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Old 06-13-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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great adventure to maine

going to take the motor home to Maine from north west Arkansas the first week of September, and need a little advice, there seems to be two routes
that the majority of the routing sites suggest.
one is thru new york on the thru way good road but high tolls, i drove this one in April in a moving truck.
the other is thru Pennsylvania on 80 this one i have never driven, we are going to be in a 26 ft class c not towing this trip I'm wondering which one would work out better to pay the tolls in new york or go thru Pennsylvania.
unfortunately this trip is time limited so not into site seeing this time.
the rv this trip is just a big car to make the dw comfortable we will stop in rest areas , walmarts or truck stops to sleep and at a camp ground while in Maine
any suggestions would greatly appreciated
thanks frank.

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Old 06-14-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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Tolls were a ... when I went through the area 3 years ago, towing a 5th paid double because of the per axle charges, brother-in-law in his class A , no toad paid the car rate even though he was heavier.
Biggest thing to be aware of in the area ( Maine ) is that many RV parks close soon after Labor Day, by the end of Sept. you'll have to hunt for sites.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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It depends where you are coming from. If you are anywhere near NJ, the quickest thing is the NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, to 287, 87N, 84E, 90E, 495N to 95.
You will hit a bunch of tolls, but they will probably even out in gas and time saved.

By the way most campgrounds in New England stay open until Columbus Day. The major exceptions are state parks, which do tend to close in September. New England likes to capitalize on the foliage viewers.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:47 PM   #4
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Just take I80 to US209 north to I8 4east (Newburgh Beacon Bridge +-$5) to I90 Mass Pike ($2-3)to I495 north to I95 no toll until Maine.
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X2 on the I-80. When we drive from Memphis to upstate NY, that's the way we go. Stay off the thruway as much as possible. I-90 Mass Pike is well taken care of (or at least was for the 10 years I drove it) and you should be fine.
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I80 would be best if your traveling during the day, we only roll thru NY and CT after 10pm. But hay I'm a night jockey any way.
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:25 AM   #7
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thanks for the input was leaning toward I-80 but good to get positive info
will be the longest trip the rv and the dw have done together.
she doesn't travel well anymore (the dw not the rv)
want to make it smooth as possible

thanks frank

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