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Old 03-17-2013, 05:40 AM   #1
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Ocracoke Ferry (Outer Banks)

We are planning a “south to north” trip in June along the Outer Banks and wanted to take the ferry from Cedar Island to Ocracoke. The NCDOT site says …Ferries can accommodate motorcycles and any size car, trailer or recreational vehicle that can operate on the highway. Special permits are available for vehicles over 65 feet.”

So … a 40’MH towing a toad should be doable? Has anybody had any recent experience with the Outer Banks ferry system including the other one that connects Ocracoke to Hatteras? Would you recommend that we unhook the toad or leave it hooked up?

Any input will be appreciated.

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Old 03-17-2013, 06:16 AM   #2
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We are planning a “south to north” trip in June along the Outer Banks and wanted to take the ferry from Cedar Island to Ocracoke. The NCDOT site says …Ferries can accommodate motorcycles and any size car, trailer or recreational vehicle that can operate on the highway. Special permits are available for vehicles over 65 feet.”

So … a 40’MH towing a toad should be doable? Has anybody had any recent experience with the Outer Banks ferry system including the other one that connects Ocracoke to Hatteras? Would you recommend that we unhook the toad or leave it hooked up?

Any input will be appreciated.

Steve
We have done both Ferry's and did not unhook. Funny too we just had a conversation with a couple who did the same. Neither of us unhooked the toad. You need to get there early because they load you first. It is a pretty ride.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:48 AM   #3
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The last time I did that ferry my vehicle was much smaller. I did it on my bike and my camper was a 2 man tent. We got on Ocrakoe and found out the state park camp ground was closed. We pitched the tent there anyways and were gone first thing in the morning. Shortly after pitching our tent the local Sheriff came by, gave us his cell phone number and said call him if we needed anything through the night. Hospitality like this you don't get in a big city.
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I did that a few years ago going north. Got the last ferry out of cedar island. The weather kicked up and it was a rough ride across but everything was ok. I left the toad hooked up.
We arrived at Ocracoke after nightfall, and had a hang of a time finding the RV park on the island in the pitch dark. The one behind the general store. Luckily I stopped at the store and asked directions and they said it was in the back.
The entrance was even hard to find by foot in the dark, as I walked around to check it out before pulling in.
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I stayed on the outer banks in waves a couple of years ago and Had my Harley to take riding and did the ferry and seen Motor Coach's on the ferry from Cedar Island to Ocracoke does anyone remember what the cost was from Cedar Island to Ocracoke for a motorhome? The ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras was free but I did not see any Motor Coachs on that one? Can you take a rv on that one also?

I looked it up:

Pedestrian........................................ .................................................. .........$1
(Under age 2 — free)
Bicycle Rider............................................. .................................................. .$3
Motorcycle........................................ .................................................. .......$10
Scooter........................................... .................................................. .........$10
Golf Cart or ATV............................................... .........................................$10
3 Wheel Motorcycle........................................ ...........................................$10
Motorcycle with Trailor........................................... ....................................$15
Motorcycle with Side Car............................................... ............................$15
Vehicle and/or combination less than 20 feet............................................$1 5
Vehicle and/or combination 20 feet up to 40 feet......................................$30
Vehicle and/or combination over 40 feet up to 65 feet..............................$45

11. What vehicles can be accommodated? The Ferry Division can accommodate any size car, trailer or RV that can legally operate on the highway.
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Not a bad idea to check the state transportation, NCDOT website before going, as there have been delays and canceling of service going all the way back to hurricane Sandy. It has been a tough winter on the Outer Banks. Route 12 from Hatteras to Nags Head has had to be closed numerous times due to over wash. (Ferry closed from Ocracoke to Hattersas this morning due to fog).
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