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Old 07-12-2021, 04:48 PM   #1
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Maine trip

This may be crazy but we plan to hit Michigan next summer for a whirlwind and then drop down to Ann Arbor to do the Henry Ford Museum, then down to Flushing Ohio to check out the Underground Railroad, 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).
This is a 2022 trip but want to start reserving soon and we would hope to be at the bottom of Michigan doing the Henry Ford Museum the end of May to avoid the kids being out of school.
I can take it if you just say I'm a crazy fool LOL!!! That's just about the last area of the country we have not seen, Maine, Vermont and that area anyway.
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You don't mention how many months your trip is.
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I grew up in Williamsport Pennsylvania. Back in the 50's my dad took me to a house that he said was used by the people on the Underground Railroad who were headed north.

just did some research on it and sure enough Williamsport was a big supporter of the Underground Railroad.

Have you been to many of the Underground Railroad sites in your travels?
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You don't mention how many months your trip is.
Well we hope to be at the Underground Railroad portion the very end of June and the couple we are traveling with would like to be in NC mid August. But if them being there seems to hamper our experience we have agreed we could split up when need be.
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I grew up in Williamsport Pennsylvania. Back in the 50's my dad took me to a house that he said was used by the people on the Underground Railroad who were headed north.

just did some research on it and sure enough Williamsport was a big supporter of the Underground Railroad.

Have you been to many of the Underground Railroad sites in your travels?
We really have not seen any of it. In Charleston we saw a church where they hung a flag. Diane has always been hugely interested in it however.
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While in Bangor you might be interested checking this out...

https://www.slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1222
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While in Bangor you might be interested checking this out...

https://www.slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1222
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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.
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Dave, the Gilmore Auto Museum in Hickory Corners, MI is a must see. Check out their website.

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If you are set on what that route there are a few changes I would make. Get off i80 at Cleveland stop paying tolls. Take i271 north to i90 just after Erie PA, while still in pa take i86. I would plan on spending a night at walking glen state park. I would plan on walking the glen in the park. About one mile of incretable water falls. I would plan on taking the bus up frim the lower parking lot and walking down. Follow i86 to i88 north. Somewhere noth of i90 I woul head east to VT.
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Dave, the Gilmore Auto Museum in Hickory Corners, MI is a must see. Check out their website.

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Thanks for that, I have jotted that down. And thanks for letting us know you followed us on the blog!!! Thanks cool!!
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If you are set on what that route there are a few changes I would make. Get off i80 at Cleveland stop paying tolls. Take i271 north to i90 just after Erie PA, while still in pa take i86. I would plan on spending a night at walking glen state park. I would plan on walking the glen in the park. About one mile of incretable water falls. I would plan on taking the bus up frim the lower parking lot and walking down. Follow i86 to i88 north. Somewhere noth of i90 I woul head east to VT.
Thanks for those comments. We are still in the planning stages so not "set" on anything 100% yet. We want to see and do as much as we can but we also want to do it at a enjoyable pace and I DON'T want to be a victim to any horror stories while traveling the roads in that part of the country like we have heard about LOL!! I would rather stage and drive farther to see things than deal with bad situations with the RV road wise and campground wise.
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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.
Wow, great. Thank you very much for that thought out reply. I will certainly be referring back to this numerous times.
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Wow, great. Thank you very much for that thought out reply. I will certainly be referring back to this numerous times.
Glad to help! We have been RVing from TX and TN to Maine for 21 years, mostly in a 40' Foretravel pulling a car. We lived in upstate NY for 30 years prior to that and the family owned a seasonal camp in Maine for over 50.

Feel free to PM if you have any specific routing/RV park/etc. questions.
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