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Old 12-31-2012, 04:04 PM   #1
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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

I know this has been discussed before, but I want to be updated. Is there anything I should know before I pull my 5er through there? I am aware of needing to close my LP tank valves.
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Other than shutting off the propane the only problem would be high winds and they will not let high profile vehicles cross if conditions are dangerous.
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I suspect it goes without saying, but be careful. The tunnels are two way and narrow and on-coming trucks will not give you a break.
That being said - it is a great ride and in my opinion, the only way to go to Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks from the northern east coast.
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Not knowing, I pulled up at the inspection station before the tunnel and turned off the LP and checked with the lass about anything else I needed to do. Nothing!
I timed the tunnel perfectly. As I approached a very large ship was crossing overhead. It was a weird feeling descending below the ship. Loved the journey
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Thanks for the help, guys! We might plan on staying several nights while visiting Chincoteague and Assateague Island. I have heard that the best plan is to go anytime other than the pony swim. Anybody have a campground recommendation? There likely will be some junior campers who need to have things to do.
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The CBBT road width is 24', so each lane is approximately 11' wide accounting for paint stripes; they just feel narrower because you're in an enclosed space.
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The CBBT road width is 24', so each lane is approximately 11' wide accounting for paint stripes; they just feel narrower because you're in an enclosed space.
I try never to be argumentative on forums, but I will stand by my original statement. The lanes are narrow. Eleven feet with a rig that is a tad over eight feet wide leaves you a foot and half on each side - with nowhere to go if an on-coming takes more than their share.
As I said, just be cautious and enjoy the ride.
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Nah! Driven it many a time in my car and never a problem. (hmm!)

Now the road to Key West FL back in the early days with only two lanes, one coming and one going, I'd smack my mirror against the 18 wheeler's mirror when we passed each other. Now that was fun - NOT. You had to drive with the right side mirror only and keep the rear wheel just on the white line. Any further over and you would be scraping the road railings.

Has that changed?
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Those big ears sure do stick way out there! But it's great to have huge, clean, heated mirrors (with a convex mirror also). I sometimes pull my driver's side mirror in quite a bit and don't lose much side and rear vision at all. But the passenger side has to be fully out to be usable.
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.......................You had to drive with the right side mirror only and keep the rear wheel just on the white line. Any further over and you would be scraping the road railings.

Has that changed?
Oh, yes. Was there last Jan and heading back down next week. I guess rte 1 was widened several years ago and I didn't run into any narrow lanes.
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Rt 1 is just fine all the way to Key West. Sitting at NAS Key West RV park writing this. About 82 degrees today. Gorgeous, as usual.
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Rt 1 is just fine all the way to Key West. Sitting at NAS Key West RV park writing this. About 82 degrees today. Gorgeous, as usual.
We hope to be there by the 20th. How many people on the waiting list for full hook-ups?
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Never RV'd there. Camped with the USMC back in the 70's.

Didn't mean to hijack the thread.

To the OP: You should not have any problems as long as you keep it between the white lines inside the CBBT.

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Not hijacked at all - I am enjoying the posts very much. I hope someone comes along with campground information.
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