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Old 04-14-2014, 04:51 PM   #1
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Fall trip in MH, just seeing the sites, enjoying the history of the East Coast. My question is about tunnel restrictions (i.e. propane), any thoughts on route planning for that issue. Any other recommendations, must sees, other avoidances. Planning on about 10 days in Washington, D.C. area.

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Old 04-15-2014, 04:00 PM   #2
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I have been to Cherry Hill Campground in College Park MD twice. It is a great location to base yourself for touring DC. You can either drive your toad to the nearby subway station or take the city bus that stops in the campground.

If I recall correctly, when we left to continue south I decided to take I-295 to 95/495 south of DC to save some distance. This worked fine until I got to US-50 and the road is restricted to vehicles less than 15 feet or some such restriction. I had to exit and turn back north. This part that runs through DC is called the Anacostia Freeway and is the part that is restricted. No wonder why map quest routed me all the way around DC via I95/495.

I ended up using a tunnel which I believe had a picture of a propane bottle with a line through it but I went through it anyway with the idea that I would just pay the ticket if I had more than the allowable quantity of propane. I did not get stopped or ticketed.

We only spent 4 days in DC but I would recommend Arlington Cemetery, a tour of the White House and a tour of the US Capitol (the White House and the Capitol require advance tickets that can be requested through your US Representative or one of your US Senators- contact all three with these requests ASAP).

I hope you enjoy your journey! Safe travels.

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Old 04-15-2014, 04:04 PM   #3
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All the tunnels i have encountered allow propane bottles but they must be turned off. I have never been stopped by the propane police.
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There are two tunnels in Baltimore that prohibit propane. I take I-695 around the east side of town. You can also go around the west side but it is farther.
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For my money, if you are in the DC area, and then want to head north, unless there is someone in Baltimore who is going to hand you a large sum of tax-free money, there are better ways to get north of the Mason-Dixon line. Take US 50 to Annapolis, go across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the Eastern Shore, and go north via 301 towards Wilmington. It's a far, far, less hectic route, a tiny bit more scenic, and no worries about propane or other such stuff.

If you're already north of the M-D, and heading to DC, just reverse the above directions. Look for 301 South just out of Wilmington, and follow it down, then US 50 west on the other side of Annapolis.
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when you get to NJ, travel south on the Garden State parkway, visit part of our sea shore, continue south to Cape May and take the Cape May to Lewes Del. ferry, continue south toward
Annapolis and make that turn west to visit DC.Since I hate rt 95, I would go back to the coast and go south through the Delmarva peninsula (wondrful crab cakes, etc every where) and take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to Virginia Beach, Williamsburg area. You then can re connect with 95 south Also-spend a day or two in St Mary's Ga.-about exit 3 on 95 near the fla border. You can park on the street for a day or two. Visit the Cumberland National Seashore, or just wander and eat at a couple of good places. Lang's Seafood is our favorite. You'll Capt Langs shrip boat tied up behind the place.
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Having driven the Maine-Florida and Maine-N. Georgia route many times in my truck towing my boat to our place to Maine and more recently in my 40' MH, I much prefer highway 81 to 95. Much more scenic and avoids the east coast cities. A little further but I avoid I95 always these days. It is so boring and too much traffic!
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Tunnels in Baltimore do not permit propane in them!

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