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Old 09-04-2020, 05:11 AM   #1
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84/81 South to FL

Getting ready this fall to head to FL from ME... Taking what most people have recommended on this route of 84/81 to GA.... Any places you guys recommend or stay away from? Not spending a lot of time on the route, just afternoon and night stay and moving on the following day. Thanks!!
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It's a much nicer ride going down 81. I got sick and tired of running down 95 to get from New England to Florida. The NYC/Philly/Baltimore/DC nightmare isn't worth the headaches it causes. I usually jump off 84 at the first exit in PA (Milford) and run down 209 through the Delware Water Gap, then down 33 to 78. I don't like going over the mountains between Scranton and Harrisburg. 78 meets up with 81 outside of Harrisburg and it's a straight shot south from there. I'm in NH so I can easily make it to Hamburg PA my first day. There's a huge Cabela's there that allows RVs to overnight for free. It's never been free though....the Commander in Chief has to go shopping at Cabela's, she likes their clothes so it's probably cheaper for me to find an RV park and pay! I usually go south in January so I have to keep an eye on winter weather issues but if you're going in the fall it should be a nice ride. This winter I'm thinking of jumping off on 50 at Winchester Virgina and following that down to 17. 17 comes out on 95 at Fredericksburg south of DC so you avoid all the traffic. I've heard good things about that route also.
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From NH I take I91 S to I90W to I87S to 287 to I78 to I81 , for me that avoids a bunch of cities where you can get held up like Hartford, Waterbury etc...it is is a little longer and a couple of tolls but worth it for us.
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From NH I take I91 S to I90W to I87S to 287 to I78 to I81 , for me that avoids a bunch of cities where you can get held up like Hartford, Waterbury etc...it is is a little longer and a couple of tolls but worth it for us.
+2 on this route, stay away from 84 through CT at all costs, Hartford and Waterbury are absolute nightmares unless you're traveling in the middle of the night ( and with Waterbury even that doesn't help, CONSTRUCTION). The tolls are worth it to avoid that mess.
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.... jumping off on 50 at Winchester Virgina and following that down to 17. 17 comes out on 95 at Fredericksburg south of DC so you avoid all the traffic. ...

I live a bit north of Fredericksburg, VA just off of 17 and would agree this is a good alternative. The trip on 50 and 17 has a heavily patrolled 45 mph zone but it makes the drive more comfortable than the high speed traffic on 81/66 to get to the same place. The 50/17 route also only has 2 what might be considered "big" hills to climb. I just took that route up and back to Carlisle PA about 3 weeks ago in my coach.
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81 does no go thru Ga.
Suggest 81 to 77 to 85 and South if you want to get into Georgia. Don't go thru Atlanta if you can help it.
Depending on which part of Florida you are heading to, there are several routes you can use and avoid Atlanta traffic headaches
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... I usually jump off 84 at the first exit in PA (Milford) and run down 209 through the Delaware Water Gap...
Love that short ride through the Delaware Water Gap. Relaxing. And we always manage to get in a rest break either at one of the trail parking areas or the "toll gate" at the north end.
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You didn't say where in FL (or did I miss it?).

If west or panhandle then you need to get over to I-75 and run it into GA and down; so you're probably stuck with I-81 in to I-40 and then I-75.

If you are headed to the east coast or central FL and take I-81 south through Virginia, definitely get off at I-77 and run over to I-95.

But I-81 south through Virginia is a nightmare! It is only 2 lanes and there are a ton of trucks.

Maybe consider I-81 to I-66 then US15 to US17 to I-95 if you need that side of FL. It's your choice how you get to I-66 and whether you use I-84 & I-81 to get there. I'll take those few hills on I-81 over the mess on I-95 north of Richmond any day.
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Lots of good info!! Thank you all... starting to plan the route!
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I’ve done this trip too many times to count.
I would suggest I 81 to 77 to 26 to 95 if you are going to Florida.
I’ve done the crazy 95 around Baltimore and DC beltways. Never ever again.
We switched to the 81 route.

Places to stay,
Harrisonburg KOA, Endless Caverns, Cherry Hill - Virginia
Jonestown KOA - near Harrisburg PA - has a few pullthru for 45 ft with a toad
New Green Acres RV - South Carolina- it’s a about short day drive to Daytona. Giant pullthru sites, cheap, clean easy on & off

On I 95 if you decide
Lumberton KOA is a day drive to Daytona, big long pullthru, no need to unhook ( the old Sleepy Bear CG )
RVacation in NC has long pullthru too, usually stay there when I head north.
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Getting ready this fall to head to FL from ME... Taking what most people have recommended on this route of 84/81 to GA.... Any places you guys recommend or stay away from? Not spending a lot of time on the route, just afternoon and night stay and moving on the following day. Thanks!!
Read your travel thoughts,I'd go over 84 straight thru Connecticut to Newburgh and take 87 south to Sufferin,NY and pickup 287 for 45 miles to 78 west (can stay at Cabellas) off 78 at rt61 for the night or Pine Hill CG ,also off 78
Then stay on 78 to 81 heading to Va and get on 77 south....decent CG Lee Hi CG at exit 195 in Lexington,Va then from there down 77 to Lexington,SC (Columbia) stay at The Barnyard CG ....NOW.....DEPENDING which side of Florida you are going ...have choice of how to go...C
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Iíve done this trip too many times to count.
I would suggest I 81 to 77 to 26 to 95 if you are going to Florida.
Iíve done the crazy 95 around Baltimore and DC beltways. Never ever again.
We switched to the 81 route.

Places to stay,
Harrisonburg KOA, Endless Caverns, Cherry Hill - Virginia
Jonestown KOA - near Harrisburg PA - has a few pullthru for 45 ft with a toad
New Green Acres RV - South Carolina- itís a about short day drive to Daytona. Giant pullthru sites, cheap, clean easy on & off

On I 95 if you decide
Lumberton KOA is a day drive to Daytona, big long pullthru, no need to unhook ( the old Sleepy Bear CG )
RVacation in NC has long pullthru too, usually stay there when I head north.

Thank you for the CG info, this is what I was hoping for.
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Read your travel thoughts,I'd go over 84 straight thru Connecticut to Newburgh and take 87 south to Sufferin,NY and pickup 287 for 45 miles to 78 west (can stay at Cabellas) off 78 at rt61 for the night or Pine Hill CG ,also off 78
Then stay on 78 to 81 heading to Va and get on 77 south....decent CG Lee Hi CG at exit 195 in Lexington,Va then from there down 77 to Lexington,SC (Columbia) stay at The Barnyard CG ....NOW.....DEPENDING which side of Florida you are going ...have choice of how to go...C

This is what I was looking for, thank you!!
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Here are a couple video of the campgrounds we stayed at on the way

Harrisonburg VA KOA https://youtu.be/ptJ8etuh-6U

RVacatiion https://youtu.be/Bn3EQqvOOys

New Greeen Acres https://youtu.be/JWWh4I_MzzI

Candy Hill https://youtu.be/DJwK-vkLHG8
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