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Old 12-03-2014, 10:23 PM   #1
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We plan to leave central NH right after New Years for Jacksonville FL in a motorhome. We did this last year in a 5er and spent the first night in a service area on the NJ turnpike (I-95) just south of the giant Vince Lombardi area. Just wondering if someone has a better suggestion and good routing around NYC (I was not comfortable near the city and on GW bridge). We picked I-95 because of the weather. Thanks.
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I travel to florida from mass spring and fall I use i90mass pike to i84 to i81 to i77 to i26 to i95 in south Carolina heading south only toll is mass pike and you miss all the craziness in ny nj Washington it is a little longer with some hills but all in I think it is better than 95
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I travel to florida from mass spring and fall I use i90mass pike to i84 to i81 to i77 to i26 to i95 in south Carolina heading south only toll is mass pike and you miss all the craziness in ny nj Washington it is a little longer with some hills but all in I think it is better than 95
That's pretty much my route from CT as well, 84/81/77/26 and then 95. Can be crowed on 95 just after 26 merges in up through Jacksonville sometimes. But it depends on lots of factors. This past Sunday it was a nightmare things were so backed up. But that's a busy holiday rush that caused that.
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Do you have any suggestions of where we could best spend the first night on the road in the Scranton/Harrisburg area? Maybe a large easy in and out truck stop with pull through parking (no back in).
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Do you have any suggestions of where we could best spend the first night on the road in the Scranton/Harrisburg area? Maybe a large easy in and out truck stop with pull through parking (no back in).
There's a Pilot/Flying J truck stop in the Scranton area, I'm sure you could find a spot to park with the ability to drive straight out. My recent trip I was pulling a toad and had the same restriction, no backing up!
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:10 AM   #6
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When we go from NH to FL with the motorhome, we always take 81 and never 95. We almost always stay at the Mohegan Sun in Wilkes Barre. They have a great Sushi place and Ruth Chris steak house.
\We have also done 84 then to the Tappanzee to 78 to 81 with the first night being in a Virginia rest area. They allow overnight parking. Depends on how early we get started.
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I do the same as Road Pilot. Mohegan Sun is a great place to stop overnight. Do not take I-95 through the corridor from NY to DC. The I-84 to I-81 route is a little farther but much less traffic, and much nicer scenery. Turns a nightmare into a pleasant ride.
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If the weather is threatening get off I/84 at the first exit in PA (53). Take 209 to 33 to I/78 to I/81. It takes just a few minutes longer in good weather, but it avoids PA's mountains. You get a much better chance of avoiding ice, snow & fog. We usually stay at Jonesville KOA one exit North of I/78 on I/81. They have a country store with a little restaurant that delivers to your RV.
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No matter which route you take it'll be iffy weather wise. As was mentioned I'd skip I-81 if it looks like bad weather in PA., otherwise that'e the way I'd go to miss all the craziness. But then again you can hit some pretty bad weather coming down the I-95 corridor. Just keep an eye on the forecasts and plan accordingly.
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All good advice. Everything hinges on the weather. That stretch of four days from 1/1 to 1/4 (Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun) will probably be busy, traffic wise, on any of the roadways. After that, though, traffic will thin out for the most part except right around the metro areas. If you're not comfortable driving up and down hilly roads in bad weather (who is?...lol) then you may need to skirt NYC on I-287, then hook back up to I-95/NJTP southbound. At least the Jersey part is flat and relatively straight, compared to I-81 and the pikes down through the Poconos and central PA. You can also consider the US 301/US 13 alternative down through Delaware and the Eastern Shore, and depending on weather and serendipity, all the way down across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel to Norfolk, I-64 and US 58 out to I-95 at Emporia, or 301/50 across the Bay Bridge to Annapolis and then heading out to I-95, or going south on US 301 through Waldorf, La Plata, and Fort A P Hill until you hook back up with I-95 around Richmond. Either way will get you there. If the weather holds and the roads are clear, I'd take the CBBT to Norfolk.
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No good overnight stops is an issue on I-95 in the North. We usually take I-81, if going I-84 to I-81 will stop at Mohegan Sun in WB or Walmart in Scranton. If chance of snow we go I-287 to I-78 and overnight at Cabela's in Hamburg PA.
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I agree with XBoater, do what he says.
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We plan to leave central NH right after New Years for Jacksonville FL in a motorhome. We did this last year in a 5er and spent the first night in a service area on the NJ turnpike (I-95) just south of the giant Vince Lombardi area. Just wondering if someone has a better suggestion and good routing around NYC (I was not comfortable near the city and on GW bridge). We picked I-95 because of the weather. Thanks.
At that time of the year..I use Cousin Ed's directions...actually just came back that way this week to Ct....and even stayed at the same Koa......but if you want to go 84 to 81...then go into the Mohegan Sun in Pocono Downs in Pa....park in lot one....easy in and out...did it going down earlier in the year...Chuck
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