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Old 07-03-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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Liberty Harbor, NJ directions to Boston

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This is my first adventure into the new world of this large group of fellow campers. We are on a 6 month trip to discover the Eastern part of the United States. We will be in Liberty Harbor in Jersey City and want to get to Boston, MA. Any way to make it a little easier? What route to take with a 45 footer towing a jeep? Is there a way to minimize the many toll roads? If so, what highways do we take to get from point A to B??? I have lots of maps but no answers.
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:47 PM   #2
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Hi - Can't help directly from Jersey, but when we go south from Boston, we AVOID NY as much as possible, and drive via Pennsylvania. Aim for Port Jervis via an outside loop, and then take 84 through Connecticut up to the Mass Turnpike... Bim bam boom, you're there. Normandy Farms - you would take the Mass Pike to 495 South, to Route 1East to Normandy Farms - about 2 miles in from 495. Then you can drive in to Boston. Or continue South on 495 to cape cod. Or take 495 North to Maine. Have a great trip!
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whoops - just saw you wanted to avoid toll roads. Hmmm. The connection from Port Jervis to CT, is I believe a toll road, and the Mass pike is (but it's in the best shape of all our Massachusetts roads). the Pike is the only toll road in the state, however.
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Too heavy

We drove 100 miles on the Penn. turnpike and it cost us $46.75 as they rated us as a class 8, heavier than an 18 wheeler. Am a little gun-shy to using the long turnpikes again.
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We've never gone the PA toll roads, just taken 84W from Connecticut, to 81South (from around Scranton). The 84 W is a bit hilly, and 81 seems to hav construction (but what road doesn't). We've found the NY tolls outrageous (and the gas prices), but you could check online for the Pike prices - do they charge for the toad also? We don't tow, so I don't know about that. You could take 84E into CT, and then drop down to 95 (which runs along the coast, and up RI) into Massachusetts. You'd be able to hit Foxwoods or Mohega sun casino's and there's a few campgrounds along the coast also.
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In 2001 I went from Liberty Harbor to near Boston ... I crossed the Hudson on the Washington Bridge ... the toll was $24 for just the bridge ... and when we crossed the river the roadway was unbelievably rough ...

The fellow travelling with me had his mirror removed by an agressive truck driver ...

I should have gotten better advice ...
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Don't know if you are in the Jersey City area at the present but its one of the last places I would go with a motorhome and a toad, especially during rush hour. If you must go stay on the highway do not go on side streets. Better off staying outside of the Hudson County area and drive your toad in to see the sights.
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Hudson crossing's George Washington I-95 and Tapanzee I-287 are both toll. Would have to go up to I-84 to avoid crossing tolls but I think I-87 maybe a toll route for a little bit. Remember fuel costs vs. tolls. Would avoid 95 in NY and western CT based on traffic. If you must go that route go very early in the morning ie so your north of Bridgeport, CT by 6am. Would look at picking up I-84. You could then go 691 to 91n to RT 9 back to the coast and I-95 from Old Saybrook North. I-84 to I 90 is not bad but as stated 90 is a toll road. Would plan to miss rush hours if passing thru Hartford. Casino's both allow dry camping, no facilities. Fuel in NJ if not MA and RI is cheaper then in CT.
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We definately avoid 95 in NY and CT. and we plan to avoid rush hour in Hartford, unless we forget (we have!). We haven't used it, but there's an outside loop in Hartford that some of the mapping systems take you - I've been told it works well.
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We definately avoid 95 in NY and CT. and we plan to avoid rush hour in Hartford, unless we forget (we have!). We haven't used it, but there's an outside loop in Hartford that some of the mapping systems take you - I've been told it works well.
Ditto on I-95, we also have friends who lost a mirror in NYC. We just drove the Mass Pike from the Sturbridge area (I-84) west to exit 2 near the NY border. The toll was $6 for the MH and toad, 4 axles. Well worth it in our opinion.

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I see you are from New Jersey. We will be there on the 5th, do you have any ideas as to how to get to the Cape, maybe through PA instead of going through New York? Would rather pay toll than loose mirror. We are 5 axels counting the toad.
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