills on I-81 in Pa.
And pay attention in Fredricksburg and Warrenton, there are business and bypass 17Norths to keep you out of town.
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I have driven each of the routes listed in this post. Each has pros and cons. Another route which I have used is I-95 to I-26. I-26 to I-77 thru Charlotte, NC. (Charlotte is very easy to drive thru) to I-81 to I-84 into New England. There are some hills, but much more relaxing and prettier scenery.
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Make sure you have your "EZ-Pass" before you go. You'll need it no matter which way you go. Saves time and money.

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