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Old 07-23-2016, 03:21 PM   #1
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Route advice, PA to CT and ME

We will be heading from the Philadelphia area to Mystic, CT for a few nights...then on to Acadia in ME.

Any travel/route advice? Any roads to avoid? I generally just use the Waze app, but we've been relatively close to home so far this year. This is our first "big" trip, and will cover the most distance by far. I'd prefer not to sit in traffic, even if it adds some mileage. Extra scenery is welcomed.

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We will be heading from the Philadelphia area to Mystic, CT for a few nights...then on to Acadia in ME.

Any travel/route advice? Any roads to avoid? I generally just use the Waze app, but we've been relatively close to home so far this year. This is our first "big" trip, and will cover the most distance by far. I'd prefer not to sit in traffic, even if it adds some mileage. Extra scenery is welcomed.

Thanks in advance!!
Have been on this path a few time over the years. I suggest I-287 to the Tappan Zee Bridge to White Plains. (There is a one way toll of $20+. Free in the other direction.) I-95 is a tough road and always has been. You might try 15 through Trumbull, CT to avoid some of it. I have not been on it but it has to be no worse than 95. Fuel on the Jersey Pike (I think that is the road) is easy to get to and a good price. Fuel in CT is expensive, relatively speaking. Being your first long haul trip, be very aware at all time. The drivers in these areas are a bit nuts by trade. But, the Philly area has a few of it's own.

Have fun in Mystic. Lots to see.

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Route advice, PA to CT and ME

Route 15 is the Merritt parkway. No commercial vehicles, no trailers allowed. There are also several low bridges.

If you want to avoid I95 your alternative is route 84.

"The following are prohibited from entry upon and use of the highway right-of-way of those limited access state highways designated as parkways:

(a) commercial motor vehicles;

(b) trailers;

(c) all towed vehicles except as provided in
Section 14-298-240;

(d) buses;

(e) hearses when part of a procession or cortege;

(f) vehicles bearing other than passenger, camper, taxicab, vanpool or hearse registrations and those vehicles bearing combination registrations which have a gross weight in excess of seventy-five hundred pounds;

(g) vehicles whose dimensions, including any load, exceed one of the following:

length twenty-four feet
width - seven feet, six inches
height eight feet "
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STAY OFF 15!!! Unless you want to turn your RV into a convertible

Best bet is as mentioned, follow I-84 into CT and when you get to RT 9, take it south to the shore. It may be a few miles longer, but your RV will thank you for it!
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Jagtec...... That stretch of I-95 coming east out of NYC to a point somewhere past Branford or Guilford is some pretty tough road, both physically and traffic-wise. I would take I-295/NJTP up to I-287 around to the Tappan Zee, but then I-684 north to I-84 east. When getting close to Hartford, take state Rt 72 toward New Britain and connect to Rt 9. Both 72 and 9 are good, double barreled roads, and will bring you back down to I-95 close to Saybrook and Lyme where the quality of 95 is actually pretty good (at least it was the last time I went through there). From there it's just a short hop on I-95 to Mystic. A few extra miles this way, but you avoid some of the densest highway anywhere, 72/9 will be a nice ride through the country.


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Jagtec, let me throw a couple of caveats into that route suggestion.
1) There was a recent construction crane accident on the Tappan Zee. The bridge was reopened quickly, but I don't know if the traffic flow is suffering any long term slowdown.
2) It's been a few years since I drove north on I-684. At that time the road quality was pretty bad.

Given these two factors, when you come up I-287 to Suffern where it turns east, you may want to continue north on I-87 and connect with I-84 that way. No appreciable difference in the mileage.


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84 to CT 2 to Mystic would be my choice. Then 395/190/495 to Maine
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We just drove from White Haven PA to Clinton CT. DH decided to not take the advice of some here who said to go I-84. Instead, we went I-287 across the TZ bridge (just days before the crane collapse). We then connected to I-95. What a flippin' zoo!!! I would suggest you stay away from this route. I would connect to I-95 as far past New Haven, CT as possible. Someone had suggested staying on 84 until Newburgh, NY or even beyond. DH wishes he had listened (I tried...lol). Anyway you cut it, all of the above was tons of traffic. We are now in Mystic (cute town BTW-eat at Mystic Pizza), so went I-95 from Clinton. It's still busy, but doable. Enjoy your trip. We're headed to Bar Harbor, also.
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STAY OFF 15!!! Unless you want to turn your RV into a convertible

Best bet is as mentioned, follow I-84 into CT and when you get to RT 9, take it south to the shore. It may be a few miles longer, but your RV will thank you for it!
I'm certainly glad I posted as I did. I have been off the East Cost for a few years now and I forgot about "parkways". They are NOT RV friendly. Thanks for the reminder.

We are heading that way from WA via Forest City, IA, Dallas, Birmingham, Baltimore area and on to MA. I'll check your suggestion out. Thanks all.

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I live in south jersey abt 20 min from Philly airport and have driven that trip many times. I concur with int295/NJTPK to 287 on up to 84 and across. One thing that I've done is sleep in the rv and get a start at 4am. DW gets to sleep in, you have your coffee and enjoy the sunrise. Since I'm an early riser anyway by leaving early you beat the traffic around north jersey and NY and the heat. Stop around 9-9:30, have a leisure breakfast with DW, serving coffee in bed gains big points, take a snooze if so inclined and then re-hit it. I've done the same thing going south to avoid DC if I have to go that way. Safe trip.
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15 in CT from NYC to Meriden, not only is it not "RV friendly" it's illegal for most motor homes... "The following are prohibited from entry upon and use of the highway right-of-way of those limited access state highways designated as parkways:(a) commercial motor vehicles; (b) trailers; of any kind (c) all towed vehicles except as provided in Section 14-298-240; (d) buses; (e) hearses when part of a procession or cortege;
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X2 on the 395 headed to ME, but it is 290, not 190 to 495. 190 will take you out of your way to Leominster and route 2, which will eventually get you to 495, but 290 is shorter. (We live right off 395/290 near Worcester, MA.
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We live on Cape Cod, whenever we go west or south we NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER take I-95. We take 495 and the Mass Pike to I-84 through CT into NY and on into PA, we turn south onto I-81 at Scranton, PA and continue on our way. I learned a long time ago I-95 traffic and road conditions were not worth the price, to the coach or my health. Also be aware that most campgrounds in CT do not have what RVers consider Full Hook Ups, they may have 30 or 50 amp electric and water, but when making a reservation ask point blank if they have sewer at the site. Almost no CG's in CT have sewer at the site, they do have dump stations, but no connection at your site.
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We live on Cape Cod, whenever we go west or south we NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER take I-95. We take 495 and the Mass Pike to I-84 through CT into NY and on into PA, we turn south onto I-81 at Scranton, PA and continue on our way. I learned a long time ago I-95 traffic and road conditions were not worth the price, to the coach or my health. Also be aware that most campgrounds in CT do not have what RVers consider Full Hook Ups, they may have 30 or 50 amp electric and water, but when making a reservation ask point blank if they have sewer at the site. Almost no CG's in CT have sewer at the site, they do have dump stations, but no connection at your site.
Good suggestions and things to know. New England camping can often be a challenge because the campgrounds are so old and out dated. The sites are small and tight to get into.

Do you know what the Mass Pike toll is for RV's w/tow are these days?

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