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Old 02-16-2016, 10:15 AM   #1
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Interstate 95

Hi Everyone,

I am currently in Fort Myers Florida, But live in upstate New York, near Binghamton. I will be heading back up towards the end of March. I have never been on 95. I will be towing a 5th wheel. Is 95 very hilly, how bad is traffic. Is 95 back up.... a really bad idea ???
I came down 81 to 77. Which was mountain after mountain. Is there a Better route for towing a 5th wheel ????
Any experience.... would be greatly appreciated !!!!

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Old 02-16-2016, 10:22 AM   #2
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I would go I-95 to DC, then I-270 to US-15 to I-81. Still mountains on the I-81 leg, but not like the Blue Ridge area you were on near Roanoke. If you can't handle that road you need a better tow vehicle.

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Old 02-16-2016, 10:38 AM   #3
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We have made the trip many times and this is the route we take:
I-95 to just north of Fredricksburg, VA. Then to bypass the DC traffic-north on Rte 17 to I-66W to I-81N to Rte 15N to Sunbury, PA. To avoid the hills into Williamsport, PA take Rte 11N to Rte 147N to I-180N, then back onto Rte 15N. Rte 15 is a good road all the way into Corning, NY. There are some long hills but nothing like I-77.
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X2 on the 17 to 66 to 81.
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Anyone take 234 to 66 instead of 17 to 66?
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Our Rt. north every year is I-95N to Rt. 301 in VA., up into MD. to I-97N to the Baltimore beltway(I-695), to I-83N into PA. where you can then decide if you want to go on up to I-81 or not. But it looks like the best shot to Binghamton. This is the way we go to Maine, but we break off onto I-84E, it bypasses Wash.D.C., and the Balt. beltway isn't too bad as long as you miss the rush hour.
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Binghamton is part of Central NY, Albany is upstate NY. I was born in Binghamton and grew up in Greene NY, Left NY in 1978 and no longer know much about the conditions of the highways. But good to see some one from the old stomping grounds. Have a safe trip back to that part of the country.
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We have driven to NY and NJ many times from Atlanta taking 77/81 including a trip in our MH last summer, and from ChapelHill, NC on 95 a couple times.

Given any sort of reasonable routing options, I would take 77/81 any day vs. 95. I had no issues with the grades on 77/81 in our MH, including the drive up / down to / from Fancy Gap going N and S. On top of that, 77/81 is a beautiful drive.

The only cities you have to deal with coming up from FL are Atlanta and Charlotte, and while living here I hate driving the MH through Atlanta, you can take 75 / 85 through downtown (through trucks are prohibited, but RVs are ok) so you can avoid the truck race around town on 285. Just avoid morning and evening rush hours. Charlotte is easy enough.......

95 is trucks, trucks, more trucks, and major city congestion......... No way.

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If you don't like hills, I95 is the road to take.

You have to pay attention in Baltimore so you don't use the tunnel, otherwise pretty much flat ground until NYC.

Once near NYC, you need I287 to I87 to NY17. Can't avoid the hills on that stretch.

As others have posted, unless you like heavy traffic or midnight driving it is not the best route.

If it is climbing the hills that give you a problem just take your time.

If it's the down hill runs, you need to learn how to use lower gears and keep your speed down, before it gets too fast.
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I would take 95 north to 64 west to 81 north, I'm heading south March 20 and taking 81s to 64e to 95s and then I 4 to florida TP south
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Going up 95 will add some mileage . Since you are on I75 in ft meyers , the shortest route will be I75 to I81 till you're home . If you don't mind the extra mileage then I95
to us 17 at fredricksburg va then I66 to I 81 and then go till you're home.

I 75 less traffic more hills
I 95 more traffic less hills
Fuel consumption most likely the same ,either route
As a side note , I will use I75 and I81 to go back home
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I-95 between Richmond and Baltimore can be very hit or miss. Sometimes it's like a parking lot, and other times you can drive the speed limit the whole way.

I don't mind driving at night, there is much less traffic. I try to time that leg of the trip accordingly.

The other ideas suggested are good too.

Best of luck and Happy Trails!!!!
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I avoid 95 whenever possible. It's virtually flat all the way from FL to VA. I agree with rsflight about taking 17 to 66 to 81.
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Avoid 95 if you can, last trip from Florida to mass on 95 took 32 hours driving time. When I take 95 out of Florida to 26, to 77, to 81the trip is about 22 hours driving time. The hills in a 38 foot gas motorhome with toad have never been an issue

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