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Old 02-16-2015, 09:18 AM   #1
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NJ to Ft Wilderness

Im new to IRV2, My family and I are taking our RV to Ft Wilderness in July and was wondering if any of you have taken the trip from NJ ? we will have my motorhome and two other families with trailers LOL .. Is leaving at 4 am the best option and stopping in Savannah GA for the night ? 6 hrs from there the next day sound right ? Looking for suggestions and if I'm doing this right ??
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This is roughly the way we went in January, down to Savannah, one overnight, then on to Disney. I will say that we bypassed Washington, DC by heading west to 81 & then cutting back in back south. Avoiding the mess around the Balt/Wash area may take a bit more time if a miracle occurs and there's no traffic, but it's still a serious drive with any kind of RV IMO.
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Njtroy has the answer. Even leaving that early it can still get gummed quickly all the way down to below Norfolk area. It might be a little longer but still quicker.
Look at the possibility of I-81 down to Staunton to {-64 and then the 288 bypass around Richmond and down to Petersburg. You can then make up your mind on 95 or 85 south. 95 can get clogged pretty quickly around Savannah and Jacksonville. 85 is great until Charlotte then traffic gets heavier.
Then there is Atlanta to deal with. If you chose 85, suggest you exit on US 441 south at Commerce and then south through Athens (also bypass) Then back on 85 at Macon and from there it is pretty much smooth sailing to Florida and the Turnpike to Orlando
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Njtroy has the answer. Even leaving that early it can still get gummed quickly all the way down to below Norfolk area. It might be a little longer but still quicker.
Look at the possibility of I-81 down to Staunton to {-64 and then the 288 bypass around Richmond and down to Petersburg. You can then make up your mind on 95 or 85 south. 95 can get clogged pretty quickly around Savannah and Jacksonville. 85 is great until Charlotte then traffic gets heavier.
Then there is Atlanta to deal with. If you chose 85, suggest you exit on US 441 south at Commerce and then south through Athens (also bypass) Then back on 85 at Macon and from there it is pretty much smooth sailing to Florida and the Turnpike to Orlando

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a LOT depends on from where in NJ you are starting from. If below I-195, you might consider doing the Eastern Shore route - from the Delaware Memorial Bridge, south on US 13/113 through the Delmarva, across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, and then either out US 58 to I-95 at Emporia. This puts you in I-95 well south of ALL the northern congestion, and you won't need to worry about traffic again until you hit Jacksonville.
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If you go down 13/113 down the Delmarva, you can forget about stopping the Savannah the first night. It's a slow trek through there. Then once you get to Norfoilk, it's about 1.5 hours back to 95. Unless you're in Cape May, I'd seriously look at 78 to 81 south out of Harrisburg to US50 to 17, pick up 95 south in Fredricksburg. Take 295 around Richmond.
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^^ That's why I noted that it depends on the OP's starting point. If you're in south Jersey, it's ridiculous to use 78/81 and go all the way to Harrisburg. It looks to me like SPEED is the primary goal of the OP, in which case I-95 is the only option and leaving at the appropriate time to get through Balto & DC with the minimum of fuss. Since the OP has not chimed in with any responses, all of our suggestions may be falling on deaf ears.
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We travel from Ocean County NJ to Myrtle Beach SC 3-4 times a year and have found the best way for us to get on I-95 headed South is, once over the Del. Mem. Bridge take Rt.13 South to Rt #299 at Odessa, West on Rt#299 to
Middletown. At Middletown pick up Rt.#301/50 South thru Annapolis to exit #13A at Bowie for Rt# 301 South. Follow#301 South over Bay Bridge (Dahlgren Va.)
Continue on Rt.#301 South to Bowling Green straight thru onto Rt.#207 which joins I-95 at Ruther Glen. (270 miles from our home near Atlantic City). Take I-95 South to 1-295 to bypass Richmond construction and traffic. Rejoin 1-95 headed to N. Carolina line. From there you are on your own to points South. This route avoids Baltimore/Washington traffic, tunnel restrictions. The only slow down is on Rt.#301 thru Waldorf and La Plata traffic lights but we find it a pleasant trip.
Good luck with your trip!
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We travel from Ocean County NJ to Myrtle Beach SC 3-4 times a year and have found the best way for us to get on I-95 headed South is, once over the Del. Mem. Bridge take Rt.13 South to Rt #299 at Odessa, West on Rt#299 to
Middletown. At Middletown pick up Rt.#301/50 South thru Annapolis to exit #13A at Bowie for Rt# 301 South. Follow#301 South over Bay Bridge (Dahlgren Va.)
Continue on Rt.#301 South to Bowling Green straight thru onto Rt.#207 which joins I-95 at Ruther Glen. (270 miles from our home near Atlantic City). Take I-95 South to 1-295 to bypass Richmond construction and traffic. Rejoin 1-95 headed to N. Carolina line. From there you are on your own to points South. This route avoids Baltimore/Washington traffic, tunnel restrictions. The only slow down is on Rt.#301 thru Waldorf and La Plata traffic lights but we find it a pleasant trip.
Good luck with your trip!
That is also a nice trip, I've done it many times.
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We have stopped twice at Carolina Crossroads on the way down for an overnight stop. Right off 95


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We travel from Ocean County NJ to Myrtle Beach SC 3-4 times a year and have found the best way for us to get on I-95 headed South is, once over the Del. Mem. Bridge take Rt.13 South to Rt #299 at Odessa, West on Rt#299 to
Middletown. At Middletown pick up Rt.#301/50 South thru Annapolis to exit #13A at Bowie for Rt# 301 South. Follow#301 South over Bay Bridge (Dahlgren Va.)
Continue on Rt.#301 South to Bowling Green straight thru onto Rt.#207 which joins I-95 at Ruther Glen. (270 miles from our home near Atlantic City). Take I-95 South to 1-295 to bypass Richmond construction and traffic. Rejoin 1-95 headed to N. Carolina line. From there you are on your own to points South. This route avoids Baltimore/Washington traffic, tunnel restrictions. The only slow down is on Rt.#301 thru Waldorf and La Plata traffic lights but we find it a pleasant trip.
Good luck with your trip!

I agree with this route 100%.
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