Originally Posted by HDrider
then up to check out Niagara Falls before heading towards the Banger and Trenton Maine area. Of course want to do the touristy stuff and see Arcadia before working our way out the bottom of Maine and heading to Florida.
Is that all to crazy and ambitious? If not any suggestions for routes and big rig parks? We will be traveling with 1 other couple, they are in a 40' Class A and we are in a 43' 5th wheel (13'5" tall).
Crazy or ambitious depends on how long you have for this trip.
Plan ahead and get an EZ-Pass for the coach/tow car. If you are planning to take I90 across NYS, that may be the best state to get the transponder/account since you have time to apply for the Thruway MHM/towing discount plan. It requires you to fax your current registration for the motorhome. Without the discount plan it'll cost you over $90 to cross NYS on the Thruway (now billed by mail). With an EZ-Pass and the Thruway discount plan, that drops to passenger car per-axle rate. You'll want to do this a few months ahead of your trip since they don't always get it right the first time.
As you get further northeast, you'll want to research low clearances carefully. There are quite a few in New England, particularly in Maine.
Note that you're not permitted on any road labeled "parkway" in NY and they're not designed for anything larger than a passenger car or light pickup (low clearance, no shoulder, no median - just low guardrail). Same goes for the Merritt Parkway in CT.
If you like to golf, in the western NY area near Holley is Hickory Ridge Golf and RV. It's a golf course with a pretty decent RV park. It is big rig friendly to some degree, but watch the routing in the area (there are a couple low clearance RR bridges you won't fit under).
Further east, Turning Stone is one of the few big rig friendly parks. The sites are at a bit of a weird angle, though, so getting into some of them is tough. East of there, Arrowhead Marina might work.
There is nothing in western CT or western Mass. that you'll fit in. Not much east of the Hudson, either, except maybe Brook n' Wood, but they have very limited 50 amp and routing to get there can be tough (and it's quite a ways off the beaten path). Do NOT attempt Interlake RV in Rhinebeck. The park roads are too narrow and winding for big rigs.
If you're planning on touring Ben & Jerry's, Lake Champagne in Randolph Center, VT is probably the closest park that can handle your rigs, but it's quite a distance, has very limited 50 amp and extra fees for running A/C. All sites are grass. It's where we base for Vermont. Easy interstate access, but not much in the town. Otherwise Quechee KOA is a really good option in a great area (but books up fast)).
Saco KOA in southern Maine or Bailey's in Scarborough work for southern Maine. You'll want the adult-only section at Bailey's. It''s a lot quieter.
Close to Bangor, you can either do Pumpkin Patch or Palmyra Golf and RV. We prefer the latter because it's a very laid back golf course and park that are family run. It's 1/2 hour from Bangor, though. Pumpkin Patch is a lot closer and has a few more amenities.
Near Acadia, you'll probably need to be somewhere in the Narrows Two/KOA area for big rigs.
Keep those NY road restrictions in mind when you head south from Maine.