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Old 10-03-2016, 11:41 AM   #1
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First trip to Florida

Hi Folks.

Just joined the forum and thought I would lob out a question. Hoping some of you can share some thoughts and experiences.

We have a new motorhome and will be driving to Orlando in late October. We are crossing from Canada in Gananoque (close to Kingston) and plan to spend a few days visiting New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC in the first week (we are bringing our adult daughter and her friend during a university break). From Washington D.C., my wife and I will be trekking down to Orlando before flying home until Christmas.

We are towing a jeep and thought it would be best to find RV parks closer to the big cities and then drive in.

Any thoughts on do's and don'ts and "must sees" and "things to avoid" would be appreciated.

Looking forward to this new first experience and hoping to meet other newbie and experienced RV'ers in our travels.

Ben and Mona
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On the north side of DC is Cherry Hill park. Leave your Jeep at the CG and take the bus to the Metro station. So much easier.
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You will need to stay way out from NYC. Don't take the jeep in, use the train from wherever you stay. Any car in NYC is trouble, and parking is almost impossible. Trains, subways and Taxi are all good.
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In DC you can spend days at the Smithsonian and not see it all. Washington Monument and Arlington Cemetery are also worth a visit.
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Driving from DC to Florida, you will go through Atlanta. Stone Mountain is very impressive there.
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Hi Ben & Mona! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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You're a brave man Ben. There's no way I'd even go close to any of the major cities you mention with an RV and tow vehicle....and I lived and worked in a Toronto all my life. Good luck on campgrounds out of the craziness.

We've been RV-ing since 2010 and snowbird in Florida almost every year since. We are crossing Gananoque in a little over a week, heading for Tampa area. We'll hook up with friends and family for 3weeks, then drive back home for birthdays and an early Christmas, before driving back down for the winter.

Good luck on your trip.
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When in DC check out what is known as the mall. Vietnam,WWII, Korean ect.
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Well in Orlando our favorite campground is actually in Kissimmee. Tropical palms. Busy in the winter and pricey takes passport up until Nov I think, but a beautiful park. Close to Old Town where they have car shows on the weekend. Old cars on Sat night newer cars on Friday night. Little town with shops and live music on Sat night at the car show. Plenty of things to do and see and easy to get to from this park. I highly recommend it. Beautifully landscaped and the staff are great. They do a lot with the kids on weekends. Sometimes they have pirates from the caribbean come and do things with kids. Sometimes they have a petting zoo. And you may spot a gator or two in the park pond. They remove them when they get too big though.
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Welcome Ben and Mona. The wife and I just bought our first mh and are looking forward to trekking around. My wife is Canadian and sometime next year will be most likely be moving to Napanee from here (Delaware). We love Gananoque, it's a great place. Living in close proximity to the cities you mention, first thing I'd tell you is make sure if you're in there at night be very very careful. American big cities are not like Canadian cities. I don't want to scare you just keep on your guard and be aware of your close surroundings. Maybe someday we can meet up, meanwhile be careful but enjoy your rig and your trip. Happy Motoring.
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Hi Folks.

Just joined the forum and thought I would lob out a question. Hoping some of you can share some thoughts and experiences.

We have a new motorhome and will be driving to Orlando in late October. We are crossing from Canada in Gananoque (close to Kingston) and plan to spend a few days visiting New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC in the first week (we are bringing our adult daughter and her friend during a university break). From Washington D.C., my wife and I will be trekking down to Orlando before flying home until Christmas.

We are towing a jeep and thought it would be best to find RV parks closer to the big cities and then drive in.

Any thoughts on do's and don'ts and "must sees" and "things to avoid" would be appreciated.

Looking forward to this new first experience and hoping to meet other newbie and experienced RV'ers in our travels.

Ben and Mona

If you travel generally down the I95 corridor after you leave DC, there is more to see. Just some highlights would be:
1. Charlestown
2. Savannah/Hilton Head
3. St Augustine
4. Cape Canaveral & space center
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